Thursday, September 16, 2010
2010-11 Preview: New Jersey Devils
2010-11 Prediction 5th Eastern Conference
Ilya Kovalchuk. Ok, seriously enough about him, his contract, the drama, and the horse he rode in on. He's an excellent player and the New Jersey Devils are more than one person. F's like Patrick Elias, Jamie Langenbrunner, Brian Rolston, and Travis Zajac, and Zach Parise (a real American Hero) are veteran forwards that have had excellent careers without Russian snipers. The Devils also managed to add two of the biggest names in free agency, D Anton Volchenkov and Henrik Tallinder. This move, more than any other could be the key to New Jersey's success. Forwards in the Atlantic Division should be nervous about a division schedule pitting them against the typically stingy Devils with these guys. It all starts and ends with G Martin Brodeur though. He is 38 years old and many have felt that he needs to play less games during the season, instead of the recent trend of him playing less games in the playoffs by bowing out early because he is tired by March. If Brodeur finds a proper balance and this team goes in to the playoffs clicking on all cylanders, they could be the sleeper team in the east.
Player to Watch: D Anton Volchenkov