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Devils Defender Puts Mental Demons Behind Him

Steven Santini has been an NHL player for three full seasons with the New Jersey Devils now, but in each of those seasons, he hasn’t been able to play in more than half of his team’s games. The 24-year-old defenseman played in 38 games in 2016-17, 36 in 2017-18, and 39 in 2018-19. Injuries, being the odd-man out, having a veteran in front of him that plays the same style, being waiver-eligible – all of the above contributed to Santini being unable to play in at least 41 games each season. The...
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Devils’ Pending UFAs: Who Stays and Who Goes?

Finishing the season 31-41-10 is not how the New Jersey Devils envisioned their season going. It paid off in the end as they won the NHL Draft Lottery last week and will select first overall at the Entry Draft in June. That’ll go a long way in helping them rebuild their roster, whether it’s either Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kakko they select. Team USA’s Jack Hughes (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Carlos Osorio) Even with the first pick, there are going to plenty of more changes this offseason in ...
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Revisiting David Poile’s Draft – 2001

For the past few weeks, I’ve been diving into David Poile’s draft history as general manager of the Nashville Predators. Since he’s been the franchise’s only GM, he’s been at the helm for every draft since 1998. Beginning with that first draft, I’m working forward to the present, with this installment covering the 2001 Draft. For reference, here are the drafts I’ve covered so far: 1998: Franchise’s Inaugural Draft1999: Erat Leads to Forsberg2000: Scott Hartnell and Nothing Else The 2001 Dr...
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NHL Rumors: Krueger, Kings, Golden Knights, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there are updates on Ilya Kovalchuk out of Los Angeles as well as some updates on a couple other Kings’ players, former coach Ralph Krueger may be on his way back to hockey, and the Vegas Golden Knights haven’t confirmed the arrival of one of their KHL prospects but the player’s agent and the player are working to get to the NHL right away. Blake to Meet With Ilya Kovalchuk Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider is reporting that Los Angeles Kings forward Ilya Koval...
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Blues Must Move Dunn to Top Power Play

While the St. Louis Blues managed to escape with a victory after the first game of their best of seven series with the Winnipeg Jets, some troublesome trends emerged. Most significantly, the team’s power play looked anemic, going goalless on three attempts. One player stood out by his absence: Vince Dunn, the team’s most talented, young, offensive defenseman. Instead of deploying Dunn on the top power play pairing, the team decided to utilize four forwards and one defenseman. That strategy yi...
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Rangers’ Future Is as Bright as Can Be

The New York Rangers have been on a mission since before the trade deadline last season. For the first time in team history, they are attempting to undergo a full-scale aggressive and quick rebuild. Well, over a year into that mission, the future of the Rangers is starting to look more promising. Piece by piece, the Blueshirts have accumulated prospects, draft picks, and cap space. Departures of former Rangers Ryan McDonagh, JT Miller, Rick Nash, Nick Holden, Michael Grabner, Kevin Hayes, Ma...
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Pool Outlook for New Jersey

I don't think that the value of Taylor Hall to this New Jersey Devils team could be overstated, especially after taking home the Hart Trophy in last year's awards show.  Hall was huge in getting the Devils into the playoffs last year and when he went down with his knee injury this year, the good start that the Devils got off to was nothing more than a vague memory in the overall scheme of things, [Author: opiatedsherpa]
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NHL News & Notes: NHL Draft Lottery, Voynov & More

In today’s News & Notes, the NHL Draft Lottery took place Tuesday, Slava Voynov has been suspended for the entirety of the 2019-20 season and Antti Niemi won’t be returning to the Montreal Canadiens according to Marc Bergevin. NHL Draft Lottery Results The New Jersey Devils have won the NHL’s Draft Lottery for the second time in three seasons. The Devils would win the Lottery in 2017 when they would move all the way up to No. 1 overall from fifth-overall to select Nico Hischier. In two s...
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More Talent For The New Jersey Devils

from Chris Ryan of NJ.com, It was Zajac’s overtime goal, after all, that gave the Devils a season-ending win over the Florida Panthers, keeping them in 29th place in the NHL standings with the third-best odds in the draft lottery. A loss would have dropped them to 30th. Without that win, the Devils wouldn’t have been celebrating an even larger victory on Tuesday night. The precise bounce of four lottery balls on Tuesday night in Toronto that moved the Devils to the top spot in Jun...
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Inside The NHL Draft

