Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – New Jersey Devils
For the last 16 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.
The 17th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey.
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Gone – Ryan Murphy, Blake Pietila, Nick Lappin, Kenny Agostino, Kurtis Gabriel, Steven Santini, John Quenneville, Egor Yakovlev
Incoming – Nikita Gusev, Wayne Simmonds, P.K. Subban, John Hayden
Impact of changes – The changes listed above will have a huge impact on the Devils in the season ahead, perhaps the most positive impact in the entire league this summer. Subban becomes New Jersey’s best defenseman and based on the players on the roster in the final game, Gusev could very well be a better forward than anyone on the ice that day. And this is just addressing the above changes.
But there were other changes. Oh yes.
At the 2019 NHL Draft the Devils landed the top pick, a franchise player. And Jack Hughes will have an immediate impact, more so than Gusev. And the other change? The return to health of their actual top forward – Taylor Hall. For those keeping track, that’s an entire first line of top forwards that this team is adding, plus a top defenseman. That’s 80% of an entire first power-play unit right there. Do you think a brand new and much improved power-play unit will have an impact on fantasy hockey? Damn straight it will. And Simmo