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Can the Devils Make Good on Their Promise This Time?

As Devils hockey returns, it returns to a fanbase willing to believe things can be different. Can they prevent another letdown this time?

Which New Jersey Devils Rookies Have the Best Shot At Winning A Roster Spot With A Strong Training Camp?

Training Camp begins today for the rookies. There are a handful of young players fighting for very few roster spots as the Devils hopefully transition from rebuilding to competing for a playoff spot. Which rookies have the best shot at making the team with a standout performance in training camp?

New Jersey Devils Bring in Jimmy Vesey, Mark Jankowski, & Tyler Wotherspoon on Professional Try Out Deals

Ahead of rookie camp beginning tomorrow, the New Jersey Devils announced that Jimmy Vesey, Mark Jankowski, and Tyler Wotherspoon will be in training camp next week on a professional try-out deals. Learn more about each and their chances at making the team in this post.

The 2021 AATJ Top 25 Devils Under 25: The Reveal of 10th to 6th

It’s time to reveal the first set of players in our top 10 for the 2021 AATJ Top 25 Under 25 ranking. This group consists of three players that have already contributed to New Jersey, another one that could make his debut this season, and a prospect with a lot of upside for the future.

The Waiver Exempt New Jersey Devils Ahead of 2021 Training Camp

New Jersey Devils rookies will report to training camp on September 15. Veterans will report a week later. Ahead of camps starting, this post looks at the Devils who are currently waiver exempt, notes who may lose it, and goes in detail about Jesper Boqvist again.

What Football Manager Helped Me Better Understand about Hockey Management

A NHL GM has to do more than just put a good roster together. There is much more to literally manage. And one of the best games on the market to express is actually about being a soccer manager. This post explains what I learned from Football Manager about hockey management.

Jack Hughes Did Some Tough Work

Hughes was a very good top six forward last year, but as more data is compiled and tabulated, it just showcases even more how much he helped the Devils when on the ice.

Tyler Bozak is an Insurance Policy the Devils Should Consider

The Devils have more-or-less concluded their offseason business this summer by most accounts, but one more move that could help solidify the roster at forward would be bringing in veteran center Tyler Bozak.

After Fitzgerald’s 2021 Moves, the Clock is Ticking

While the 2020-21 season ended with the whimper of more selling, Tom Fitzgerald changed gears and went all out to ensure a competitive future. His job might now depend on this season’s success.

The 2021 AATJ Top 25 Devils Under 25: The Third 5 Revealed from 15th to 11th

The next installment to our 2021 AATJ Top 25 Under 25 series is here. This group represents the players that finished in the middle of the top 25 and includes four forwards and a defenseman.

Where Did the 32 NHL GMs Come From? Part 2

Tom Fitzgerald was an Assistant General Manager to Ray Shero and was hired as the GM of the New Jersey Devils as Shero’s replacement. Is this common path for other GMs in the NHL? This second of two parts looks at the staffing history of the other GMs in the league to see if they had success prior to their position.

Where Did the 32 NHL GMs Come From? Part 1

Tom Fitzgerald was an Assistant General Manager to Ray Shero and was hired as the GM of the New Jersey Devils as Shero’s replacement. Is this common path for other GMs in the NHL? This first of two parts looks at the staffing history of the other GMs in the league to see if they had success prior to their position.

Will Pavel Zacha Regress This Year?

Pavel Zacha had somewhat of a breakout year last season. This season, should we expect regression, or can he continue to produce at the clip he did in 2020-21?

Despite the Top Two, Center Depth Represents a Potential Weakness for the Devils

The Devils have Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes as their strong one-two punch down the middle heading into 2021-22, but things at the center position get very iffy beyond spot number two on the depth chart.

NHL & NHLPA Agree to New COVID-19 Protocols for 2021-22 Season

This evening, the NHL and NHLPA agreed to new COVID-19 protocols for the 2021-22 season. This post goes over the main points of those protocols, their impact, and touches briefly on New Jersey’s status.

The 2021 AATJ Top 25 Devils Under 25: The Second 5 Revealed from 20th to 16th

It is now time to reveal the next group of players on our Top 25 Under 25 list. This group of 5 players consists of 2 forwards and 3 defensemen. All of these players have professional experience already so a few of these players aren’t far away from potentially contributing to New Jersey.

