Feb. 13, 2018
New Jersey Devils
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>FireShero</b></div><div>The Devils need some grit man, even the Leafs went out and got Bogosian and Simmonds. Plus TBL brought in my physical guys to balance out the skill (i.e. Bogosian, Maroon, Goodrow, Coleman, and Schenn).
I'm not saying I need Janseen, Rupp, and Luc-Lebold back, but get some guys that can hit, play defense, and play on the penalty kill.</div></div>
They have a ton of it, the issue is they are in the pipeline and not quite ready yet lol. The last couple of drafts they've been looking for thiccc boys and kids who play heavy.
(or at least bigger than they are now lol)
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>csick</b></div><div>This is just my opinion btw:
Tier 1: Makar, Drysdale
Tier 2: Byram, Hughes
Tier 3: Soderstrom, Sanderson, Smith</div></div>
so what you're saying is, draft drysdale, trade him for hughes, and have hughes, hughes, barzal, hischier, bratt, goose lol
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Subbanator7667</b></div><div>What makes you think they are going to improve next year to the point that thier 1st isnt going to most likely be a top 10 pick?
I actually really like Wood, fast, physical, and plays a complete game. Think they were smart to keep him around through the deadline.</div></div>
This year quite literally everything went wrong. On top of that we had 0 goaltending for 50% of the season, as well as an unmotivated team and garbage system. Despite all of that, we are moving in the wrong direction for the lottery because the team is finally developing towards understanding the intangibles.
The ownership showed, too late imo, but showed they are not here for another rebuild. Which translates to a proven coach with a proven system for next season.
The young kids started to show some bite, nico, jack, pavel and jesper..at a certain point the frustration boils over. It was dumbfounding how long it took this team to show any emotion.
Ty smith wasn't ready last year but you better believe he will be this year. The defense will be addressed and improved, which should lead to better goaltending for anyone that plays in net
and for the first time in a long time binghampton is actually playing meaningful hockey that might actually improve the players in our system.
On top of all of this, we have an astronomical amount of cap space that can be spent or weaponized to retool and address needs.
Gusev is a star, Nico and Bratt keep getting better. Zacha will be and is an essential part of this team, and Jack will put on some weight. There is a lot going for this team and a lot to like for players on the move to consider when evaluating ntc's and free agency. Of course theres a chance they stink and draft bottom ten, but in actuality this year was more of a fluke in my opinion. I expect marked improvement next year.
I also believe Blackwood is going to make waves next year, I think hes going to be a top goalie for the next few years, which certainly raises expectations.
Oh and I also expect PK to be much better next year, now that he's healthy, he'll be focusing more on mobility which should serve him well
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>aedoran</b></div><div>This is by far the most ignorant thing I've see posted on this site and if you really think it is true then you really don't have a clue. First there isn't a player in the league that would actually tank on purpose. This season will be the 4th straight season Detroit has missed the playoffs. Detroit traded Nyquist(49) and Jensen(15) at the 2019 TDL and Vanek(36) and Kronwall(27) both retired in the off season. Nyquist was 3rd in points and Vanek was 6th in points for Detroit last season. Losing two defensemen that played top 4 minutes but Kronwall was also Detroit's best defenseman and he finished 8th in points. They added Filppula(21), Erne(4), Nemeth(9) and they did get Bowey(16) in the Jenson trade but Jensen is far better defensively. So it's not that hard to see that they have far less talent this season compared to last season. Detroit already down two starting defenseman they had to deal with injuries. The four starting defensemen from the previous season and the games they've played this season Ericsson 13 games, Daley 38 games, DeKeyser 8 games and Green 48 games. Coming into this season just about every hockey analyst said Detroit was going to be bad this season and worse than last season.
Something I'd like to point out. In the 2016-17 season NJD had the 1st pick (Nico Hischier). Then in 2017-18 a trip to the playoffs and in 2018-19 NJD has the 1st pick again (Jack Hughes). While I do find it very hard to believe an NHL team would really tank on purpose. NJD over the last couple of seasons looks a lot more like a team that tanked.</div></div>
1) relax lol
2) my point is the gm can step in and make a move to help the team a little bit to close the gap towards everyone else and create more parity. My whole point is there could be a threshold, maybe they sign a ufa to help, or implement a better system and coach. I proposed 50 points, how many teams havent been able to muster 50 points in 82 games? very few. Were talking about 1 -3 more wins at most in those cases, that goes a long way in parity
3) I don't think the devils tanked, I think they were very lucky and ultimately won the lottery when they werent the last place team - they were never in position to come close to not hitting a 50 point threshold. in addition the reason they were so bad is they had historically bad goaltending, i mean the guy couldnt win a game for 365 days. and with that, they still had 20+ more points than 50. so frankly you couldnt be more wrong in the comparison
edit: and i get the counter point that you are in a bad spot and dont want to spend assets to prolonge the bad times, but there are ways to achieve a level of quality on the ice that produces just 50 points that dont require completely decimating your existing assets. thats my only point, im not saying 70 points or 80, im saying 50, which is not exactly common. Thats all. Its an opinion and its certainly not ignorant. I look at it not to punish the players but to force the gm to help them.