2017-2018 Overview:

The New Jersey Devils had a relatively successful season last season despite being knocked out in the first round of playoffs by the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was the the Devils’ first return to the playoffs since the 2011-2012 season. The Devils locked up the second wild card spot after going 44-29-9 with 97 points.

Taylor Hall (cover photo) is easily the most impressive player on New Jersey’s roster. Hall had 93 points (39g-54a) in 78 games last year. Finishing second in team scoring was rookie, Nico Hischier, who had 52 points (20g-32a) in 82 games.

Off-season Moves:

Additions: Egor Yakovlev, D; Eric Gryba, D; Kurtis Gabriel, RW

Subtractions: Patrick Maroon, LW; Brian Gibbons, LW; John Moore, D

What to Expect:

The Devils look to return to the playoffs. The Devils have balance–many of the the current players on the team have an average amount of points–but other than Hall, the Devils are shy in star power. New Jersey should return to the playoffs, but put against teams like the Penguins, Capitals, Lightning or Maple Leafs, the Devils may not match up well star-for-star. New Jersey may perform better than last season (and finish ahead of the Flyers and Blue Jackets), but seriously competing for the Stanley Cup in unrealistic this season.

Cover Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Zachary Herr covers the National Hockey League for Full Press Coverage.

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