This is a series I will do during the off days in between games when there is more time to analyze things. The series will look at my previews from the recent games and break them down and give the results and rebuttals from my own previews.
Line to Watch
Reid Boucher – Jacob Josefson – Mike Sislo
I am interested to see how the two lines above them fare but I am especially interested in this line. With Boucher, we get our first good look at one of the Devils’ top prospects. With Josefson, he will be trying his hardest to make his case to start in the NHL. Sislo will be looking to show great strides in improvement but is still a little off from being called up.
Reid Boucher had a huge mistake very early in the game committing a hooking penalty that cancelled out a New Jersey Devils PP. Boucher seemed to look a little nervous but he also has time to improve. Boucher had a couple shots and had a +1 plus/minus rating. He was only out there for 11:53 of the game but did get 2:50 of PP time.
Jacob Josefson didn’t do much either. He had a very neutral game. He did contribute with a team-leading 4 shots and had 39 seconds of PP time with 13:49 TOI total. He also went 7-6 on faceoffs for the game with a 0 +/-.
Mike Sislo was one of the guys who didn’t have an immediate roster spot on the line but every little impression you can get counts. Sislo had a shot on goal, a 0 +/-, and 12:22 of total ice time.
Other Players to Watch
It will be interesting to see if Anton Volchenkov can show improvement this preseason. Even more intriguing is watching Fayne and Harrold stake their claim for a spot on the Opening Day lineup.
Cory Schneider will be making his first appearance as a Devil and will surely be a player to watch.
Pete DeBoer has mentioned that he has been impressed with Rostislav Olesz so far so watch for Olesz to try to further his case for a roster spot (especially if Brunner is coming to NJ).
Volchenkov had a shot and a hit with 4 blocked shots. Volchenkov also had 1 takeaway in 20:06 minutes on the ice.
Schneider absolutely stole the show. He was the first star of the game and stopped all 22 shots he faced in his 2 periods of work. He showed plenty of promise.
Olesz had a great behind-the-back pass to Mattias Tedenby to give the Devils their first goal of the game. Olesz finished with the assist being his only point and he maintained a +1 rating. He was on the ice for 21:55. He looked very good yesterday but so did his line-mate Mattias Tedenby, who may be fighting against him for a roster spot.
Devils 3, Rangers 1
I was close but didn’t quite get it.
For each of these, I will try to keep a count through the game that I am covering and whoever has the most stars has, well, a great honor. 1st star will equal 3 total stars and so on.
Cory Schneider – 3
Eric Gelinas – 2
Mattias Tedenby – 1