Ramblings: Devils Defence; Taylor Hall for Brad Marchand; Prospects to Keep an Eye on & More

Alexander MacLean

2022-03-02

Hopefully you bet the over in the Habs/Jets game, and that you didn't own either goalie. The two teams combined for seven goals in the first period alone, in a game that finished with 12 total.

Josh Anderson had a hat-trick early in the second period and finished with four PIMs, four shots, and a block for good measure. He has really turned it on of late, scoring six goals and seven points in his last five games. The exposure to Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki is playing a big part of that, and the trio looks to be one that could play a big role in how the second half plays out for their fantasy owners too.

The big guns did the damage on the other side, with Pierre-Luc Dubois, Kyle Connor, and Mark Scheifele each netting three points for the Jets, with at least one each on the man advantage. With Nikolaj Ehlers due back very soon, it's good for Dubois especially to be solidifying his spot on the top unit.

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With Dougie Hamilton having played four games since returning from injury, we can now look into the deployment of the defence core and try to draw a few conclusions to extrapolate for the rest of the season. This is worth looking into because the Devils were the league's top offence in February. Yes, they topped the Panthers, the Leafs, the Lightning, the Avalanche, the Blues, the Flames… you get the idea.

Since Hamilton's return, he has been taking a back-seat offensively to Damon Severson, who has run with the top power play gig on a team where most expected it to be shared between Hamilton, Ty Smith, and maybe P.K. Subban. Hamilton is still shooting a ton, and has put up three points in the four games, but he isn't a threat for 60+ points unless he's on the power play. He's a hold/buy at this point, as the Devils could bump him back to the top unit at any time and he's too good to sell low like this.

Meanwhile, look into Severson as an