The New Jersey Devils are not in a strong position.
Ilya Kovalchuk is gone, the East has gotten markedly better in the past year and the Devils don't have their first-round pick in the 2014 draft. If things completely fall apart this season, there isn't the benefit of a high draft pick to cushion the disappointment.
Therefore, it really is win or bust for New Jersey next year. But with the aforementioned Kovalchuk, David Clarkson and Henrik Tallinder leaving the team this offseason, there are a number of Devils who need to step up to help them through a tough transitional period.