from Kristina Rutherford of Sportsnet, Hugh Weber had been sitting on some really big news for nearly two hours, and in that time, he’d been celebrating internally, smiling to himself, sipping on red wine and waiting until he could share the moment with someone who’d actually appreciate it. He clapped, solitarily, when it finally went public. And then, a couple of minutes later, the New Jersey Devils president went for it. Weber walked over to the Standard Daily Model machine that had...
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Video- Mock Draft Time

from Craig Button of TSN, For the second time in three years, the New Jersey Devils have the first-overall pick and for the second time in three years, general manager Ray Shero should take a centre. After selecting Nico Hischier No. 1 in 2017, the Devils can get even stronger down the middle picking Jack Hughes from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. Hughes remains the best player available this year, with a package of elite offensive skill, imagination and the will ...
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Devils Win Draft Lottery & Hughes Sweepstakes

The New Jersey Devils did it again. For the second time in three seasons, they came away with the first-overall pick at the NHL Draft Lottery. It’s a strong draft class, headed by consensus top prospect Jack Hughes, and Finnish winger Kaapo Kakko. The Devils will have the luxury of selecting either one, both of who would provide a lift to a franchise in significant need of more talent. Why Hughes is the Top Prospect Hughes has been the no. 1 prospect in this year’s draft class for quite...
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Devils win No. 1 pick in NHL draft

The New Jersey Devils won the NHL draft lottery on Tuesday night for the second time in three years. New Jersey had an 11.5 percent chance to win the top pick. The franchise also picked first in 1979, as the Colorado Rockies, when the initial selection was Rob Ramage, and in 2017, when the choice was Nico Hischier.
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New Jersey Devils win NHL draft lottery for second time in three years

TORONTO — Devils general manager Ray Shero has made it clear his team needs to accumulate more talent.The luck of the draw helped New Jersey take a huge step in that direction Tuesday.The Devils will pick first at June's NHL draft after the lottery balls fell in their favour — bumping the franchise up to the top spot from No. 3.Shero wouldn't tip his hand after the order was revealed, but presumptive No. 1 pick Jack Hughes was already on everyone's mind."I've seen Jack play a...
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Devils beat odds to win lottery, chance at Hughes

The New Jersey Devils won the 2019 NHL draft lottery -- otherwise known as the Jack Hughes sweepstakes -- after entering Tuesday night's event in Toronto with the third-best odds.
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The New Jersey Devils Have The First Pick In The NHL Draft

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com. The New Jersey Devils have the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft after winning the NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday. The New York Rangers won the No. 2 pick, and the Chicago Blackhawks won the No. 3 selection. The Devils, who had an 11.5 percent chance of winning the lottery, will pick No. 1 for the second time in three years. They won the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery and selected center Nico Hischier with the No. 1 choice. The 2019 NHL Draft will be hel...
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NHL Draft Lottery: Senators' pick is bad luck for Avalanche as Devils win Jack Hughes sweepstakes

After trading away their first-round pick, along with what would eventually become the best odds at winning the No. draft pick in 2019, the Ottawa Senators had little to look forward to in tonight's NHL Draft Lottery. But if there's a silver lining for Senators fans, it may be the fact that the team didn't just gift the Colorado Avalanche with the chance to draft a generational player such as Jack Hughes.
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New Jersey Devils win draft lottery, chance to draft highly touted Jack Hughes

After another season without a playoff berth, the Devils won the draft lottery and the chance to draft generational talent Jack Hughes.            [Author: NHL writer]
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Devils Give GM Ray Shero New Contract After Poor Season

NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Devils have given executive vice-president/general manager Ray Shero a new multi-year contract despite a disappointing season that saw the team finish with the NHL’s third-worst record. Managing partner Josh Harris announced the contract on Monday without disclosing length or salary details. A year after making the playoffs for the first time since reaching the Stanley Cup Finals in 2012, the Devils slumped badly, posting a 31-41-10 mark in an injury-plagued s...
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Cause of Taylor Hall’s Knee Injury Evaded Doctors for Months

NEWARK, N.J. — NHL MVP Taylor Hall missed the second half of the New Jersey Devils’ disappointing season because doctors couldn’t determine the cause of the pain in his left knee. Hall Opens Up About Injury Speaking with the media for the first time since mid-December, Hall said Monday there was no incident that led to the injury. The 27-year-old rested his knee during games on Dec. 14-15, returned to play four games and took the Christmas break off, hoping to return shortly after that. ...
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NHL News & Notes: Quenneville, Bouwmeester & More

