Which New Jersey Devils Would You Consider “Untouchable?”

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Feb 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) skates with the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Greene

by Nick Varney

It’s a no brainer that a player such as Andy Greene is on the list of untouchable players. The leader and best of the experienced heads in the Devils defensive group. As Bryce Salvador‘s days in the organization are seemingly dwindling down as we approach the summer Greene is the player many tout as the next captain of the Devils.

Andy Greene is currently trailing Adam Larsson by one point as the points leader on the Devils defense. His total of 20 points include 3 goals, one of which a game winning goal. He is team leader in ice time and averages 28 shifts per game.

2015-16 is the first year of a new 5 year $25m contract for Greene and to even contemplate moving him is ridiculous. The Devils group of young defenders is at a crucial stage of their maturing years. The likes of Damon Severson, Eric Gelinas, Jon Merrill and Seth Helgeson will look up to Greene in one way or another as they seek to establish themselves as solid NHL defensemen. The play of Adam Larsson since the coaching change leaves him off of the initial list but he too still needs Andy Greene around to reach his potential as a top pairing defenseman.

Not only is his leadership and experience important to the teams future Andy Greene is a career Devil. He is currently the 3rd longest serving member of Jersey’s team. Alongside forwards Travis Zajac and Patrik Elias he has a strong presence of the identity of the club.

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