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Todd Cordell's Archive

Get excited about Ty Smith

May 6, 2019 - 11:09 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell New Jersey Devils prospect Ty Smith put together a spectacular campaign in 2018-19 and it did not go unnoticed, as he was recently named WHL defenseman of the year. Smith amassed an impressive 69 points in 57 games for the Spokane Chiefs. While he fell a littl...

Jordan Eberle shouldn't be a top target for the New Jersey Devils

May 7, 2019 - 10:49 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero will likely, if not certainly, make a serious effort to add another top-6 winger this off-season – be it via trade, free agency, or any other avenue. One possibility I've seen tossed around a lot, especially of late, is targeti...

On the Devils' need for another top-6 forward and avoiding Pouliot

May 8, 2019 - 12:59 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell 1) Even after winning the 1st overall pick, and the right to select Jack Hughes atop the draft, the New Jersey Devils still need another top-6 forward. Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri are all well established as such. The same can probably be said...

New Jersey Devils contract projections

May 10, 2019 - 10:23 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The twins behind @EvolvingWild recently released contract predictions for pending free agent skaters, which are based on production, deals comparable players previously signed, etc. While they're obviously not going to be on the mark with each player, for the...

More thoughts on Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko

May 11, 2019 - 12:07 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Jack Hughes vs Kaapo Kakko has been a constant topic of conversation for a while, and the debate is only getting more heated with a) the draft quickly approaching and; b) both players currently representing their countries in the same tournament. I get asked a...

Kaapo Kakko's strong start at the Worlds doesn't change anything

May 12, 2019 - 11:32 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell It's been exactly one (1) day since I last wrote about Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko. In that time, the latter followed up a strong opening day performance with a hat trick against Slovakia, which has only increased the amount of people questioning whether Hughes s...

New Jersey Devils sign Zetterlund, Maltsev to entry-level contracts

May 13, 2019 - 10:30 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero took care of some housekeeping today, signing forward prospects Fabian Zetterlund and Mikhail Maltsev to three-year, entry-level contracts. Zetterlund, 19, was a 3rd round pick in the 2017 draft. He had a respectable 2018-19 camp...

Defending Jack Hughes

May 14, 2019 - 10:54 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Heading into the World Hockey Championships, Jack Hughes was the consensus No. 1 pick. He's been considered as much for years now. While Kaapo Kakko closed the gap this season, I don't think he surpassed Hughes. A historically dominant performance at the U18'...

New Jersey Devils appear close to signing Jesper Boqvist to ELC

May 15, 2019 - 2:27 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The New Jersey Devils recently signed Fabian Zetterlund and Mikhail Maltsev to entry-level contracts. They might soon ink another forward prospect – their best one (at least until late June), at that – as Jesper Boqvist appears close to putting pen to pape...

New Jersey Devils survey: most overrated, underrated & everything between

May 17, 2019 - 10:51 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell There is a fun exercise going around #hockeytwitter where fans, media, etc. quickly share their choices to open-book questions about players on the team they watch or cover. With the New Jersey Devils not yet able to do much beyond signing international free a...

What about Tyler Johnson?

May 19, 2019 - 10:21 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The New Jersey Devils need more scoring help. It was an issue in 2017-18 during their surprising run to the playoffs, which ended abruptly largely due to a lack of offensive depth, and even more so in 2018-19. Injuries played a part in that, and drafting Ja...

Nico Hischier or Elias Pettersson?

May 21, 2019 - 11:22 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Heading into the 2017 NHL draft, there was a lot of debate about whether Nico Hischier or Nolan Patrick would become the better player. Hischier has erased any doubt through two seasons, piling up 38 more points than Patrick while showcasing more dynamic offen...

On Jack Hughes' neutral zone play and Joonas Donskoi

May 22, 2019 - 12:40 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell 1) The New Jersey Devils are very likely going to select Jack Hughes with the 1st overall pick in June. Regardless of your stance on Hughes vs Kaapo Kakko, we know a) Hughes is the more dynamic player; b) Hughes is the better skater; c) Ray Shero is very close...

On Vatanen's future and Schneider's play at the Worlds

May 24, 2019 - 12:27 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell 1) The more I think about it, the more I could see Sami Vatanen being traded this off-season. He needs a new contract in a year's time, and he'll undoubtedly be looking for a raise – perhaps a fairly significant one – from the $4.875 million he is pulling...