Players the Devils Must Re-Sign
- Updated: April 10, 2016
Despite elimination from the play-offs in the final week of hockey the Devils have fought long and hard. A few players in specific have been beneficial to their success, players that the Devils need to keep going into the next season.
Kyle Palmieri- If his game play this season scream RESIGN I don’t know what does. Acquired during the 2015 draft from Anaheim, He’s been crucial to the Devils success this season. Registering 54 points so far (29G-25A) in one season in New Jersey he’s surpassed his season highs from back in Anaheim. He registered 29 points in Anaheim last season (14G-15A) in 57 games. He has 11 power play goals this season and 4 game winning goals. He’s also ranked number one on the team overall. He was only signed to this season so resigning would be the logical option
Devante Smith-Pelly- The Devils acquired DSP from the Montreal Canadiens on trade deadline day in exchange for Stefan Matteau. In 15 games with the Devils he’s registered 12 points (7G-5A) in comparison with his days back in Montreal where he’s registered 12 points in 46 games. He has the highest shooting percentage on the team at 23.3%. A change of scenery is never bad for a player and it seemed to work out for Devante. I refer to DSP as “The Gentle Giant.” He’s very soft spoken in interviews but on the ice he’s aggressive and ready to chirp at any opponent.
Jordin Tootoo/Bobby Farnham- Although some may disagree I think the return of the “Rough and Tough Tag team” (As I call them) would be an asset to NJ. Both being aggressors on the ice add an edge to the Devils that they were lacking. It makes them harder opponents to play against. Neither one is afraid to step up to an opponent on the other team no matter what their size which adds a spark to the team and can help to make a difference.
Reid Boucher- So the “Boucher Experiment” didn’t go exactly as planned in the first place but this season has been an improvement. With 19 points (8G-11A) in 37 games Boucher has stepped in comparison to previous seasons. He’s also registered 4 game winning goals. He’s proved he can play against teams higher up in the standings and come in clutch when the Devils need him to the most. Calling up Boucher and Blandisi from the minors have helped the Devils in many situations like injuries or being down a goal or even securing a lead.
Last but certainly not least….
Lee Stempniak- HOLD UP! Before everyone goes “Umm he doesn’t play in New Jersey anymore” Yeah I know that! In a trade to Boston for draft picks he departed from New Jersey on NHL Trade Deadline day. If Boston doesn’t resign him New Jersey should jump on that offer. In 63 games with New Jersey he registered 41 points (which was team leading) and scored 3 game winning goals. He’s also given the Devils the lead on multiple occasions. He’s even had 8 multi point games. Consistency has been an issue for the Devils and Stempniak has helped to get back on track alongside other players like Henrique, Palmieri and Cammalleri pre-injury.