Outside the Box Thinking: Applying the 6Ms for the New Jersey Devils Penalty Kill

One of the common tools in investigating problems in many industries is the 6Ms. By categorizing potential causes for a problem, one can efficiently identify what needs further investigation. In this post, I show how it can be used for the New Jersey Devils’ penalty kill.

Jack Drew, Michael Took, and the Penalties Drawn & Taken by the 2021 New Jersey Devils

One of the big issues from the 2021 New Jersey Devils was their penalty kill. The power play was not much better. To that end, how good were the Devils at drawing and taking calls in 2021? And how did it compare to the prior season for some? This post explores those questions and more.

The Devils Need a Bounceback Year from Mackenzie Blackwood in 2021-22

Mackenzie Blackwood worked his way to the top of the goaltending depth chart in 2018-19 and 2019-20, but he took a step back after a hot start in 2020-21 as the Devils as a whole disappointed. With renewed hope that the Devils could return to the playoff conversation following a strong 2021 offseason, Blackwood will remain a key to making that leap out of the league’s doldrums.

The 2021 AATJ Top 25 Devils Under 25: The First 5 Revealed from 25th to 21st

The time has come for us to start revealing which players made the 2021 AATJ Top 25 New Jersey Devils Under 25 list. This post will reveal which players just made the cut for the final five spots in this year’s edition. It features three forwards, a defenseman, and a goaltender.

The 2021 AATJ Top 25 Devils Under 25: The Outsiders from #51 to #26

It is time to reveal the order of the 2021 All About the Jersey Top 25 New Jersey Devils players Under 25 list. As is tradition, this begins with the 26 players who did not make the list this year - The Outsiders.

New Jersey Devils Announce 2021-22 Single Game Ticket Sales Date & Partially Releases Promotional Schedule

On Friday afternoon, the New Jersey Devils announced that single game tickets will go on sale on August 24 at 1 PM. The announcement also included a partial promotional schedule and other bits worthy of further thoughts.

How About a Smith-Hamilton Pairing?

With the signing of Dougie Hamilton, he is basically cemented in as the top pairing right defenseman. Who will play alongside him? I would suggest it should be Ty Smith.

Looking Ahead to a Competitive Battle for the Final Roster Spots at Forward

The Devils will have a bunch of options to fill out the roster at forward this season, let’s start looking at the best candidates.

An Incredibly Early 2022 Olympics Projection for Devils Players & Men’s USA Hockey

Signs are showing that the NHL expects to pause for the 2022 Winter Olympics next February. Thus, assuming the NHL does participate, this post is a very early projection of which New Jersey Devils players could go to Beijing and who could represent America in men’s ice hockey.

An Increasingly Messy Metro Could Represent an Opportunity for the Devils

As the Capitals and Penguins theoretically enter their twilight years atop the Metropolitan Division and some of the other division opponents seemingly stagnate, the Devils have a growing opportunity in the next few years to be one of the teams to step into the void.

Given the State of the Devils, the Age of the Team is in a Good Place

The Devils have been rebuilding for what seems like forever at this point, but they are expected to break out of it now, especially after their offseason moves. The team’s age is in a good place if that happens.

New Jersey Devils Re-Sign Janne Kuokkanen to 2 Season, $3.65 Million Contract

This afternoon, the New Jersey Devils announced they have re-signed their last remaining RFA: left winger Janne Kuokkanen. This post goes into how Kuokkanen did last season and how this $3.65 million contract over 2 seasons is a good one.

Bottom Six Center Options for the New Jersey Devils in 2021-22

The New Jersey Devils have three centers ready for next season: Nico Hischier, Jack Hughes, and Michael McLeod. Who is the fourth one? This post looks at internal and external options for an available bottom-six center role.

Kevin Dineen Hired as Utica Comets Head Coach; Hopefully to Help Devils AHL Affiliate Compete

The New Jersey Devils announced on August 5, 2021 that Kevin Dineen will be the head coach of the Utica Comets. This post goes into the lack of success by Devils’ AHL affiliate teams and why Dineen being hired is a good move to turn that around.

Offense Built Through the Draft. Defense? No.

When you look at the Devils’ roster after the Tatar signing, you see a huge difference between how the offense has been built versus the defense.

It’s the Summer of Fitz

It’s been quite a summer for Tom Fitzgerald and the Devils as the GM has now put his own stamp firmly on the organization with a summer of eye-catching moves. The question now is: Can the Devils make real strides this season and erase the bad memories of the last splashy summer they had in 2019?