|Zach Parise (AP)|
Patrik Elias never seems to get enough attention for how good of a player he's been throughout his career, and this past season was no different. Quite honestly, I think he was the Devils most important (and most valuable) player and at the age of 35 showed no signs of slowing down. Gets it done at both ends of the ice and is not only a top scorer, he's also a top penalty killer.
Line 2: Petr Sykora-Travis Zajac - Steve Sullivan
They didn't have him for most of the regular season but Travis Zajac had some big moments for New Jersey in the playoffs with 14 points in 24 games this past season. Steve Sullivan, a 9th round pick back 1994, didn't spend more than a season with the Devils before he was traded to Toronto in the deal that brought Doug Gilmour to New Jersey.
Line 3: Nick Palmieri-Adam Henrique - Niclas Bergfors
Adam Henrique played a huge role for the Devils this past season as a rookie, handling a lot of tough assignments and recording over 50 points in his first real taste of NHL action. He also scored two series clinching goals in overtime, including the deciding goal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final against the New York Rangers.
Offensive scratch: Scott Gomez
Defense pairing 1: Willie Mitchell-Paul Martin
I like Paul Martin more than most, but a guy like Willie Mitchell, a steady, stay-at-home defender, seems like he would be a perfect partner to sit back and cover for when Martin makes an ill-advised decision to pinch up the ice in the offensive zone.
Defense pairing 2: Adam Larsson-Sheldon Souray
Souray still has that booming slap shot that he's been known for throughout his career, but he also had a really strong season in Dallas this past season. Adam Larsson, as a 19-year-old rookie, was forced into some big minutes this past season and was able to hold his own. He looks to have a great future ahead of him.
Defense scratch: Mark Fayne
Goalies: Scott Clemmensen - Martin Brodeur
Brodeur is obviously the legend and the Hall of Famer, but if I had him and Scott Clemmensen on my team this season, right now, I think I would be tempted to go with him, even with Brodeur coming off a really strong playoff run.