Oh yeah! Back to form... oh drat, that's #11 not #1.
Well The Hockey News is the first of the big media outlets to start their regular season predictions and the future hey see ain't that bright.
"Which Devils team will start the 2011-12 season? Will it be the one that broke out of the gate at a snail's pace last season and ultimately forced the team short of a playoff spot for the first time since 1996? Or will it be the one that caught fire down the stretch and played as the NHL's best second-half team? The Devils defense isn't what it was in their championship days and Martin Brodeur is only a year older. The offense has to find a way to click and new coach Peter DeBoer, who didn't win anything in Florida, has a difficult task ahead. In the end, the Devils are somewhere in between a basement-dweller and a playoff team."
I sometimes wonder if we as Devils fans just really overvalue the team and some of the guys on the roster OR if majority of Hockey Journalists don't really pay much attention or know what's going on in the organization beyond the marquee players.