Player News - Devils

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Brian Boyle won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on Wednesday night.

The trophy is given to "the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey." Boyle was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia prior to the start of the season, but he managed to return to the ice in November. The Devils forward had 13 goals and 23 points in 69 games this season.
Jun 20 - 8:55 PM

The New Jersey Devils have unveiled their preseason schedule, which will lead into them opening the 2018-19 campaign in Sweden.

The Devils' regular season will begin with a contest against Edmonton on Oct. 6 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Their preseason though will start on Sept. 17 with a contest against the Rangers at Prudential Center, which will be New Jersey's only home contest of the preseason. Also on Sept. 17, the Devils will compete in Montreal. They will also be hosted by the Islanders, Rangers, and Jets. The Devils' exhibition schedule will wrap up with a game against SC Bern in Switzerland on Oct. 1.
Jun 20 - 4:57 AM

The Edmonton Oilers are in need of another top-six forward.

If Edmonton goes the free agent route, look for Michael Grabner or Thomas Vanek to be at the top of their list. Grabner has had back-to-back 27 goal seasons and at the age of 30 is likely looking for at least a three year deal while Vanek had 24 goals and 56 points in 2017-18. Either would help out the Oilers who are woefully thin up front.
Jun 10 - 6:15 AM

Michael McLeod made some positive strides in his development in 2017-18.

McLeod spent most of the 2017-18 campaign in the OHL where he had 44 points in 38 games. He also played in six contests with AHL Binghamton and had an assist over that span. Binghamton coach Rick Kowalsky liked McLeod's skill level, but noted that he wants to see the young forward work on his shot. He also liked how McLeod was able to properly analyze his own play. "Some of the mistakes he made, he knew right away when I was coming to him, whether it was on the bench or showing video," Kowalsky said. "You like to see that. Some of these guys, where they play, they get coaching, but because they're the superstars, they get away with some things from a habit and detail standpoint. He was making an effort to impress us that way." McLeod was taken with the 12th overall pick in 2016. Of those taken ahead of him, only one player hasn't made his NHL debut yet, but there's still lots of time for McLeod to prove himself.
Jun 6 - 11:16 AM

Patrick Maroon is scheduled to return to New Jersey on June 11 to see how his recovery from back surgery is going.

Maroon underwent successful surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back on May 2. He is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July, but could re-sign with New Jersey.
Jun 3 - 6:01 PM

Devils GM Ray Shero reiterated that Taylor Hall (hand) is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall.

Hall had successful surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left hand back on April 30th. Coach John Hynes went to see Hall recently and reported that the winger was doing well.
Jun 3 - 5:06 PM

Cory Schneider is on the mend from hip surgery.

"[Devils athletic trainer Kevin Morley] saw Cory [last Tuesday] and said he's feeling good. I won't know (if Schneider will be ready for the start of training camp) until we get closer and as we go through the summertime to see how he's doing," said New Jersey GM Ray Shero. "I'm happy he had it done; (Nashville Predators) goalie Pekka Rinne had the same surgery done [in 2013] and he's up for the Vezina Trophy this year. He could return sooner or at the tail end of the (five-month) window. It's training camp and not the middle of the season so we're not going to rush it; we want to make sure it heals properly." Schneider had successful surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left hip in early May.
Jun 3 - 4:46 PM

New Jersey GM Ray Shero said moving down in the 2018 NHL Draft could be an option if it meant adding more assets.

"If you're going to move up, great, but what's the cost to move up?" Shero said. "Hey, we'd love to move down and get more assets, but you're never going to know that until you're on the draft floor and it's coming to your pick." The Devils own six picks in the draft, including one (No. 17) in the first three rounds, so acquiring some extra selections could be on Shero's radar.
Jun 3 - 4:00 PM

Jesper Boqvist will spend next season in Sweden again.

