Thursday, September 26, 2013

Welcoming new faces to the Devils

Hello.  My name is Tony (just kidding, my real name is Down Goes Avery).  This might be your first time visiting this site, or you may have followed along over the past three seasons when I used to blog regularly.  I have returned from my blogging hibernation, at least for now to bring you a look at some of the new faces on the Devils, and a glimpse at their transition from last season to this season.  We'll see how this goes and maybe I'll even do another post in the near future.  Thanks for stopping by!
Every time I see a picture of Jagr in a Devils jersey, I think "uh, yep, that's photoshopped."
When I realize I'm wrong, I then wonder why this couldn't have happened 10 years ago.

Cory Schneider

CBS New York

Previous team: Vancouver Canucks

How he was acquired: Stolen Trade from Canucks

Transition to the Devils: Has essentially gone from backing up a well-known goalie from Montreal in Vancouver to backing up an even better known goalie from Montreal in New Jersey.

Season forecast: Will likely spend the season wondering why Devils players don't cringe every time someone says the word "playoffs."

Damien Brunner

Previous team: Detroit Red Wings
Yahoo Sports

How he was acquired: Signed from tryout

Transition to the Devils: Goes from the team with the most playoff success over the last 20 years in the Western Conference to the team with the most playoff success over the last 20 years in the Eastern Conference.

Season forecast: Will perform well, and will enjoy city life this year more than last year, now being in Newark.

Rostislav Olesz

Sport Aktuane
Previous team: Chicago Blackhawks/AHL

How he was acquired: Signed through free agency

Transition to the Devils: Once again coached by Pete DeBoer, as he was in Florida, becoming the 349th (a lot) player to come to the Devils after previously playing for DeBoer.

Season forecast: Is almost guaranteed to be at least the fourth best Czech-born player on the Devils this season.