Player News - Devils

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Joseph Blandisi is looking to be more consistent in 2016-17.

The 22-year-old played in 41 games for the Devils during his rookie season. He had five goals and 17 points during that stretch. He'll look to make more of an impact this season. "If we look across the league, it's a lot of young guys making big booms now," Blandisi said. "So it's up to us to help the team score goals and bring the energy night in and night out. You want to be consistent, and I think that's something I need to work on. It's been my focus throughout the summer."
Source: NJ.com
Aug 25 - 9:18 AM

Cory Schneider wants to be the starting goaltender for Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey.

Schneider underwent off-season surgery to repair a core muscle, but he's feeling good now and is ready to compete for the starting job at the World Cup. "My goal is to be the guy to play in that tournament, and in order for that to happen, I have to be ready," Schneider said. "I only see it as a benefit, to get into that intensity and that level of competitiveness early. And then coming over here, whenever that is, I'll hopefully be feeling really good about my game and where I am."
Source: NJ.com
Aug 21 - 11:03 AM

Tyler Kennedy is hoping to latch on with another team, but he's worried about his chances of finding a new home.

"I hope I get something, but I don’t know if I will," Kennedy said. "That’s the hardest thing. If you’re doing all this work and you don’t know if you’re going to play … you can’t really beg someone to sign you." The 30-year-old spent last season with the New Jersey Devils and scored three goals and 16 points in 50 games. He may have to accept a PTO.
Aug 16 - 8:41 AM

Cory Schneider is feeling good after undergoing off-season surgery.

Schneider was operated to repair a core muscle injury back in May, but he says he's ready for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. "Surgery pushed me back a little, but honestly I think having the World Cup sooner was a good thing because once I was cleared and felt good to go, I started pushing pretty hard," Schneider said. "Not only to test the groin and make sure it's where it needed to be and [that] we didn't need to do anything else, but to get ready for the World Cup, too." Having a healthy Schneider will be key for the Devils if they hope to make the playoffs next season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 15 - 11:00 PM

After failing to make the playoffs during his time in Edmonton, Taylor Hall just wants to "win more" as a member of the New Jersey Devils.

The 24-year-old was very productive with the Oilers, as he scored 328 points in 381 games. Unfortunately for him, he still hasn't suited up for a playoff game, but he believes that can change this year. "It's not an easy division by any means, but just looking at our team on paper, if we can stay healthy and rely on Cory (Schneider) a little bit less, it's going to put us in a good spot," Hall said. "I haven't played a game yet, so I don't have quite as good of a feel as I will 20 games into the season, but I'm excited for what I see right now." The Devils aren't a slam dunk to make the playoffs, but the acquisition of Hall certainly makes them better.
Aug 15 - 8:25 AM

Taylor Hall put on his New Jersey colors for the first time Sunday, sporting No. 9 on his jersey.

He is excited to play for the Devils and reiterated that he is highly motivated going into 2016-17. "I'm a motivated player and I have a lot to prove," Hall said. "The people who I want to prove something to are my new teammates."
Aug 14 - 4:16 PM

New Jersey announced the signing of Reid Boucher Wednesday.

He agreed to a one-year, two-way contract worth $715,000 at the NHL level. Boucher notched eight goals and 19 points in 39 games with New Jersey last season. In the AHL, he generated 19 goals and 32 points over 34 contests along with 10 points in 11 playoff outings.
Aug 11 - 8:39 AM

A decision isn't expected come on Patrik Elias until the end of August or early September.

Elias and the New Jersey Devils are waiting to see how his rehab goes. The veteran forward is hoping to play one more year in the NHL after he missed 45 games last season because of a knee injury.
Aug 8 - 6:49 PM

The New Jersey Devils have a $13,253,693 in projected cap space, so they could do some free agent shopping.

The team still has to sign restricted free agent Reid Boucher, but they could still dip into the market for a defenseman or a forward. "We have cap space, which is a great asset," GM Ray Shero said back in April. "But once you start spending it, it goes pretty quickly, and then you realize a year or two later, 'Oh boy.' So it's never been an issue of having the money to spend. From my standpoint, it's spending it wisely and, more importantly, spending it at the right time."
Source: NJ.com
Aug 7 - 8:39 AM

Joseph Blandisi feels better prepared to play at the NHL level in 2016-17.

"I realize when you come up here, how every day you have to be ready and prepared, and you have to treat your body the right way over the course of the season," Blandisi said. "I kind of fell off the map a little bit at the end of the year, so I think this year I know what it's going to take to keep my body healthy and be prepared for the end of the season." He didn't score a goal in his last 23 games with New Jersey and he went without a point in his final nine appearances. Blandisi picked up 17 points in 41 NHL matches. He is hoping to claim a roster spot out of training camp, but the arrival of Taylor Hall and Pavel Zacha as well as a healthy Mike Cammalleri could make staying in the NHL difficult.
Aug 4 - 10:00 AM

Brandon Gormley has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the New Jersey Devils.

His deal is worth $650,000 if he plays at the NHL level. Gormley skated in 26 games with Colorado last year and in 39 matches with the team's AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.
Jul 28 - 4:16 PM

Kyle Palmieri has been named to Team USA's roster.

Palmieri broke out last season with 30 goals and 57 points in 82 contests. He replaced Ryan Callahan, who underwent hip surgery in June. "Kyle brings an all-around game that we're confident will fit nicely with the framework we're looking to build," Team USA GM Dean Lombardi said. "He's coming off an outstanding year in New Jersey and will play an important role with our team."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 20 - 11:07 PM

Reece Scarlett has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the New Jersey Devils.

Scarlett had four goals and 26 points in 60 AHL contests in 2015-16. If he plays in the NHL, he'll come with a $600,000 cap hit.
Jul 19 - 6:48 PM

The New Jersey Devils have given AHL Albany head coach Rick Kowalsky a two-year extension.

Kowalsky claimed the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award in 2016 as last season's most outstanding AHL coach. The AHL Devils are coming off a season where they posted a 46-20-8-2 record despite having only four players that participated in more than 50 games. "We are excited to have Rick continue to lead the development of our young players in the AHL and at the same time compete for a Calder Cup," Albany GM Tom Fitzgerald said. "Rick has established himself as one of the top coaches in the AHL and we are certain he will continue to operate at a high level. We now have a strong sense of stability among our NHL, AHL and Developmental Coaches."
Jul 18 - 4:27 PM

The New Jersey Devils plan to have Mackenzie Blackwood turn pro for the 2016-17 campaign.

At the age of 19 (20 in December), Blackwood was young enough to remain in the OHL if the Devils thought it would be best, but old enough that he's eligible to play in the AHL over the OHL. It looks like the Devils have decided it's best to go the latter path with him. Blackwood had a 2.72 GAA and .921 save percentage in 43 contests with the Barrie Colts last season.
Jul 17 - 8:15 AM


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