New Jersey Devils


Will Butcher and the New Jersey Devils avoided arbitration as they came to terms on a three-year contract worth $3.73 million. (Source: Elliotte Friedman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After an excellent rookie season that produced 44 points (23 on the power-play), Butcher experienced the dreaded sophomore slump. He averaged over three more minutes of ice-time, and virtually the same amount of power-play time, yet he posted just 30 points (14 on the power-play) in 2018-19. New Jersey's power-play efficiency as a team dropped 3.7%, so it was to be expected that Butcher's overall production would take a hit as a result. The Devils addressed this regression with the addition of P.K. Subban, so it looks like Butcher will be squeezed off the first power-play unit due to his presence. The Devils have turned themselves into a more threatening offensive team overall, which bodes well for Butcher 5-on-5, but he will likely find himself demoted to PP2.

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Bratt finished Sunday with an assist on a no-look pass to Marcus Johansson in the third period.

Fantasy Impact: Bratt is now on a four game point streak and is logging first line minutes. At just 20 years old, Bratt is showing signs of brilliance when given the opportunity.

Category: Game Recaps

Kinkaid picks up his third win in his last ten starts. He wound up stopping 33 of 35 shots.

Fantasy Impact: Kinkaid was lights out on Sunday finishing with a .943 save percentage. He isn't worth adding now that Cory Schneider is healthy.

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Hischier picked up assists on all three goals in the 3-2 win against the Hurricanes on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Someone has needed to step up with Taylor Hall being injured, but unfortunately no one has. The Devils have been too inconsistent, including the former number one draft pick.

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An amazing effort from Blackwood led to the Devils victory on Saturday. He saved 37 of 39 shots, finishing with a .949 save percentage.

Fantasy Impact: Coming back from the AHL All-Star Classic, Blackwood shined bright in his return helping the Devils win on Saturday. He is the Devils best goalie and is a must add.

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Damon recorded an assist on the power play in Thursday nights loss to the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Severson has now recorded five points in his last seven games. With Sami Vatanen on the IR after suffering a concussion, Severson will be looking to expand his role on the power play.

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Coleman finished Monday night with a goal and an assist in the 6-3 win against Pittsburgh.

Fantasy Impact: Coleman has recorded nine points in his last eight games. He is proving his worth away from the penalty kill now that he has 18 goals on the season. He is a must add in deeper leagues.

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Zajac opened the scoring against Pittsburgh in his amazing four point game. He finished the game with a goal and three assists in the 6-3 victory on Monday night.

Fantasy Impact: Travis recorded his first four point game this season and has pushed his point total to 31. As of now he isn't worth adding, but because he averages nearly 20 minutes a game, keep him on your radar.

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Palmieri scored his lone goal in the third period, coming off a cross ice pass from Travis Zajac.

Fantasy Impact: He finally broke his three game scoreless streak after the Devils won big on Monday night. Palmieri now has 23 goals on the season and is leading the Devils in points.

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Greene managed to redirect Damon Severson's shot in the third period in a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: Andy Greene scored his third goal of the season and managed to register five shots on target. With Taylor Hall likely out until after the All-Star Game, there aren't many Devils that are worth picking up.

Category: Game Recaps

Taylor Hall still not skating

Wed, Jan 16th 3:40pm EST
By Kamran Hoda

New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes would not speak on what Taylor Hall's lower body injury is. He did say that Hall hasn't resumed skating yet. (Source: Amanda Stein on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The hope was for Hall to be back on the ice last week but clearly he's not back yet. It's not clear when he'll be back, sit tight and wait.

Category: Injury Updates

Brian Boyle scored a goal in the Devils 4-2 loss to the Maple Leafs on Thursday. He scored one goal on one SOG in 11:49 of ice-time.

Fantasy Impact: Boyle is on pace for his second 20 goal season in his career. Th only time he scored 20 goals was back in 2010-2011 when he scored 21 goals. Six of his 12 goals thus far have come on the power-play.

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Marcus Johansson got his 9th assist of the season on Brian Boyle’s goal in the third period of the Devils 2-1 overtime shootout loss to the Predators on Saturday night.

Fantasy Impact: Marcus Johansson is trying to rediscover his form from 2016-2017 with the Capitals when he scored 58 points. He spent most of last season and the start of this season injured. So it may not be until the second half until the Devils see what they expected to get when they acquired Johansson. Johansson has 6 goals and 9 assists through 29 games. Johansson may see a spike in his production while filling in for injured Taylor Hall on the first line with Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri. Johansson is a solid medium to deep fantasy league player.

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Egor Iakovlev got his third assist of the season on Kyle Palmieri’s first period goal in the Devils 6-5 OT loss to the Ducks on Sunday night.

Fantasy Impact: Egor Iakovlev seems to be carving his own niche out with the Devils. Iakovlev has 1 goal and 3 assists through 8 games in addition to 7 assists in 7 games in the AHL. For a KHL veteran not known for his offensive output these numbers are a pleasant surprise. Iakovlev is a sneaky pickup and play in deep leagues.

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Stefan Noesen corralled his 3rd assist of the season on Egor Iakovlev’s second period goal in the Devils 5-1 loss to Tampa on Monday night.

Fantasy Impact: Stefan Noesen is a good example of a player that teams need and want in real life but doesn’t translate to fantasy hockey value. Noesen is a grinding second to fourth line forward that will contribute as much in the hits department as scoring. Noesen has 2 goals and 3 assists in 18 games. Noesen has little to no value in any fantasy hockey format currently.

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Sami Vatanen notched his 11th assist of the season on Egor Iakovlev’s goal in the 2nd period of the Devils 5-1 loss to Tampa on Monday night.

Fantasy Impact: Sami Vatanen, when healthy, is an offensive asset at the defenseman position. Vatanen put up a couple of high-30 point total seasons while a member of the Anaheim Ducks. Vatanen still has that potential but needs to stay healthy to accomplish that. Vatanen, as always, is on the second power play unit so he will have the opportunity to utilize his skills fully. On the season, Vatanen has 1 goal and 10 assist through 23 games. Vatanen should be good for around 30 points for the season and has value in medium to deep fantasy leagues.

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Brett Seney grabbed his first assist of the season on Joey Anderson’s first period goal in the Devils 3-0 win over the Flyers on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Seney is a first year forward out of Merrimack College. Seney has put up decent totals last year and this year in the AHL. Seney has 1 goal and 1 assist through 7 games this season. Seney doesn’t carry much fantasy value currently but may be worth monitoring for future considerations.

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Joey Anderson scored his first goal of the season and his career in the first period of the Devils 3-0 win on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: Joey Anderson is a first year forward out of University of Miami-Ohio. Anderson has 1 goal and 1 assist through 8 games this season. Anderson is on the third line with rookie Brett Seney and Blake Coleman. Anderson is also getting first line power play duty currently. Anderson doesn’t carry any fantasy value currently but should be monitored for future considerations.

Category: Game Recaps

Wood put the Devils on the board in the second period as they defeated the Sabres 3-1.

Fantasy Impact: With 14 goals in 48 games, Wood is worth a pick in fantasy if you want to take a cheap chance.

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Schneider was injured on Tuesday in the Devils' 3-2 loss to the Bruins, leaving with a lower body injury. He was relieved by Ken Appleby (Source: Andrew Gross of

Fantasy Impact: There was no update after the game, but with Keith Kinkaid on IR (and other injuries), the Devils are going through a rough spell.

Category: Injury Updates