5 New Jersey Devils Players Who Will Set Career Highs In Points

Jack Hughes #86 and Dougie Hamilton #7 of the New Jersey Devils in action against the at Prudential Center on December 31, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Oilers 6-5 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Jack Hughes #86 and Dougie Hamilton #7 of the New Jersey Devils in action against the at Prudential Center on December 31, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Oilers 6-5 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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New Jersey Devils defenseman Ryan Graves (33): Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

Ryan Graves
Previous career high: 28 points

Ryan Graves played a different type of game last season. He started the season paired on the top line with Dougie Hamilton. With the Colorado Avalanche, he was mostly used as a defensive stopper. On the left side, the Devils have Jonas Siegenthaler to do that. So, Graves can play a little more loose on the offensive side. That’s why he set a career-high with 28 points.

Graves partner is going to change this season. He was playing with Simon Nemec for part of the preseason. During the games, Graves spent the most time with Damon Severson. Those two would be a really interesting pair. Severson has been getting better offensively, and that could run off on Graves.

Graves isn’t going to be spending any time on the power play. In fact, he’s going to be spending a ton of time on the penalty kill. Graves had 183 PK minutes last season. Still, getting time on the second defensive unit will pair him plenty with the likes of Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier. Graves is going to get a lot of rebound assists and secondary assists. He’s going to break 30 points, which will allow him to cash in during free agency next offseason.