26 sep 2017
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Smitty426</b></div><div>Unless the Rangers youth shows up to replace what they moved at TDL, they will not be better than last year. They are on track to be, as early as the following year.
The Devs addressed every area they needed help. Maybe not to the fullest but, they lost Santini a bottom pairing RHD and Kurtis Gabriel. They gained the #1OA pick in Hughes, the best player not in the draft in Gusev, A top RHD in PK, a net front presence on the PP in Simmonds. Schneider played well at end of season and in worlds. Were fine in net.
<strong>The Flyers:</strong> added Hayes, swapped Niskanen for Gudas
<strong>The Rangers:</strong> Gained KK, gained Breadman, Trouba, Lost Zuc, lost Hayes, I don't count Pionk bought out Shat and are now capped out. With Smith, Staal, DeAng
<strong>The Canes:</strong> Added Dzingel and Haula (15 gms last yr), and talk about goaltending, where their upgrade there?
<strong>The Devils won the off-season </strong></div></div>
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Sebybbq</b></div><div>They sure have improved, but like
The flyers, the rangers, the hurricanes have. It will be tought i think that it will depend a lot of the goaltending</div></div>
I agree that all areas of concern were addressed. As a devils fan, what we see here on paper is very exciting, but will it translate into wins on the ice? Only time will tell. I do think that a quarter into the season, possibly half way, we will see NJ really take off as players will now have meshed and set line-ups will have been figured out.
Out of the Metro, I see the standings at the end of the year as follows: These standings will only differ by like 1 - 5 points as the metro will be ultra competitive