New Jersey Devils 2022-23 Regular Season Player Predictions

New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes (86): Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
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Mackenzie Blackwood #29 of the New Jersey Devils (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Mackenzie Blackwood
GP: 35 W: 12 GAA: 3.05 Sv%: .903

Last season, I predicted Blackwood would bounce back and he let down not just the fans but his team. If the Devils had average goaltending last season, they would have taken a big step. A lot of that falls on the former number-one guy. With back-to-back subpar seasons, the Devils felt the need to make a move for another guy again this offseason.

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Vitek Vanecek
GP: 47 W: 28 GAA: 2.55 Sv%: .912

The Devils have taken a third swing at a goalie in as many seasons. Corey Crawford retired and Jonathan Bernier might never be the same at this point. Vitek Vanecek has to land as a good deal or this team in the same position yet again. He has only a small amount of NHL experience, but in both seasons had virtually identical numbers which is a good sign and will be a massive upgrade over last year’s goaltending carousel. The Devils have a very solid defense now and if he can improve just a little bit this team will be a contender for the playoffs and he could rack up a lot of wins.