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New Jersey Devils fans were hoping to see what the 2012-13 NHL season would bring – especially since their team came so close to winning the Stanley Cup. Unfortunately, the NHL and it’s player’s union are in the midst of a bitter labor dispute and the regular season is in jeopardy.

For now, Devils fans will have to keep close tabs on their prospects base and the juniors level to see how the franchise is doing. For the most part, the news has been pretty positive.

Alexander Kerfoot was held to a pointless night in a loss to the Surrey Eagles. The Coquitlam Express product has had a good start to the season, picking up four assists in four games so far this season.

Sarnia Sting’s Reid Boucher was a minus-2 in their 4-3 loss to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He did pick up an assist though.

Ben Johnson saw his team lose in a shootout to Mississauga and he didn’t exactly help the cause. He picked up a couple of penalty minutes and finished with a minus-1.

Meanwhile, Ben Thomson was scoreless in a 2-1 win by the Kitchener Rangers. They upended the London Knights, who are considered to be one of the juniors powerhouses.

Stefan Matteau also went pointless but that was just the first time this season that he didn’t pick up at least a goal and an assist in a game. He had four penalty minutes in the team’s 6-0 win.

As for Graham Black, he scored and picked up a pair of penalty minutes in Swift Current’s 5-4 shootout loss to Brandon. Black was part of the shootout but could not find the back of the net. People making their NHL picks know he’s had a good start to the season with five points in his first four games.

Lastly, Damon Severson didn’t register any points or penalty minutes in Kelowna’s 1-0 loss to the Portland Winterhawks.

With the NHL lockout set to continue for quite a while, franchises have started sending out their players elsewhere in order for them to keep up fitness.

Star Devil Ilya Kovalchuck has reportedly agreed to join up with SKA St. Petersburg, a team that competes in the Kontinental Hockey League. Kovalchuck was the NHL’s point leader last season, so you better believe the Devils made sure he had an opt-out clause in his contract when (or if) the lockout ever comes to an end.

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Many people forget that during the New Jersey Devils run to the Stanley Cup finals last season, they did it without one of their key contributors: Travis Zajac. In order to accomplish that, a number of other parts had to step up and contribute. One such player who exceeded expectations and helped the Devils win the East was Stephen Gionta.

Gionta was an integral member in the Devils depth last season and was in turn rewarded with his first one-way contract in the NHL. Prior to last season breakout performance in the playoffs, Gionta had played just 13 NHL games and spend most of his time in the minors. He didn’t even play for the Devils until the final day of the regular season last year.

But one of the reasons the Devils were so pesky in the postseason was their fourth line, spearheaded by Gionta, Steve Bernier and Ryan Carter. Just ask the New York Rangers, who saw the Devils fourth line score key goals throughout the Eastern Conference final, including the pivotal Game 5.

And while Gionta was surely looking forward to his first one-way contract, meaning that he wouldn’t have to worry about the minors, he’ll unfortunately have to wait a bit longer. The NHL is currently in a labor dispute with their players and has since locked them out. The September preseason games have been canceled and the next key date everyone is eyeing is the start of the regular season.

Unfortunately, Gionta is in the same boat as fans, pundits and everyone else who makes a living off the game: we’re all victims. He’d love to go through the rigors of training camp and preseason knowing that he’s got a spot on the team but unfortunately he won’t get to taste that.

Nonetheless, Gionta will still be a key member of the Devils when the season does start – whenever that may be – and that’s all that matters in the end.

The Devils aren’t currently among many people’s NHL picks to win the Stanley Cup this season – or even make it back to the final – but maybe they’ve got some more surprises in store. After all, nobody believed they’d go so far last season.

The New Jersey Devils tried to re-sign star center Zach Parise but it just didn’t work out. Management and the front office should get full marks for their effort but after a long and trying process, the reality became very clear that Parise was going to walk.

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The New Jersey Devils have been one of the more successful teams in the NHL over the last 20 years and after watching Peter DeBoer go to work in his first full season, Devils fans should be content that they are in good hands.

Comparing DeBoer to some of his predecessors, he would surely be filed in the best of the best.

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The New Jersey Devils selected Adam Larsson with the fourth pick overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft with the hopes that he’d continue a long lineage of excellent Devils defensemen. So far, he has met expectations.

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The New Jersey Devils suffered a major loss when Zach Parise signed with the Minnesota Wild. Even so, it’s onwards and upwards for the Devils as they will simply have to find a replacement.

So who are the most important Devils with Parise now departed? Here’s a look at three keys to the team’s success in the 2012-13 season:

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The New Jersey Devils have lost a lot this offseason, including star center Zach Parise and two assistant coaches in Larry Robinson and Adam Oates. And while the subtractions have outweighed the additions so far, the Devils did make a move that can definitely be considered a positive and means they could still have value as part of our NHL picks for the upcoming season.

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It’s been a rough offseason for New Jersey Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello as he’s watched his best player sign with another team in free agency, listened to pundits criticize him for failing to do more and watched odds makers drop the Devils odds of returning to the Stanley Cup final next season making them a long shot in the NHL picks. And even through all of that, Lamoriello did get a big piece of good news: he’s been elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

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It is odd how a sports team can go from a bottom feeder to a title contender in as little as one season, but as we saw with the New Jersey Devils this year, sometimes the difference lies in the leadership on the playing field.

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