New Jersey Devils Player News: All Positions

News: Butcher (upper body) skated before Monday's practice session, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: Butcher is on injured reserve and has already missed one game. The 24-year-old blueliner will look to return to the team's practice this week and slot in for Friday's game against the Coyotes.
News: Blackwood (illness) didn't participate in Monday's practice, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: The Devils don't play again until Friday's matchup against the Coyotes, so Blackwood has a good shot to avoid missing any time. If he's unable to shake off the sickness, though Cory Schneider will start in net while the Devils dip into the minors for a backup.
News: Blackwood made 25 saves Saturday in a 1-0 victory over the Canucks.
Impact: The rookie is gaining momentum. He's won two straight and only allowed two goals in the wins. Blackwood's continued strong play will see him ascending to the starter's throne -- hope you have him stashed. The wins might come against the Rangers and Canucks, two lightweight teams. But Blackwood's talent stand on its own.
News: Hughes scored his first NHL goal in Saturday's 1-0 win over Vancouver.
Impact: Anecdotally, he's the only player to ever score in his first game against his brother. Hughes has scuffled to start his career, but that's more a function of poor team play than anything else. He finally has points in back-to-back games and appears to be finding his legs. Interestingly enough, Hughes' production has come when his ice time was cut. Perhaps he's better served skating 13-14 minutes, instead of 16-18, at least for now.
News: Butcher (upper body) has been placed on injured reserve.
Impact: Don't freak out, as Butcher will be eligible to return from injured reserve Friday against Arizona, which is New Jersey's next game after Saturday's clash with Vancouver, from which Butcher had already been ruled out.
News: Hischier (upper body) remains out of commission for Saturday's game against the Canucks.
Impact: The No. 1 overall pick from the 2017 draft procured a seven-year, $50.75 million contract extension with the Devils on Friday. Kevin Rooney is the most logical option to continue filling in for Hischier, but New Jersey also has rookie Jesper Boqvist on the active roster in case the team wants a fresh look up front. By sitting out Saturday, Hischier will have six more days to prepare for the next game since there's a large break in the schedule.
News: Green (upper body) will be taken off injured reserve and rejoin the lineup Saturday against Vancouver.
Impact: Greene will replace Will Butcher, who's now battling an upper-body injury of his own. The veteran Greene is a good source of blocked shots, but he's scored more than 13 points only once in the past four seasons.
News: Blackwood will start in goal versus the visiting Canucks on Saturday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: Blackwood draws a second consecutive start after skating off with a 29-save victory against the Rangers on Thursday. His peripherals -- including a 4.06 GAA and .857 save percentage -- look rough on paper, but Blackwood is gaining steam ahead of this cross-conference matinee. He'll have to keep close tabs on 2019 Calder Trophy winner Elias Pettersson, as the phenom is averaging a point per game on the young season.
News: Hischier (upper body) agreed to terms on a seven-year, $50.75 million contract extension with the Devils on Friday, Sportsnets' Chris Johnston reports.
Impact: Hischier has been highly productive since being selected by New Jersey with the first overall pick of the 2017 draft, notching 20 goals and 52 points in 82 games during his rookie campaign before totaling 17 goals and 47 points in 69 contests last season. The Devils clearly believe the 20-year-old pivot has only begun to scratch the surface of his immense potential. Hischier will be a fixture in the Devils' top six for the duration of his contract, and could develop into a point-per-game player as he enters his prime over the next few seasons.
News: Clarke (shoulder) will be out of action for at least four months, Kenny Walls of TSN 1200 Ottawa reports.
Impact: The 2019 third-rounder (80th overall) is scheduled for surgery next week. Prior to the injury, Clarke had posted seven goals and nine points in nine games for OHL Ottawa. With the OHL regular season scheduled to end in mid-March, there's no guarantee Clarke plays again in 2019-20.
News: Butcher (upper body) won't play Saturday against the Canucks.
Impact: After Saturday's contest, the Devils are off until Oct. 25 against the Coyotes, so as long as he's not dealing with anything serious, Butcher will likely only be sidelined for one game. The 24-year-old blueliner has had a slow start to the season, notching one goal while posting a minus-1 rating in seven appearances.
News: Hughes finally got on the scoresheet with an assist in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Hughes celebrated a pair of NHL firsts in his seventh game, recording his first point on Miles Wood's second-period goal en route to his team's first win of the season. The first overall pick from the 2019 draft still needs to bulk up and get used to facing NHL defensemen, but make no mistake about Hughes' sky-high dynasty league value.
News: Butcher skated just 13:43 in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Rangers, finishing with one shot, one block and a minus-1 rating.
