The New Jersey Devils were active in the offseason and moved some pieces around through both the draft and free agency alike.
With how the team is shaking up, Adam Henrique believes the playoffs are an attainable goal for the 2017-18 season.
“Absolutely, the playoffs are always the goal. It starts from our backend out, having Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid back there, they both play well and give us a chance every single night,” Henrique said at the NHLPA Golf Tournament at Glen Abbey Golf Club on Wednesday, per NHL.com. “Along with the additions we’ve brought in so far this summer, hopefully there will be a few young kids who can come in and make a difference this year. Playoffs is the goal and we’ve seen you just have to get in to give yourself a chance.”
Following a 28-40-14 season, the Devils lucked out by winning the draft lottery. They used pick No. 1 on center Nico Hischier.
“Obviously going into the summer we needed to make some improvements and that wasn’t something that we were expecting to have,” Henrique said. “Obviously we were hoping to move up a bit but to get the first overall pick was huge for us. I think the guys made the right choice.”
New Jersey also traded for Capitals forward Marcus Johansson, signed Brian Boyle and traded for Sharks defenseman Mirco Mueller.
“He’s a very skilled guy with the puck,” Henrique said of Johansson. “He can carry the puck up through the neutral zone very well, which was an area we struggled with a little bit. Adding him just makes our team deeper.”