Review of 2010-2011: (38-39-5, 81 points, 11th In Eastern Conference, Missed Playoffs)
Additions Via Free Agency: Cam Janssen, Eric Boulton
Additions Via Trade: Maxim Noreau
Subtractions: Anssi Salmela, Adam Mair, Mike McKenna, Colin White, David McIntyre, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, Brian Rolston
Offense: ”Things could be worse”. You sign Ilya Kovalchuk to a huge contract, get hit by the NHL for cap circumvention and lost a 1st round draft pick, then proceed to miss the playoffs for the first time in 13 years. Well the better phrase for this year “It can’t get any worse”. The Devils will look to retool their offense, getting rid of dead weight and get off to a better start than last season. However, the first obstacle came already, center Travis Zajac will be out of the lineup until November after tearing his achillies tendon. This puts a huge hole at center, their next best centerman, Jacob Josefson, tallied 10 points last year.The Devils will need to hope that he, Dave Steckel, or Adam Henrique step up their game tremendously, or there is a youngster in camp who impresses enough to fill Zajac’s role until he is healthy. Ilya Kovalchuk has to be better, he has to be able to score without long droughts like last year. The powerplay, let me rephrase that, the league’s 28th best powerplay, needs to improve a lot in order for this team to start winning.