Impact: The Devils finally found themselves nursing a lead, so Butcher saw his ice time limited in favor of more defensively oriented blueliners. Butcher skated just six seconds on the power play, as his time with the extra man has evaporated following the offseason addition of P.K. Subban. The lack of power-play time spells trouble for Butcher, who scored exactly half of his 74 points through his first two seasons with the extra man. Unsurprisingly, he's mustered just one point through seven games.
News: Mueller recorded a plus-1 rating over 19:52 of ice time in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Mueller spent nearly a third of his ice time (6:15) on the penalty kill. He scored a career-high 11 points in 53 games last season, but Mueller is still searching for his first point of 2019-20 through five appearances.
News: Subban scored an empty-net goal on his ninth shot in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Subban made a major impact throughout his team-high 25:59 of ice time. That time included 3:15 on the power play and 6:54 shorthanded, as the star blueliner contributed in all situations to lead his team to its first win of the season.
News: Carrick was a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Rangers.
Impact: Carrick has dressed for four of New Jersey's first seven games and has one assist to show for his efforts. He suited up for 34 contests between the Devils and Stars last season, and Carrick should continue to rotate between the third defensive pairing and the press box.
News: Hayden finished with a plus-2 rating over 12:49 of ice time in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Hayden has now dressed for three games with New Jersey, but he's still searching for his first point. Coming off a five-point season in 54 games with Chicago, Hayden's not expected to contribute much offensively.
News: Wood scored his first goal of the season in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Wood's second-period tally made it 3-1 and turned into the game-winner when Jesper Fast got one back for the visitors in the third. Though he showed some promise offensively with 19 goals in 2017-18, Wood's calling card is the rough stuff, and he added two PIM in this one to bring his season total to eight through seven games. The 24-year-old winger is on pace to top 80 PIM for the fourth consecutive season.
News: Rooney was reinserted into the lineup for Thursday's 5-2 win over the Rangers, taking one shot in 17:01 of ice time.
Impact: The fourth-line center dressed for just the fourth time this season, but he saw a season high in minutes thanks in large part to his penalty killing ability. Rooney skated 3:17 shorthanded and blocked a shot. This effort will likely keep Rooney in the lineup moving forward, but that shouldn't matter much to fantasy owners given his limited offensive ability.
News: Tennyson dished out a pair of helpers in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Tennyson's 11:57 of ice time was the lowest mark among New Jersey's defensemen, but he made the most of his limited opportunities. While he was the only player for either team to record multiple points in this one, Tennyson will have to deliver a few more efforts like this before he earns any fantasy attention, as he has never previously scored double-digit points in a season.
News: Blackwood made 29 saves in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Blackwood finally earned the Devils their first win of the season in their seventh game. Neither he nor Cory Schneider have been impressive to start the season, so the starting job is still right there for the taking. Blackwood posted a 2.61 GAA in a promising rookie campaign last year, and he finally seemed to rediscover that form in this one.
News: Hischier (upper body) won't play in Thursday's game against the Rangers.
Impact: Hischier was injured during Monday's loss to the Panthers, and he won't be able to shake it in time for Thursday's divisional matchup. It's unsettled who will fill in for Hischier on the top line with Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri, but Travis Zajac, Jack Hughes and Nikita Gusev are the top candidates.
News: Hischier is considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Impact: Hischier missed the second and third periods of Monday's loss to the Panthers and didn't practice Wednesday due to an upper-body issue, but it appears as though whatever he's dealing with isn't overly serious. Nonetheless, at this point, the 20-year-old pivot should be considered a longshot at best for Thursday's game against the Rangers.
News: Talvitie (knee) has played in two games for Penn State this season, so he has recovered from the knee injury he suffered last season.
Impact: The 20-year-old Devils prospect is producing, as Talvitie has a goal and two assists in that pair of collegiate contests.
News: Hall scored a goal and an assist in Monday's 6-4 loss to the Panthers.
Impact: The goal was his first of the season. Hall suggested in training camp he didn't quite feel 100 percent after recovering from last year's knee surgery, but he looked good in this one and has five points through six games to kick off the 2019-20 campaign.
News: Zacha scored a goal and two assists in Monday's 6-4 loss to the Panthers.
Impact: The 22-year-old carried the Devils to a 4-1 lead early in the second period, but the team fell apart after that. Zacha has yet to score more than 25 points in an NHL season after being the sixth overall pick in the 2015 draft, and while he shows occasional flashes of upside, his bottom-six placement and lack of power-play time will make it tough for him to provide consistent fantasy value.
News: Schneider made 28 saves in Monday's 6-4 loss to the Panthers.
Impact: The Devils grabbed a 4-1 lead early in the second period, but Schneider couldn't make it hold up, allowing two goals in the second period and then three more in the third. While none of the tallies were particularly soft, the veteran netminder also failed to come up with a big save when his team needed him. Schneider sports a rough 0-3-0 record, 4.08 GAA and .876 save percentage to begin the season, but MacKenzie Blackwood's numbers have been even worse so far, making it difficult to predict who will get the nod in net Thursday against the Rangers.
