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New Jersey Devils

NHL 14: New Jersey Devils Guide

Written By: JCol32

New Jersey Devils

Founded: 1974

Championships: 3 (1994-95, 1999-00, 2002-03)

 

History:

The New Jersey Devils were founded in Kansas City, Missouri as the Kansas City Scouts in 1974, moved to Denver, Colorado as the Colorado Rockies for two seasons, and then ended up in New Jersey in 1982.

 

Overview:

The Devils will enter the 2013/14 season with many doubters. They lost their star player and captain Zach Parise last year in free agency, and now one year later, have lost their second hand man, sniper, Ilya Kovalchuk. Bryce Salvador will try to bring a veteran presence to this struggling franchise. Youngster Adam Henrique will return to attempt a Devil revival. At the Draft, the Devils struck a huge deal with the Canucks to acquire Schneider. The Devils finally have their goalie of the future to replace Martin Brodeur. The Devils can now split time between Brodeur and Schneider. This will keep Brodeur fresh and have him on top of his game and give him extra rest, while giving Schneider a season to learn under the best. I expect the Devils to surprise some people and challenge for a playoff spot before falling just short. My prediction would have the Devils finish around 9th or 10th in the East this season.

 

How to Play as the Devils:

With the Devils low on scoring after the losses of Parise and Kovalchuk. Your game plan has to be to rely on your defense and goaltending with the likes of Adam Larsson and Brodeur. Keep the games low scoring and be happy with results of 1-0 and 2-1 because that is just about all your offense can produce.

 

Fun Fact:

With the New Jersey Nets moving to Brooklyn, the Devils are now the only major professional sports franchise branded as being located in the state of New Jersey.

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