After returning to the playoffs in 2017-18, the New Jersey Devils plummeted in 2018-19, finishing with 72 points. A regression in production from several players coupled with a rash of injuries dropped New Jersey to the NHL’s third-worst record, but a busy off-season has the Devils primed for a climb back to relevancy.
Drafting Jack Hughes No. 1 overall at the draft gives the Devils an instant infusion of talent, and acquiring P.K. Subban from Nashville provides a much-needed No. 1 defenseman. Signing UFA winger Wayne Simmonds also adds another key piece to the top six.
Taylor Hall’s future is the biggest question mark, as he enters the final season of his contract with a Hart Trophy under his belt and a massive raise on the way.
Returning to the playoffs is the goal for this group, whi...
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