Apr. 7, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) looks to make a pass against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Henrique 2013-14 Preview

Lou Lamoriello has officially given me the good-to-go on covering Adam Henrique for next year.

Ok, a man can only dream.

Yesterday, though, Lamoriello finally announced that Adam Henrique will be a Devil for 6 more seasons. It’s news that all Devils fans have been waiting to hear for about 2 months now.

March 29, 2013; Tampa FL, USA; New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) grabs the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Tampa Times Forum. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

His Past

From my “Expiring Centermen” article a little while back:

Adam Henrique has a place in many Devils Fan’s Hearts for his series-clinching goal against the New York Rangers two seasons ago in the Eastern Conference Finals. As a matter of fact, he had two series-clinching goals that Stanley Cup Run. He had an insane 2011-2012 season with astronomical numbers for someone at his age.

Somehow, though, he went from a 51 point season to an extremely underwhelming 16 point one. It doesn’t help to have a shortened season but his slump was still a little worrying.

He had 14 points through March but then only added two more points for the rest of the season. His slump was very David Clarkson-esque.

While he did have a sophomore slump, he still did have an outstanding rookie season and he deserves every penny he gets for the next 6 years.

What to Expect

I think we can expect a very strong year from Adam. I mentioned the two scenarios last article surrounding Henrique, and now I am convinced that Dainius Zubrus will be a 3rd-line RW and Henrique will take second line C. Henrique will benefit from playing next to Ryane Clowe and Michael Ryder and shouldn’t have the same slump he went through last year.

I think it is very likely he exceeds 30 points and could break 40 if he has a year even remotely close to 2011-12.

It is safe to say we should see the Henrique of old and hopefully he can provide more memories similar to the famous Game 6. I think we can expect great things from the first two lines in general and I am confident the Devils will improve a lot on their scoring woes from last year.

Stay tuned for more previews. Next up is…….Krystofer Barch. Yes, I know but I can’t leave anyone out or it will honestly bother me.

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