Just two games left on the preseason slate and then it gets real. Here are your links for today:
Jesper Bratt scored a hat trick and added an assist as the Devils claimed a 6-5 win against the Islanders on Monday. [Devils NHL]
#NEWS: We have assigned the following players to Utica (AHL): forwards Graeme Clarke, Kyle Criscuolo (cleared waivers today), Chase Stillman and defenseman Daniil Misyul.— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) October 3, 2023
Goaltender Erik Kallgren was placed on waivers with intent of being assigned to Utica.
The Athletic’s season preview for the Devils: “If expectations for the Devils stay at even quasi-realistic levels, and if the goaltending remotely holds up, this season should be successful in one way or another. There are simply too many high-end pieces, starting with Jack Hughes, to expect things to go off the rails. We’re not saying it’s impossible, just that it’s unlikely.” [The Athletic ($)]
“The Devils’ ascension may have been quicker than anticipated, but the roster-building to get to this point gives New Jersey its best chance of matching or exceeding last year. There’s always a risk of regression, and there are clear areas that could hold the Devils back. But they’re in a very strong position to prove their success wasn’t a fluke but instead a sign of what’s to come.” [The Athletic ($)]
Trevor Zegras and the Ducks have a deal:
Z signed on the dotted line ✍️— B/R Open Ice (@BR_OpenIce) October 2, 2023
Trevor Zegras has re-signed with the Ducks on a 3-year contract worth $5.75m per year pic.twitter.com/l9sxFpe05n
This sounds … intriguing:
Derek Stepan announces his retirement:
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