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Old 10-03-2013, 11:27 AM   #53
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I think the Devils will surprise a lot of people. Very, very deep at forward this year.

People harp on losing Kovalchuk, but he scored four even strength goals last year. Four. The same amount as Stephen Gionta. Great player, of course, but the Devils are a much better team now than they were last season. Replacing Clarkson with Clowe is a wash.

Out:
Kovalchuk
Clarkson
Sullivan
D'Agostini
Ponikarovsky
Kostopoulos
Barch
Hedberg

In:
Jagr
Ryder
Clowe
Brunner
Olesz
Schneider

They should be able to dominate puck possession, and the Schneider/Hedberg switch alone will make a huge difference. The ten-game stretch when Marty went down arguably cost them the playoffs last season.
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