Photo: Defenseman Jon Merrill has dealt with injuries and inconsistencies in his sophomore NHL season. In 31 games, Merrill has two goals, seven assists, and a minus-10 rating. (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
It has not been a good season for the New Jersey Devils, as the team has fallen out of playoff contention and appears to be in transition. While the season may soon be lost, the team’s mindset now shifts to see the growth and development of their talented, young defensemen. There have been some growing pains along the way, along with some surprises earlier in the year, but the organization is giving the young players the responsibility, ice time, and patience needed to grow and become NHL players.
Photo: New Jersey Devils prospect Joe Whitney currently leads the AHL’s Albany Devils in scoring with 11 goals and 16 assists in 30 games (courtesy of Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
He’s returned to the AHL so the moment is probably slightly bittersweet, but New Jersey Devils‘ forward Joe Whitney netted his first NHL goal – the only goal scored by the Devils – in a 3-1, New Year’s Eve loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Read more»
Photo: New Jersey Devils rookie goaltender Keith Kinkaid played in 130 AHL games over three seasons before securing the backup position with the NHL Devils in 2014-15 (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
Why should forwards and defensemen get all the attention? NHL goaltenders have milestone first wins, so they deserve the spotlight, as well. One such goaltender securing his first NHL win is the New Jersey Devils‘ Keith Kinkaid, who faced down the NHL’s highest scoring team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, in a 3-2 shootout victory on Friday night. Read more»
Photo: Defenseman Seth Helgeson has split the 2014-15 season between the AHL and NHL. Helgeson was picked in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Dan Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)
The problems of the Albany Devils mirror those of their parent team the New Jersey Devils. Since the start of the 2014-15 season, both clubs have been mired by injuries and inconsistency.
Photo: Forward Linden Vey started the 2014-15 season strong, with nine points through his first 18 games. Vey was traded in the offseason from the Los Angeles Kings to the Vancouver Canucks. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
Welcome to the first edition of On the Rush for the 2014-15 season. For those unfamiliar, On the Rush focuses on prospects at various levels of competition who exceeded expectations or fell behind a bit in the past month.