Devils 2017-18 team discussion (player news and notes) - season begins!

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  1. SpeakingOfTheDevils

    SpeakingOfTheDevils Devils Advocate

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    Hall-Zajac-Bratt
    Johansson-Hischier-Palmieri
     
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    ... on just about the worst offensive team in the league. Hall only had 20 goals and 53 points. That's about 30 points short of where he should be.

    I was saying Hall Nico Bratt - or Stafford - and then make the second line something to deal with Palms on the wing.
     
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    I guess we can wait and see how Lovejoy looks consistently getting third pairing minutes.
     
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    Any word from the league on how this wasn’t addressed?
     
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    Zajacs Bowl Cut Nova Nation

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    are you more likely to score with possession or without it?
     
  6. OmNomNom

    OmNomNom Nico Nico Nii~~~

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    it wasn't the high hit that caused the clavicle hit - wasn't john hanley a diff guy?

    it's true though (talked with people about this) - no harm done (from said high hit), no need to pursue action
     
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    Mueller out - Lovejoy in
     
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    even without the mueller injury i doubt ray would've made any type of moves to acquire talent. this is a growth year and anything more like playoffs or playoff wins is just gravy at this point. i'm sure the summer is when he would target and pounce on a player/team
     
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    I feel like Lovejoy hasn't been too bad in the minutes he's played? I think we should just wait it out. I kinda love this team chemistry so far, wouldn't want a rash trade to spoil it.
     
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    Really stinks about Mueller. I guess we'll see how Lovejoy does for the next few weeks. If it doesn't go well, gotta figure Shero is thinking of other options. There is a lot of season left. This also gets Prout closer to regular minutes which is awful imho. A guy who is a constant penalty is the last thing this roster needs.
     
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    Anyone down for Jon Merrill part II: Electric Boogaloo?
     
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    NJDevs26 No more status quo?!

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    lol one more injury and it may come to that
     
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    SPOILER ALERT: Bad
     
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    That’s honestly not even a spoiler. They gave that away in the teaser trailer ( 7 games this season).
     
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    NJDevs26 No more status quo?!

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    I'm usually the first one on the possession can get overrated train (see: Bennett, Beau) but as was said they did outscore the lines they played last year by a wide margin. It's not about quantity of goals as much as it is scoring more goals than the opponent. And Travis didn't hold Palm back. In Hall's case he was never the same after surgery last year but I'd give that line another try.
     
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    now now, the jury is still out

    he could be really bad for all we know
     
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    The Devils can't sustain this level of play with how much they're hemorrhaging shots. But let's enjoy it while it lasts.
     
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    Play PZ or send him to Bing.

    Play McLeod or send him to Juniors.
     
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    Apparently today is National Pickle Day.

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    Emperoreddy Show me what you got

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    Damn was really worried it was his collarbone and there it is.
     
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    this is how I feel, if they make the playoffs that's a good thing -- if they miss that's alright too because another lottery pick added to a group of good young players. so I'm pretty content
    although their shots against might go down with both Zajac and Johansson in the lineup
     
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    I wonder how much of an impact the trickle-down effect of Zajac will have on that.

    Henrique gets moved to wing. Hischier gets to play lesser competition in a 2C role. Coleman doesn't have to check top lines. All of those factors makes our forward group much deeper.

    There was a lot of scraping by while Zajac was gone. Coleman was used as a "just don't let them score" checking line which forced us into the defensive almost every shift. At least now we should be able to roll four lines that should be just as good if not better than what they went up against.
     
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    Looks like Zajac is in for the next game!
     
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    This year, to me, is still a development season and realistically no matter how they finish the year it can be seen as a success. Nico has come in and shown he's the real deal with the potential to be our #1 center for a long long time. Bratt's emergence cannot be understated as he gives us more depth at wing already and can make certain players expendable for help on defense. Butcher has shown he has the potential to be our powerplay quarter-back moving forward, something we've lacked since Zidlicky, and he's not terrible defensively either. Coleman is another solid depth forward that's emerged and added a lot of value for us. Wood has looked like a new player this season and while he still makes some mental errors he's really cleaned up his game in the offensive zone and become much less of a one-trick pony only using his speed, he's an actual hockey player this year. The veterans looks rejuvenated with all of the youth and the success as well, which is definitely important.

    I had hope and really thought we were on the right track before this season started but seeing the above come to fruition only solidifies that in my mind. This may not be a playoff year for us but we are much closer than some think. Very exciting times ahead my friends.
     
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    Yea I'm torn on whether I put Nico with Hall or Zajac with Hall.

    On one hand, any center you put with Hall (outside Henrique) will probably have good possession numbers. There aren't many wingers in the league that can drive play like Hall. So do we split up Zajac/Hall to have two dependable lines possession wise? There's also the case that Nico/Bratt will be able to hold up possession wise too. I think Hynes will put Zajac with Hall and if that's the case I'll go with:

    Hall-Zajac-Palms
    MoJo-Nico-Bratt
    Henrique-Zacha-Stafford
    Wood-Boyle-Gibbons

    Honestly Stafford isn't anything great. He's looked passable, but many RWs are going to look passable when Nico/Hall are on their line. If you want to scratch him for Coleman and bump up one of Gibbons/Wood or call up one of JQ/Blandisi later in the year, that's fine. Stafford isn't even as good as PAP IMO.
     
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