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Thompson, Severson could be Devils' X-factors

Tuesday, 09.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Several challenges await New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes in his first season as an NHL coach.

The most obvious being his ability to devise a strategy that will generate more offensive support for goaltender Cory Schneider.

Hynes sounds ready to hit the ground running and is more than willing to deal with any situation the Devils may face, good or bad. He knows there will be an adjustment period after spending the previous five seasons in the American Hockey League as coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Pittsburgh Penguins' affiliate.

Devils' new era starts with search for more offense

Tuesday, 09.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams.

A new era is dawning for the New Jersey Devils.

Gone is longtime president and general manager Lou Lamoriello, who had run the team since 1987 and built New Jersey's three Stanley Cup-winning teams (1995, 2000, 2003). He's been replaced by former Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero, who brought in John Hynes, coach of the Penguins' American Hockey League affiliate, to take over behind the bench.

There's a lot of anticipation about what kind of team the Devils will be under Hynes, who at 40 is the youngest coach in the League.

Hurricanes defenseman Faulk aims to become elite

Tuesday, 09.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Mike Brophy - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- Defenseman Justin Faulk emerged as an offensive force with the Carolina Hurricanes last season.

The Hurricanes were 26th in the NHL standings in 2014-15 with 71 points and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the sixth straight season. But Faulk's 49 points (15 goals) were 12th among NHL defensemen.

He believes he's capable of even more this season.

"I hope I didn't hit my ceiling at 23 years old," Faulk said with a smile while at the NHL's Player Media Tour earlier this month. "I think the biggest thing for me is to be consistent; work hard in practices and games. The best team's best players are the guys who do it every day. That is what I am working toward."

McDavid has two assists in Oilers win against Flames

Tuesday, 09.22.2015 / 1:16 AM / News

Derek Van Diest - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid continues to impress in the early stages of his NHL career.

McDavid had two assists and was named First Star in his NHL preseason debut Monday against the Calgary Flames at Rexall Place.

The 18-year-old rookie set up Leon Draisaitl's game-tying goal and assisted on Nail Yakupov's empty-net goal in a 4-2 win against the Flames in a split-squad game.

"There was obviously nerves and a lot of excitement going into the game, and it takes a little bit to settle down," McDavid said. "I thought I was a little nervous in the first period and wasn't patient with the puck and wasn't playing my game. I guess that's to be expected, there was so much hype about playing your first NHL game -- although it's not really -- it's still kind of your first taste."

Preseason roundup: Gibbons, Megna lead Rangers

Tuesday, 09.22.2015 / 12:51 AM / News


Jayson Megna had two goals, Kevin Klein had three assists, and the New York Rangers scored three unanswered goals to defeat the New Jersey Devils 6-3 at Madison Square Garden.

Rangers forward Brian Gibbons opened the scoring at 1:21 of the first period. He also had two assists, including one on Megna's goal three minutes after his.

Devils forward Jordin Tootoo scored a power-play goal at 7:30 of the first period to make it 2-1.

Tortorella to coach Team USA at World Cup

Tuesday, 09.22.2015 / 12:25 AM / World Cup of Hockey 2016


USA Hockey named John Tortorella coach of Team USA for the 2016 World Cup on Monday.

The announcement was made on ESPN following the NFL game between the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts.

"There’s no greater honor than to represent your country, and I’m humbled to have this opportunity," Tortorella said. "We’ll have one objective and that will be to bring the World Cup championship back to the United States."

Tortorella, 57, leads American-born coaches with 446 wins and coached the Tampa Bay Lightning to their only Stanley Cup championship in 2004. He has also coached the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks.

Sabres' Eichel scores shorthanded in preseason debut

Tuesday, 09.22.2015 / 12:07 AM / News

Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Less than a week into his NHL career, Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel checked a bunch of firsts off his list in Buffalo's preseason opener against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Monday.

There was his first shift about a minute in. There were his first "oohs" and "ahhs," and later in the same shift, his first minus.

But there was also his first point, his first goal and eventually his first win in a 3-2 victory. The first impression he left was a good one too.

With the score still tied 2-2, Eichel, the second player selected at the 2015 NHL Draft, took a breakout pass from defenseman Cody Franson in alone on a shorthanded breakaway. He showed the patience, deking enough to open Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper's legs, then tucked the puck five-hole for the game-winning goal.

"These goalies are so big and athletic these days, you just try to move them and find little holes," Eichel said. "Luckily I was able to find one there."

Lamoriello 'feels good' in role with Maple Leafs

Monday, 09.21.2015 / 8:43 PM / 2015-2016 Season Preview


Lou Lamoriello spent 28 years as general manager of the New Jersey Devils. He'll celebrate his 73rd birthday next month.

But when he does, he'll be general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. After nearly three decades in New Jersey, he admitted he didn't envision working anywhere else.

"Never a gleam in my mind," Lamoriello said in an interview with TSN's Bob McKenzie on Monday.

Lamoriello first stepped down as Devils GM on May 4, hiring former Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero as his replacement. Lamoriello, though, was to stay with New Jersey as team president.

Alumni game to rekindle rivalry for Sakic, Draper

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog joked that he was a little nervous while sitting between Joe Sakic and Kris Draper on Monday during a news conference at Coors Field.

Sakic and Draper now hold executive positions with the Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings, respectively, but they were part of the teams' often bitter rivalry between 1996 and 2002.

"I felt I was right in the shooting lane between them," Landeskog said with a laugh.

The harsh feelings that once existed have long subsided, but the competitive juices are sure to flow again when the Avalanche and Red Wings alumni play at Coors Field on Feb. 26 as part of the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

Canucks' Cracknell taking in Hockeyville homecoming

Monday, 09.21.2015 / 5:43 PM / Kraft Hockeyville

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VICTORIA, British Columbia -- Growing up playing minor hockey in Victoria, Adam Cracknell imagined himself playing for the Vancouver Canucks, but not even his wildest dreams included the chance to do it for the first time in front of family and friends in his hometown.

Thanks to nearby North Saanich winning Kraft Hockeyville in Canada for 2015, Cracknell will get the chance to do that when he puts on his Canucks game jersey for the first time for a preseason game against the San Jose Sharks on Monday.

Cracknell, 30, signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Canucks this summer after splitting last season between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the American Hockey League.

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