The writers here at the FanSided Sports Network are now on day seventeen of our NHL season preview. I’d like you to skate over to each of our sites daily and see what our talented hockey writers have to say about their teams’ upcoming season. Remember, we’re all fans and we have high expectations for our team, and previews are what they are…..previews. It will be interesting to see what the gang here has to say about their respective clubs. Will the Washington Capitals finally challenge for the Cup, what will happen to the Boston Bruins as they try to defend their championship, and can the Vancouver Canucks survive the “heartbreak” of losing in the Finals without tearing up their city….again.
Part two today of our season preview brings you the New Jersey Devils as Drew Friedman lead writer for Pucks and Pitchforks tells us why this year will be different that last year. With new and former Florida Panther head coach Peter DeBoer now behind the New Jersey bench, you can rest assured that the same game plan that’s been a staple of Devils hockey since their inception will continue. Toss paint on the ice. Watch it dry. Do it again.
Drew has this to say about the new bench boss:
Another Year, Another New Coach: Seriously, even if you hadn’t watched the Devils since the end of the 2009-2010 playoffs, would you really be surprised by this title? This time, Peter DeBoer is the new man in charge, and while some would understandably question this move, it is clear what the organization’s motive was. With the disaster they witnessed on the ice in front of John MacLean for the first 32 games of last season, the front office decided to forget about looking internally for a head coach, and went to the former Panthers’ coach as their latest hire. After a nice surprise in his first season in Florida, DeBoer’s last two seasons were certainly subpar, despite a less-than-superb lineup put out each night by the Panthers. How will he fare in New Jersey? That’s anyone’s guess; regardless, he deserves a fair chance, as he has, at least, proven he can coach in this league.
With an offensive weapon like Ilya Kovalchuk, a healthy Zach Parise, and one of the greatest goaltenders of our time Martin Brodeur, you would think that the Devils would improve over last season. The key is getting of to a quick start, as the firing of John MacLean after 32 games last season stung longer than anticipated. By the time the Devils figured things out and made their run, it was too late.
I don’t know if New Jersey has enough to make a playoff run, and I’m not sure that coach Peter DeBoer has what it takes to lead this mostly veteran roster, but it will be interesting to watch it unfold. I wish Pete the best. As I look back at what he did here, I think he was sold a bill of good from Uncle Jack, who escaped after the hire, and previous ownership never followed up on their plans. In any event, it’s a clean slate for Pete, but the pressure is on. And it’s on now.
For the rest of the Devils preview go here.
Tomorrow we’ll have the New York Islanders for you.
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