New Jersey Devils End of the Season Report Cards: Defensemen & Goalies

The New Jersey Devils missed the playoffs and finished the season with a 38-39-5 record. Let's check in and grade the Devils defense and goalies after a disappointing season.
2024 Navy Federal Credit Union Stadium Series - Philadelphia Flyers v New Jersey Devils
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Jake Allen (GP 13 - 3.11 GAA - 0.900 SV%)

Jake Allen ended the season as the Devils number-one goalie despite not being on the roster two months ago. In an attempt to give their goaltending room a facelift, Fitzgerald brought Allen in at 50% retained salary to be the Devils 1A for the remainder of the year before transitioning to a 1B role next year. Allen put together more good performances than bad, but the few stinkers he had really brought down his numbers. The assumption is the Devils won't be relying on Allen nearly as much next season, and if they can get similar performances in a backup role, they'll be in a much better spot.

Grade: A-

Kaapo Kahkonen (GP 6 - 2.50 GAA - 0.923 SV%)

The other goalie addition at the deadline was even more of a surprise than getting Allen. But during his brief stint with the Devils, Kahkonen was solid. His time here is highlighted by a 36-save shutout against the New York Islanders, as well as a couple of solid games against the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers sandwiched in there. The way Fitzgerald talked about him it seems like Kahkonen won't be back next season, but if he can land on a contender, watch for him to put up good numbers.

Grade: B+

Nico Daws (GP 21 - 3.15 GAA - 0.894 SV%)

Similar to his rookie year, Daws was called upon to carry the load while the Devils were in an injury crisis. His numbers say otherwise, but Daws was very good during his time in New Jersey and fell victim to overuse. He strung together many good games and gave the Devils a chance to win more often than not when he was in the net. His time with the big club this year will be remembered by highlight reel saves and winning the Devils Stadium Series game. Daws is still young and should play into the Devils' future in goal.

Grade: B