New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero has no interest in becoming a one-hit wonder. When he was hired May 4, 2015, the Devils had missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs in three straight seasons. That drought has reached five, but the Devils have been near the top of the Metropolitan Division standings most of this season. However, Shero will not shift from his commitment to making the Devils a perennial playoff participant. He wants to duplicate the blueprint created by his predecessor, Lou Lamoriello. The Devils missed the playoffs their first five seasons in New Jersey prior to Lamoriello becoming GM on Sept. 10, 1987, but he built a contender that won the Stanley Cup in 1995, 2000 and 2003 and made it to the Cup Final five times from 1995-2012. Shero inherited a Devils team that was led in scoring in 2014-15 by Adam Henrique with 43 points, and the top prospects were forwards Reid Boucher and Stefan Matteau, neither of whom remains with the organization. He hired coach John Hynes less than a month after taking over as GM, and has fortified the organization with cap space, draft picks and a pipeline of prospects now champing at the bit to steal a roster spot. The Devils have found an identity as an attacking group, and the youth movement is in full swing.
Devils GM not willing to deal young depth for rental player
NHL.com | Feb 7