The New Jersey Devils have been a bit aggressive in the last few years to return to rival status, but nothing has stopped. But this time they added an elite defender to Dugie Hamilton and sentenced him to seven years in prison. They also added Colorado’s limited-paid 26-year-old defender Ryan Graves, striker Thomas Tatar and reserve goalkeeper Jonathan Bernier.
Sure, the Devils ’current iteration is one of the best content they’ve had in years, but will it be enough to compete in the NHL’s busiest division? The answer is probably not me, at least not me.
Obviously, the “devils” are a better team, but they gain a little more love from the public. Hamilton will turn New Jersey into a watching team, but if the Devils plan to jump, it will probably pass over the Flyers. Like other additions, whether the Devils can overcome this projection and advance to the playoffs depends on their young core being able to play at a high level in 82 games.
While more than two-thirds of the New Jersey strikers are under the age of 23 and looking to the future with confidence, tailors need to know exactly where the team is now. According to statistics, the “devils” are rated as a team below average in almost every category, and I don’t think they change content overnight, mostly made up of unproven players.
Game: The Devils will miss the playoffs (at BetMGM and DraftKings -200).