Likelihood Current New Jersey Devils Players Make Final Roster

Fabian Zetterlund (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Fabian Zetterlund (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Fabian Zetterlund #49 of the New Jersey Devils. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

50%: Michael McLeod

Yeah, we have no idea how this one is going to end. We all know the situation with Michael McLeod. After some pretty pathetic hearing involving Hockey Canada, we don’t see anything coming from this investigation into the 2018 team. That means don’t expect any answers on McLeod’s involvement or lack of involvement. He already gave no comment in the preseason press conference. It will be more of the same for the rest of the season.

So, do the Devils want to deal with that every single day? One might think not, but it seems like they are going with the innocent until proven guilty method with McLeod. That’s fair based on what we know right now, which is pretty much nothing except McLeod is one of the only ones who said nothing. However, that doesn’t take away from the distraction that comes with it. It also doesn’t take away from the equally fair perception that since he’s said nothing, he’s far from free from implication.

55%: Fabian Zetterlund

This one is so hard to pinpoint. Fabian Zetterlund was late to training camp because of a visa issue. That likely put him behind the eight-ball when it comes to the competition. He hasn’t looked that good in preseason, and he’s been able to play in three games. He did get an assist, but there’s not a lot to go off besides that.

Zetterlund is waivers eligible, and that will likely drive the Devils decision. They don’t want to lose Zetterlund for nothing, especially after he played so well at the end of the season. However, it’s also becoming a math issue here. Don’t be terribly surprised if Zetterlund ends up on waivers, however it’s more likely than not it doesn’t happen.