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At the end of the season, I figured we could analyze how each player performed over the year. Below are my thoughts, but I'd love to read everyone else's, of course.

Player Grades (evaluated by how well each player performed the role that could reasonably be expected of him):

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Steve Bernier: B Although Bernier ended the season on a low note with a major penalty and getting kicked out of the game against the Panthers, he had something of a renaissance year, registering 16 goals and a matching 16 assists. He consistently played with heart and scored clutch goals.

Mike Cammalleri: A Despite only playing 68 games due to injury, Cammy led the Devils in goals (27) and was second in points (42). He was productive this season, and he epitomized the hard work that this team would want to be known for. In the future, the Devils probably canít expect him to produce much more than he did this year, but he hopefully can be a positive veteran for young forwards if the Devils can integrate them into the lineup in the upcoming seasons.

Ryan Clowe: Incomplete Due to head injury concerns (which are totally valid and justified), Clowe didnít play enough for me to access how he contributed to the team.

Patrik Elias: B For a guy getting up there in years, Patty managed to put together a respectable season, scoring 13 goals and tallying 21 assists. Though there were times when he was only a shadow of his former self, he still managed to provide fans with some good memories during a rough season. Pattyís approaching retirement, and he can no longer be expected to contribute to a team as he once did.

Stephen Gionta: C Gionta brings some speed to the lineup which the Devils lack (so I appreciate that) and heís decent when played in a fourth line role to provide depth scoring. His 13 points are acceptable in that light, but the fact that the coaches insist on giving him ice time disproportionate to his contributions means he either needs to be on the ice less or start finding ways to produce more in the time he plays.

Scott Gomez: A Brought onto the team late, Gomez proved himself to be the teamís best playmaker by recording 27 assists and 34 points in 58 games. He showed a lot of admirable perseverance and published a great article about this organization, which gets him bonus points from me. Gomez proved this season that he wasnít done, and it was wonderful seeing him revive his NHL career with the team where it started. Hopefully he can stick around next year, because this team could use his playmaking abilities.

Martin Havlat: D Quite frankly, Havlat spent most of this season either injured or healthy-scratched. He failed to produce when in the lineup and he whined when he wasnít. Since he was more invisible than a pure detriment to the team when he played, I have not given him a failing mark.

Adam Henrique: A- Leading the team in points with 43, Rico is the most talented young forward the Devils have. He is versatile in how he can play in all situations or switch between wing and center as necessary. Not having consistent line mates probably hinders his production, but Rico needs to iron out his inconsistency issues. Rico plays best when he is a bit riled up, so next season I hope to see more of that Rico passion.

Jacob Josefson: B Josefson was very strong on the penalty this season, and he brings a quickness to the lineup that gives the team a boost. He recorded a career high in points this season, and he has emerged as something of a shootout specialist, which helped this team actually win a few of those dreaded skill competitions. Next season it would be great if Josefson could build on the steps forward he has taken this year.

Tuomo Ruutu: C- Most games, I donít notice Ruutu as a positive or a negative, which is a sign that he just doesnít bring much to the team as a forward. Heís just there, and half the time I forget he is.

Michael Ryder: F A goalscorer who canít score, Ryder brings nothing to the lineup when he is in it, and when he finally gets an opportunity to prove his virtually non-existent work, he takes advantage by taking boneheaded penalties that result in losses for the team. Apparently oblivious to just how useless he is, Ryder whines to the media every chance he gets about not getting enough playing time as if that were an excuse for his woeful production. One of my most loathed Devils of all timeóthatís Ryder in a nutshell.

Jordin Tootoo: A Jordin exceeded my expectations of him this season. When he signed with the Devils, I thought we were getting an untalented goon. However, Tootoo showed that he had a better motor than I anticipated and that he could create chemistry with more skilled players like Cammy, resulting in him scoring ten goals, one shy of a career high for him. He brought grit to the team, but he also brought more skill than I gave him credit for, so heís earned my respect this season. Seeing him turn around his life and career here was inspiring; one of the highlights of the season.

Travis Zajac: C- Zajac is a well-rounded player, but at the end of the season, a measly 25 points is not acceptable production from someone frequently slotted into a top center role and taking home roughly a five million dollar per year paycheck. The organization needs to provide Travis better line mates to facilitate his success, but his failure to create and capitalize on offensive opportunities is also a factor in this franchiseís struggles. Itís a Catch-22 that hopefully Zajac and the Devils can begin to resolve next year.

Dainius Zubrus: D Zubrus ended the season with ten points, which is equal to the number of goals Tootoo scored. Unfortunately, heís paid much more than Tootoo and is expected to contribute much more than Tootoo. He fails to accomplish that, and heís a major reason why the Devils failed to make the playoffs this year.

Defensemen:

Mark Fraser: F Mark Fraserís forte is brain-dead penalties that cost the team games (for example, the Tampa game). His only NHL caliber skill is fighting. Other than that, he sinks the team defense at even strength and sucks its life like a vampire during penalty kills on the occasions he isnít the one in the sin bin. He drives me crazy because of being able to stabilize a young defenseman, he actually acts as a liability that young defenseman must cover. What a twisted joke this guy playing in the NHL long-term is.

Eric Gelinas: C Gelinas has a boom of a shot, but his offense game isnít coming along as much as I would like to see, and he still makes a lot of mistakes on defense. There were some improvements in his game after the mini-camp and I noticed a slight increase in his physicality this season.

Andy Greene: A Despite a slow start production-wise, Greene managed to produce a respectable 23 points over the course of the season. He was a leader on the team who provided steadying support to first Severson and then Larsson on the top pairing. He is a veteran our young defensemen can look to for guidance and was a valuable part of this team this season.

