Player News - Devils

Date: Team: Pos:

New Jersey has announced the signing of Egor Yakovlev.

Yakovlev has signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Devils after spending six seasons in the KHL. The 26-year-old defender recorded nine points in 35 games with SKA St. Petersburg in 2017-18.
May 21 - 11:26 AM

Mirco Mueller got a silver medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

Mueller was named one of Switzerland's top three players of the tournament by the team's coaches. He logged key minutes on the back end during Switzerland's surprising run to the gold-medal game, while contributing one goal and five assists in 10 appearances.
Source: NJ.com
May 21 - 10:21 AM

Yegor Yakovlev is apparently poised to sign with the New Jersey Devils.

"The New Jersey Devils have scouted me for three years. They really wanted to see me in the team." said Yakovlev. "That's why I chose New Jersey and I'm really happy to join the organization. I know they play a fast smart hockey and I like it." Yakovlev is a 26 year-old blueliner who has six professional seasons under his belt in the KHL. He has won a World Championship Gold Medal (2013-14), the KHL Gargarin Cup (2016-17) and Olympic gold in 2018. He is by no means a point-producing defenseman, but he is mobile puck mover. Yakovlev posted nine points in 35 games with SKA St. Petersburg in 2017-18. New Jersey GM Ray Shero said earlier in the day that the two sides may be able to finalize something after the World Championship. The team hasn't made an official announcement on a deal yet.
May 19 - 1:38 PM

Tom Fitzgerald and Paul Fenton will reportedly get second interviews with the Minnesota Wild this week for the team's General Manager position.

According to a report from Michael Russo of The Athletic, Fitzgerald and Fenton appear to be the finalists for the job. The Wild chose not to renew Chuck Fletcher's contract earlier this off-season.
Source: TSN.ca
May 16 - 9:18 AM

Travis Zajac took some positives with his 2017-18 campaign.

"I think personally, I’m happy how I ended the season," Zajac said. "It was a real struggle for me the first 20 games. That part, I’m still upset with how I started the year and how long it took me to get going." Zajac finished with 12 goals and 26 points in 63 contests. His production did pick up though, with him scoring seven goals and 19 points in his final 30 games. He could certainly do better offensively next season, though we don't expect him to be a factor in standard leagues.
May 11 - 5:46 AM

Brian Strait has inked a two-year, two-way contract with the New Jersey Devils.

Strait accounted for eight points and 52 penalty minutes in 61 games for the Binghamton Devils of the AHL this past season. He can earn an average annual salary of $675,000 at the NHL level.
May 8 - 2:11 PM

Yaroslav Dyblenko has been put on unconditional waivers by New Jersey.

After he clears, Dyblenko will have his contract terminated. The 24-year-old blueliner posted eight points and 50 penalty minutes in 54 games for the AHL's Binghamton Devils in 2017-18.
May 8 - 1:02 PM

Patrick Maroon had successful surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back on May 2.

Maroon is expected to be able to resume off-season training before the start of training camp, so his preparation for the 2018-19 campaign may not drastically altered. Unfortunately, it could hurt him as a pending unrestricted free agent.
May 8 - 10:45 AM

Cory Schneider underwent successful surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left hip last Tuesday.

Schneider is projected to require five months of recovery time. The Devils intend to update his status over the summer when more information is available. Schneider, who dealt with the problem on and off throughout the season, could miss most of training camp or the start of the 2018-19 campaign, but he is expected to make a full recovery.
May 8 - 10:39 AM

Taylor Hall underwent successful surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left hand back on April 30th.

Hall initially sustained the injury in late December and it was unrelated from the issue that kept him out of the All-Star Game in January. He is expected to be ready for training camp in September.
May 8 - 10:31 AM

Marcus Johansson believes that a healthier 2018-19 season will help him get back on track.

"First couple games didn't have my legs maybe the way I'm used to," Johansson said. "It was just fun being out there. It was almost good to get out there in the playoffs, because there's not a lot of thinking to be done. You just go out and play. I missed it a lot and just being a part of the whole things and being with the team and going through the ups and downs, it's something i missed throughout the whole year." Johnasson was limited to 29 games because of two concussions and a bruised ankle.
Source: NJ.com
May 8 - 9:51 AM

Cory Schneider is expected to be motivated to reclaim the number one goalie job on the Devils next year.

Schneider played well in the playoffs after he struggled down the stretch, while dealing with injuries. "Hopefully it's a springboard for him that he pushed through, and I think he learned a lot about himself and a lot about what it takes to stay in the net every night, and how competitive this league can be to have a job," said coach John Hynes. "I'm pretty sure Cory Schneider's going back home this summer as a very motivated player and looking for something to prove next year." Keith Kinkaid was superb when he received the opportunity to play regularly, so Schneider is projected to face competition for playing time.
Source: NJ.com
May 1 - 9:54 AM

Nick Lappin could challenge for a job with the New Jersey Devils in 2018-19.

Lappin played 43 games with the Devils in the 2016-17 season scoring four goals and adding three assists but managed to play only six games with New Jersey this season, spending most of his time with Binghamton. He had a very nice season there with 31 goals and 53 points in 65 games, scoring 14 times and 24 points in 23 contests after he was sent back down on February 21. He could provide some secondary scoring in the right circumstances but will likely not be fantasy worthy next season.
Apr 29 - 7:35 AM

Taylor Hall has been chosen as one of the three nominees for the Hart Trophy.

Hall was clearly the most valuable player on the Devils roster, as he accumulated 39 goals and 93 points in 76 games during the regular season. The 26-year-old was a force throughout the season and there's a decent chance that he'll come away with the MVP award in 2018. Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon and Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar are the other two nominees.
Apr 27 - 7:40 PM

Taylor Hall has been chosen as one of the nominees for the Ted Lindsay Award.

This is hardly surprising considering the season he had for the Devils. The 26-year-old accumulated 39 goals and 93 points in 76 games this season. Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon and Edmonton's Connor McDavid have also been nominated for the award.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 26 - 6:56 PM


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