New Jersey Devils sign Fedor Fedorov

David HeereSenior Analyst IJuly 25, 2008

Yes, the same New Jersey Devils that are known for their “boring” play have signed Fedor Fedorov.


A lot of “experts” were perplexed by this signing because when they hear the name “Fedorov” they think high skilled finesse player and those are not words these “experts” like to associate with the Devils.


I will refuse to compare Fedor to Sergei because they play different styles. Fedor is definitely a lot more physical than your average Russian “finesse” player and logged 117 PIM in 49 games last year in the Super League.


Former Devil Alexander Mogilny was a Russian finesse player and his stats were not hurt by the Devils’ style of play, so there is no reason to think that Fedor would be out of place with the Devils.


Fedor expects to play at the NHL level and not be a minor league player. When asked about playing at the top level he stated "That’s the only reason I’m here," he said. "(Otherwise), there’s no point in me being here."


It will be interesting when the Devils’ training camp rolls around because as it stands now they already have the top-six forwards from the team last year plus Brian Rolston that are fighting for the top-six spots.


Petr Vrana, Nicklas Bergfors, Nick Palmieri, and Alexander Vasyunov are also trying to crack the Devils line-up in addition to Fedor.


Fedor’s signing also seems to ensure Ivan Khomutov may not be with the Devils for much longer because Fedor is a much better version of Khomutov.


Bottom line is I really like this singing because Fedor brings size, grit, and skill to the Devils for $500k.