Category Archives: NHL: NJ Devils

Free Agent Profile: Tyson Barrie, Two-Way, Scoring Defenseman

The Toronto Maple Leafs are in a bizarre situation. The team seems good, but never good enough to win it all for a fan base that has been impatiently waiting since the late 1960s for another Stanley Cup. The team once again failed to win it all while millions upon millions are dished out to

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Free Agent Profile: Derek Forbort, Former Los Angeles Kings’ Defenseman

Introduction Derek Forbort is a 28-year old defenseman from Duluth, Minnesota. He has played five years in the NHL since being selected 15th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2010 NHL entry draft. This past season, Forbort was traded to the Calgary Flames, who needed to fill the absence of Travis Hamonic. This

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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: Sami Vatanen, Reunion on the Horizon?

Surprise surprise, we are covering another defenseman in our 2020 Free Agent Profile series. Today, we analyze former New Jersey Devil, Sami Vatanen. Though Vatanen is right-handed, he is still a player general manager Tom Fitzgerald should investigate. Vatanen would fill one of three major offseason needs: a top-two defenseman, a top-six winger, and a

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Free Agent Profile: Radko Gudas, “Tough-Guy” Defenseman

Introduction The early theme of our free agent profile series here at Devils Army Blog is defensemen. This is for a good reason, as it’s an area where the New Jersey Devils need to make it a point to improve. An overview of the Devils’ roster shows two distinct holes in the team’s defensive group.

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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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Free Agent Profile: Robin Lehner, Underrated Vegas Netminder

Introduction Up until a few years ago, Robin Lehner was not thought about much. He was nothing more than a young starting goaltender who did not seem to reach his full potential. Then again, he did end up on the Buffalo Sabres, so we cannot fault him that much for that. After leaving the Sabers,

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Free Agent Profile: Justin Schultz, Veteran Right-Handed Defenseman

Introduction Justin Schultz is a 30-year-old free agent defenseman coming off of the last year of his contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Drafted in the second-round of the 2008 entry draft, Schultz has been in the NHL for nine years. He played nearly four seasons for the Edmonton Oilers before being traded to Pittsburgh in

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Free Agent Profile: Mikael Granlund, Two-Way Finnish Forward

Introduction The New Jersey Devils were left with a gaping hole on the left side of the team’s top line. This after Taylor Hall was dealt before the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline. The hole got deeper after the Devils shipped off Blake Coleman, arguably the team’s best role player the past few seasons. Needless to

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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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