Will this line be able to put up the points that it needs?
The top line for the Devils will likely be centered by Adam Henrique with Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr on the wings. This line is going to be responsible for putting up goals in 2014, and history suggests that might not be a problem.
Jaromir Jagr is one of the most prolific goal scorers of all time, Patrik Elias is the all-time offensive leader for New Jersey and Adam Henrique is the Devils' best, young offensive talent.
The issue, however, is that there is going to be a lot of pressure on these three players to perform.
In 2013, the three players score 41 goals in a season shortened by a lockout. Expanded to a full 82 game season, that number would be around 68 goals.
If you compare that with the 84 goals scored by Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and Henrique in 2013, you can see that there may be some trouble looming.
The fact of the matter is that in 2014, the Devils will be offensively challenged. If they are to have any success, each player on the top line is going to have to play significantly better than they did last year.
It is for that reason that it is important this line be constructed the way that it is. Henrique and Elias are comfortable playing with anybody.
Elias admitted to NHL.com that some of the younger players, may find it intimidating to play with Jagr:
It still is [a thrill], but for me it's probably not as much as it might be for some younger guys... I think position-wise and what I've accomplished with the team, it's a matter of being good within the system of the team... It's to try and make the most out of it and make sure it works individually and for the team.
If this line does not make the most of their play time, 2014 has the potential to get really ugly, really fast.