Season Preview: New Jersey fans have been patient while the team rebuilds. Is this the year the young talent pushes the club into playoff contention? New coach Lindy Ruff has future superstars Nico Hischier, Jack Hughes and Ty Smith ready to blossom, with goalie McKenzie Blackwood primed for another solid season. Veterans PK Subban and Kyle Palmieri provide great leadership.
Season Recap: The Devils’ season ended when the NHL stopped play due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They were three wins short of making it to the playoffs. Kyle Palmieri led the club with 25 goals and Nikita Gusev was the top playmaker with 31 assists. Mackenzie Blackwood, just 23, took over in goal for New Jersey and played very well.
October 19, 2019: Jack Hughes, the top pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, scored his first goal at the age of 18.
Season Preview: If the Devils want to keep their best player, Taylor Hall—who becomes a free agent after this season—they will need to make a serious run in the playoffs. They have added star defenseman P.K. Subban along with forwards Nikita Gusev and Wayne Simmonds. New Jersey’s top draft choice, Jack Hughes, looks NHL-ready at age 19. With steady goaltending, the Devils could take a big step toward another Stanley Cup.
Season Recap: The Devils’ season began to crumble in December when superstar Taylor Hall injured his knee in practice. Hall played in just 33 games and New Jersey did not recover, losing 41 games and missing the playoffs. Kyle Palmieri, who replaced Hall in the All-Star Game, led the club with 27 goals and 50 points. At eh age of 20, Nico Hischier led the Devils in assists with 30.
December 21, 2018: Taylor Hall scored the 200th goal of his NHL career.
Season Preview: Taylor Hall surprised the experts last season by winning the Hart Trophy as league MVP. The Devils surprised everyone by making the playoffs. Now they have to prove they are for real. Fans will be watching the defense closely—last year it was below average and the team did not make big moves to improve it over the summer. Top draft pick Ty Smith should be a star on the blue line for the Devils, but it may be a year or two before he makes an impact.
Season Recap: Devils fans had a surprisingly fun season, as many of the team’s young players stepped into key roles and performed like veterans. The team won 10 of its final 13 games to make it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Taylor Hall turned in a 93-point season and rookie Nico Hischier was every bit as good as expected.
October 19, 2017: Nico Hischier, the #1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, scored the first two goals of his NHL career in a 5–4 victory over Ottawa.
Season Preview: The silver lining in the Devils’ dark 2016–17 season is that they got the #1 draft pick, center Nico Hischier. Though still a teenager, he already skates and passes like an All-Star—and could make a big difference as a rookie. Newcomer Marcus Johansson will also help the team’s offense.
Season Recap: The Devils won just twice more than they lost, but made strides in working young players into the mix. Forwards Kyle Palmieri and Reid Boucher and defenseman Damon Severson teamed with veterans Mike Cammalleri, Travis Zajac and Adam Henrique to give the Devils a solid core. While the defense was solid, New Jersey’s goal-scoring needs to improve before it becomes a playoff contender.
Season Preview: The Devils decided to make 2015–16 a rebuilding year. Goalie Cory Schneider is good enough to win some games by himself, but defensemen Adam Larsson and Andy Greene will have to log a lot of ice time to keep opponents from scoring. If the Devils have a chance to pick up a young scorer through trades or the draft, that will instantly make them a better team.
Recap: The Devils missed the playoffs for the third year in a row despite good seasons from forward Mike Cammalleri and Cory Schneider, who took over in goal from Martin Brodeur. Schneider held opponents to 2.26 goals per game, but the Devils never found their scoring touch. Cammalleri was the only player to score more than 20 goals, and only two others scored more than 15.
January 3, 2015: Jaromir Jagr became the oldest player in NHL history to score a hat trick. The old record belonged to Gordie Howe, he scored three goals at age 41.
January 3, 2015: Patrik Elias scored his 1,000th point as a Devil.
November 21, 2014: Former devil Martin Brodeur saw his first team record fall when goalie Cory Schneider started his 20th game in a row to begin the 2014–15 season.
Season Preview: The Devils need to score more goal this year, and that job will fall to old-timers Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr, rising star Adam Henrique, and new arrival Mike Cammalleri. Another addition to the team is Martin Havlat, who could add scoring punch to New Jersey’s lineup. All eyes, of course, will be on Cory Schneider, who takes over from Martin Brodeur as the full-time goalie.
March 1, 2014: Jaromir Jagr became the 7th member of the 700-goal club. The first six were Wayne Gretzky (894), Gordie Howe (801), Brett Hull (741), Marcel Dionne (731), Phil Esposito (717), and Mike Gartner (708). He also moved into a tie with Dionne on the all-time assist list with 1,040.
December 18, 2013: Jaromir Jagr scored the game-winning goals against the Ottawa Senators. It was the 122nd game-winner of his career, the most in NHL history.
Season Preview: The Devils will rely on a balanced roster to keep the pressure on opponents in 2013–14. Tjhere are a lot of new faces on the club, but as usual no superstars—except for ageless goalie Martin Brodeur. He will be backed up this year by Cory Schneider, picked up in a trade with the Canucks. That gives New Jersey the best goaltending in the league. Building from there around veterans Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac, and Jaromir Jagr—and up-and-coming players like Adam Henrique and Andrei Loktinov—they should be able to survive the loss of stars Ilya Kovalchuk (who retired) and David Clarkson (traded to Toronto).