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All Episodes: Rookie Diaries feat. Pavel Zacha

The Devils chronicle 2015 first round draft choice Pavel Zacha's rookie season in the NHL

by Brian Born @BrianBorn / newjerseydevils.com

Rookie Diaries Ep. 6: Pavel Zacha

Rookie Diaries Episode 6: Pavel Zacha

Devils forward Pavel Zacha reflects on his first NHL season in the final episode of Rookie Diaries.

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Watch the complete six-episode series of Rookie Diaries: Pavel Zacha! 

Video: Rookie Diaries Episode 1: Pavel Zacha

Video: Rookie Diaries Episode 2: Pavel Zacha

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Ranking the Top Five Hall Passes

Check out our top five picks for the best Taylor Hall assists during the 2016-17 season

by Brian Born @BrianBorn / newjerseydevils.com

Following the 2015-16 season, Devils GM Ray Shero orchestrated a blockbuster deal that brought Taylor Hall from Edmonton to New Jersey, filling a much-needed playmaking role. Hallsy used his great speed and unique skill-set to become the Devils team-leader in assists (33) and was the co-leader in total points (53pts, tied with Kyle Palmieri). The 25-year-old left winger accomplished all of these feats, despite missing 10 games after undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Taylor Hall's presence on the ice created an immediate impact for New Jersey. The attention that Hall drew from opposing teams opened up scoring opportunities for his teammates, which proved to be one of his greatest assets. Hallsy used his talents and creativity to generate scoring chances for his linemates, Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri (who led the Devils with 26 goals). Check out our Top Five Hall Passes during the 2016-17 season.

 

5. Phun in Philly 

Video: NJD@PHI: Hall sets up Wood for second goal of game

Hallsy registered at least a point in four of five games vs. the Flyers this season, including this apple to Miles Wood during the Devils 4-1 win over Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center.

 

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Prospect Profile: Michael McLeod

Devils former first round pick making massive impact in OHL Playoffs

by Brian Born @BrianBorn / newjerseydevils.com

Michael McLeod is a point machine. The Devils' 2016 first round draft pick has been on a scoring frenzy for the Mississauga Steelheads and has carried his strong play into the OHL Playoffs. In 14 games played this post-season, McLeod leads the Steelheads with 23 points (8g-15a) including last night's GWG in double-overtime, lifting Mississauga over the Peterborough Petes. The Steelheads currently hold a 3-0 series lead over the Petes, due largely in part to the play of McLeod and "Super Buddy" teammate (and fellow Devils prospect) Nathan Bastian.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Check out @MikeyMcLeod9's Game 3 GWG in double-OT, giving the @OHLSteelheads a 3-0 series lead in the @OHLHockey Eastern Conference Final. pic.twitter.com/s8pZY3fsKb

During the regular season, Michael McLeod averaged 1.28 points per game, racking up 73 points (27g-46a) in 57 games played. Keep an eye on McLeod's progression as the promising Devils prospect aims to finish off the OHL Eastern Conference Finals and hoist the Bobby Orr Trophy on Wednesday night.

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#MikeyStrong/WFAN Boomer & Carton Game Huge Success

Third Annual #MikeyStrong/Reeve Foundation Charity Game Raises Awareness for Spinal Cord Research

by John Christian Hageny @JCCSPORTS / newjerseydevils.com

The ice hockey community is truly a unique one. Among its greatest traits is its innate ability to rally, rise up and take care of its own. Unassuming, unselfish and without question, when called upon there is perhaps no greater family on earth. 

In January of 2014, Mike Nichols, a senior forward on the Monroe Township ice hockey team, suffered a debilitating neck injury when he fractured his C-5 vertebrae in a high school ice hockey game in New Jersey. Despite being unable to lace 'em up and take to the ice, his spirit, his passion and love for the game has not wavered. He is #MikeyStrong, a reluctant ambassador of the game, a voice and a symbol of hope for hundreds afflicted with spinal cord injuries. 

In the quest to find a cure, Nichols' story has transcended borders, reaching further than anyone could have imagined -- all thanks to the overwhelming support from a hockey community that continues to support him -- and his cause -- unconditionally. 

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Devils Sign D Yaroslav Dyblenko to entry-level deal

by New Jersey Devils @NJDevils / newjerseydevils.com

Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Devils today signed defenseman Yaroslav Dyblenko to a two-year, entry-level contract. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.

