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Up-and-Coming: 3 players to watch

Wednesday, 08.31.2011 / 11:45 AM ET / Features
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Up-and-Coming: 3 players to watch

Henrique made his NHL debut in last year's regular season finale. GETTY IMAGES
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Adam Larsson, D -- Larsson said signing an NHL contract with the Devils on July 15 was the happiest day of his life. The Devils wasted little time in determining their future along the blue line when they selected the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Swede with the No. 4 pick in June. The two-time World Junior Championship participant possesses poise and confidence, along with a great shot. His upside is tremendous -- and with assistant coaches Larry Robinson and Scott Stevens there to help extract that potential, expect Larsson to challenge for a roster spot out of training camp.

Jacob Josefson, C -- GM Lou Lamoriello traded up three spots to select the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Swede with the 20th pick in 2009. Josefson made a pretty impactful NHL debut in 28 games last season, producing three goals and 10 points, then was arguably the best player at the Devils rookie camp in July. Expect Josefson, who can play either center or wing, to have an even greater impact this year under DeBoer.

Adam Henrique, C/W -- The Devils' third-round pick (No. 82) in 2008 almost made the team out of training camp last season and will have every opportunity to earn a roster spot this year. Henrique, who was drafted as a center, will likely begin his NHL career at left wing -- the position he spent the majority of his playing time during Devils rookie camp last month.

"I'm going to (training camp) focused," Henrique said. "My goal is to make the team whether there is a spot or not. I'm going to try to do my best to make the coach's decision to send me down as hard as possible."


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
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12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 69 16 24 -3 40
M. Cammalleri 62 25 13 3 38
P. Elias 63 11 21 -16 32
S. Gomez 52 7 24 -7 31
S. Bernier 61 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 68 11 12 -4 23
A. Larsson 58 3 19 3 22
A. Greene 76 3 18 3 21
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 56 6 11 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 28 8 .928 2.19
K. Kinkaid 5 5 3 .918 2.47