Just a Thought: The Devils are Creating a New Identity

Devils Win vs Jets at Prudential Center: Jan 17, 2012We all love to sit and discuss the nuances of the game. The critics and cynics pick apart a bad pass, a bad save or a great PK that turned around the New Jersey Devils’ play.  I’d like to step back and see the bigger picture that is forming. With coaching changes four times in the past three years, a slew of injuries, players leaving and a lot of young guys coming in, it is hard to say that the Devils have had a solid identity.

The players are coming together as a team under Peter DeBoer and are creating a new Devils’ identity. They are sustaining increased pressure on the forecheck (as seen by all the SHGs) and an offense that takes chances. We also can see that the players trust their coach. Parise has been quoted saying, “We would run through a wall for him.” Their coach has a mutual respect and has returned it with positive comments about his players.

Team chemistry is one element we don’t always use to describe the organization. We see across the NHL that teams sometimes have cliques or stand alone players. We also see how much this disrupts team chemistry. With pairings like Elias/Sykora, the Henrique line and the fact that the Devils have 7 players with more than 10 goals; I don’t believe they have any issues with chemistry. The players have built off of their coach’s attitude and are coming together as a team, Jersey’s team.

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Posted on January 18, 2012, in Just A Thought, New Jersey Devils and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Dennis Colligan

    These are the Lines I would like to see.

    Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk
    Sykora-Elias-Zubrus
    Tedenby-Josefson-Clarkson
    Zharkov-Zajac-Zalewski

    With Zajac injured Mills would be OK.

    Don’t play Boulton an/or Jansen …Please

  2. Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk
    Sykora-Elias-Clarkson
    Tedenby-Zajac-Zubrus
    Zharkov-Josefson-Zalewski

    I think something like this would make me happy. I don’t like Clarkson playing with Tedenby. Let Elias setup Clarkson and Sykora … could be good. Mills can center the 4th or 3rd line moving Josefson up if need be if Zajac is missing. Let Carter/Zalewski/Zharkov fight for a bottom 6 spot.

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