NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The days of the New Jersey Devils being a permanent fixture in the Stanley Cup playoffs are long gone.
The postseason drought reached four years in John Hynes' just concluded first season as coach. While the Devils were more competitive, they are still lacking key ingredients, the biggest being a superstar to carry the team.
Goaltender Cory Schneider is clearly the best player on the team that went 38-36-8, a six-point improvement from the previous season.
The relatively young defense was solid with the top pair of captain Andy Greene and Adam Larsson leading the way. The offense again is lacking despite having 30-goal scorers in Adam Henrique and Kyle Palmieri. It scored a league-low 184 goals.
"I think the expectations were quite low and I thought for the most part we came out and defied those. We stuck to our expectations and not anyone else," Schneider said. "It was a step in the right direction but not the ultimate goal we wanted to achieve."
What the Devils did in Ray Shero's first season as general manager was changed the face of the club. It became a lot younger with the addition of Reid Boucher, Joseph Blandisi, Sergey Kalinin and Devante Smith-Pelly. << Read more