Player News - Devils

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Keith Kinkaid stopped 42 of 44 shots in Monday’s 3-0 loss to the New York Islanders.

This was the second of two split-squad games for the Devils, as the other half of the team beat the Ottawa Senators 8-1. Kinkaid has been pretty solid throughout the postseason. There’s no doubt that Kinkaid is a good backup goalie, but that doesn’t translate into many fantasy points. He won’t see much action unless starter Cory Schneider suffers an injury.
Sep 25 - 9:37 PM

Drew Stafford notched two goals and an assist in Monday’s 8-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.

The Devils signed Stafford late in the off-season, and he’s been pretty reliable during the exhibition season. Of course, that doesn’t mean he’s going to be productive during the regular season. The 31-year-old had eight goals and 21 points in 58 games with the Jets and Bruins last season. He has no fantasy value in all standard leagues.
Sep 25 - 8:47 PM

Blake Coleman will be back in the New Jersey Devils lineup Monday.

Coleman played only 2:30 in his first preseason game before leaving after blocking a shot. He should be sent to the minors shortly as he inked a one-year/two-way deal in the offseason. Coleman played 23 NHL games last season with one goal and two points. He has no fantasy value.
Sep 25 - 8:29 AM

Marcus Johansson will return to the left side for Monday's preseason game in Prince Edward Island.

Johansson had seen time at center this training camp but will line up on the left side with Nico Hischier at center and Drew Stafford on the right side. "We wanted to get Marcus some live reps and practice reps at center," coach John Hynes said. "When you talk to him, you know center and left wing is where he’s going to play so we’d like to get him a game at left wing, a couple of practices at left wing. Zacha looks like he’s done well in his games in the middle. Adam (Henrique), we know can play center and done a good job and Nico, he’s comfortable there. We’ll give those guys an opportunity to play and put Marcus on the left side to see what the lineup looks like. We’re just trying to toy around with that a little bit." Look for Johansson to get 20-plus goals and 50 points, down from last year's 24 goals and 58 points in Washington.
Sep 25 - 7:21 AM

Miles Wood went through the concussion protocol on Saturday night and he appears to be OK.

New York Rangers forward Andrew Desjardins received a five-minute match penalty for an illegal hit to the head on Wood. He returned to the contest, but finished with just 8:30 of ice time. Wood was re-evaluated after the game and he hasn't experienced any lingering effects.
Sep 24 - 3:17 PM

The New Jersey Devils would like former first round selection Michael McLeod to use his teammates better.

The Devils don't want McLeod to do everything himself as he has done in junior where he has dominated but use his mates more as everyone in the NHL is skilled. He's very skilled, tenacious and competes, and a lot of times those kids, the adjustment for guys like Michael, in junior, he can do a lot of things by himself, just on raw talent," Devils coach John Hynes said. "Now it's understanding there's guys just as talented that you're playing against, so it's a little bit more of reads and instincts, doing your job and counting on your teammates to do their job." He had 73 points in 57 games last season with Mississauga and the Devils could sure use his offensive talent on a team that is lacking in that department.
Sep 24 - 9:00 AM

Drew Stafford found the back of the net in Saturday’s 2-1 win over the New York Rangers.

Stafford scored the game-winning goal with under six minutes remaining in the third period. The 31-year-old had eight goals and 21 points with Jets and Bruins last season. Stafford won’t have any fantasy value this season, but expect him to be a regular on the Devils roster. Joseph Blandisi also scored for the Devils tonight.
Sep 23 - 10:57 PM

Devils head coach John Hynes confirmed that Cory Schneider will play the entire game tonight when the Devils face the Rangers.

If the Devils have any hope of making it back to the post-season, they will need Cory Schneider to rebound from the worst season of his career. He could be a steal in fantasy drafts if he rebounds like many are predicting.
Sep 23 - 1:47 PM

Jesper Bratt scored a pair of goals in New Jersey's 4-1 win over Montreal on Thursday.

"Jesper has been very impressive since rookie camp," Devils coach John Hynes said. "He continues to make a case for himself. He’s very smart and very competitive. He can make a play when there’s no time and space and continue to make plays." Bratt has a real shot of making the Devils' opening game roster and certainly showings like this help advance his case. He had six goals and 22 points in 46 contests in Sweden last season.
Sep 22 - 10:30 AM

Keith Kinkaid turned aside 28 of 29 shots in New Jersey's 4-1 win over Montreal Thursday night.

"I felt sharp," said Kinkaid. "I came into training camp in good shape again. I just want to build off of last year, being my best year." He had a 2.64 GAA and .916 save percentage in 26 games last season. The tentative plan is for him to start in 20%-25% of the Devils' games this season, but he could potentially get potentially end up above that range if he starts the campaign strong and builds from there.
Sep 22 - 10:27 AM

Nico Hischier scored his second goal of the preseason in Thursday’s 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Hischier was planted in front of Canadiens goalie Carey Price when Taylor Hall sent a pass his way. Hischier tipped the puck by Price to give the Devils a 2-1 lead at the time. It’s just the preseason, but Hischier has shown that he isn’t overwhelmed by playing at this level. The 18-year-old should make the team out of training camp. He may not produce enough to be relevant in standard fantasy leagues this year, but he needs to be owned in all keeper leagues.
Sep 21 - 10:06 PM

Jimmy Hayes picked up a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 4-3 OT loss to the New York Rangers.

Hayes is attending training camp on a professional tryout, so these preseason games mean more to him than they do for most of the other players on the roster. The 27-year-old had a season to forget with the Bruins last year, as he only managed to two goals and three points in 58 games. He'll never be a point producer at the NHL level, but he can still be an effective player if he uses his size and strength to his advantage.
Sep 20 - 10:36 PM

The New Jersey Devils have cut Marian Studenic from their training camp roster.

Studenic had 18 goals and 30 points in 38 OHL games last season. He'll return to the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Sep 20 - 5:10 AM

Jocktan Chainey has been taken off the Devils' training camp roster.

Chainey will report to QMJHL Halifax as a result. He had 24 points and 44 penalty minutes in 55 games with Halifax last season.
Sep 20 - 5:08 AM

Nicolas Guay has been released from his amateur tryout contract.

Guay had 10 goals and 23 points in 35 QMJHL games last season. The 18-year-old has not been drafted.
Sep 20 - 5:06 AM


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