In the past, it was almost impossible for a teenager to make the New Jersey Devils. When veterans like Scott Niedermayer and Scott Stevens were leading the team to automatic playoff berths and Stanley Cups, there wasn't much motivation for transition in New Jersey.
That has changed. Coming off an 81-point season, it's a great time to be a young player trying to make the Devils. There's opportunity in New Jersey.
"I would definitely concur," Devils coach Pete DeBoer said during a recent phone conversation. "There's an injection of young guys coming into this organization. When you look at players that have moved out and the guys that are replacing them or battling to replace them, you can see there's an injection of youth."
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