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Beniers Makes this a Strong Team

Created by: LouRules
Initial Creation Date: Apr 21, 2021
Published: Apr 22 at 10:30
Team: 2021-22 New Jersey Devils
Team Explanation
Minnesota Trade:
The Wild choose to keep their defense intact by protecting Fiala Greenway Eriksson Ek Foligno Suter Spurgeon Brodin Dumba Kahkonen. They trade Soucy for Butcher as both fulfill the eligibility requirements and the Wild pick up two picks rather than lose Soucy for free. Seattle can then take a forward like Rask or the hefty Parise Zuccarello Bonino contracts or Butcher himself.

Seattle Expansion:
Hischier Zacha Bratt Kuokkanen Sharangovich Wood McLeod Protected
Johnsson Bastian Merkley Exposed
Severson Siegenthaler Soucy Blackwood Protected
Subban Wedgewood Exposed
Johnsson Selected

Lottery Winners: Detroit and Buffalo
1. DET Owen Power
2. BUF Brandt Clarke
3. ANA Dylan Guenther
4. SEA Luke Hughes
5. LAK Simon Edvinsson
6. NJD Matthew Beniers
7. CBJ William Eklund
8. VAN Kent Johnson
9. SJS Jesper Wallstedt
10. CGY Chaz Lucius
23. NYI-NJD Corson Ceulemans

Free Agency:
The Devils go all out on the first day of free agency bringing in Hurricanes star defenseman Dougie Hamilton to a 7 year $9 AAV contract, the largest on the market. They cap off the day with a signing for a new 1B goaltender Jonathan Bernier after his resurgence in Detroit.

Training Camp:
Nolan Foote and Alexander Holtz look to have developed as players after their short stints in Newark and Binghamton and make the team and starting lineup out of camp. But all the talk of camp is about the Devils new center Matthew Beniers, whose play looks like that of a nhl veteran the very first time he steps foot on the ice. Beniers' play lessens the disappointment fans felt over missing out on both Brandt Clarke and Luke Hughes in a draft the Devils may have been targeting a defenseman. Yegor Sharangovich finds his niche as the third player on a good line by developing chemistry with Pavel Zacha and Nico Hischier. The Swedes Jesper Bratt and Alexander Holtz find themselves on the wing of breakout superstar Jack Hughes and after a frustrating season of great puck possession not finding the net, all three set career highs in goals and eventually pass the Hischier line in ice time.

Prediction:
This is one of the better scenarios the Devils could have- signing the star defenseman, getting immediate production from the 6th overall pick, seeing demonstrable growth from first year players Foote and Holtz. If things were to break out this way I expect them to finish 3rd in the division and win a round of playoffs.
Free Agent Signings
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Sharangovich, Yegor3$2,250,000
Kuokkanen, Janne3$2,250,000
Mcleod, Michael2$1,750,000
Merkley, Nick1$1,500,000
Bastian, Nathan1$1,500,000
Siegenthaler, Jonas1$1,500,000
Studenic, Marian1$900,000
White, Colton1$900,000
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
Hamilton, Dougie7$9,000,000
Bernier, Jonathan2$3,500,000
CREATEDYEARSCAP HIT
Beniers, Matthew3$925,000
Trades
NJD
  1. Soucy, Carson
  2. 2021 6th round pick (MIN)
Additional Details:
Before Expansion Draft
MIN
  1. Butcher, Will ($1,866,666 retained)
  2. 2021 3rd round pick (NJD)
  3. 2022 4th round pick (NJD)
NJD
    Seattle Expansion Draft Choice
    VGK
    1. Johnsson, Andreas
    Buyouts
    • Cory Schneider: $2,000,000
    Retained Salary Transactions
    • Will Butcher: $1,866,666 (50%)
    Recapture Fees
    • Ilya Kovalchuk: $250,000
    DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
    2021
    NJD
    NYI
    NYI
    NJD
    BUF
    NJD
    MIN
    ARI
    2022
    NJD
    NJD
    NJD
    EDM
    NYI
    NJD
    CBJ
    NJD
    NJD
    2023
    NJD
    NJD
    NJD
    NJD
    NJD
    NJD
    NJD
    ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
    25$81,500,000$69,020,832$0$4,715,000$12,479,168

    Roster

    Left WingCenterRight Wing
    NJD
    Zacha, Pavel
    $2,250,000
    LW, C
    RFA - 1
    NJD
    Hischier, Nico
    $7,250,000
    C
    UFA - 6
    NJD
    Sharangovich, Yegor
    $2,250,000
    RW, LW, C
    RFA
    NJD
    Bratt, Jesper
    $2,750,000
    LW, RW
    RFA - 1
    NJD
    Hughes, Jack
    $925,000
    C
    RFA - 1
    NJD
    Holtz, Alexander
    $925,000
    RW, LW
    RFA - 3
    NJD
    Wood, Miles
    $2,750,000
    LW
    RFA - 1
    Beniers, Matthew
    $925,000
    NJD
    Kuokkanen, Janne
    $2,250,000
    LW, C
    RFA
    NJD
    Foote, Nolan
    $863,333
    LW
    RFA - 3
    NJD
    Mcleod, Michael
    $1,750,000
    C
    RFA - 2
    NJD
    Bastian, Nathan
    $1,500,000
    RW, C
    RFA - 2
    Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
    NJD
    Smith, Ty
    $863,333
    LD/RD
    RFA - 2
    Hamilton, Dougie
    $9,000,000
    RD
    UFA
    NJD
    Blackwood, Mackenzie
    $2,800,000
    G
    RFA - 2
    MIN
    Soucy, Carson
    $2,750,000
    LD
    UFA - 2
    NJD
    Severson, Damon
    $4,166,666
    RD
    UFA - 2
    NJD
    Siegenthaler, Jonas
    $1,500,000
    LD
    RFA - 2
    NJD
    Subban, P.K.
    $9,000,000
    RD
    UFA - 1
    ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
    NJD
    Merkley, Nick
    $1,500,000
    RW, C
    RFA
    NJD
    Maltsev, Mikhail
    $809,167
    LW
    RFA - 1
    NJD
    Thompson, Tyce
    $912,500
    RW
    RFA - 1
    NJD
    Okhotyuk, Nikita
    $789,167
    LD
    RFA - 3
    NJD
    Walsh, Reilly
    $925,000
    RD
    RFA - 2
    Bernier, Jonathan
    $3,500,000
    G
    UFA