News: Head coach John Hynes did not have an update on Hischier (undisclosed) after Monday's loss to the Panthers, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: Hischier will have a couple of days to heal up before Thursday's tilt against the Rangers. For now, his status for that game is still unclear. Travis Zajac or Jack Hughes would slot into his spot on the top line should he miss time.
News: Hischier left Monday's tilt against Florida with an undisclosed injury, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: As reported, Hischier didn't touch the ice during the second period and stayed in the locker room as the third period began. It's unclear exactly what the third-year center is dealing with but he may have been held from the game for precautionary reasons. Another update should be available after the game.
News: Schneider will start in the home goal for Monday's game against the Panthers, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Schneider is still looking for his first win after he posted an .897 save percentage and 3.33 GAA over three games. The Panthers are off to a slow start with just one win over five contests, and they've averaged 2.6 goals per game in the process. Even if Schneider gets back on track with his own performance, though, the Devils haven't provided much offensive support with just nine goals so far, and it could continue to be tough sledding against expected Panthers starter Sergei Bobrovsky.
News: Schneider made 29 saves Saturday in a 3-0 loss to Boston.
Impact: The Devils have started 0-5 and neither Schneider nor Mackenzie Blackwood have had either success or luck. This game wasn't on Schneider -- his teammates have to find some scoring success to help him out. Keep him benched until they do or he'll sink your categories like a stone.
News: Schneider will tend the road twine for Saturday's game versus the Bruins, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: Schneider's off to a rocky start this year with an .891 save percentage through his first two games, but luckily for him, MacKenzie Blackwood is struggling as well. It will be tough to turn it around in the Devils' fifth straight road outing. The Bruins enter this contest 3-1-0, but their offense hasn't been as powerful with just 2.25 goals per game.
News: The Devils summoned Tennyson from the AHL ranks Friday.
Impact: Tennyson's offensive chops in the minors have yet to translate to success at the top level. In each of his last two seasons, the 29-year-old blueliner has failed to record a point through 19 NHL appearances. Even if he were to draw into some of the upcoming contests for the Devils, there's little to like about his fantasy prospects for both season-long and daily purposes.
News: The Devils transitioned Green (upper body) to injured reserve Friday retroactive to Wednesday.
Impact: Greene will thus skip at least the next two games due to his upper-body issue, though he hasn't been pegged with a return timetable just yet. The veteran blueliner posted a somewhat resurgent season for New Jersey last year with 24 points in 82 games, though it would be surprising if a repeat is on tap given his absence from the power play. Greene's missed time certainly won't do him any favors in reaching that mark considering he played all 82 contests in 2018-19 en route to the 20-point mark.
News: Severson scored his first goal of the season in Thursday's 4-3 shootout loss to Edmonton.
Impact: Severson's goal with 4:25 left in regulation looked like it would be the winner, but Connor McDavid answered back with just over a minute to play. While Severson skated a team-high 25:02 in this one, only 29 seconds came on the power play. That power-play total ranked a distant third among the team's defensemen behind P.K. Subban (2:57) and Sami Vatanen (1:03). If he doesn't play much with the extra man, Severson will be fighting an uphill battle to reach last year's output of 39 points.
News: Hall had an assist, two shots and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 4-3 shootout loss to Edmonton.
Impact: Hall posted a respectable showing but came tantalizingly close to delivering more. He found himself in all alone in the overtime session but opted for a highlight-reel between the legs attempt that was thwarted by Mikko Koskinen. To make matters worse, Hall also failed to convert in the shootout as his team fell to 0-2-2 on the young season.
News: Blackwood stopped 19 of 22 shots and allowed one of three shootout attempts to score in Thursday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Oilers.
Impact: Blackwood wasn't busy but let a trio of one-goal leads slip away before allowing Leon Draisaitl to pot the winner in the third round of the shootout. He was almost bailed out by a whistle on Connor McDavid's game-tying goal with 1:06 left in regulation, but the puck was put in the net before the referee lost sight of it. Blackwood's off to a rough start, with 12 goals allowed in less than two and a half games, and the Devils are yet to win a game.
News: Blackwood will start Thursday's home game against the Oilers.
Impact: This will be an extremely difficult matchup for Blackwood, as the winless Devils are finishing up a back-to-back set while Edmonton has scored 14 goals en route to a 3-0-0 start. The 22-year-old netminder yielded seven goals to Buffalo in his last appearance, and things might not get much better here.
News: Greene (upper body) won't play Thursday against the Oilers.
Impact: With Greene on the shelf due to an upper-body injury, Mirco Mueller will draw into the lineup against Edmonton. The Devils have yet to release any details regarding the severity of Greene's issue, but another update on his condition should surface ahead of Saturday's matchup with Boston.
