Prior to the start of the 2019-20 NHL the Devils hired New Jersey native Ryan Murphy as a skills coach. On Monday, Murphy made his first appearance with the club prior to practice. This particular week provides a good time for Murphy to step in and work individually with players.
"We're trying to make sure that as the season goes on, guys have situations where they're continuing to work on their skill, their hands and things you kind of do all summer that you don't have time to do in a regular team practice," head coach John Hynes said post practice on Monday.
Murphy worked with the forwards on Monday and will host a session with the defensemen on Tuesday.
"He's from New Jersey," Hynes added. "He was coaching prior to this - he was an assistant coach in the American Hockey League. He has a skills company, we hired him this year. We felt it was one of those things that was important for here and in Binghamton. When you have opportunity to practice, and days like this is good, where guys get a little bit more puck touches, individual skill work that you don't get in an everyday practice."
Murphy has also worked with Devils players returning from injury and players who have been scratched.