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New Jersey Devils fantasy hockey outlook

by Matt Cubeta / NHL.com

As part of NHL.com's offseason 30 in 30 package, fantasy hockey insiders Matt Cubeta and Pete Jensen will break down each team's fantasy landscape. They will look at the players at the top of the ranks, an undervalued player, an overvalued player, a deep sleeper (players likely ranked outside the top 200 overall players) and the goalie outlook for each NHL team.

Leading the way: Cory Schneider

The New Jersey Devils goalie is the only Devil in my offseason top-200 rankings and he comes in as the ninth best goalie at No. 53 among all players. If he played on a better team, Schneider would have the potential to be a top five fantasy goalie. Schneider's 68 starts ranked third in the NHL last season, his .925 save percentage ranked fifth and his 2.26 goals-against average was ninth. Over the past three seasons among goalies that have played in at least 100 games, Schneider has a League-best 2.14 GAA and is third with a .924 save percentage (behind Tuukka Rask and Carey Price). Simply put, Schneider is elite. He just won't get you many wins.

DEVILS' FANTASY-RELEVANT PLAYERS

Below is a list of the fantasy-relevant players in the New Jersey Devils organization. These players have been arranged by NHL.com's fantasy staff based on projected value and by position. These players range from top-tier assets to deep sleepers and should be on your radar in standard Yahoo leagues.

FORWARDS

Mike Cammalleri
Adam Henrique
Patrik Elias
Travis Zajac

DEFENSEMEN

Adam Larsson
Damon Severson
Eric Gelinas

GOALIES

Cory Schneider

Undervalued: Mike Cammalleri

When healthy, Cammalleri has proven to be a reliable goal scorer and that continued in his first season with New Jersey when he scored 27 goals in 68 games. Over the past two seasons while playing for the Calgary Flames and Devils, Cammalleri has 53 goals in 131 games, good for a goals-per-game rate of .40 goals/game. That's 14th best in the League during that time. Not bad for a player you can likely grab in the final two or three rounds of your draft. He's also the Devils' top offensive weapon on the power play, where he scored nine goals last season.

Overvalued: Adam Henrique

Henrique may have led the Devils with 43 points last season, but that's not cutting it for fantasy owners. Though his point total remained the same for the second straight season (despite two fewer games in 2014-15), his goals declined from 25 to 16, his rating went from plus-3 to minus-6, and his shots on goal decreased from 137 to 127. Outside of his 27 assists, Henrique really wasn't a useful fantasy player. He finished as the 192nd ranked fantasy player in Yahoo leagues last season and should be avoided on draft day this fall.

Deep sleeper: Damon Severson

Severson and fellow defenseman Eric Gelinas could be viewed as deep defensive sleepers, but I give Severson the edge because of his job security. Gelinas was a healthy scratch for long portions of last season and appeared in 61 games. Severson, entering his second NHL season, had eight points in his first 11 games but then went through a rough patch before missing more than two months of action with an ankle injury. He finished his rookie season with 17 points in 51 games. Severson averaged 2:05 of power play ice time per game and I expect that number to rise this season. He could be a valuable bench defenseman on any fantasy roster.

Goalie outlook: Schneider and Keith Kinkaid

Schneider should see around 70 games like he did last season and is one of the few true workhorses remaining in the League. This makes backup goalie Kinkaid mostly useless in fantasy leagues. Though, when called upon, Kinkaid was successful in his first NHL season. In his 19 appearances (13 starts), Kinkaid had a 2.59 goals against average and .915 save percentage.

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