News: Blackwood will start Thursday's home game against the Oilers.
Impact: Blackwood took a seat for the front end of a back-to-back set Wednesday after getting lit up by the Sabres on Saturday. It won't be easy for the second-year netminder to get back on track Thursday against a 3-0-0 Edmonton squad that has tallied 14 goals in that span.
News: According to coach John Hynes, Schneider is slated to start in goal in Wednesday's road matchup with the Flyers.
Impact: Schneider was playing pretty well in New Jersey's season opener against the Jets on Friday before he was forced to exit the contest in the third period due to lower-body cramps, stopping 19 of the 21 shots he faced. He'll look to stay dialed in while attempting to pick up his first win of the campaign in a road matchup with a Philadelphia team that defeated the Blackhawks 4-3 in its first game of the season Friday.
News: Smith score twice and added an assist in WHL Spokane's 5-2 win over Seattle Sunday.
Impact: The Devils surprised many by shipping Smith back for one final season of junior hockey, and the 19-year-old has picked up (six points in three games) right where he left off last year. Smith is primed for another monster season and will be a key cog for Team Canada at the World Juniors this coming holiday season.
News: Morrow agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey on Sunday.
Impact: After signing his deal, Morrow was placed on waivers in order to move him down to the minors. The defenseman figures to start the year in the AHL, but should be in line for a promotion to the NHL sooner rather than later. In 41 games with the Jets last season, the Edmonton native notched seven points and is unlikely to improve upon that in 2019-20.
News: Blackwood allowed all seven goals, on 36 shots, in a 7-2 loss to the Sabres on Saturday.
Impact: Blackwood got the start against Buffalo and wound up suffering one of the worst losses of his career. With Cory Schneider a bit banged up after having to leave Friday's game with cramps, Blackwood could be in line to start Wednesday against Philadelphia. Whether he does or doesn't, he'll have to erase the memory of this game from his head in time for his next start.
News: Palmieri scored his first goal of the season Saturday but it wasn't enough in a 7-2 loss to Buffalo.
Impact: Palmieri's goal brought the Devils to within a goal early in the second period, but that's as close as they'd get on this night. The 28-year-old winger has collected points in each of New Jersey's first two games.
News: Hischier collected an assist in a 7-2 loss to Buffalo on Saturday.
Impact: The assist was Hischier's first point of the season and came on Kyle Palmieri's goal 37 seconds into the second period. Also worth noting is Hischier's ice time in the loss, as the Swiss-born center finished the game with 21 shifts, second-most amongst New Jersey forwards (Pavel Zacha - 22).
News: Coleman picked up an assist in a 7-2 loss to the Sabres on Saturday.
Impact: Already with a pair of goals to his name this season, Coleman picked up his first assist of the year in Saturday's lopsided loss, giving him three points through two games. The 27-year-old is coming off a 2018-19 campaign where he recorded a career-high 36 points and eclipsed the 20-goal mark (22) for the first time in his career.
News: Hall finished the Devils' 7-2 loss to Buffalo on Saturday with an assist.
Impact: Hall left the game after colliding with Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe but was able to return for the third period. Having collected an assist in each of his team's first two games, Hall will be looking to make it three straight contests with a point when the Devils travel to Philadelphia to face the Flyers on Wednesday.
News: Hall was back out for the start of the third period of Saturday's game against Buffalo, Corey Masisak of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Hall had to go to the locker room after an earlier collision, but it looks like he avoided a serious injury. The skilled winger is in a contract year, so he'll certainly look to avoid missing any time.
News: Hall had to go to the locker room after colliding with Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe on Saturday, Chris Ryan of NJ Advance Media reports.
Impact: Injuries have always been a major bugaboo for Hall, but hopefully this one doesn't turn out to be too serious. Expect further word on his status before the Devils travel to Philadelphia on Wednesday.
News: Boqvist will make his NHL debut Saturday against the Sabres.
Impact: Boqvist was a healthy scratch for New Jersey's opener, but the Swede will enter in a bottom-six role for the season's second game. He was selected 36th overall in the 2017 draft.
News: Blackwood will patrol the road crease in Saturday's game versus the Sabres, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: Blackwood came into Friday night's game versus the Jets since Cory Schneider was cramping, and he gave up a two-goal lead as he allowed two goals on nine shots, eventually losing in a shootout. He'll have a solid opportunity to bounce back against the Sabres, who scored 2.70 goals per game last year, 23rd in the league.
News: Zacha dished out a helper in Friday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Jets.
Impact: Zacha is coming off back-to-back 25-point seasons, but he's hoping to take the next step in his development at age 22. He's off to a strong start in that regard thanks to an assist on a Blake Coleman tally that made it 4-0 at the time.
News: Zajac dished out an assist in 19:02 of ice time in Friday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Jets.
