HOW TEAMS UNNAPPRECIATE YOUNG TALENT

Hockey teams would not be the same without the young players. These young man sign entry-level contracts that keep them tied to the teams for at least 3 years. In this time they are supposed to develop their talent and then they will be ready to be promoted. Ideally, this cycle would be constant but this is not how it happens.

OLD IDEAS

Some organizations are stuck, as simple as that. They simply stay with what they consider familiar and do not move into new territories. This idea that the traditions should be kept are hurting the teams.

It is common to see the teams paying millionaire contracts for players that are not performing. They give them the franchise tag but the results do not match the team’s investment. Even if the fans express their concerns, the organizations are too stubborn to make the changes. This stubbornness will translate into poor results which is something you are trying to avoid by paying all those millions in the first place.

FRANCHISE TAG

At some point the organizations must ask themselves if the franchise tag is truly helping their case. The Montreal Canadiens put the tag on Carey Price. They signed the goaltender for more years but in the current season he took time off. The 14 games he missed hurt the standings of the Canadiens, although when he was defending, his record was poor.

By committing to these players only because they were stars at some point, the teams reduce the resources they could put somewhere else. The Canadiens need a change on their draft and yet the team keep on making the same mistakes.

SCOUTING

Teams like the Vancouver Canucks have amazing scouting teams. It is a known fact on the hockey community. They have a sharp eye for the outstanding players. Other organization also put some effort into finding the next stars.

The question is how to turn that great scouting into good results. Some players enter the organizations when they are barely 18. It is not until they are at least 22 that they reach their prime. Perhaps the team should start replacing players for rookies and try new strategies.

YOUNG TALENT

At 22 the players reach their prime. They are experienced enough to perform on a big stage but still have room for improvement. Some team owners see this group as the optimal draft and take advantage of the scouting. Other teams refuse to let the younger players take the ice. Eventually they must let those players since they are wasting that talent.

There are some clear advantages about younger players. They are healthier and less prone to injuries. On the financial aspect, it is cheaper to sign a younger player that a more experienced one. The lack of experience should not be a concern, these young men are more than willing to earn their places on the draft.

2019 could be the year when the NHL finally has some fresh faces on the ice.

CANANDIAN TEAMS IN THE NHL FOCUSED IN THE NEXT SEASON

No matter the sport, the teams must prepare for the upcoming seasons. A well-executed plan could be the difference between making it to the final and being stuck in the last place. The preparation has many steps and one of them is getting new talent. Eventually the star players will retire and give the opportunity to the rookies.

The 2017/2018 season has not been easy for some teams. Those that failed to meet the goals on this season have their eyes on the next one. They will not repeat the same mistakes and are ready to correct the issues.

EDMONTO OILERS

This team is working on a new roster. Young players like Kirill Maksimov joined the organization on an entry level. The three-year contracts are all signed and ready to go. The Canadian player will be 19 next summer, he is prospect that the Oilers do not want to let go.

Maksimov would not be on the ice next fall due to his age and inexperience. The Oilers want to work with him for some time first before giving him the green light. There are many expectations about this young player. Hopefully, he will see some game time in 2019.

OTTAWA SENATORS

The Senators recruited the star defenceman from the University of North Carolina. Christian Wolanin is the now the rookie in the Ottawa based organization. This remarkable young man has been playing for his university since 2015. At that moment, the Senators put their eye on him. Finally, they signed a three-year starting level contract.

This new addition comes in a great moment for the team. The Senators have been strongly criticized recently and the fans are screaming for something new. Some fresh blood could change the whole team.

MONTREAL CANADIENS

One of the most important teams on its division. The Canadiens are going through a rough patch. Every day they are forced to add new players to the injured list. The list grows and the problems for the team. The results are far from optimal and they are stuck in the bottom of the scoreboard.

The fans believe some adjustment is necessary. A clear option would be to bring new players but there has not been much discussion about recruitment. Perhaps the team will announce the changes in the summer but in the meanwhile everything remains the same.

NEW SEASON, NEW ME

If something is not working or is damaged beyond repair, it is time to get a new one. The same happen with the teams. If a roster is underperforming, the best option is to renovate wherever they can.

Some teams would rather keep the same players and keep on building the franchises. This is not a winning strategy and could end up hurting their image. Those teams that refuse to change are risking more than necessary.

It is time to take advantage of the younger players. They are healthy and more than willing to give their all in the ice. This is the attitude the teams play if they want to bring something new to the table.

The New Jersey Devils aren’t the most successful NHL team out there, but this nifty named team do have quite a history. The professional hockey team is based in Newark, New Jersey but originally came from Kansas City in 1974, when they were known as the Kansas City Scouts. They would move to Colorado to become the Colorado Rockies in 1976, before finally moving to their current state in 1982. What else do we know about the New Jersey Devils, though?

The New Jersey Devils

The Devils have a long-standing rivalry with the New York Rangers, as well as the Philadelphia Flyers. Their earlier years were spent trying to assemble a core squad of players who could take on the Patrick Division of the Wales Conference in the early eighties. They made it to the playoffs in 1988 but to no real glory.

For the 1993-1994 season, the Devils joined the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference and results improved immediately finishing second overall, and conference champions in 1994-1995. They would go on to become division champions three years in a row from 1995-1999, 2000-01 and 2002-03. They also were division champs in 2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09 and 2009-10, as well as conference champions in 1999-00, 2000-01, 2002-03, and 2011-12. The story since then is rather different. As has been the case throughout the New Jersey Devils history, their success ebbs and flows.

Stanley Cup Success

The Devils currently have 3 Stanley Cup victories under their belt, to sit alongside their 5-conference championship and 9 division championship titles. The New Jersey Devils won the Stanley Cup in the 1994-1995, 1999-00 and 2002-03 seasons. They could have made it 5 were it not for defeats in 2000-01 and 2011-12 to Colorado Avalanche and the Los Angeles Kings, respectively.

Since then, the Devils have enduring mixed fortunes, finishing no higher than fourth in their division (previously the Atlantic now Metropolitan divisions of the eastern conference). Last season’s disappointing finish of 8th was their lowest finish since they moved to New Jersey. This season, though, a brighter future could be on the horizon.

Current Fortunes

Although the New Jersey Devils missed out on a direct playoff spot via the Metropolitan Division, they are currently flying in the Eastern Conference Wild Card competition. Sitting top of the pile, five points clear of their nearest rivals (the Columbus Blue Jackets), and 9 points above third-placed New York Islanders, the New Jersey Devils are primed to pocket one of the two coveted wild card spots.

Having failed to make the playoffs since making the Stanley Cup final (and losing) in 2012, it is an exciting time to be a New Jersey Devils fan. They aren’t home and dry yet, and there can no doubt that a lot tougher challenges await the Devils is they acquire the wild-card spot and proceed to the playoffs, but following a handful of dismal and dreary years, things are starting to look up for this NHL team.