Bloggers Breakouts 2011 - New Jersey Devils

Zajac's loss could be Jacob Josefson's gain

We've already been lucky enough to have John Fischer from In Lou We Trust to talk about the Devils, but we wanted more.  So we got another Devil's expert to come in for a little fantasy hockey chat with us.  Carlos Figueiredo writes for Speaking of the Devils (which we recommend you give a look) and was kind enough to answer seven fantasy questions about the Devils.  Check below for his answers.

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BY CARLOS FIGUEIREDO FROM SPEAKING OF THE DEVILS

Q1) Devils Breakout of the Year?
I'm going to have to go with Mattias Tedenby. He had 22 points (8g-14a) in 58 games for the team last season, but if you saw him play, you could see how comfortable he was on the ice. He had some spectacular goals. His numbers should improve this season with some more ice time. Oh, and he's only 21 years old.

Q2) Darkhorse Breakout on the Devils?
Jacob Josefson. He played in 28 games for the Devils last season, scoring three goals and adding seven assists. He was likely making the team anyway, but the injury to Travis Zajac could mean a bigger role for Josefson to start the season. He could be a guy that many don't pay attention to, but brings huge rewards.

Q3) League-Wide Breakout of the Year?
This might be the third or fourth year in a row that I'm picking him, but this might be the year that Jakub Voracek truly breaks out. After 50 points in his 2nd year, he's had only 46 the last season in Columbus. The move to the Flyers means he has better talent around him and this could... should be the year the 22 year old finally breaks out.

 

 

Q4) Player likely to Breakdown on the Devils?
Based solely on his age, Martin Brodeur is a guy you always worry about breaking down. He's missed significant time the last two season because of injury, and he's not getting any younger.

Q5) Best Fantasy Prospect on the Devils?
Tedenby and Josefson might be two guys who are ignored on draft day, but they could reap huge rewards. They are both young, both skilled, and both could see a lot of ice time. With Zach Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias getting most of the attention on the Devils, those two could certainly help out a fantasy team.

Q6) How do you see the Devils Goalie Situation playing out this year?
Same as every other year: Marty, Marty and more Marty. If he is healthy and wants to play, he is going to play. Johan Hedberg will once again be the backup, and he showed that he was very capable of that job last season. He might get a few extra starts if the Devils are in playoff contention to keep Brodeur fresh, but this is Marty's team.

Q7) Are we stupid for expecting Ilya Kovalchuk to get back to around 80 points? He killed a few fantasy teams last season.

If I had a house, I'd bet it on Kovalchuk getting to around 80 points. Since I don't have a house, I'll just say that no, you are not stupid for expecting it. I can fill up this whole page with reason why Kovalchuk had a bad season, but I'll spare you all that. In short, the return of Parise alone should help Kovalchuk get in the vicinity of 80 points. After all, he did have another 30 goal, 60 point season, even in a horribly "off" year.


Thanks to Carlos for his insight.  If you have any other questions regarding the Devils add them in the comments. section.

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