2013 statistics: 42 games/11 goals, 5 assists, 16 points/minus-3 rating, 16 PIMs
Free-agent status: Restricted
2012-13 salary/cap hit: $525,000/$854,166 (via Cap Geek)
Team history: Drafted in third round (82nd overall) in 2008
What he brings: It didn't take long to see the Adam Henrique package in full display. Henrique took the NHL by storm in his rookie season, coming up just short in the Calder Trophy voting that likely would've changed if the voting happened after the postseason. Overall, Henrique is a strong two-way centerman with some ability to play the wing. He's responsible on the backcheck and unafraid of taking his game into the dirty areas that Pete DeBoer loves. He's solid in the faceoff dot and has a quick enough shot that it sometimes can cause problems for opposing goaltenders. His biggest attributes are probably the ones you can't measure. Henrique oozes intangibles on and off the ice. During last season's Cup run and at times this year, Henrique showed a unique ability to find the puck -- and the net -- when the Devils needed it most. As DeBoer once said, "pucks just seem to find him." He's tough and has the leadership skills to one day take over one of the key positions in the locker room.
What he lacks: The scoring and playmaking abilities that were very evident during Henrique's rookie year were hard to come by in his sophomore campaign. Henrique disappeared for long stretches during the season really struggled to find consistency in his game. He's not the biggest guy (6-foot, 195 pounds) and you sometimes get the sense he needs players around him to make plays, rather than being able to create them on his own. Henrique entered the league as a projected third line centerman in the mold of a Brandon Dubinsky or Brooks Laich, but his startling offensive production in his rookie year kind of shattered his glass ceiling. The question becomes whether his struggles this year were just a matter of a "sophomore slump" or whether Henrique actually came back to Earth once the league got enough tape on him and figured out his game. Also, although he can play the wing, he's clearly uncomfortable there and loses some of his game when moved out of the center of the ice.
Should he stay or should he go: Regardless of what the answer to that question is, this one is an easy one. There's absolutely no way Henrique gets away from the Devils this offseason. While there's always the possibility of some time offer sheeting him something absurd, I highly doubt it will even get to that point -- mostly because I don't think Henrique wants to leave. In the end, an offer sheet only gets signed if a player is trying to force his team's hand or wants out. I don't see either of those situations happening. HOWEVER, that doesn't mean this is necessarily going to go smoothly. The Devils will tender Henrique, but I'm sure his agents would like to renegotiate whatever that tender might be. Could we see some sort of summer standoff where Henrique waits to sign until right before camp? Wouldn't shock me, but in the end, he'll be in uniform when it counts. ... FINAL VERDICT: He stays.