Peter Harrold: C- Harroldís an adequate depth defenseman. It was a crime when he played over Larsson, but Iíd prefer he play instead of Fraser.

Adam Larsson: A After a rocky first half of the season under Pete, Larsson took off and never looked back. He emerged as a stronghold in his own zone (especially on the penalty kill, which is terrible without him), and his poise and excellent position shone through. As he gained confidence, he showed an increased willingness to join the rush and shoot the puck. His passing skills are phenomenal, and he would probably have more than 21 assists if Devils forwards were more competent at converting on scoring opportunities. Under Stevens, a more physical side of Larsson has appeared at times, and I donít mind seeing a feisty Larsson ever now and then.

Jon Merrill: B Merrill played a mostly stay-at-home role this season. At his best, he wasnít noticeable in his won end. At his worst, he made costly mistakes. In fairness, it should be observed that he had to babysit blundering vets instead of have a stabilizing force like Greene next to him. His season was inconsistentóat times good, at times badóbut not a train wreck or a triumph.

Bryce Salvador: Incomplete Salvador spent a bulk of the season on injured reserve, so, like Clowe, I donít see much point in attempting to grade his year.

Damon Severson: A Severson had a strong start to the seasonóshowing calmness as well as offensive and defensive prowessóbefore he was sidelined with an ankle injury. When he returned from his injury, Severson seemed a tad rusty, occasionally making bad decisions, but overall he still showed the traits that were so promising early on in the season. It was awesome to see him end the season with a goal (bringing his total to five) and 17 points in 51 games is really quite exceptional production for a rookie defenseman on a team as offensively-challenged as the Devils.

Goalies:

Keith Kinkaid: A When Kinkaid is in net, the Devils always have a chance to win, which is all that can be asked of a backup goaltender. Kinkaid shows a lot of potential as an NHL goalie. He is exciting to watch, and his glove saves are things of beauty.

Cory Schneider: A+ Iíve gushed about him so much in his appreciation thread that I donít want to repeat myself too much here, but heís demonstrated that he can not only handle the role of a starter but also can be an elite one at that. Heís placed himself in conversation for the Vezina, and he has made it clear that he can be a foundation for this team going forward. His attitude is spectacular, and so is his skill. Even his puck-handling is improving. Thereís really nothing I canít love about this dude as a Devil right now.

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You're too kind to the guys on this roster FJG, but you bring a nice balance to the rest of us salty fans

Zajac - C- Is he a good defensive center? Yes, but it’s like he forgets how to play offense. Needs to be at least a 50 point guy with that contract.

Cammalleri - A- Scored nearly 30 on a terrible team. Is as advertised. I thought he would have a few more assists.

Henrique - C+ Scored 15 on a terrible team, but there are too many games where he’s invisible.

Elias - C- Clearly, age is catching up with him. Needed 50 points as well for this team to be successful. Doesn't seem to make players around him better anymore. Though it's tough to get though when he has to play with Zubie and Gionta for the last 15 games of the season.

Jagr - C Started out well and faded before being traded. Too many turnovers and penalties for my liking

Havlat - F Low risk, high reward. We got no reward. He’s done in the NHL.

Ryder - F Somebody needs an X-Ray him to see if he has a heart. He’s can join Havlat into hockey purgatory

Bernier - B A good season for a guy who was terrible last year. Played hard most nights, did his job and was noticeable on most night

Tootoo - A For a guy I thought was AHL fodder, he has blazing speed, an iron build, and a nice scoring touch for a fourth liner. Fun to root for.

Gomez - A The only other guy who deserves it. It’s still beautiful to watch him move through the neutral zone and pass the puck. Would have been on pace for 50 points in a full season on a sad squad.

Josefson - B- Took a large step this year once Pete was canned. He’s good in the face-off circle, gives the team a weapon in the shootout, and is dangerous on the PK. Creates space well and added a physical element to his game.

Gionta - C- He’s got heart and some speed, but that’s about it. Is better at wing than at center. Time to move on.

Zubrus - F Doesn’t do ANYTHING well anymore. MUST BE BOUGHT OUT!

Ruutu - F See Zubrus

Brunner - F Tedenby Part II

Boucher/Matteau - Inc Both are ready for the NHL though Matteau more than Boucher. See you guys next year

Clowe - Is he dead?



Greene - B+ Solid performer but started this season really slow. I’d like to see him work on his shot a little more. I think Lou had him and Zajac watching old videotape of their 1995 championship team on loop.

Larsson - B+ He’s turned into a PK monster and a solid defenseman. Got a bit of an aggressive streak near the end. If you trade him Lou, I will lose it.

Severson - B Started out like a house of fire, but it seems other scouts have figured him out a bit. Struggled near the end of the season. Needs to hit the gym some more. Solid two way instincts.

Merrill - C Clearly in a sophomore slump. He needs to work on rounding out his game. Potential trade bait?

Zidlicky - B- While I thought he was really solid defensively last year, he regressed this year. Still got on the scoresheet enough.

Gelinas - C Got better in the last third of the season and a weapon on the PP, he’s got work to do. Needs to develop a mean streak because he plays better when he has it. Also potential trade bait?

Harrold - C Still a nice flexible guy to have on your team. Just not an everyday player. Like a good utility player in baseball.

Fraser - Worse than an F, I’ll just give him a BleedRed Grade - Can’t rant or say enough bad things about his playing

Salvador - F The next Grant Marshall, Jim Dowd, or Bruce Driver?

Helgeson - INC Needs to learn his position better to get into the NHL. Nice 6D potential.



