Player News - Devils

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Brian Boyle has been away from the Devils because of a type of cancer of the bone marrow.

New Jersey Devils Dr. Michael Farber said that Boyle's issue is treatable. He will take oral medication to treat the CML (chronic myeloid leukemia), which was caught early, and expects to be in the opening night lineup this season. We wish him the best and hope to see him playing on Oct. 7.
Sep 19 - 5:38 PM

Joseph Blandisi registered two assists in the Devils' 4-1 preseason win against Washington on Monday.

Blandisi is competing for a spot on the Devils' roster so strong showings like this are critical for him. "Obviously, it’s a start," Blandisi said. "You want to show you’ve put in the work in the summer and you want to show them you’re ready to play this year. Last year, my start to camp wasn’t as good so I think that might have cost me my spot at the start of the season so I don’t want to let that happen again." He did spend part of the 2016-17 campaign with New Jersey, scoring three goals and nine points in 27 contests.
Sep 19 - 4:42 AM

Will Butcher made a good impression in his first preseason game on Monday.

Butcher recorded two shots in 19:47 minutes of ice time. "I thought he moved the puck well," Devils coach John Hynes said. "He made some good decisions on the power play." Butcher is competing for a roster spot after signing a two-year, entry-level contract with New Jersey over the summer. He was a free agent prospect after scoring seven goals and 37 points in 43 games with the University of Denver as a senior.
Sep 19 - 4:37 AM

Nico Hischier scored in his first career preseason game as the Devils earned a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals Monday night.

Hischier was taken with the first overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. While he might not have the same kind of impact that recent top picks Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews have had, Hischier obviously still has a lot of upside. He's a great pick in keeper leagues even if we would pencil him in for 40-50 points for the 2017-18 campaign. Kyle Palmieri, Stefan Noesen, and Mirco Mueller netted the Devils' other three goals. Nathan Walker found the back of the net for Washington.
Sep 18 - 10:04 PM

Nico Hischier will make his New Jersey Devils debut on Monday.

Hischier will suit up in New Jersey's first preseason game, as they'll host the Washington Capitals. The 18-year-old will look to impress the coaches right off the bat. The first overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft had 38 goals and 86 points in 57 games with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec League. A good training camp will go a long way in helping him earn a spot with the team out of training camp.
Sep 18 - 7:48 AM

The New Jersey Devils are looking for Taylor Hall to step up after his first season with the franchise.

The Devils acquired Hall in the hopes that he could be an offensive leader for them, but he ended up with 20 goals and 53 points in 72 contests. While those aren't terrible numbers, they're not in line with the levels of production he saw during his best seasons with Edmonton. "I expect more and he knows that," Devils GM Ray Shero said. "We met at the end of the year for a long time and wanted him to understand what it is to become the best player he can be. I think he's been fantastic this summer and he's capable of more, but it starts with a lot of different things than what's happening on the ice in terms of training." Hall is more comfortable as a member of the Devils now and that might give him a boost in 2017-18. Keep in mind though he also has a significant injury history, which gives him an extra element of risk.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 17 - 2:33 PM

John Quenneville has gotten an opportunity to play alongside Nico Hischier.

Quenneville and Hischier played on the same line in the rookie tournament and that arrangement was maintained during Sunday's scrimmage. Quenneville isn't guaranteed to make the Devils' opening game roster, but it would be interesting to see how a line with those two promising young forwards would do this season. "I think he’s an easy guy to play with," Quenneville said of Hischier. "He’s a puck mover. He kind of occupies defenders well, making his moves. He pulls out and he can pass it to you. He did that a couple of times in development camp. You can see it in practice, too. Maybe with him I can develop a little bit of chemistry but I think he’s an easy player to play with."
Sep 17 - 2:17 PM

Jesper Bratt could make the Devils roster out of training camp.

