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"We have a lot to contribute but we still have a lot to prove"

by Sara Giles saratgiles / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils had quite the busy offseason making moves and adding new players to the roster for the upcoming season. Devils veteran center Travis Zajac talked with us about what all it will take to make this team successful on the ice this season. 

"We have to make sure we're rebuilding our foundation and what makes us successful, attitude, hard work, being a good teammate and from there that can make a good team. You need veterans, you need new and young guys contributing and more than one line scoring. We have a lot to contribute but we still have a lot to prove," said Zajac. "That's the attitude we have to have, we have to be competitive and everything has to be earned. If we learn anything from this coaching staff it's that everything will be earned and you have to prove yourself every day." 

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When asked about Jack Hughes' expectations for his first season in the NHL, Zajac said that the Devils leaders will be there to help.

"He's got to have fun. There's going to be ups and downs but the leaders on this team will help him get through it. There's going to be lulls in the season, time's when you're not scoring but experiences and learning from them, that's where we can step in and help him. He wants to be here, he wants to contribute, it's going to be fun for him," said Zajac. "I'm excited to watch him in camp and see the skill and the energy he brings to the team."

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With the addition of defenseman Wayne Simmonds, Zajac thinks his toughness and physicality will be a great addition to the Devils defensemen group. 

"He brings toughness, he'll add some physicality and reliability. You know what you're going to get from him. He's a reliable guy, those are the kind of guys you want on in the lineup." 

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