New Jersey Devils End of the Season Report Cards: Forwards

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 forwards after a disappointing season.
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Max Willman (GP 18 - 3G - 1A - 4P)

Max Willman did well to earn a contract after signing a PTO in the summer. He was nothing more than a fourth-line energy player, but did find his way into a few goals. His goals against the Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs ended up being game-winning goals, so there's something for him to hang his hat on. It wouldn't be the worst thing in the world to bring him back to the AHL squad, but assuming injury chaos doesn't ensue again, he shouldn't touch the NHL lineup.

Grade: C-

Kurtis MacDermid (GP 16 - 0G - 1A - 1P)

Kurtis MacDermid came over in a midseason trade in response to literally no one doing anything in response to Rempe's hit on Bastian. However, MacDermid's Devil legacy was cemented when he fought Rempe in the infamous 10-man brawl at Madison Square Garden. Other than that he brought nothing to the ice except lots and lots of penalty minutes. He seems to be loved in the locker room and Fitzgerald has said he wants to bring him back, so it'll remain to be seen what the next chapter in the MacDermid vs Rempe saga will bring us.

Grade: D-

Tyler Toffoli (GP 61 - 26G - 18A - 44P) TRADED

Toffoli was the main Devils addition from last offseason but found himself shipped to Winnipeg when it was evident the Devils were out of the playoff race. During his time here, he found the back of the net consistently. However, his slow skating and poor mobility didn't fit with the style the Devils are designed to play. Also, Fitzgerald had mentioned that he and Toffoli were both way off when it came to terms and money on a contract extension. It was a great trade at the time and yielded decent results, but it was better to move him rather than dig yourself into a deeper financial hole by extending him.

Grade: B