Schneider - A- Gave up a lot of backbreaking soft goals at the beginning of the year but became a Vezina candidate after the All Star Break. A .925 save percentage is outstanding for a defensive corps that was shaky on many nights

Kinkaid - B+ Looks like a Marty clone and played like it at times. He’s going to be a good backup in this league. Potential starter for a bottom third team looks like his ceiling.



Pete - D He’s a one trick pony. He has a complicated defensive system and a suffocating offensive system that, with the right players, works well. If he doesn’t, it’s terrible. Did ok for such a **** roster. Ironic that he coached Juniors and has a lot of trouble coaching and developing young players

Oates - D His decision are baffling at times. Might help players with certain aspects of the game, but I don’t think he can see the big picture. And dude, don’t offer Jagr any tips with his game. That’s like going to a car salesman for advice on car repair.

Stevens - C+ I don’t get his obsession with Fraser as the 6D. There aren’t better options in the league? Larsson has bloomed under his tutelage and I hope it happens for the other 4 guys. So I can live with him as the assistant HC but I don’t think he’s ready for the next step.

Foligno - BleedRed Grade - Can’t rant or say enough bad things about his coaching


In the end, Lou gambled on long shots to plug major holes on offense. It didn’t work and we finished where we should have. Lou is right, this team is two impact forwards from competing for a cup.

His choice for head coach for next season and what he does with the first two draft picks is going to quell the masses or going to spark the mob looking for his job.

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You're too kind to the guys on this roster FJG, but you bring a nice balance to the rest of us salty fans
I probably am, lol, but I warned all of you that I'm an optimist by nature, so that's what I try to be despite the trials this team gives me at times.

Your comments were good, though. Some of them made me laugh in a sad way because the remarks were true.

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ok..im in

Steve Bernier a treasure

Reid Boucher not enough to see

Damien Brunner hahahahaha

Mike Cammalleri empty net master

Scott Clemmensen ….yes, that clemmer

Ryane Clowe
hmm…. foggy memory, i cant really remember him playing any games actually

Patrik Elias not his best campaign….but what can you do?

Mark Fraser was never supposed to be called up

Eric Gelinas skating got better 2nd half of season

Stephen Gionta the pet that keeps on giving i guess :s

Scott Gomez sadly faster than most…nice comeback

Andy Greene …..oh! now the american team will call for his services!

Peter Harrold bumped ryder out of a forward depth position

Martin Havlat never expected much

Seth Helgeson time ahead awaits

Adam Henrique the tallest midget with 43 points

Jaromir Jagr is loving florida

Jacob Josefson moving on up

Keith Kinkaid well done

Adam Larsson bust ….just like hedman…..they were right

Stefan Matteau see you…..in ……september. (provided lou sheds old snake skin)

Jonathon Merrill hmm….draft/trade day? or selling low?

Tuomo Ruutu it is what it is. as advertised.

Michael Ryder shhhhhhhhh……dont upset him

Bryce Salvador
without him our PK would be better…..oh wait. it was!

Cory Schneider is a trooper.

Tim Sestito is not the next rod pelley is not the next ……ya, he's the next call up

Damon Severson has a rookie of the year trophy in another time and space…..yeah!

Mike Sislo has been advised to not drink another cup of coffee offered by the new jersey devils….but who wouldnt drink it….

Jordin Tootoo …..ok …..here we go. he done well. was never a fan. but the guy did real good.

Joe Whitney
best 4 games of the year! at least for him……big show!!

Travis Zajac
ding!…..ding! most posts in one season!! our number 1 center. i cant rant on about travis,,,,that a whole other thread unto itself. it is what it is

Marek Zidlicky sold at right time for a wrong price. (handcuffed)

Dainius Zubrus grade Z (lol)

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Your one-sentence reviews of everyone were spot on.

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Your one-sentence reviews of everyone were spot on.
well my opinions were not much different than yours. your analysis above was solid and i didnt feel the need to repeat

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Thanks. Your analysis was briefer, though, and brevity is the soul of wit.

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Zajac - D- So close to an F. An absolute horrid season. I fear for his career.

Cammalleri - B+ Did a pretty good job in his first considering his main center Zajac, completely lost his hands. Started well with Jagr and finished well with Tootoo

Henrique - B+ Underrated imo. Can play both wing and center effectively. Great PK and played pretty well on PP. Lead the team in scoring.

Elias - D Maybe a bit harsh but I thought his game went off the cliff. I'm not expecting the ppg player he was in 2010 but I thought 60 points would of been achieveable. He didn't get close..

Jagr - C Thanks Jags for an entertaining last few seasons. His hattrick vs Flyers is probably the highlight of the season.

Havlat - F Done as NHLer.

Ryder - F I thought he started OK. But his constant whinning about ice time to the press put him in the coaches doghouse and probably effectively ended his NHL career

Bernier - B Nice bounce back season. I am a bit wary of a new contract because I don't think his numbers and role is sustainable. I really hope we can find someone better that we can play in the top 6.

Tootoo - B Took his opportunities. Earned a spot in training camp and then earned a top 6 wing spot with his surprising chemistry with Cammalleri. We should bring him back next season.

Gomez - B+ An inspirational season where he won a lot of respect with the way he perservered, reached 1000 games and became the teams no. 1 center.

Josefson - C His 2nd half of the season saved his career. I thought he was heading for the waiver wire but Oates installed some confidence in that he improved his faceoffs, became a PK regular and a shootout threat.

Gionta - C- Is fine as a 4th liner and receiving 4th line minutes. I have no idea why the coaches play him so much. A contributing reason why we can't score because we give the wrong players more ice time than they should.

Zubrus - F Baffling that he stays in the lineup each game with his ineffective play and constant offensive zone penalties.

