- By Belch
It’s been a strange off season for the Devils, with their leading scorer retiring at an early age and drafting young Brodeur. The Devils failed to make the playoffs last year and are quickly making quick patchwork moves to solidify their status in a very tough division.
David Clarkson and Kovalchuk were two of the Devils top three scorers, and now are vacant in the locker room in New Jersey. The Devils are hoping that aging Jagr will fill the void and add a spark to the Devils on the ice. But Jagr is 41 and on the last leg of his career, and failed to put up shocking numbers last year. Between the Stars and the Bruins, Jagr only posted 16 goals and 19 assists. These numbers might be good enough to replace a third line kind of guy in the Devils organization, but to say he’ll fill the Clarkson void ALONE is risky.
The Devils finally get their goalie of the future though, with Corey Schneider, but the lack of goals on the offensive end are going to end up making him look bad. Elias will look to be the team’s leading scorer, but unlike any great team in the NHL, the Devils don’t have any young talent to back up their old guys. Zajac and Zubrus are nice to add in but still not the elite skill guys I would want to see as a young Devils fan.
The Devils have quite a long rebuilding process to go through right now, and if they can’t pull something together in the next few years they might as well be called the Kansas City Devils. Or worse, the Kansas City ANYTHING ELSE. My Devils jerseys are going to be collectors items soon and the very thought of a Kovalchuk jersey seems despicable at this point.