Author Archives: James Villani

Devils Army Blog Mid-Offseason NHL Power Rankings

Stanley Cup Favorites: 1. Colorado Avalanche Somehow Joe Sakic and the Colorado Avalanche got better this offseason. They added a solid middle-six forward in Brandon Saad and a vastly underrated top-four defenseman in Devon Toews. 2. Tampa Bay Lightning The Lightning still have work to do to manage the team’s cap situation and remaining unrestricted

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Top Remaining Unrestricted Free Agent The New Jersey Devils Should Target

Introduction After a few early moves, general manager Tom Fitzgerald has been eerily quiet. The market as a whole has settled down as well. However, despite this, there still remains quality unrestricted free agents on the market. Additionally, the Devils still have a few glaring holes the team must address. Projected Devils’ Depth Chart Forwards

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Ryan Murray: A Solid Defensive Defenseman When Healthy

Introduction After a quiet draft day in terms of trades, New Jersey Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald made a splash late Thursday evening. The Devils announced they traded a 2021 fifth-round pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenseman Ryan Murray. You can learn about the newest Devils’ defenseman below. Profile Ryan Murray

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New Jersey Devils’ 2020 NHL Free Agency Preview

Introduction We are quickly moving through the 2020 NHL offseason. Just two days after the NHL Draft ended, NHL free agency is slated to begin. This year there will not be any “handshake” agreements in place before the actual signing period. Once noon on Friday, October 9th rolls around, the league signing period is open. At

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New Jersey Devils’ Day Two/Overall Grades and Player Breakdown

Introduction The New Jersey Devils had to wait hours to make the team’s first pick of day. But, general manager Tom Fitzgerald did not disappoint. He started off by selecting a goalie which was highly rated by many. He ended the day by selecting three forwards and one defenseman. Fitzgerald even made a trade as

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New Jersey Devils’ Day One Draft Grades and Player Breakdowns

Introduction The New Jersey Devils made all three of the team’s first-round picks despite possible rumors of the team moving at least one of their 18th or 20th overall picks. The Devils addressed the team’s forward need, specifically at the wing, with the team’s first two picks. The third pick the Devils went defense, and

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Devils Army Blog 2020 NHL Mock Draft

#1. New York Rangers: Alexis Lafrenière, LW, Rimouski – QMJHL The consensus number one overall pick is the best prospect since the 2016 NHL Draft. This when the Toronto Maple Leafs selected Auston Matthews. #2. Los Angeles Kings: Tim Stützle, C, Mannheim – DEL According to the Athletic’s Corey Pronman, “team sources around the league

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New Jersey Devils’ 2020 NHL Draft Preview

Introduction Get ready New Jersey Devils’ fans. The day we have all been waiting for is just about here, the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. In our most recent episode of Devils Army Cast, we broke down the upcoming draft in great depth (see below). For those who are old-fashioned and appreciate text, this article will

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Free Agent Profile: Brenden Dillon, Potential Free Agent Bargain Defensive Defenseman

Introduction My most recent free agent profile focused on forward Craig Smith. Someone that can be described as a “value signing.” Value signings, as was mentioned in the Craig Smith profile, are going to be a theme of this upcoming free agency. Especially given the strict budget-cutting and internal salary caps some NHL teams are

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Free Agent Profile: Craig Smith, Vastly Underrated Depth Forward

Introduction Our free agent profile series has largely focused on defensemen, as that is not only the biggest need for the New Jersey Devils but also the strength of the pending free agent class. However, today’s focus is going to be on an unrestricted free agent forward that would fit the description of a “value

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