New Jersey Devils: Who Could Be In The Ring Of Honor Next

The recent induction of Sergei Brylin into the New Jersey Devils Ring of Honor creates an opportunity for under-appreciated players and personnel of the past to finally get recognition.

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Travis Zajac

Countless players and coaches from the Stanley Cup era are deserving to be in the Ring of Honor, but there are so few from the current generation that do. One, however, is Travis Zajac. He was never a captain or a big point producer, but he exemplified what it meant to be a New Jersey Devil. Zajac played 1,024 games across 15 seasons and is only the fourth player to play over 1,000 games for the franchise. He was a consummate professional throughout his career, making his mark as one of the most underrated defensive forwards in the NHL. The former first-round pick was no slouch in the offensive end either. He had eight 40+ point seasons and a career-high 67 points in 2009-10. Zajac was a player who never got the respect he deserved as a shutdown center and was a catalyst for the Devils in their run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2012.

Adam Henrique

Purely from a sentimental perspective, Adam Henrique could be an admission into the Ring of Honor. He was one of the most beloved players in recent memory, and his series-clinching goals against the Florida Panthers and, specifically, the New York Rangers are some of the greatest moments in Devils history. The 33-year-old is still a solid NHLer, but if the Devils go another six years before adding someone, a then 39-year-old Henrique may be retired. This selection is certainly a stretch, and he's had the smallest of impact over his career compared to everyone else, but would people have a problem with it? The moment he scored that goal against the Rangers, it was etched in stone that this fanbase would forever love him, but his contributions to the community and how he embraced Devils fans are the cherry on top. Henrique wouldn't be the first choice, but hopefully, down the line, the organization will reward him in some capacity.