Boqvist was selected in the second round, 36th overall by New Jersey and played in the top Swedish League where he had three goals and 13 points in 23 games for Brynas."He will stay back in Sweden for another year and then we’ll see where he’s at and then go from there. There is no rush," his agent Peter Wallen said. "I think he should stay in Sweden because he missed half the season. He can get more mature physically, so it’s better to get the next level with Swedish hockey and when he comes over, he should have an actual shot to making [the Devils roster]. He needs to be stronger overall. I think every year he has taken a step. He has matured mentally with what he has to do out there on the ice. He’s come along a way, and I think what he did the last two months was really taking a big step. If he can do that over a full season and get stronger, I think it will be very good for him."
Jun 3 - 8:06 AM

The Devils are hoping that Damon Severson will be more consistent going forward.

Severson was great at times in 2017-18, but he also ended up spending six games as a healthy scratch during the season and was kept out of the lineup for an additional playoff game. "Consistency is the biggest thing in this league," Severson said. "It’s so tough to find your game every night with the travel or whatever excuses may be. I need to be able to find my consistency, find my skating game every night. I think I know what I bring to the table, it’s just a matter of being consistent with that." It's not unusual for young players to have consistency issues and it's entirely possible that he'll find his way as he adjusts to the NHL. He had nine goals and 24 points in 76 games in 2017-18.
Jun 1 - 11:20 AM

Brett Seney has earned a reputation for being very physical despite his 5-foot-9, 170-pound frame.

Seney produces offensively, but in his 12-game AHL trail this season, he also showed off how active he is without the puck. "He's assertive in everything he does. Even though he's small, he plays with might," AHL Binghamton Devils coach Rick Kowalsky said. "That's what we were all really impressed with. He gets under guys skin, but he backs it up by being physical. I don't want to use the term rat, because you don't see that too much anymore, and he's not a yappy guy. He just does it with the way he plays." Seney had three goals, eight points, and 16 penalty minutes in his 12 AHL games in 2017-18. He inked a two-year, entry-level contract that will start with the 2018-19 campaign.
May 31 - 9:38 AM

Mackenzie Blackwood had a harder sophomore season in the AHL.

Blackwood was selected in the second round of the 2015 Draft and made his professional debut in the 2016-17 season with Albany, playing 36 games with a 2.55 GAA and a .907 save percentage. He had a tougher time this season with a 3.41 GAA and a .882 save percentage with Binghamton. "It's been a bit of a roller coaster ride for Mackenzie. Came in last year, he was highly touted, his play was up and down," AHL coach Rick Kowalsky said. "Then this year, when we made the decision to go with two young goaltenders when we moved (Scott) Wedgewood, he or Kenny (Appleby) really didn't take the ball at that point." Look for Blackwood to bounce back next season as he is only 21.
May 28 - 7:39 AM

Blake Speers admitted that the AHL took him by surprise in his first pro season.

"The first thing he said to me, 'I had no idea how hard this league was,'" AHL Binghamton coach Rick Kowalsky said. "'I literally thought I was going to come down to the American League for two weeks or a month, then be an NHL player.'" Speers ended up spending the full 2017-18 campaign in the AHL, scoring 12 goals and 19 points in 62 contests. Those aren't the numbers they were hoping for, but Speers did improve as the campaign went on. With the benefit of a full season at the AHL level under his belt, he should come into the 2018-19 campaign much better prepared.
May 23 - 7:44 AM

New Jersey has announced the signing of Egor Yakovlev.

Yakovlev has signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Devils after spending six seasons in the KHL. The 26-year-old defender recorded nine points in 35 games with SKA St. Petersburg in 2017-18.
May 21 - 11:26 AM

Mirco Mueller got a silver medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

Mueller was named one of Switzerland's top three players of the tournament by the team's coaches. He logged key minutes on the back end during Switzerland's surprising run to the gold-medal game, while contributing one goal and five assists in 10 appearances.
Source: NJ.com
May 21 - 10:21 AM


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