Season Preview: New Jersey Devils depth chart
theScore is previewing each team leading up to the 2016-17 season.
The New Jersey Devils surprised many last season, finishing just a dozen points shy of the playoffs.
Goals were hard to come by in New Jersey, but the team will hope their big-ticket addition of Taylor Hall pushes them into the postseason this year.
Here's what the Devils' lineup looks like going into the 2016-17 season:
|Taylor Hall||Adam Henrique||Kyle Palmieri|
|Mike Cammalleri||Travis Zajac||Devante Smith-Pelly|
|Jacob Josefson||Pavel Zacha||Beau Bennett|
|Sergey Kalinin||Vernon Fiddler||Reid Boucher|
- It starts with Hall, who will be tasked with breathing new life into the Devils' forward ranks. New Jersey finished last in goals in 2015-16, and just four players reached double-digit totals. Rookie center Pavel Zacha, who notched two assists in a one-game trial last season, is an intriguing option up the middle.
|Andy Greene||Damon Severson|
|John Moore||Ben Lovejoy|
|Jon Merrill||Steven Santini|
- The departure of Adam Larsson leaves a significant hole in the Devils' defensive core, and its lack of depth is a concern. They added Ben Lovejoy in free agency, fresh off a Stanley Cup championship with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He'll provide the blue line with another mobile defender.
- Cory Schneider was the team's most valuable player last season, and he'll see a heavy workload again this season. Camp tryout Anders Lindback will compete against Keith Kinkaid for backup duties.