Former Devils forward makes big prediction for the team's future

Published August 18, 2023 at 10:47

The New Jersey Devils took a big step forward last season, finishing the year with 52 wins, good enough for second in the Metropolitan Division, which saw them return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2018.

With a young core including Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier, Luke Hughes and Simon Nemec, along with experienced players such as Dougie Hamilton, Timo Meier, Tyler Toffoli and Ondrej Palat, the Devils are poised for a big future and are looking to bring the Stanley Cup back to New Jersey for the first time in two decades.

In a recent interview with Ryan Novozinsky of, former Devils forward Petr Sykora made a big prediction for the team's future, saying that they'll return to the Stanley Cup Finals within five years.

"I truly believe that, with the core players they have right now, this team has a pretty good chance to take it all the way. I only think that they were missing playoff experience, so it's awesome that they got it last year with a couple of rounds. They're going to know how to deal with certain situations. Within the next five years, we should see the Devils in the Stanley Cup Finals." Sykora said.

The Devils ultimately fell to the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs this past season, but will look to improve on that in 2023-24. With the Metropolitan Division tighter than ever, the Devils will be in tough, but that experience they gained last season will help them down the stretch next spring as they push for a playoff berth.

August 18   |   73 answers
Former Devils forward makes big prediction for the team's future

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