When playoffs came around last season, it was easy to identify the Metropolitan Division as the least competitive division in the NHL.
In the 2013-14 season, the Metropolitan division only had 1 team tally over 100 points on the year, while the Atlantic, Central, and Pacific divisions all had 3 teams reach that plateau. With the summer excitement coming to a close, each of the 8 Metropolitan organizations is ready to get back on the ice and prove themselves as the top dog in a division that can go to anyone.
We have spent the last few weeks evaluating the moves that GM Lou Lamoriello has made for the Devils this off-season. With the additions of Mike Cammalleri & Marty Havlat, the losses of Mark Fayne & Anton Volchenkov, along with advanced scouting reports on returning players, there is not much surrounding New Jersey that has been failed to be reported on.
Instead of more analysis on the Devils’ organization, lets take a look at the seven remaining teams in the Metropolitan division that New Jersey will be competing against for a playoff spot.