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Devils look for better season in goal from Schneider

Ottawa Senators' Logan Brown, left, is stopped by New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider during the third period of an NHL preseason hockey game in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)

By The Associated Press

NEW JERSEY DEVILS

LAST SEASON: 28-40-14, 70 points. Last in the Eastern Conference. Missed playoffs for the fifth straight year.

COACH: John Hynes (third season, third NHL season).

ADDED: No. 1 overall draft pick C Nico Hischier, F Marcus Johansson, D Will Butcher, F Drew Stafford, F Brian Boyle, F Jimmy Hayes, D Mirco Mueller

LOST: F Mike Cammalleri, F Devante Smith-Pelly, F Beau Bennett, F Jacob Josefson, D Johann Auvitu, D Jon Merrill, D Seth Helgeson, D Karl Stollery.

PLAYER TO WATCH: While Hischier isn't considered a franchise maker like recent top picks Connor McDavid of Edmonton and Auston Matthews of Toronto, the 18-year-old has all the tools. He can skate, score and he will make the Devils better.

OUTLOOK: Has to be better than last season, the Devils' worst in almost 30 years. New Jersey still lacks the talent and scoring ability needed to snap its five-year playoff drought. They do have the ability to make opponents work for points. Goaltender Cory Schneider needs to rebound after a bad season. Butcher, the Hobey Baker award winner who signed with New Jersey as a free agent, might give Hynes a good-skating, two-way solid defenseman. Concern at center with status of Travis Zajac (pectoral surgery) and Brian Boyle (cancer treatment) uncertain.

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Updated September 27, 2017

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