Author Archives: James Villani

Free Agent Profile: T.J. Brodie

Introduction If we learned anything from the disappointing 2019-20 New Jersey Devils’ season it is that the defense is an area where the team must improve. Although the Devils have more defensive depth in their prospect system than most believe, there is a gaping hole in New Jersey’s top-four. Specifically, on the left side (see

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Free Agent Profile: Evgenii Dadonov

Introduction Although at a different time, free agency is fast approaching. As was explained in my Devils’ offseason guide, expect a plethora of free agency profiles of those individuals the Devils should target. That guide can be found here and my top-20 best unrestricted free agents can be found via this link. This article will

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The Ultimate Guide For The New Jersey Devils’ Impending, Vital Offseason

Introduction The New Jersey Devils have the biggest offseason in franchise history ahead of them. With the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic, things will be even more interesting given the salary cap will remain the same. The Devils and newly named general manager Tom Fitzgerald will certainly have their work cut out for them. Entering

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James’ Top-30 2020 NHL Entry Draft Prospect Rankings

1. Alexis Lafrenière (06/09/2020) 2. Tim Stützle (05/07/2020) 3. Quinton Byfield (05/08/2020) 4. Marco Rossi (04/30/2020) 5. Lucas Raymond (04/28/2020) 6. Cole Perfetti (05/06/2020) 7. Jamie Drysdale (05/01/2020) 8. Alexander Holtz (04/29/2020) 9. Yaroslav Askarov (05/05/2020) 10. Anton Lundell (05/11/2020) 11. Seth Jarvis (05/13/2020) 12. Jake Sanderson (05/04/2020) 13. Jack Quinn (05/09/2020) 14. Dawson Mercer (05/16/2020) 15. Rodion Amirov (05/12/2020) 16. Noah Gunler (05/19/2020) 17. Kaiden Guhle (05/31/2020) 18. Braden Schneider (06/29/2020) 19. Ryan O’Rourke (07/01/2020) 20. Jacob Perreault (05/26/2020) 21. Dylan Holloway (05/14/2020) 22. Connor Zary (05/15/2020) 23. Maverik Bourque (05/20/2020) 24. Lukas Reichel (05/18/2020) 25. Brendan Brisson (07/18/2020) 26. Hendrix Lapierre (05/21/2020) 27. John-Jason Peterka (05/28/2020) 28. William

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What are The Devils Getting in Reilly Walsh?

Introduction The New Jersey Devils made a huge move Monday morning. It was something no one necessarily thought was in the works either. The team announced via their social media networks that an agreement was reached with college defenseman Reilly Walsh. The deal is your typical three-year, entry-level contract. Nonetheless, very exciting to see. Who

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Devils Draft Series: Brendan Brisson, College-Bound Playmaking Centerman

Profile Brendan Brisson is an 18-year-old, dual-citizen of the United States and Canada. He is listed as five-foot-ten and 179 pounds. The left-handed centerman has played his junior hockey career in the United States. After spending this season with the Chicago Steel of the USHL, Brisson is scheduled to attend the University of Michigan and

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Devils Draft Series: Ryan O’Rourke; Two-Way, Puck-Moving Defenseman

Profile Ryan O’Rourke is an 18-year-old, left-handed defenseman who’s listed at 6-foot-2, 181 pounds. The Canadian has played his whole junior career in his native country, most recently with the Soo Greyhounds of the OHL. The final 2020 NHL Draft Rankings were not so kind to O’Rourke, as he ranked 27th among North American skater. The

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