In today’s News & Notes, The Florida Panthers have hired Joel Quenneville as their new head coach, Jay Bouwmeester has signed a contract extension with the St. Louis Blues and Ray Shero has signed a multi-year extension with the New Jersey Devils. Panthers Hire Quenneville The Panthers bolstered their coaching staff in a major way Monday when they announced the hiring of Quenneville. The former Chicago Blackhawk’s coach brings everything the Panthers insisted they were looking for in an ...
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Devils’ Needs Heading Into Crucial Offseason

To say the New Jersey Devils’ season was a disappointment would be an understatement. After a surprise postseason appearance in 2017-18, they found themselves back where they were in 2016-17, the bottom of the NHL. There are plenty of reasons why things went south, and no one person is to blame. Carolina Hurricanes’ Nino Niederreiter and New Jersey Devils’ Nico Hischier (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) The Devils’ goaltending turned it around in the calendar year 2019, but it was among the l...
Tags: Sport, New Jersey, Hockey, NHL, Smith, Hall, New Jersey Devils, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Devils, Marcus Johansson, Northeastern University, Brian Boyle, Carrick, Davies, Brock Nelson


Devils Down Panthers – Zajac Gets Overtime Goal

SUNRISE, Fla. — Travis Zajac scored the winning goal on the power play in overtime, lifting the New Jersey Devils to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. Nathan Bastian scored twice in regulation, Pavel Zacha also scored a goal and Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 37 shots for the Devils in the season finale for both teams. On the winner, Zajac fired a shot from the high slot that got past Roberto Luongo at 4:04 of 4-on-3 overtime. The Devils will need more from play...
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Zajac’s overtime goal lifts Devils past Panthers 4-3

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Travis Zajac scored the winning goal on the power play in overtime, lifting the New Jersey Devils to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. Nathan Bastian scored twice in regulation, Pavel Zacha also scored a goal and Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 37 shots for the Devils in the […]
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Rangers Can’t Rely on Just Buchnevich & Strome

So the New York Rangers have been carried offensively of late by…Pavel Buchnevich and Ryan Strome? Yes it’s true, that duo was the driving force for the Blueshirts over the past month, with each player having delivered eight goals and four assists in March. The identical surges represent a somewhat unlikely rise for both – and a development that will require a healthy dose of evaluation from the front office during the offseason. Team management can’t help but be excited over what it’s see...
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Hurricanes Down Devils – Decade-Long Playoff Drought Is Over

RALEIGH, N.C. — Justin Faulk scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and the Carolina Hurricanes clinched their first playoff berth in a decade by beating the New Jersey Devils 3-1 on Thursday night. Warren Foegele scored and Nino Neiderreiter added an insurance goal with 3:25 left to help the Hurricanes snap the NHL’s longest active playoff drought. The victory — coupled with Montreal’s loss at Washington — wrapped up Carolina’s first post-season berth since 2009 and just its secon...
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THE WAIT IS OVER: Canes beat Devils, clinch playoff spot

The Canes' 3-1 victory over New Jersey coupled with Montreal's 2-1 loss at Washington ensured the team's return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in a decade.
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Canes beat Devils 3-1, clinch 1st playoff berth since ’09

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Justin Faulk scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and the Carolina Hurricanes clinched their first playoff berth in a decade by beating the New Jersey Devils 3-1 on Thursday night. Warren Foegele scored and Nino Neiderreiter added an insurance goal with 3:25 left to help the Hurricanes snap the […]
Tags: News, Sports, New Jersey Devils, Raleigh, Carolina Hurricanes, Devils, N C AP, Justin Faulk, Warren Foegele, Nino Neiderreiter


Revisiting David Poile’s Draft – 2000

Recently, I’ve been going through David Poile’s drafts as general manager of the Nashville Predators to determine which years were successful at producing talent and which ones weren’t. So far I’ve looked at the 1998 Draft, which produced franchise icon David Legwand, and the 1999 Draft, when Poile selected Martin Erat, who was eventually traded for Filip Forsberg. In this installment, I continue moving forward to the 2000 Draft, the year the New York Islanders took Rick Dipietro first overal...
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THW Podcast – Ep. 18 – NHL Teams That Missed Playoffs… Now What?

On the 18th episode of The Hockey Writers Podcast, Brandon and I take a good long look at the NHL franchises that either missed or will probably miss the 2018-19 NHL postseason. We focus on teams that probably were expected to do more, but for some reason just couldn’t pull it all together. It’s just the two of us this week, talking back and forth and chatting hockey. It’s one of the least formal episodes we’ve done but one of the most fun as well. We hope you enjoy. On This Week’...
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