Ruutu - D The 2nd most overpaid 4th liner in the league? (Behind Mike Richards)

Brunner - F Did the team a favor by going back to Europe mid season.

Boucher - N/A It must be said that he has had a disapppointing season in AHL. I haven't pencilled him in next seasons lineup. He needs to have a good preseason and earn the spot.

Matteau - N/A Ditto Boucher but I would play him next season as a bottom 6 winger in NHL. He has the size and because he is no longer waiver exempt, I don't want to lose him for nothing.

Clowe - N/A I hope his contract is insured but I can't see him playing again.

Greene - B Steady as usual. His d partners have a knack of playing well with the Greene. First Severson then Larsson. I think the Greene-Larsson pairing is the way to go.

Larsson - B+ I'm so excited for next season. Starting to live up to his draft billing and his game just took off once DeBoer was fired. He became a PK beast and his offense contribution in the 2nd half was very encouraging considering his lack of PP time. I think his got potential to be a 40 point two way complete defenseman.

Severson - B Showed some great signs in his rookie season. The injury was a bit unfortunate in that he couldn't continue on his hot start but hopefully he get stronger in the off season and continues to improve.

Merrill - C Had a sophomore slump but i'm not down on him. He was pretty much thrown on every pairing playing both sides. If we settle him down on his favored left side with the same d partner, we should get a more consistent season. I would continue with him and Severson.

Zidlicky - C+ A bit like Jags, in that I wish him thanks for the past few seasons but the time is now for new blood. Good luck in the playoffs with the Red Wings.

Gelinas - C Got a hell of a shot and is a phyisical specim. He just needs guidance to put them all together. If Stevens is back next season maybe Gelinas will be his next project after the success of Larsson in the 2nd half.

Harrold - D Played far too much under DeBoer. I only like him in a 7th dman role.

Fraser - D+ I'm not going to be too harsh because he is only AHL standard. Not his fault the coaches want to put him in the lineup.

Salvador - F He was so bad in the first part of the season, the main reason the PK was so brutal early on. And being captain, you knew DeBoer was never going to bench him.The season ending injury was a blessing.

Helgeson - N/A I think he can make it as a bottom pairing defenseman but his inexperience probably means he is not ideal to partner Gelinas. He might be the teams new no 7 dman if Harrold isn't brought back.

Schneider - A+ Team MVP and proved he can handle a starters worldload over the entire season and posted stellar numbers. He is in the mix to get a Vezina nomination.

Kinkaid - C+ Did his job as a backup in the 2nd half of the season.

Clemmersen - F Not an NHL quality backup anymore.

DeBoer- F Yeah his defensive system keeps the devils close in games but his lack of trust he has in coaching and developing young players proved his firing was justifible with Adam Larsson almost instantly going from a healthy scratch to a legit top pairing dman. He is far too loyal to certain player and far too stubborn to not adapt when things aren't working.

Oates - D I've seen enough that I don't want him back. Apart from Josefson, I didn't see much improvement in the forwards and goal scoring. And he also took over a fairly decent PP and turned it into one of the worst the league by making baffling decisions by putting Zajac on the point, and giving some time to Tootoo and Zubrus too.

Stevens - B+ The turn around in Larsson's development is a major feather in the cap for his coaching career. But after we recently got burned by putting in an inexperienced former Devils great in John MacLean as head coach, I don't think we should be taking that risk again with Stevens as the new head coach.

Lamoriello- D Waited far too long to fire DeBoer and I'm not sure what he brought to the Devils bench by babysitting both Stevens and Oates. He has trust issues and wears far too many hats. It saddens me how this organization has completely fallen from one of the best to the basketcase we have almost become. I don't want him to hire the next coach. Given his age, and how we are in very bad shape on and off the ice with the consectutive missed playoffs and lack of quality prospects, the time is right for the not so new owners to install new blood and a new regime.


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It's late and I'll fill out the rest of these tomorrow, but there is one particular coach I'd like to grade. Since people have graded the coaches too.

An big fat F+ for Mike Foligno. He only gets that + on the end because we somehow ended the season with a league average ranked PK, after giving up multiple PP goals some nights up until mid November.

It took Salvador getting injured for him to reconfigure the PK. It cost us a decent amount of points the first 6 weeks of the season and adjustments weren't made until the Salvador injury. I don't care that he coached the best PK in the league last year, Barr broke a record coaching the PK two years before that.

And combine his insistence on using Fraser on the PK constantly. I'm hoping that he leaves for some USHL head coaching/GM gig next year, like Matt Shaw did.

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Merrill: F

Everyone else: C+

EDIT: Severson gets an A, because he was a complete and utter stud this season. I'm not sure what kind of offense to expect from him going forward, but for him to be a lone possession bright spot (and the only reason Merrill's numbers didn't look absolutely putrid by season's end) at 20 years old on a team as bad as the Devils is just unbelievably promising. Can't wait to see what our whole group of defensemen looks like at next season's outset.


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An F for Merrill? And I was debating whether to give him a D+ and figured I'd be feasted on.

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Zajac - C- Is he a good defensive center? Yes, but itís like he forgets how to play offense. Needs to be at least a 50 point guy with that contract.

Cammalleri - A- Scored nearly 30 on a terrible team. Is as advertised. I thought he would have a few more assists.

Henrique - C+ Scored 15 on a terrible team, but there are too many games where heís invisible.

Elias - C- Clearly, age is catching up with him. Needed 50 points as well for this team to be successful. Doesn't seem to make players around him better anymore. Though it's tough to get though when he has to play with Zubie and Gionta for the last 15 games of the season.

Jagr - C Started out well and faded before being traded. Too many turnovers and penalties for my liking

Havlat - F Low risk, high reward. We got no reward. Heís done in the NHL.