Impact: Zajac surprisingly tied for the team lead with 2:50 of power-play time, but New Jersey failed to connect with the man advantage. The role on the top extra-man unit is a boon to Zajac's value, though he's still a middling fantasy commodity at best considering he's 34 years old and hasn't hit the 50-point mark since 2009-10. Where Zajac's fantasy relevance lies is as an obstacle to a top-six role for rookie first overall pick Jack Hughes.
News: Simmonds dished out an assist in Friday's 5-4 shootout loss to Winnipeg.
Impact: Simmonds didn't take long to make an impact with his new club, assisting on the first of Blake Coleman's two goals. The physical winger also skated 2:37 on the power play, just 13 seconds behind the team-high total shared by Taylor Hall, Travis Zajac and P.K. Subban.
News: Palmieri dished out an assist in Friday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Jets.
Impact: Palmieri has averaged 51 points over the past four seasons, and he looks primed to contend for the 50-point mark again on what's expected to be a more competitive Devils team.
News: Hall recorded an assist and six shots in Friday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Jets.
Impact: Health is always the biggest question with Hall, and the winger looked to be all systems go in the opener. His 22:48 of ice time easily led all Devils forwards, only trailing defensemen P.K. Subban (26:21) and Sami Vatanen (23:17) among the team as a whole. Fire Hall up as a top-end fantasy option whenever he takes the ice.
News: Vatanen chipped in a goal, two shots, two blocks and a plus-2 rating in Friday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Jets.
Impact: While Vatanen got on the scoresheet in this one, it's concerning that none of his 23:17 spent on the ice came on the power play. Offseason acquisition P.K. Subban skated 2:50 with the extra man, while Will Butcher manned the second unit and skated 1:21, and Damon Severson picked up the remaining 10 seconds of power-play time among defensemen. Seventy-six of Vatanen's 172 career points have come on the power play, so he'll have a hard time cracking 20 points if he doesn't carve out a role on the man advantage.
News: Subban finished with an assist, three shots and a plus-2 rating in Friday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Jets.
Impact: Subban vacuumed up a team-high 26:21 of ice time, including 2:50 on the power play and 1:36 shorthanded. He was brought in to be the No. 1 defenseman for the Devils, and that's exactly how Subban was used in his first game with the team.
News: Gusev scored a goal on four shots in Friday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Jets.
Impact: Gusev has been a top scorer in the KHL throughout his professional career, and his offensive ability translated to production in his NHL debut. Despite skating only 12:59 in the game, Gusev scored New Jersey's first goal of the season at even strength and saw 1:10 on the power play. The Russian's role will likely grow if he continues to produce, but owners in most leagues will probably want to see a larger sample size before plucking Gusev off waivers.
News: Schneider exited Friday's loss to the Jets due to lower-body cramping, but he'll be available for Saturday's matchup with Buffalo if necessary.
Impact: Schneider almost certainly won't get the nod for Saturday's road game against the Sabres, but the veteran netminder will likely be back in action Wednesday against the Flyers. The 33-year-old American turned aside 19 of 21 shots in Friday's contest before being replaced by MacKenzie Blackwood.
News: Coleman scored two goals on four shots while adding three hits and a plus-2 rating in Friday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Jets.
Impact: His second tally of the night was an early candidate for goal of the year in the NHL, as Coleman lifted the puck over Laurent Brossoit one-handed while falling to the ice after getting tangled up with Dmitry Kulikov. Coleman scored a career-high 22 goals last season, but unless he sees consistent shifts alongside Nico Hischier or Jack Hughes, the 27-year-old winger is unlikely to become a regular offensive threat for the Devils.
News: Blackwood stopped seven of nine shots, and two of four shootout attempts, in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Jets.
Impact: Entrusted with a 4-2 lead after Cory Schneider left the game early in the third period with an as-yet undisclosed injury, Blackwood instead got beaten twice in both regulation and in the shootout. The 22-year-old was very impressive at times in his first NHL action last year, and if Schneider's injury proves to be serious, Blackwood will have a clear opportunity to lock up the No. 1 job in New Jersey with another run of strong play.
News: Bratt notched an assist Friday in a 5-4 shootout home loss to the Jets.
Impact: Bratt was the lone distributor on Nikita Gusev's game-opening tally, but the Devils would squander a three-goal lead to end up with the shocking loss. Nonetheless, since New Jersey retooled its offense in the summer, there's hope that Bratt can build off his successful sophomore campaign, which included eight goals and 25 assists over 51 games.
News: Schneider left Friday's game versus the Jets with an injury, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: The injury came in the third period, as the Jets' Jack Roslovic made contact with the goalie as he scored. Ken Wiebe of The Athletic reports it could be a leg injury for Schneider. MacKenzie Blackwood took over in the crease.
