Author Archives: Jacob Goren

NHL’s “Model” Defenseman, Do The Devils Have One?

Introduction Twenty years ago, you wanted a defenseman who could hit hard, was steady in their own end, and were okay offensively. Examples being Scott Stevens, Chris Pronger, and Chris Chelios. While there were some other fantastic defensemen such as Ray Borque and Paul Coffey, they were coming out of a high-scoring 80’s era and

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Free Agent Profile: Mike Hoffman, Power Play Specialist

Introduction In 2019-20, the New Jersey Devils were flat out bad. The team held a record of 29 wins, 30 losses, and 12 overtime and shootout losses. Even despite the post-all-star game success of rookie goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood, the team still struggled. One reason they were so terrible was its lack of goal scoring and scoring

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Free Agent Profile: Braden Holtby, Overrated Washington Capitals’ Goaltender

Introduction There’s a saying in hockey, goalies are weird. One season they will be at a Vezina Trophy caliber level, stopping almost every shot that comes their way. And the next, they turn into a pumpkin and are unable to make a save that even an average backup goalie can. This offseason there is a

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Free Agent Profile: Alex Galchenyuk, Possession-Driving Forward

Introduction The New Jersey Devils have three main needs that they could potentially address through free agency. These being a top-six winger, a left-handed defenseman, and a backup goaltender. There have already been a few articles in this series that have discussed potential targets for a left-handed defenseman with T.J. Brodie and on the wing with Evgeni Dadonov and Mikael

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