    Special Teams

    Power Play 1
    Bratt, J.
    Hughes, J.
    Holtz, A.
    Smith, T.
    Subban, P.
    Power Play 2
    Zacha, P.
    Hischier, N.
    Sharangovich, Y.
    Wood, M.
    Severson, D.
    Penalty Kill 1
    Zacha, P.
    Hischier, N.
    Siegenthaler, J.
    Severson, D.
    Penalty Kill 2
    Beniers, M.
    Mcleod, M.
    Smith, T.
    Subban, P.

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    Apr 22 at 10:39
    #1
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    Not hating it - But it's got to be the most expensive RD in NHL history.
    Apr 22 at 10:39
    #2
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    If we walked away from draft with Beniers and Ceulemans, I'd be pretty happy about that.
    And your mock draft makes a lot of sense to me (each pick seems self-explanatory).
    But I also think we'd have to look at Chaz Lucius at #6 too. Its a Caulfield-esque skillset that could mix well with Hughes.
    Apr 22 at 10:43
    #3
    Jack Hughes is Elite
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    That center depthflushed cheeks
    Apr 22 at 10:46
    #4
    I like to hockey
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    I like all of the thought that was put into this and how well everything was explained. For me, the only thing that I would change would be taking Eklund over Beniers if that is how the draft falls because I think that he has a much higher upside. That would slot Boqvist in the 3C position where he has shown flashes of skill and playmaking ability. I don't think that anyone from this draft will be playing in the NHL from day 1 so my forward lines would be:
    Zacha-Hischier-Bratt
    Foote-Hughes-Holtz
    Kuokkanen-Boqvist-Sharangovich
    Wood-McLeod-Bastian
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    Apr 22 at 11:06
    #5
    KFTW
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    Where’s Ottawa in your mock draft
    Apr 22 at 11:21
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    Edited Apr 22 at 11:36
    Based on your mock draft team order, I don't see Beniers dropping to New Jersey at #6. Buffalo, Anaheim, and Ottawa (who you missed in the mock draft) are likely to select forwards, and Guenther and Beniers are the top 2 available. I don't see either of them falling out of the top 5, you're better off looking at William Eklund, Kent Johnson, or Chaz Lucius as scoring options on the wing if you're outside the top 5. Or they should likely look at a defenceman there and take either Luke Hughes or SImon Edvidsson. New Jersey already has their 1-2 punch down the middle anyways with Hischier and Hughes, they don't really need to add a centre like Beniers.

    I also don't see Seattle just taking Andreas Johnsson for free. He really hasn't down much and hasn't proved he's anything without an elite centre carrying him. If you're looking to move on from him just because of his contract, you'll have to entice Seattle with a deal to do so. Otherwise they'll likely select Nathan Bastian or Nick Merkley since they're younger and cheaper.

    I don't see Hamilton wanting to sign in New Jersey, although the contract offer would be intriguing if he's after money. He doesn't really fit what New Jersey needs either, they already have 2 puck moving defenceman on the right side in Severson and Subban, they need a heavier shutdown guy there. They're also not really close to contending and UFA's of Hamilton's calibre usually want to go to a contender to try to win sooner.

    I like the effort and work put into this here, just seems to be a bit more on the "hopeful" side than the reality one.
    Apr 22 at 11:43
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    Quoting: tgasp67
    I like all of the thought that was put into this and how well everything was explained. For me, the only thing that I would change would be taking Eklund over Beniers if that is how the draft falls because I think that he has a much higher upside. That would slot Boqvist in the 3C position where he has shown flashes of skill and playmaking ability. I don't think that anyone from this draft will be playing in the NHL from day 1 so my forward lines would be:
    Zacha-Hischier-Bratt
    Foote-Hughes-Holtz
    Kuokkanen-Boqvist-Sharangovich
    Wood-McLeod-Bastian


    That is exactly what the future top six should be. I like the bottom six but I'm not sold on Boqvist. I'd think McLeod has gotta make the jump or they gotta sign a FA 3C.
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    Apr 22 at 12:25
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    another two-way center makes no sense for this team, I wouldn't take Beniers over Eklund, Johnson, or Lucius
    Apr 22 at 12:26
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    Quoting: Erkadurk347
    That is exactly what the future top six should be. I like the bottom six but I'm not sold on Boqvist. I'd think McLeod has gotta make the jump or they gotta sign a FA 3C.


    I think the Boqvist is getting more confident and making more plays. If he can be surrounded with wingers like Kuokkanen and Sharangovich there will be 3 very capable lines of pushing the play in the offensive zone. He just needs to continue to play like he isn't afraid of coming out of the lineup.
     
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