So we are now in the dog days of Summer and there has not been much news out of the New Jersey Devils since the Will Butcher re-signing in late July. Since things have been a little bit slow, I wanted to take a little bit of a retrospective look at the Devils’ offseason so far in 2019.
From trading for PK Subban and Nikita Gusev to signing free agent Wayne Simmonds to re-upping their own Butcher, the Devils have had quite the Summer.
There is still work to be done. RFA Pavel Zacha is still a priority to re-sign and Ray Shero could always make another trade just prior to the regular season starting.
The left-side defense is still a place the Devils would like to upgrade and add a piece to. Although when thinking about the D, you have to pencil in a place for Ty Smith, who will likely be added this year to the big club. Where does this place the Devils’ defense overall?
Likewise, up front you have to wonder who will make the team out of camp. Will someone on the bubble such as a Michael McLeod have a breakout camp and make the team? Where does Jesper Boqvist fit in now with Gusev in the picture? Will he be playing in North America this year or going back to Sweden to play in the SHL for the year?
What we would love to have is anyone who is reading to leave some of their thoughts in the comments below. How do you think the fanbase feels about the offseason overall? Do you have any concerns for the team going into 2019-20? Do you have any line combinations you would like to see? How would you construct the defensive pairings if you were John Hynes?
Again, we’d love to hear from the fans about the upcoming season, good or bad. Just leave a comment below.