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A Closer Look at The Newest Devil: Matt D’Agostini

The Newest Devil

As not only a New Jersey Devils fan, but also a Devils blogger, I usually don’t react too quickly to the news of acquiring a new player. I like to look at numbers, and get some feedback. However, when I heard that the Devils had acquired Matt D’Agostini, I was pretty excited even before getting some feedback.

I’ve heard the name Matt D’Agostini for a while now, not because he’s exactly a high-scoring sniper, but there are certain guys on some teams that stand out.  Guys that fans seem to love when they watch them play every game, even if they’re not lighting the lamp that often.

Of course, when a trade is made, one of the first things people are going to look at are the numbers. D’Agostini’s numbers, at least this season, are not that impressive.

However, let me take you back just to just short time ago… to the time when Steve Bernier was signed after being invited to camp.

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Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!

Stefan MatteauDon’t worry it’s not ’94 all over again, this Matteau is playing for the New Jersey Devils! Stefan Matteau, the Devils’ first pick in the 2012 NHL entry draft, has finally made his way up to the NHL. You might remember his father, former New York Ranger, Stéphane Matteau, for his double overtime goal against the Devils in game 7 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals. But, let’s focus on the young Matteau.

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New Jersey Devils Get Marek Zidlicky

New Jersey Devils Trade for Marek Zidlicky

President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello has made another move. The first reaction I noticed on Twitter was how much the Devils gave up. Mr. Lamoriello stated on MSG that he is not worried what we give up, just focused on what we are getting. The Devils acquired defenseman Marek Zidlicky from the Minnesota Wild. He is 35 years old and has a reputation of being the type of defenseman that can move the puck well and become involved in the offense. During his 7 NHL seasons, Zidlicky has had 5 seasons of 40+ points including a 53 point season in 2003-2004 with the Nashville Predators. In his last 2 seasons with Minnesota, Marek Zidlicky has finished with 42 and 43 points. Not bad for a defenseman. Marek Zidlicky also holds a Nashville Predators record of 35 power play points in one season.

The last two weeks across hockey blogs and Twitter, there has been a lot of buzz about Zidlicky only wanting to come to New Jersey. What a player wants doesn’t always transpire, but in this case it worked out. I personally feel that it is exciting when players WANT to play for a team – it means they are enthusiastic, energized and ready to contribute. What additionally makes me comfortable with this move is Zidlicky’s experience with Elias. These two players have won an Olympic Medal as well as 2 medals in the World Championships with Czech Republic National team.

Marek  Zidlicky’s NHL Totals: Games 507, Goals 60, Assists 224, Points 284

For more details on the trade, check out a post by Mark on The Faster Times.

Best to Wear #20 – Jay Pandolfo

Jay Pandolfo, Best to Wear #20NUMBER: 20
HEIGHT: 6′ 1″
WEIGHT: 190
POSITION: Left Wing
SHOOTS: Left
BORN: December 27, 1974
BIRTHPLACE: Winchester, Massachusetts

The Devils drafted Jay Pandolfo as the 32nd overall pick in the 1993 draft.  Pandolfo started his career as a Devil during the start of the 98-99 season. Some say his first season with the Devils was his best. He scored 14 goals and 27 points in 70 games.

Pandolfo has two Stanley Cup wins with the Devils. The first one in 2000 and the second in 2003. Pandolfo scored his first career hat trick on October 31, 2007 agaisnt the Tampa Bay Lightning. His first hat trick was also the first hat trick in the Prudential Center.

Jay Pandolfo’s 307 consecutive game streak came to an end on November 30, 2007  with a pelvic injury. He curently holds forth longest franchise record for consecutive games played. The current leader is Travis Zajac. Jay Pandolfo currently plays for the New York Islanders.

Career Stats with the New Jersey Devils
GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
819 99 124 223 15 154 2 7 19 1068 9.2%

Player of the Week Winner: Johan Hedberg

Johan Hedberg, Player of the Week, Player ProfileNUMBER: 1
HEIGHT: 6’0″
WEIGHT: 190 lbs
BORN: May 5, 1973
BIRTHPLACE: Leksand, Sweden

Congratulations Johan Hedberg (a.k.a. “Moose”) on being voted our Player of the Week for the week of November 28th through December 3rd! That week in particular was a rough one for the Devils, but I wanted to take a moment to focus on the positive. For when it comes to Johan Hedberg, us Devils fans have a lot to brag about.

This season, Moose is 9-5-1 with a GAA of 2.37 and SV% of .913. He has been solid for us between the pipes, both on his own and when called in to relieve Martin Brodeur. He has two shut outs this season; one against the LA Kings on October 26th and the second against the NY Islanders on November 25th.

Perhaps most impressive however, is Hedberg’s statistics when it comes to shootouts. He is the league leader in save percentage in the shootout (of goaltenders involved in 15 or more contests) with a career .775 SV%, allowing only 25 goals on 111 shots. Of the 30 shootout contests he’s faced, his record is 23-7. This season, he is already 5-1. With all of the shootouts the Devils have found themselves in so far, these are some numbers that will put a fan at ease! I can see why Johan looks so confident in these high pressure situations! He’s great at it, and he’s got the stats to prove it!

Of course, all of these stats are only as of this writing. I’m sure we can expect more great things from Moose this season. So, next time I’m at a game, I hope to hear those Mooooooooooose chants, loud and proud! Johan Hedberg has certainly earned the recognition!

Best to Wear #18 – Sergei Brylin

Sergei Brylin, Best to Wear #18NUMBER: 18
HEIGHT: 5’10″
WEIGHT: 190
POSITION: Center
SHOOTS: Left
BORN: January 13, 1974
BIRTHPLACE: Moscow, Russia

When fans think of the New Jersey Devils‘ three Stanley Cups, fans usually think of the same players: Daneyko, Niedermayer, Brodeur, and Stevens. However, Sergei Brylin is also a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the New Jersey Devils.

Brylin was drafted in the second round, 42nd overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils.

After debuting during the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season, Brylin played the next 12 seasons with the Devils. While he wasn’t your  top superstar, Brylin brought something valuable to the team.

Brylin was regarded as one of the best utility men in the game. While his game was usually defensive minded, Brylin could always fill any gap that the Devils had. He has played as a scoring forward, center, winger, penalty killer, powerplayer, first liner, fourth liner, he’s done it all. Except, he never was a defenseman.

Brylin signed away from the NHL after the 2007-08 season when the Devils didn’t offer him a deal.

He has made several attempts to come back to the Devils, but they have never been successful.

He currently plays for Metallurg Novokuznetsk in the KHL in Russia.

Career Stats with the New Jersey Devils
GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
765 129 179 308 49 273 34 2 14 1016 12.7%
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