At the end of each season, the New Jersey Devils select a team MVP, known within the franchise as the Most Valuable Devil. Martin Brodeur has unsurprisingly won the award 10 times, the most in franchise history.
Over the past four years (none awarded last season) the award has gone to a forward. Will 2013-14 see that trend continue or will a goalie reclaim the prize?
If a forward is to win the award this year, it will most likely be a new addition to the team. If a longer-tenured Devil is to win the award, Patrik Elias is the safest bet.
The Devils have always depended heavily on the play of their goaltenders, and this year is no different. This year is different in that the team has two starting-caliber goal tenders. Both Cory Schneider and Martin Brodeur will try to play as much as possible this year.
Because of that, Martin Brodeur is not the only goaltender who can contend for the MVD award this year.
The season is still early, but it is never too early to set odds for which player will prove the most valuable to the team over the course of the season.