Disappointment. Despair. Desperate. What do these three "D" words have in common? Each one could accurately describe a feeling surrounding the New Jersey Devils following the 2010-2011 season. After having missed the playoff dance for the first time in 14 years, the Devils enter the 2011-2012 season on unknown terms of uncertainty. Yes, the squad looked spirited in a dramatic rise from the cellar of the Eastern Conference standings during the latter half of last season, but the fact remains that the team under-achieved and all but cleared house of veteran weight during the year in an attempt to get younger and hungrier. Entering the 2011-2012 season General Manager, Lou Lamoriello, hired relatively unproven coach, Peter Deboer to lead a squad that seemed lost in search of an identity for much of last year. The Devils will be looking to their big offensive weapons, promising young talent, and hall of fame net minder to write the script to a new, victorious, chapter in the illustrious history of Jersey's team.
Operating under the radar with a new coach, fresher legs, and a chip on on their shoulders, here is how the 2011-2012 New Jersey Devils will Devour. Destroy. Dominate.Comments are appreciated as always, and you can follow me on twitter @jlessick12 for New Jersey Devils news.