Patrik Elias Retirement Night: the New Jersey Devils will retire Patrik Elias’s #26 in a pre-game ceremony before a tilt with the New York Islanders on February 24, 2018. Elias officially announced his retirement from the NHL towards the end of last season but did not play at all during the 2016-17 season. He played his last NHL game on April 9, 2016 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Elias leads the franchise in all-time goals, assists, and points scored, and he will join Ken Daneyko, Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer, and Martin Brodeur in the Prudential Center rafters.
Devils’ New ECHL affiliate: the Devils also announced their new East Coast Hockey League affiliation with the Adirondack Thunder. The two teams had informally worked with each other over the past few years and a number of Devils players played for the Thunder, including Scott Wedgewood, Ken Appleby, and Brandon Baddock.
“We’re proud to announce the New Jersey Devils as our NHL affiliate as we take the next big stride towards the 2017-18 season,” Adirondack Thunder Governor Ed Moore said. “We have already reaped the benefits of partnering with New Jersey in the past, with players such as Ken Appleby playing in Glens Falls before moving on to higher levels. We’re excited to grow that partnership on an affiliated basis and we look forward to working with Ray Shero, Tom Fitzgerald and the rest of the Devils organization moving forward.”
“On behalf of the New Jersey Devils, I am pleased to announce that we have entered into a partnership with the Adirondack Thunder to become our ECHL affiliate,” New Jersey Devils Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald said. “We strongly believe in developing our players on and off the ice. Adirondack will serve as a great first step from here to Binghamton and eventually from Binghamton to New Jersey. I am confident that Adirondack’s staff and community will help our players take the next step in their hockey careers and we look forward to working with them.”
Beach Bash 2017: The New Jersey Devils will host their second annual Devils Beach Bash this upcoming Saturday, August 19. Fans will have access to the beach beginning at 10AM and the BBQ will commence at approximately noon. It will take place at Point Pleasant, around the Jenkinson’s North Inlet area. Michael Kapla, Joseph Blandisi, Michael McLeod, Steven Santini, and Blake Speers will be among the current Devils players present at the event. Select alumni are expected to attend as well.
There are tickets available for the general public and for Devils members. The breakdown is as follows:
Tier 1: $15 admission for the general public, includes Beach Badge and Beach Activities
Tier 2: $40 admission for the general public; includes Beach Badge, Beach Activities, BBQ on the beach (with food and soft drinks), and Beach Bash T-Shirt
Tier 3: $15 admission for Devils Members; includes Beach Badge, Beach Activities, VIP access to players, and Beach Bash T-Shirt
Tier 4: $40 admission for Devils Members; includes Beach Badge, Beach Activities, VIP access to players, Beach Bash T-Shirt, private area at Jenkinson’s with food and soft drinks, drink ticket for spirit or beer, and access to Members-Only bar at Jenkinson’s
Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster here.
The weather looks good for Saturday (high of 87 degrees Fahrenheit and partly cloudy) but in case of rain, Beach Bash will be moved to the following day: Sunday, August 20.
Damon Severson’s contract: where is it?
Taylor Hall, the NHL’s 20th best winger: NHL.com ranked Devils’ winger Taylor Hall the 20th best overall (active) winger in the National Hockey League. Fans felt he should have been ranked higher than he was (he had a down year) and I tend to agree. Here’s NHL.com’s excerpt:
Hall scored 20 goals, led the Devils with 33 assists and tied for the lead with 53 points last season, his first in New Jersey. He also had four game-winning goals. He’s scored at least 20 goals in five of his seven NHL seasons and has had at least 50 points five times.
In 2013-14, Hall set NHL career highs with 53 assists and 80 points, leading the Edmonton Oilers in each category, and tied his NHL career high with 27 goals. The 25-year-old has made the NHL All-Star Game each of the past two seasons and has 381 points (152 goals, 229 assists) in 453 NHL games.
The full list is here.
Schneider’s Top 10 (Active) NHL Goalie snub: NHL.com also announced their list of Top 10 active goaltenders in the league and ranked Devils #1 goaltender, Cory Schneider, #11, just missing the cut. Again, he had a down year and probably should have been ranked higher than he was.
The 31-year-old had a sub-par year for his standards. He won 20 games and had a 2.82 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage. His save percentage was down. 0.16 and his GAA was up more than half a goal (.67) from 2015-16.
“Schneider had a down season, but the Devils improved in the offseason and he can rebound. Let’s not forget his .922 career save percentage ranks third all-time,” Weekes said.
Henrique is more Kinkaid than himself: the Devils created a “Which Devil Are You?” quiz (I got Kinkaid too!) so of course, a few of the Devils players took the quiz themselves. Unsurprisingly, backup goaltender Keith Kinkaid got himself after taking the quiz but Devils forward Adam Henrique got Kinkaid too. Identity crisis, maybe?
And that’s about it. As training camp and the preseason inch closer (ahhhh!!!), I hope to have more published content out soon. It’s been a busy few weeks but hopefully things settle down soon. You can except to see something from me when Damon Severson signs his new contract.