Advanced Scouting Report: New Jersey Devils

Posted: 10/28/2010 by bc in Uncategorized
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Treat yourself to something special if you predicted that the New Jersey Devils would be in 30th place overall at any point during this season.

Devils are 2-7-1 with 17 GF and 35 GA.

Forget the headlines, media and blogosphere. I have nothing but respect for Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger, who covers the Devils. Not even Rich dare mention the fatal flaw in the Devils current structure.

It does appear that Devils GM Lou Lamoriello made a huge mistake during the financial season. And no it’s not Ilya Kovalchuk. Read on…

The New Jersey Devils, the team that won 3 Stanley Cups with Scott Stevens, Scot Niedermayer and Brian Ralfaski is reduced to one known puck moving D-man, Andy Greene. Devils also get some have flash and dash from 24-year-old rookie Matt Taormina.

Not exactly household names. Yeah but New Jersey has Brian Rolston who can QP a PP, right? Not much Rolston can do from the IR list.

Shot blocking stay@homer Anton Volchenkov is out with Fowler face. new medical term for a broken nose combined with a stiff neck. Bryce Salvador is out indefinitely with a concussion.

Devils were counting on Anssi Salmela re-acquired in the Kovy deal to replace Johnny Oduya but a pesky knee surgery has slowed Anssi.

While Henrik Tallinder is a fine shut down d-men but he’s not a puck mover either.

What has happened if your following without a scorecard is the Devils failed to replace #1 puck mover Paul Martin who left via UFA, traded Johnny Oduya and injuries have felled Brian Rolston and Anssi Salmela.

I sure wish the NHL published territorial play as time spent in each zone with and without the puck. After the score, territorial play is the single most revealing stat. NHL teams keep it but for whatever reason, won’t give it up.

Absent my fave stat. Not having seen the Devils play yet except for NHL on the Fly hi-lights. I’m admittedly speculating here, but:

When you’re out scored 35-17, better than 2-1 in 10 games;

When 3 of your top 6 D were 7 through 9 on your depth chart just one month ago;

When the only two games Devils have won Martin Brodeur scored a shutout;.

When your team is short puck moving D-men and you’re the 6th most penalized team in the NHL;

Chances are pretty friggin’ good you’re getting bottled up in your end.

I’ll have more in the PreGame PostUp. Until then our Big Bad, in your face, truculent, heavy forechecking Ducks should be licking their chops.

  1. buick22 says:

    There D situation sounds like ours

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