The NHL's youngest head coach was on the ice Monday working with the Devils' top prospects and free agents in an offseason development camp.
The 40-year-old Hynes wasn't installing the Devils' new system for the upcoming season. That will come later when the veterans arrive in late summer for training camp.
Monday's classroom sessions and split workouts are teaching tools, relaying core concepts to fresh-faced teenagers, college students and a couple young professionals to carry them throughout their careers.
The message is clear: Play fast, control the puck and be aggressive. It's the up-tempo hockey that new general manager Ray Shero has promised in taking over a once-proud franchise that missed the playoffs the past three seasons.