The New Jersey Devils have been a bit aggressive in their efforts to regain contender status over the past several years, but nothing has stuck. However, this time, he added elite guards to Dougie Hamilton and held him for seven years. He was joined by 26-year-old defenseman Ryan Graves, a salary cap in Colorado, forward Tamas Tatar and backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier.
Undoubtedly, the Devils’ current comeback is one of the best tiers they’ve had in years, but is that enough to compete in the most crowded division in the NHL? The answer is probably no, at least to my extent.
The Devils are obviously a good team, but they are getting a little more love from the public. Hamilton makes New Jersey a team to watch, but if the Devils plan to make the jump, it will probably be on the Flyers and that’s it. And as with the other additions, whether the Devils can outperform this projection and push them into a playoff position depends on whether their young core performs well in 82 games.
Two-thirds of New Jersey’s forward group have not yet reached the age of 23, and while optimism is needed for the future, betting should be real on where the team is now. Statistically, the Ghosts just turn out to be a team below average in each category, and I don’t expect a list made by unproven players to change overnight.
Drama: The Devils lose the playoffs (-200 in BetMGM and DraftKings).