Travis Zajac Injured: Top 5 Guys to Step Up for New Jersey Devils

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Travis Zajac Injured: Top 5 Guys to Step Up for New Jersey Devils
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The New Jersey Devils were dealt a big blow this week when it was announced Travis Zajac would require surgery to repair a torn Achilles heel, keeping the team's number one center off the ice for about three months.  As a result, the Devils are forced to try and fill the void left by Zajac.

If Devils fans are having flashbacks from last year, it may be valid to an extent, as a knee injury to Zach Parise was announced last November.  Could new head coach Peter DeBoer be wondering if this is a sign of what may be in store for him this season?

Should Jacques Lemaire prepare for a return to New Jersey later this season to replace DeBoer?  Well, let's not get too far ahead of ourselves just yet.  There are a few different candidates that will have the opportunity to step up and rise to the occasion for the Devils.  Let's take a look at who will be given the opportunity to try and fill the void Zajac is leaving behind.

Guys like Zach Parise and Martin Brodeur will be counted on heavily anyhow, and that's why they were not included in this list.  What do you guys think?

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