John Hynes addressed the media Friday ahead of the opening of Devils training camp. The third-year head coach is eager to get back on the ice and establish the team's identity for the 2017-18 season.
Below, some highlights of his interview. The full video is above.
Back at it again (0:00-4:00)
Hynes' excitement for the start of camp is always the same. When speaking with the media, he expressed his eagerness to get his team into practices to solidify the Devils' new foundation. The additions of Brian Boyle and Marcus Johansson give Hynes two veteran leaders that he believes will be positive influences on and off the ice.
The search for a centerman (4:00-6:35)
When discussing the impact of the loss of center Travis Zajac, Hynes' message was very clear: Next man up. Hynes explained that Johansson, Adam Henrique and Pavel Zacha will all get opportunities to establish themselves as the top line center by the time October rolls around.
The Nico Effect (6:35-10:00)
Coach Hynes has always stressed the importance of competition at training camp. The Devils have anywhere between 3-5 spots that are up for grabs. Prospects will be looking to prove that they belong at the NHL level, but none will have more eyes on them than Nico Hischier.
Goaltending split (12:00-13:15)
A new goaltending coach is in the fold this year as Roland Melanson replaces Chris Terreri. Melanson has experience with Cory Schneider after the two spent years together as members of the Vancouver Canucks. Hynes hopes that the splits between starts for Schneider and Keith Kinkaid will approximately 60/20.
Will the Butcher (13:54- 14:30)
The University of Denver product Will Butcher will be getting a look during training camp by the Devils' staff. Butcher is a very versatile defenseman, having the ability to play on the left or the right. Butcher is also expected to be given an opportunity on the Devils' power play, a good match for his playing style as an offensive defenseman