Ryder - F Somebody needs an X-Ray him to see if he has a heart. Heís can join Havlat into hockey purgatory

Bernier - B A good season for a guy who was terrible last year. Played hard most nights, did his job and was noticeable on most night

Tootoo - A For a guy I thought was AHL fodder, he has blazing speed, an iron build, and a nice scoring touch for a fourth liner. Fun to root for.

Gomez - A The only other guy who deserves it. Itís still beautiful to watch him move through the neutral zone and pass the puck. Would have been on pace for 50 points in a full season on a sad squad.

Josefson - B- Took a large step this year once Pete was canned. Heís good in the face-off circle, gives the team a weapon in the shootout, and is dangerous on the PK. Creates space well and added a physical element to his game.

Gionta - C- Heís got heart and some speed, but thatís about it. Is better at wing than at center. Time to move on.

Zubrus - F Doesnít do ANYTHING well anymore. MUST BE BOUGHT OUT!

Ruutu - F See Zubrus

Brunner - F Tedenby Part II

Boucher/Matteau - Inc Both are ready for the NHL though Matteau more than Boucher. See you guys next year

Clowe - Is he dead?



Greene - B+ Solid performer but started this season really slow. Iíd like to see him work on his shot a little more. I think Lou had him and Zajac watching old videotape of their 1995 championship team on loop.

Larsson - B+ Heís turned into a PK monster and a solid defenseman. Got a bit of an aggressive streak near the end. If you trade him Lou, I will lose it.

Severson - B Started out like a house of fire, but it seems other scouts have figured him out a bit. Struggled near the end of the season. Needs to hit the gym some more. Solid two way instincts.

Merrill - C Clearly in a sophomore slump. He needs to work on rounding out his game. Potential trade bait?

Zidlicky - B- While I thought he was really solid defensively last year, he regressed this year. Still got on the scoresheet enough.

Gelinas - C Got better in the last third of the season and a weapon on the PP, heís got work to do. Needs to develop a mean streak because he plays better when he has it. Also potential trade bait?

Harrold - C Still a nice flexible guy to have on your team. Just not an everyday player. Like a good utility player in baseball.

Fraser - Worse than an F, Iíll just give him a BleedRed Grade - Canít rant or say enough bad things about his playing

Salvador - F The next Grant Marshall, Jim Dowd, or Bruce Driver?

Helgeson - INC Needs to learn his position better to get into the NHL. Nice 6D potential.



Schneider - A- Gave up a lot of backbreaking soft goals at the beginning of the year but became a Vezina candidate after the All Star Break. A .925 save percentage is outstanding for a defensive corps that was shaky on many nights

Kinkaid - B+ Looks like a Marty clone and played like it at times. Heís going to be a good backup in this league. Potential starter for a bottom third team looks like his ceiling.



Pete - D Heís a one trick pony. He has a complicated defensive system and a suffocating offensive system that, with the right players, works well. If he doesnít, itís terrible. Did ok for such a **** roster. Ironic that he coached Juniors and has a lot of trouble coaching and developing young players

Oates - D His decision are baffling at times. Might help players with certain aspects of the game, but I donít think he can see the big picture. And dude, donít offer Jagr any tips with his game. Thatís like going to a car salesman for advice on car repair.

Stevens - C+ I donít get his obsession with Fraser as the 6D. There arenít better options in the league? Larsson has bloomed under his tutelage and I hope it happens for the other 4 guys. So I can live with him as the assistant HC but I donít think heís ready for the next step.

Foligno - BleedRed Grade - Canít rant or say enough bad things about his coaching


In the end, Lou gambled on long shots to plug major holes on offense. It didnít work and we finished where we should have. Lou is right, this team is two impact forwards from competing for a cup.

His choice for head coach for next season and what he does with the first two draft picks is going to quell the masses or going to spark the mob looking for his job.
Agree 100% with your grades

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Some good comments from everyone. Thank you for sharing

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Merrill was fine for only his 2nd NHL season. His poor goal differential had more to do with bad luck than anything structurally wrong with his game. Out of the D he had the lowest on ice Sv% and lowest on ice Sh%.

I look forward to watching Merrill improve over the next 3 years along with Larsson, Severson, and Gelinas.

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Merrill was fine for only his 2nd NHL season. His poor goal differential had more to do with bad luck than anything structurally wrong with his game. Out of the D he had the lowest on ice Sv% and lowest on ice Sh%.

I look forward to watching Merrill improve over the next 3 years along with Larsson, Severson, and Gelinas.
A lot of people were definitely harsher on Merrill than I was, but that's part of the fun of this thread--seeing everybody's different perspective on the overall seasons players had.

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FJG, I wish you were one of my high school teachers.
Maybe I would have been accepted to some of the schools that declined my interest to pay them a lot of money to be their guest for 4 (or 5) years.

Guys who finished the season here.

Zajac - D+, simply not enough production and also plays too soft for my liking. Has to man up next season.

Cammalleri - A-minus, met or exceeded expectations and found ways to score on an anemic squad.

Henrique - B-minus though very close to C+ since he was too streaky and he also passed up too many scoring chances earlier in the season.

Elias - C, Hit some milestones and can still score in the this league if surrounded by talented linemates, which he did not have for most of the season. Too many turnovers and blind behind the back passes which to me shows carelessness or not wanting to get hit.

Havlat - F, was ineffective, soft, brittle and did little to nothing to help the team.

Ryder - F, see Havlat except replace brittle with slow, gliding and useless.

Bernier - A Exceeding expectations, rebounded to 2012 form and even better offensively. Plays a rugged game, a true team player, the perfect 4th liner that has enough ability to slide into a 3rd line role if needed. I hope we re-sign him to a 1-yr deal, I can live with 2 years but nothing more.

