Think a rebuild means a team is doomed to sit in the NHL basement for five years? The New Jersey Devils beg to differ. When Ray Shero took over the GM’s chair in New Jersey following the 2014-15 season the team’s top three scorers were Adam Henrique, Mike Cammalleri and Patrik Elias. Cammalleri was continuing to see his production slide, Elias was at the tail end of his career, and none of them reached even 45 points. In fact, eight of New Jersey’s top nine scorers from that season are no longer with the team, retired or traded. New Jersey’s top scorer this season is also Shero’s best trade addition since coming to town. Taylor Hall is 14th in league scoring, sixth in points per game, riding a 22-game point streak and challenging for the Hart Trophy as league MVP. He’s also on track to finally play in his first Stanley Cup Playoff game this spring, eight years after being taken first overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. “Getting to know him over the course of last year and the confluence of events that transpired in Edmonton: he gets traded and we don’t do well last year, they do well, that’s a tough thing to handle,” Shero said Thursday on Hockey Central at Noon. But Shero said he had some good conversations with Hall after last season, and the 26-year-old took it upon himself to get better, come back with a refreshed attitude and really take over control of his team, leaving Edmonton in the dust.
Ray Shero: Resurgent Taylor Hall a driving force for ‘lucky’ Devils
Sportsnet | Mar 1