New Jersey Devils Have Decisions to Make About Bottom-Six Forwards

May 1st, 2015 by Adam Braun Leave a reply »

It is no secret that the New Jersey Devils did not exactly get stellar performances from most of their forwards this season. 

In 2014-15, New Jersey was 28th in the NHL in scoring, its leading scorer had only 43 points and it had only one player with more than 20 goals.

But there was some good news amid the struggles. The poor play and subsequent benching of players like Martin Havlat and Michael Ryder opened the door for some of the Devils' bottom-six forwards to take on bigger roles, and many of them excelled. 

With New Jersey looking to add scoring this offseason, though, there may not be enough room in the everyday lineup for players like Jordin Tootoo and Steve Bernier when the 2015-16 season begins. So if the Devils do add two scoring forwards—which general manager Lou Lamoriello told Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice is his plan—they will have several decisions to make about the team's third and fourth lines. 

For the sake of argument, I will assume the Devils end up adding two new forwards and re-signing Scott Gomez, leaving them with a top six ...

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