Tootoo - B-minus. Added some muscle and jump to a lethargic squad. Once he stopped taking unnecessary penalties he became an asset rather than a liability.
He still has to work on clearing the puck out of the D zone, but other than that a pleasant surprise for sure. I'd like to have him back but I think he will sign elsewhere.

Gomez - B+ Too bad Lou couldn't find room earlier in the season for him. Most of thought he would not be able to keep up the pace all season but he did. Still a very useful player and by far the best puck handler and distributor on the roster. Plus he still has some swagger, he should have a chat with Zajac about that.
Same with Bernier, hope he is re-signed.

Josefson - C He finally was able to play a regular shift and rounded into an above average pk guy and penalty shot scorer. He has the tools to be a decent 3rd line center that can chip in 10-12 goals and be responsible defensively. If he can continue to get physically stronger and stay injury free he will be a useful asset.

Gionta - D+ He gives it 110% each shift and has the heart of a lion. But he's simply not good enough to be on an NHL team other than an extra forward that can fill in at 4th line RW when injuries hit. He has no biz being on the pk nor taking any draws. Ideally he captains Albany next season and is a spot call up.

Zubrus - F-minus It's a crime that he is signed through next season. He is another example of a guy who tries hard and gives an honest effort but he's simple done as a NHL player. The fork was stuck in him well before last season.
I'd waive him in September. I'd like to keep him in the organization once he retires.

Ruutu - D-minus, slightly better than Zubrus, but he is shot as well. Trade him for back to Carolina for future considerations.

Boucher/Matteau - incomplete or a C from the limited time up in NJ. Both should be given long looks in camp to win a regular spot next season.

Greene - B Had a rough start to the season and did not contribute offensively enough IMO until late in the season. But he's the glue on the blueline, a mentor if you will to the youngins back there. Plays in all situations and never complains or takes a shift off. Name him the Captain the first day of camp.

Larsson - B We saw a transformation of sorts with him for the better this season.
He's started to come out of his shell once the shackles were removed by Hyrda.
I believe we have just seen him scratch the surface of his potential. Next season I'd like to see him take it upon himself to make more plays and skate into the offensive zone rather than slap it around the boards.
Definitely a 1st pairing d-man.

Severson - B The kid also has potential to be a 1st pairing dman in this league for a long time. He has better talent offensively than Lars, great vision and a good NHL shot already. I hope we don't see a sophomore slump next season like we did with Merrill this season. Sky's the limit with Sevs.

Merrill - C-Minus Regressed from last season. Too many turnovers, too many weak clears that get held in, not enough joining the offensive rushes and he needs to work on his one-timer and slap shot from the point. But still, we can see he has the potential to be a very good/steady defenseman. He is hockey smart and has the build to bulk up and get his stronger, it will help him a lot in all aspects of the game. Would hate to deal him this summer since we have not seen his finished product yet, but we may have to include him to bring back a desperately needed forward that can score.

Gelinas - D+, He has a lethal shot but even that was not too effective this season, especially as of late when he routinely was missing the net. I do think if he is paired with a Paul Martin or McQuaid next season he will be a much better defenseman. He is very raw still, has shown flashes of brilliance with his slick skating and passing and of course the cannon of a shot. He does not have the hockey sense that Lars/Sevs/Merrill have at this stage of their careers.
I'm hopeful that Stevens can work with him next camp and that Lou can pair him with a steady veteran defense partner that can give him the freedom to join the rush. Let's face it, playing with Fraser is difficult for anyone.

Harrold - D+ could even be a C-, he is what he is, at best a 7th defenseman. The goal he scored vs CBj was highlight material, but he is a weak NHL defenseman.
I'd rather not retain him.

Fraser - F-minus, One of the nicer guys you will ever meet, he loves playing for the Devils, he will skate through a brick wall for his teammates and you can never question his heart. But, he's a horrific defenseman that can't skate, pass or shoot.
Sorry Mark if you'te reading this, but thank you for your services here and good luck elsewhere. Lou cannot let him put on the NJ sweater again.

Salvador - F Enjoy retirement Sal.

Helgeson - Incomplete, but I'm not encouraged from what I've seen thus far. Too reminiscent of the grenade handlers that Lou and Conte both seem to favor on our blueline unfortunately. He still has a chance to improve in that aspect of the game. He's a decent skater for a guy his size at least.


Schneider - A We're BuffaLOL without him this season. He has to improve his puck handling and also could fair better in the shootouts, but's easily the team MVP.

Kinkaid - B Keith proved he belongs in this league and at this point can be a quality backup. I think he has starter potential in him, but too early to know yet.
He too needs to improve his puck handling and maybe also his conditioning.
I was impressed with him this season, we really cannot let him walk this summer and get no return. I hope he signs a 2-year deal, give him about 20 starts next season, insurance if Cory gets injured and he also could be included in a trade at some point.

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Steve Bernier B, had a very good year. When used correctly he's valuable. Should be signed.

Mike Cammalleri A, exactly what they signed him for. Solid year. If only he wasn't the only threat to score

Ryane Clowe F, who?

Patrik Elias C-. Father Time is a calling... Plus he was pissy this year

Mark Fraser F, just go. For good. seriously...

