The New Jersey Devils could use a shot of youthful enthusiasm. They are an aging team that has missed the playoffs twice in the past three seasons. This kind of shortcoming has not occurred since a three-year stretch from 1987-1989.
So it seems like a good time to infuse a new core and get contributions from young, homegrown faces. Martin Brodeur and Patrik Elias are the only remaining Devils bearing a connection to the championship teams of some 10 years ago. It is uncertain whether Elias will even return, as he is a free agent.
There are some decent prospects who are capable of making an impact at the NHL level. The Devils' biggest weakness is up front, in all levels of the organization. However, there are some big names and big bodies that man the blue line in Albany and elsewhere who could make the jump next season.
Here is a group of four names to get familiar with.
(Prospect stats acquired from Hockey Database)