News: Schneider will start between the pipes in Friday's home opener against Winnipeg, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: Schneider was sharp during preseason play, posting a 2-0-0 record while maintaining an impressive 1.80 GAA and .952 save percentage through four appearances. The veteran netminder struggled last year, compiling a 6-13-4 record while registering a sub-par 3.06 GAA and .903 save percentage in 26 appearances, but he should fare much better behind a vastly improved Devils squad in 2019-20. He'll look to pick up his first win of the campaign in a home matchup with a Jets team that averaged 2.90 goals per game on the road last season, 12th in the NHL.
News: Boqvist has made New Jersey's Opening Night roster.
Impact: The team's second-round selection from the 2017 draft had an impressive camp and will stick around with the big club to open the season. Expect the Devils to work Boqvist into their lineup, as there's little reason to have him remain with the team if he's not getting playing time.
News: Smith was sent to WHL Spokane on Tuesday.
Impact: The 2018-19 WHL Defenseman of the Year had a real shot to make the Opening Night roster, but he will head back to junior for more seasoning. Last season, Smith dominated the WHL with 69 points in 57 games, and could be headed for a similar output this campaign.
News: Tennyson was waived by the Devils for the purpose of reassignment Monday, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
Impact: If Tennyson made the Devils' opening roster, he would play sparingly behind P.K. Subban, Sami Vatanen and Damon Severson on the right side of the blue line. He'll get more opportunities if he clears waivers and lands with AHL Binghamton. Tennyson posted 21 points in 47 AHL games last season.
News: Melchiori was reassigned to AHL Binghamton on Wednesday.
Impact: Melchiori missed much of camp due to injury, so it should come as a surprise to see him shipped off to the minors. The blueliner should be on the shortlist of potential call-ups during the 2019-20 campaign, but won't offer much in terms of fantasy value given his limited offensive upside.
News: Palmieri is considered "good," but won't play Wednesday against the Bruins, Chris Wescott of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: Palmieri was just deemed day-to-day with a minor lower-body injury Monday, so the fact that he's already been medically cleared is a little surprising. While he won't play Wednesday, he should rejoin the lineup for Friday's preseason finale against the Blue Jackets.
News: Zacha is no longer dealing with visa issues and will join the Devils for practice Wednesday, Chris Wescott of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: Zacha won't be in the lineup for Wednesday night's matchup with the Bruins, but Friday's preseason finale against Columbus might still be an option. Due to the influx of offensive talent New Jersey experienced this offseason, Zacha, who notched 13 goals and 25 points in 61 games with the Devils last year, will likely lose his spot on the team's second power-play unit while being relegated to a bottom-six role for the 2019-20 campaign.
News: Schneider will get the starting nod for the preseason finale versus the Blue Jackets on Friday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: Schneider faced a barrage of rubber from the Islanders on Saturday, as he made 42 of 45 shots in a 4-3 victory. If the veteran can put together another solid outing, it could be enough to secure the No. 1 job for Opening Night versus Winnipeg on Oct. 4. Even if he begins the year as the starter, the Massachusetts native will be looking over his shoulder at Mackenzie Blackwood.
News: Blackwood will patrol the road crease in Wednesday's preseason game versus the Bruins, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: Blackwood, 22, will make a push for the starter's role this season, although Cory Schneider is expected to get the first shot at it out of the gate. Schneider has the upper hand with his $6 million yearly salary, but it'll be hard to ignore Blackwood if he has a similar performance to last year.
News: Zacha continues to be away from the team due to immigration issues, Chris Ryan of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: At this point, it seems unlikely Zacha will get into a preseason game, depending on how long this issue remains unresolved. The center should still be a lock for the 23-man roster and will almost certainly be in the lineup for Opening Night against the Jets on Friday. If the Czech can play a full 82-game schedule, he could top the 30-point mark for the first time in his career.
News: Palmieri is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: Palmieri came into preseason still nursing his lower-body problem, so it's unclear if this is the same issue or if something enw popped up. The winger has just two more preseason games in order to prepare for Opening Night, starting with Wednesday's matchup with Boston.
News: Hall (knee) registered a power-play goal and an assist in Friday's 4-2 preseason win over the Rangers.
Impact: As noted by Dan Rosen of NHL.com, this was Hall's first game since Dec. 23. The star winger underwent arthroscopic surgery on the knee in late February, and despite the productive return, he said it's going to take some time before he's fully comfortable again. "I felt pretty good," said Hall. "There wasn't a whole lot of flow to the game at certain points, but it was a lot of fun to be out there and (to) have some success right off the bat was a good feeling. It's kind of the way you'd want to draw it up if you were coming back." As a 27-year-old with 511 points (202 goals, 309 assists) through 562 career games, Hall has proven that he can play with anyone, and it's entirely possible that he could hit 100 points for the first time in his career seeing as how he'll be centered by 2019 first overall pick Jack Hughes. Of course, that largely depends on his health.