Eric Gelinas B-, defensive side still needs work but played much better after working with Stevens

Stephen Gionta C, he is what he is, still don't get why he plays so much

Scott Gomez B+, very happy with what he brought to the team, deserves a deal, still has the offensive side to his game

Andy Greene A, mentoring Larsson and Severson has been incredible, most underrated dman in the league

Peter Harrold D, as a 7th D it's whatever but please no 4th line duties again

Martin Havlat D, never got to play for unknown reasons, who knows, whatever

Adam Henrique B-, expected more but still led the team with points, not a bad year just expected more

Jacob Josefson B-, when given the shot proved he's a capable NHLer

Keith Kinkaid B, played very well and hopefully will be signed

Adam Larsson A, what can you say except finally. Looks like the stud we all hoped we drafted.

Jonathon Merrill C, sophomore slump, tough year, hopefully they don't trade IMO

Tuomo Ruutu C, in the right role he's fine.

Michael Ryder D-, never got to play so who knows, never liked his lack of skating ability and tendency to just dump it in

Bryce Salvador D, thankfully there will be no more Salvador

Cory Schneider A+ really found himself post all star break, exactly what we needed

Damon Severson B+, solid year from him, love his game

Jordin Tootoo B-, exceeded expectations wouldn't mind having him back as a 3rd/4th liner only

Travis Zajac D, disappointing not really much else to say

Marek Zidlicky B-, liked him thought his return for trading him was weak but NMCs suck

Dainius Zubrus F-, beyond awful, worst player on the team in my eyes

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FJG, I wish you were one of my high school teachers.
Maybe I would have been accepted to some of the schools that declined my interest to pay them a lot of money to be their guest for 4 (or 5) years.
If I were a high school teacher, I'd probably be very popular among students for my generous grading policies. Maybe that should have been my calling in life...


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Zajac - D- So close to an F. An absolute horrid season. I fear for his career.

Cammalleri - B+ Did a pretty good job in his first considering his main center Zajac, completely lost his hands. Started well with Jagr and finished well with Tootoo

Henrique - B+ Underrated imo. Can play both wing and center effectively. Great PK and played pretty well on PP. Lead the team in scoring.

Elias - D Maybe a bit harsh but I thought his game went off the cliff. I'm not expecting the ppg player he was in 2010 but I thought 60 points would of been achieveable. He didn't get close..

Jagr - C Thanks Jags for an entertaining last few seasons. His hattrick vs Flyers is probably the highlight of the season.

Havlat - F Done as NHLer.

Ryder - F I thought he started OK. But his constant whinning about ice time to the press put him in the coaches doghouse and probably effectively ended his NHL career

Bernier - B Nice bounce back season. I am a bit wary of a new contract because I don't think his numbers and role is sustainable. I really hope we can find someone better that we can play in the top 6.

Tootoo - B Took his opportunities. Earned a spot in training camp and then earned a top 6 wing spot with his surprising chemistry with Cammalleri. We should bring him back next season.

Gomez - B+ An inspirational season where he won a lot of respect with the way he perservered, reached 1000 games and became the teams no. 1 center.

Josefson - C His 2nd half of the season saved his career. I thought he was heading for the waiver wire but Oates installed some confidence in that he improved his faceoffs, became a PK regular and a shootout threat.

Gionta - C- Is fine as a 4th liner and receiving 4th line minutes. I have no idea why the coaches play him so much. A contributing reason why we can't score because we give the wrong players more ice time than they should.

Zubrus - F Baffling that he stays in the lineup each game with his ineffective play and constant offensive zone penalties.

Ruutu - D The 2nd most overpaid 4th liner in the league? (Behind Mike Richards)

Brunner - F Did the team a favor by going back to Europe mid season.

Boucher - N/A It must be said that he has had a disapppointing season in AHL. I haven't pencilled him in next seasons lineup. He needs to have a good preseason and earn the spot.

Matteau - N/A Ditto Boucher but I would play him next season as a bottom 6 winger in NHL. He has the size and because he is no longer waiver exempt, I don't want to lose him for nothing.

Clowe - N/A I hope his contract is insured but I can't see him playing again.

Greene - B Steady as usual. His d partners have a knack of playing well with the Greene. First Severson then Larsson. I think the Greene-Larsson pairing is the way to go.

Larsson - B+ I'm so excited for next season. Starting to live up to his draft billing and his game just took off once DeBoer was fired. He became a PK beast and his offense contribution in the 2nd half was very encouraging considering his lack of PP time. I think his got potential to be a 40 point two way complete defenseman.

Severson - B Showed some great signs in his rookie season. The injury was a bit unfortunate in that he couldn't continue on his hot start but hopefully he get stronger in the off season and continues to improve.

Merrill - C Had a sophomore slump but i'm not down on him. He was pretty much thrown on every pairing playing both sides. If we settle him down on his favored left side with the same d partner, we should get a more consistent season. I would continue with him and Severson.

Zidlicky - C+ A bit like Jags, in that I wish him thanks for the past few seasons but the time is now for new blood. Good luck in the playoffs with the Red Wings.

Gelinas - C Got a hell of a shot and is a phyisical specim. He just needs guidance to put them all together. If Stevens is back next season maybe Gelinas will be his next project after the success of Larsson in the 2nd half.

Harrold - D Played far too much under DeBoer. I only like him in a 7th dman role.

Fraser - D+ I'm not going to be too harsh because he is only AHL standard. Not his fault the coaches want to put him in the lineup.

Salvador - F He was so bad in the first part of the season, the main reason the PK was so brutal early on. And being captain, you knew DeBoer was never going to bench him.The season ending injury was a blessing.

Helgeson - N/A I think he can make it as a bottom pairing defenseman but his inexperience probably means he is not ideal to partner Gelinas. He might be the teams new no 7 dman if Harrold isn't brought back.

Schneider - A+ Team MVP and proved he can handle a starters worldload over the entire season and posted stellar numbers. He is in the mix to get a Vezina nomination.

Kinkaid - C+ Did his job as a backup in the 2nd half of the season.

