30 NHL Previews in 30 Days – New Jersey Devils

Our friends from across the Hudson are up.  What do we expect from the Devils this season?  After the demise of John McLean from the coaching ranks, the Devils came back with old friend Jacques LeMaire, who brought the Devils to the precipice of the playoffs to only fall just a little short.

With a full season from Zach Parise, who knows what will be in store for New Jersey this season.

Here is an excerpt from Pucks and Pitchforks writer Drew Friedman:

Another Year, Another New Coach: Seriously, even if you hadn’t watched the Devils since the end of the 2009-2010 playoffs, would you really be surprised by this title?  This time, Peter DeBoer is the new man in charge, and while some would understandably question this move, it is clear what the organization’s motive was.  With the disaster they witnessed on the ice in front of John MacLean for the first 32 games of last season, the front office decided to forget about looking internally for a head coach, and went to the former Panthers’ coach as their latest hire.  After a nice surprise in his first season in Florida, DeBoer’s last two seasons were certainly subpar, despite a less-than-superb lineup put out each night by the Panthers.  How will he fare in New Jersey?  That’s anyone’s guess; regardless, he deserves a fair chance, as he has, at least, proven he can coach in this league.

Player to Watch: I can go further than stating that I am really, really excited to watch right wing Mattias Tedenby continue to progress this season.  How?  By admitting that I am more excited to watch him than any player on this roster.  After a solid rookie campaign, Tedenby looks to follow up with an increase in production on what should be one of the Devils’ top two lines.  And while I don’t want to go too far with this, the Swede reminds me of a young Zach Parise; all the speed a forward could need, a knack for moving the puck, and a developing scoring touch.  Plus, what is really exciting about Tedenby is that he is only 21, and figures to be a quality forward in the Devils’ lineup already.

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