News: Schneider will start Saturday's preseason matchup with the Islanders and play the entire game, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: Schneider looked sharp in his first action of the preseason, setting aside 27 of 29 shots in less than a full contest against the Rangers. New Jersey's No. 1 netminder will look to build on that performance against the other New York squad.
News: Simmonds (lower body) will suit up for Friday's exhibition game against the Rangers.
Impact: Simmonds has been dealing with a lower-body injury since the end of the 2018-19 campaign, but he's now back to 100 percent and ready to shake off the rust ahead of the Devils Oct. 4 regular-season opener against Winnipeg. The 31-year-old power forward had a disappointing season last year, notching just 17 goals and 30 points after totaling 24 goals and 46 points in 2017-18, but he could bounce back in 2019-20 on a New Jersey team that shouldn't have trouble putting the puck in the net.
News: Hall (knee) will be in the lineup for Friday's preseason game against the Rangers.
Impact: Friday will mark the first time Hall has tasted game action since sustaining a knee injury in late December of last year, so he'll use the rest of New Jersey's preseason schedule to shake off the significant rust he's undoubtedly accumulated during his lengthy recovery. If he's able to stay healthy, the 27-year-old winger could threaten the 100-point mark as the unquestioned leader of the new-look Devils offense in 2019-20.
News: Blackwood will patrol the crease for Friday's preseason game against the Rangers, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: Blackwood will get the opportunity to make his mark before the season starts, as he's currently in a competition with Cory Schneider for the top spot on the goaltender depth chart. The 22-year-old started his career off nicely last season, posting a .918 save percentage and 2.61 GAA. It's likely the competition will ensue until the regular season commences Oct. 4.
News: Hughes scored a pair of goals, including the overtime winner, in Monday's preseason matchup with Boston.
Impact: It was a phenomenal first game with the Devils, as Hughes was able to secure the overtime victory for New Jersey. The youngster seems prepared for the jump to the NHL and will no doubt from playing alongside Taylor Hall (knee) once Opening Night arrives on Oct. 4.
News: Contrary to a previous report, Simmonds (lower body) won't play in Monday's preseason game versus the Bruins, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Simmonds was taking line rushes in practice, so the Devils may simply be exercising caution with their veteran winger. There's no reason to push Simmonds too early, as he'll add a valuable power-play upside and a physical presence in the bottom six when the regular season begins.
News: Blackwood will tend the road twine in Monday's preseason game versus the Canadiens, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: Since this is a split-squad contest, half of the Devils' squad will be playing the Bruins at home. Blackwood is in a goaltender competition with veteran Cory Schneider, but the 22-year-old already has a solid resume with a .918 save percentage and 2.61 GAA over 23 games last year. Schneider likely has the upper hand due to his veteran status. This competition will likely endure the preseason.
News: Hall (knee) won't see action in either of Monday's split squad preseason contests, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: Considering Hall is still working his way back from his knee injury, it shouldn't come as a surprise to see the team taking a cautious approach. New Jersey will suit up against the Rangers on Sept. 18, though the club could opt to hold Hall out until closer to Opening Night. If the Calgary native is truly back to 100 percent, he will no doubt be eager to prove he is still the 93-point producer from 2017-18.
News: Palmieri (lower body) will be in the lineup against New Jersey on Monday.
Impact: Palmieri missed the last three games of the 2018-19 season due to a lower-body issue, but appears to be good to go. With the Devils using a split squad, the winger will likely feature on the first line with Nico Hischier, but figures to be a second-line option come Opening Night versus Winnipeg on Oct. 4.
News: Schneider will start Monday's preseason game versus the Bruins, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: This is a split-squad for the Devils, as half the team will play the Bruins and half will play the Canadiens. Schneider will take on the Bruins and look to start a bounce-back season after he posted a .903 save percentage in the 2018-19 campaign. He did pick up the pace over the last 17 games, however, recording a .921 save percentage and 2.46 GAA during that stretch.
News: Simmonds (lower body) will play in Monday's preseason game versus the Bruins, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: Simmonds is expected to play on the top line with rookie Jack Hughes and Nikita Gusev but he's expected to play a bottom-six role when the regular season begins. The veteran winger has seen his points decline in three straight seasons, marking just 30 points between the Flyers and Predators in 2018-19. He should be able to stop the skid by working on special teams with the Devils.
News: Hall (knee) participated in the Devils' split-squad scrimmage Saturday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: Hall was held out of the team's scrimmage earlier in the month, but now he's skating on a line with Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri, signalling that he should be full speed ahead. While he looks fully healthy, the team may still hold Hall out of the preseason opener versus the Bruins on Monday. However, he should be good to go for the Oct. 4 regular-season opener versus the Jets barring a setback.