Clemmersen - F Not an NHL quality backup anymore.

DeBoer- F Yeah his defensive system keeps the devils close in games but his lack of trust he has in coaching and developing young players proved his firing was justifible with Adam Larsson almost instantly going from a healthy scratch to a legit top pairing dman. He is far too loyal to certain player and far too stubborn to not adapt when things aren't working.

Oates - D I've seen enough that I don't want him back. Apart from Josefson, I didn't see much improvement in the forwards and goal scoring. And he also took over a fairly decent PP and turned it into one of the worst the league by making baffling decisions by putting Zajac on the point, and giving some time to Tootoo and Zubrus too.

Stevens - B+ The turn around in Larsson's development is a major feather in the cap for his coaching career. But after we recently got burned by putting in an inexperienced former Devils great in John MacLean as head coach, I don't think we should be taking that risk again with Stevens as the new head coach.

Lamoriello- D Waited far too long to fire DeBoer and I'm not sure what he brought to the Devils bench by babysitting both Stevens and Oates. He has trust issues and wears far too many hats. It saddens me how this organization has completely fallen from one of the best to the basketcase we have almost become. I don't want him to hire the next coach. Given his age, and how we are in very bad shape on and off the ice with the consectutive missed playoffs and lack of quality prospects, the time is right for the not so new owners to install new blood and a new regime.
This isn't too far from what I would give if I were to go through and grade this mess.

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Not going to do everyone, just a few comments:

Schneider: A | Interestingly, One of the biggest concerns about Schneider is now one of his strengths. Coming in to the season, there was concern about his ability to carry a team as a starter for a full season. Having proved very thoroughly that he can do that, his relative lack of games played for his age is now a huge positive. Since he has less wear on his tires, he's theoretically more likely to be elite far in to his 30's.

Larsson: A | Think back to how his season began. Floundering in the pressbox, his entire career a huge question mark. Once Pete was gone, he arrived big-time. Easily the best development during this lousy season. I'm excited to see where he takes his game next year. He's still only 22. He'll never be flashy, but he looks like a guy that can devour tough minutes every night.

Merrill: C | Textbook sophomore slump. Not worried about him. He should be back on track next year.

Severson: B | Holy HELL did this guy come out of the gates on fire. His injury was unfortunate, and he seemed to tail off when he came back, but that's extremely common for such a young player. We still don't know what we've got here, but he has shown healthy stretches of big-time potential. What a heist at 60th overall.

Bernier/Tootoo/Gomez: A | Expected absolutely nothing out of these guys, and they ended up being some of the best stories of the year. With crisis (our team being horrid up front) comes opportunity, and these guys grabbed it. I'm a bit leery of expecting the same next year, with the career-salvaging adrenaline worn off somewhat.

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Thunderfest, I liked your post, and I found your point about Cory's earlier lack of playing time as a starter (prior to this season) now being something of an asset, since it means that he has less wear and hopefully can be elite longer. That's a great positive that I didn't really consider.

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Wow some of you guys were harder on Rico then I expected.

I'd give him at least a B. 43 points on a horrible offensive team when scoring is also down across the league is worth at least that. Would like him to shoot more.

Zajac is a definite C. He needs to shoot more. Is total shots on goal is horrific. He will never put up numbers taking that few shots.

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Wow some of you guys were harder on Rico then I expected.

I'd give him at least a B. 43 points on a horrible offensive team when scoring is also down across the league is worth at least that. Would like him to shoot more.

Zajac is a definite C. He needs to shoot more. Is total shots on goal is horrific. He will never put up numbers taking that few shots.
I think Henrique is a tough one to rate. His points total is very respectable, but he looked disinterested and borderline invisible so much of the time, which is what I think is leading to a lot of low grades for him.

I'd have a hard time giving Zajac a C. We all know he's not a true #1C, despite that role being thrust upon him by default at times, but he needs to be up around at least 45-50 points/yr. We all know he's capable of it. I'd like to see both Zajac and Henrique significantly increase their shot totals next year.

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I'll try it without looking at anyone else's:

Zubrus D- (don't have the heart to give him an F and he did improve in the final days)
Havlat F (no explanation needed)
Gionta C (wasn't great, wasn't a trainwreck)
Henrique C- (for what was expected, way too many cold streaks and not enough hot streaks with one of them being all the way back in October)
Ruutu D+ (was better when we all wanted him above the fourth line than he was when he actually got above it)
Josefson C+ (had a spark in the second half but not enough offensive contribution to put him any higher)
Ryder F (again, no explanation neccesary)
Bernier A (grading on a curve, performed way beyond expectations)
Zajac D+ (the offense is just TOO bad and the defense wasn't as impactful as in the past)
Tootoo B (had a hot streak and one of the 'ten moments' of the year but ultimately was just a good fourth liner)
Gomez A- (not as surprised at him as Bernier but he still added something unexpected)
Cammalleri A- (finally, a FA that came as advertised)
Elias D (poor season by any metric, milestones aside)

Larsson A- (finally got a bigger role, ran with it and even improved his offense in the second half)
Greene B+ (rebounded from a slow start but his offensive production was still meh overall)
Merrill C- (I'll let him slide on the first half injuries but this was a step back)
Harrold D (guess his game dropped when Pete hit the road)
Gelinas C- (his defense improved down the stretch but only after a long time and his offense took a step back, no matter what metric you want to use)
Severson C+ (great early, the injury and too much/too soon finally caught up with him in the end though)
Fraser C- (not as bad as we want to peg on him, not as great as his stats or the homer broadcasters think)

Schnieder A (only the first few weeks and puckhandling snafus stop me from giving him an A+)
Kinkaid B (exceeded expectations as well)

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