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Five Keys: Albany Devils 2017 Playoffs Begin April 20

The Devils will look to familiar faces and past experiences during AHL playoff run

by Brian Born @BrianBorn / newjerseydevils.com

Many members of the New Jersey Devils have started their offseason workouts but meanwhile in Albany, the club's AHL affiliate is gearing up for another deep run in the Calder Cup Playoffs. Last season, Coach Rick Kowalsky's crew surprised the AHL before falling to the Toronto Marlies in the final minutes of Game 7 of the AHL North Division Final, earning the Albany Devils bench boss the AHL Coach of the Year Award. This year the Devils will return to the playoffs for a matchup with the Marlies in the first round of the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs. All Calder Cup Playoff games in the first round for the Albany Devils will be on The One Jersey Network. Here are the five keys to a successful playoff trip:

1.) The Cavalry Returns

The New Jersey Devils put a very high focus on getting their youngsters experience this season which should help pay dividends in Albany. Fourteen members of Albany's playoff squad will have appeared in an NHL game this season, combining for 55 points (22g-33a) in 281 games played. Miles Wood led the way with 17 points (8g-9a) in 60 games played. Steve Santini is expected to be the backbone of the blueline after 38 games in the NHL this season. 

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Elias to play in Mikey Nichols Charity Hockey Game

Check out the former NHLers who will skate in the Mikey Strong Charity Game

by Brian Born @BrianBorn / newjerseydevils.com

WFAN and the Prudential Center will co-host the Third Annual Mike Nichols Charity Hockey Game on April 21 at Prudential Center. Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, hosts of the top-rated "Boomer & Carton" morning show on CBS RADIO's WFAN-AM/FM and simulcast on CBS Sports Network, will host and serve as team captains for the game, in hopes of raising money to benefit spinal cord research and quality of life initiatives.

Proceeds from the game will go to the Nichols Family Trust to provide for Mike's medical needs, as well as the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for individuals living with paralysis.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Recap last year's #MikeyStrong Charity Game with @WFAN and @BoomerAndCarton! @PruCenter hosts the event on 4/21. https://t.co/iWTCY5VosS pic.twitter.com/gsw0aZmDm5

General Admission tickets cost $20 and are on-sale now with corporate sponsorship and VIP packages also available. All attendees will receive a ticket voucher from the New Jersey Devils and the first 5,000 attendees to arrive on game day will receive a voucher from the New York Yankees. Each voucher will be valid for two (2) complimentary tickets to select games during the 2017 season.

A star-studded lineup full of NHLers and more will participate in the charity game. Below is the list of former members of Jersey's Team who will participate on April 21:

Patrik Elias: Fresh off #PattysLastLap, Patrik Elias will lace up the skates once more at Prudential Center. Elias will become the fifth member in Devils history to have his number retired by the organization, exiting the game as the franchise-leader in points, goals and assists. 

Grant Marshall: Former first round pick in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, Grant Marshall will participate in his third Mikey Strong Charity Game this season. Marshall has built a strong bond with Nichols over the years. Marshall suffered a broken neck playing hockey in 1990 and experienced temporary paralysis before making a full recovery. As an NHLer, Grant Marshall won the Stanley Cup twice, once in Dallas (1999) and New Jersey (2003). 

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Recap the Devils 2017 Breakup Day

Hear from the Devils for the final time before the team enters the offseason

by Brian Born @BrianBorn / newjerseydevils.com

All-Access: Ray Shero

Devils All-Access: Ray Shero

Julie Robenhymer sits down with Ray Shero for an All-Access interview following Devils Breakup Day 2017

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Hear from the Devils at Prudential Center for the final time in 2016-17 as the team enters the offseason.

Video: NJD Breakup Day 2017: Coach John Hynes

 Video: NJD Breakup Day 2017: Andy Greene

Video: NJD Breakup Day 2017: GM Ray Shero

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Winner announced for "Newark's Cornerstones" program

Prudential Financial, Prudential Center and New Jersey Devils announce Sister June Favata as grand prize recipient of "Newark's Cornerstones" program at last home game of the season

by New Jersey Devils @NJDevils / newjerseydevils.com

NEWARK, N.J. - Prudential Financial, Prudential Center and the New Jersey Devils have announced the winner of the "Newark's Cornerstones" program during the last home game of the Devil's season. Sister June Favata was one of the eight finalists who garnered the most votes for her community service efforts and contributions in the Brick City. Nominations for the program were accepted between October 2016 and February 2017, with the voting period taking place in March 2017. As the grand prize recipient, she received two tickets to Prudential Center events, including Devils games, for one year between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

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Devils fall in season finale to Red Wings

John Moore scores lone Devils goal in 4-1 loss: Three things we learned

by Julie Robenhymer @JulieRobenhymer / newjerseydevils.com

4/9 Postgame: DET downs NJD

4/9 Postgame: Devils fall to Wings in finale

Hear from the Devils following the club's 4-1 defeat in their season finale vs. the Detroit Red Wings

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The Devils lost their final game of the 2016-17 season, 4-1, to Detroit at Joe Louis Arena. John Moore had the lone goal. Here's what we learned: 

1) The past few games, Taylor Hall has been getting some minutes on the penalty kill, which isn't typically part of his game. Head coach John Hynes said it's been an opportunity to see if it's a potential area of growth for him. He played 1:20 on the PK on Sunday.

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