New Jersey Devils: 5 Most Important Quotes Of Training Camp So Far

Jack Hughes and Travis Zajac of the New Jersey Devils. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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"“This year, it’s time to grow up and not be the young kid in the room. I’m certainly looking forward to that challenge to help out the young guys and help this team win.” — Miles Wood"

Miles Wood is not a player many expected to stand out in the media process, but this quote really says something. He’s been a player that really needs to work on his intangibles, especially on the ice. He takes too many penalties. He doesn’t finish plays, and he just generally missing the smart play way too often. Has he had an epiphany during the offseason?

It’s hard not to look yourself in the mirror after the two seasons Wood had. He went from a 19-goal scorer in 2017-18 to a 10 and 11-goal scorer the next two seasons. After signing a four-year deal in 2018 after a brief holdout, he needed to step up in a much bigger way. The Devils actually played him with Nico Hischier to end last season, so maybe they’re seeing what he does with more responsibility.

If he really is looking to play more like an adult, then this could be great news for the Devils. He’s likely said something similar to this in the past, but to come right out of the gate saying he needs to be a more grown-up player shows it’s top of his mind from the jump. He doesn’t need to make a mistake to know he needs to avoid the mistakes of the past.

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Wood could be crucial to the Devils’ success this season. It sounds crazy, but if the Devils could get a 20-goal scorer from the bottom six, then it’s going to take a lot of pressure off the Devils’ top six.