Bratt was solid during the team's rookie tournament last week, and head coach John Hynes believes he could stick around in the NHL this season. "You come into camp and feel like there's certain guys that are going to be on the team, and there's certain guys that are going to be on the bubble and they may make," Hynes said. "But you want to be able to have guys you're not expecting to have a rookie camp like they have, or they come into training camp and play very well. Jesper's a guy that has done that so far. As long as he continues to play his game and continues to do what he did in the rookie tournament, he certainly has as good of a chance as anyone to make a push to make the team." The 19-year-old was New Jersey's sixth-round pick in 2016. He had six goals and 22 points in 46 games in the Swedish Elite League last season.
Sep 16 - 9:23 AM

Adam Henrique is the most likely candidate to center New Jersey's top line going into the 2017-18 season.

The Devils need someone to replace injured pivot Travis Zajac. Henrique was moved to left wing near the end of the 2016-17 campaign and he's open to playing wherever he is needed. New Jersey is expected to give Marcus Johansson and Pavel Zacha looks for the top-line center role as well.
Source: NJ.com
Sep 15 - 12:17 PM

Marcus Johansson is projected to see time at center during training camp.

New Jersey will audition replacements for Travis Zajac, who will be out until at least December due to a torn pectoral muscle, on the first line and Johansson has played in the middle before. "We've talked with Marcus since he's been traded. He was drafted as a center, he played some center in Washington at times when they've had injuries and I think he feels, in discussions with him, most comfortable at left wing and center," said coach John Hynes. "So we'll try him at left wing and center with a couple different combos in training camp." Adam Henrique and Pavel Zacha are also candidates to center the top line, while Zajac is sidelined.
Source: NJ.com
Sep 15 - 12:11 PM

Travis Zajac expects it will be about a month before he will be able to begin rehab work on his arm.

Zajac is expected to be sidelined for four-to-six months after he had surgery on Aug. 17 to repair a torn left pectoral muscle. He doesn't think it will be long before he resumes skating.
Sep 14 - 2:53 PM

New Jersey has signed Damon Severson to a six-year contract.

The new deal will have an average annual salary of $4,166,700. Severson registered a personal best 31 points in 80 games last season. "We are happy to have Damon under contract through the 2022-23 season," said GM Ray Shero in a statement. "Damon brings an important dimension to our hockey club and he is a young defenseman that we are excited to work with. This deal shows our ownership's commitment in what we continue to build here. We look forward to helping Damon continue to grow and develop as a player."
Sep 11 - 9:56 AM

Devils GM Ray Shero said it's time for Damon Severson and the New Jersey Devils to come to terms on an contract extension.

Severson is a restricted free agent and he won't be in camp if there's no deal in place. "It's just a matter of finding the right length, and whether it will be a shorter- or longer-term deal," Shero said. "If it's long-term, the structure is really important. If it makes sense shorter term and we do some sort of bridge deal, I'd do that too. Damon has a lot of upside to his game and it's important for him to be at training camp; he wants to be there. I just think at this point, it's time to make a deal, and as of [Friday] both sides were making a real concerted effort to really try to make a deal. We're closing in on that, so we'll see what happens over the next couple of days." Severson had three goals and 31 points in 80 games last season. He averaged just over 20 minutes of ice time per game in 2016-17.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 10 - 12:36 PM

John Quenneville suffered an upper-body injury in Saturday's rookie tournament game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Quenneville didn't play in the third period of the game after taking a puck to the body. He won't skate for the final two days of the rookie tournament, but assistant coach Rick Kowalsky expects him to be fine going forward. It sounds like Quenneville will be ready to participate in Devils training camp.
Sep 10 - 12:10 PM

Jesper Bratt found the back of the net in New Jersey's 6-2 rookie tournament loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

Bratt's goal cut the deficit to 4-1 at the time. The 19-year-old was New Jersey's sixth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Bratt had six goals and 22 points in 46 games with the Swedish League's AIK in 2016-17. Devils beat reporter Chris Ryan called Bratt a "dark horse" to make the team out of training camp.
Sep 10 - 12:05 PM


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