News: Hall (knee) won't participate in the Devils' split-squad scrimmage Monday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: Hall has been skating for several months and should be 100-percent healthy for New Jersey's Oct. 4 regular-season opener against the Jets, but the Devils are planning on holding him out of game action until the latter part of their preseason schedule. The 27-year-old winger's first chance to return to the lineup likely won't arrive until Wednesday's exhibition matchup with the Rangers at the earliest.
News: Zacha agreed to terms on a three-year, $6.75 million contract with New Jersey on Tuesday.
Impact: Zacha had reportedly agreed to terms with KHL club Avangard Omsk, but will instead stick with the Devils. The center registered 13 goals, 12 helpers and 99 shots in 61 appearances last season. The 22-year-old figures to be in a bottom-six role this year but could still challenge the 30-point mark.
News: Zacha could be headed to the KHL after agreeing to contract terms with Avangard Omsk, Igor Eronko of Sport-Express reports. Still, Devils general manager Ray Shero remains confident a deal can be worked out for the restricted free agent, telling reporters, "I think we can get something done, hopefully, but I can't control what he does. If (the KHL) is the route he likes, it's going to be a long road back to the NHL," Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Zacha put up decent numbers last season, as he managed 13 goals and 12 helpers in 61 outings, but still had to spend some time in the minors. The 22-year-old will be hard pressed to secure top-six minutes, especially after the club drafted rookie phenom Jack Hughes with the No. 1 overall pick. If the sides can't work something out soon, look for Zacha to finalize his KHL deal.
News: Zetterlund is on the Devils' 2019 Prospect Challenge roster, suggesting he's over his recent knee injury.
Impact: Finally healthy, Zetterlund will be hoping to make a strong impression on North American ice. The Swede was selected 63rd overall in the 2017 draft and could well have a future in the NHL, but he's unlikely to make the roster this season.
News: Vatanen (undisclosed) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, Corey Masisak of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Vatanen played in just four of the Devils' last 33 games of the season due to injury. Coach John Hynes told reporters he doesn't have any players with lingering concerns heading into the 2019-20 campaign. If the blueliner can stay healthy, he should be capable of hitting the 30-point mark, something he's done three times in his NHL career, most recently in 2017-18.
News: Hall (knee) took part in an on-ice training session Thursday with a group of fellow NHLers that included Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon on Thursday.
Impact: Details regarding Hall's recovery from the knee injury that limited him to 33 games in 2018-19 have been few and far between, but his presence on the ice suggests he's at least close to 100 percent healthy, and should be ready to rock when New Jersey's training camp gets underway in September. The Devils added a ton of firepower up front this offseason, so if he's able to avoid another major injury, Hall could push for 100 points in 2019-20, making him an elite fantasy option in all formats.
News: Tangradi agreed to terms on one-year contract with Barys Nur-Sultan (KHL) on Monday.
Impact: It will be Tangradi's first foray into European hockey having spent the past 10 seasons playing in North America. Since the start of the 2016-17 campaign, the veteran has only appeared in six NHL contests, all of which came with the Devils last year. This likely marks the end of the center's NHL career, which would see him eventually retire with five goals and 11 helpers in 150 games for Pittsburgh, Winnipeg, Montreal, Detroit and New Jersey.
News: Butcher signed a three-year, $11.2 million contract with New Jersey on Wednesday.
Impact: Butcher saw a slight dip in production last season (30 points in 78 games), but still was able to put together a solid sophomore campaign. The addition of P.K. Subban could see the 24-year-old Butcher's minutes with the man advantage decline in 2019-20, which would diminish his fantasy value. Still, the Wisconsin native should be able to reach the 30-point mark for a third straight year.
News: The Golden Knights traded Gusev to the Devils in exchange for a 2020 third-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick Monday. Gusev has also agreed to terms on a two-year, $9 million contract with New Jersey.
Impact: This is a huge get for New Jersey, as Gusev is considered by many to be one of the best players in the world that has yet to appear in an NHL contest. The 27-year-old Russian has established himself as one of the most productive players in the history of Russia's top league, the KHL, over the past nine seasons, racking up an impressive 119 goals and 332 points in 391 appearances. The 2012 seventh-round pick will likely slide into a top-six role for the Devils from the get-go, and should be on every fantasy owner's radar after notching 17 goals and 82 points in 62 games with SKA St. Petersburg last campaign.
News: Murphy signed a one-year contract with Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (KHL) on Saturday.
Impact: After being acquired via trade from Minnesota during the 2018-19 season, the Devils opted not to extend Murphy a qualifying offer this offseason. With no deal in place, the 26-year-old will try his luck in the KHL. Selected by the Hurricanes with the 12th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the blueliner logged 175 games with Carolina, Minnesota and New Jersey, in which he tallied eight goals and 35 helpers. At this point, Murphy should probably be considered a long shot to make his way back to the NHL and will likely close out his career overseas.