I was always under the impression that Henrique would move to #2C and Elias would move back to his regular position at wing.
Zubrus - Zajac - Kovalchuk
Elias - Henrique - Clarkson
That's basically how I'd see the lines put together.
But, the good thing is that the 5 of them (not really Clarkson) are pretty interchangeable.
They've all shown a pretty good ability to work well as linemates.
Originally Posted by Security Guard Chang
Hes a pure oppurtunistic sniper , like a poor mans heatley .
Basically a younger version of Sykora for the Devils.
Sykora was all shot and not much else. If he can skate faster than Sykora, he should be fine.
I don't know. I mean, if you can get Sykora for ~$2M or less (which the Devils should be able to do), I'd re-sign him either way. You never know if Tedenby or Butler don't work the way the Devils want them to. Sykora had the best season of the three last year and he can be had for very cheap, although he's deserving of a raise from the near-minimum he made last year. The Devils have more than enough cap space though, so a one-year contract for Sykora isn't out of the question. It's hard not to re-sign the guy (worked hard for a good year last year and has always had chemistry with Elias), especially considering, IMO, it's New Jersey or nowhere else for him at this point of his career.
I don't see Butler as an effective 3rd liner so I would hope NJ fans avoid painting him there. Had he that kind of game I suspect Ottawa would have kept him.
I think he lacks the size and strength to play an effective grinding/checking role in the NHL. He has 2nd line winger potential which is what I think NJ is hoping for.
He either comes into camp (whenever that is) in top shape and ready to compete for 2nd line minutes or he gets into shape playing in the AHL and waits for an injury or trade to open a spot up for him
New Jersey didn't have a typical "third line" for much of last season and I don't think they plan on filling it with grinders next season either. Butler should be afforded plenty of opportunities with guys like Josefson and Clarkson on his line.
hope he comes into camp at 100% and in 100% shape...kid has hands and a shot that the Devils could use.
I think he finds a nice role with this team and surprises some folks. great signing by the Devils to get a low risk/low cost player like Butler who could reap rewards of 20 plus goals if in the right situation.
Butler will not play left wing, he is a right shot RW'er. The depth at RW in the NHL is at an all time low, there is a very good chance he is used with Zajac/Kovalchuk..If Elias was to play center next year with Henrique on LW then that line may work as well.
Question, is this to compete in camp for Parise's spot? Or is he going to replace Sykora and the Devils try to find an impact winger on the trade market?
Probably the second one. Who could replace Parise on his own? Expecting him to do that would be unfair. The way we'll replace Parise's production is by having several guys step up, Butler would just be one of them, along with improvements from Josefson and Henrique, the entire fourth line, and Tedenby sticking. I don't think this rules out Sykora being re-signed either, honestly.
Originally Posted by alpine4life
I really love that 3rd line. If those 3 can produce to their full potential, I can see a great year for the devils's 3rd line
Offensively, perhaps. Defensively, it would be an adventure, because the only one I really trust in his own zone is Henrique.