Originally written on The Hockey Guys  |  Last updated 10/19/14

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 20: Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Florida Panthers on November 20, 2008 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
By Kristin Tullo (@K_Tullo) Getty Images It’s not unusual for the New Jersey Devils to be written off as a non-contender before the drop of the first puck, but this year more than most the Devils have been predicted to be a bottom feeder. When Zach Parise opted to return to his home state of Minnesota upon becoming a free agent, the Devils loss to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 6 where the Kings captured their first Stanley Cup, suddenly seemed minuscule  How would the Devils ever be able to get back to that point without their captain and consistently high-producing left-wing? Along with Parise, the Devils recently parted ways with Petr Sykora, a two-time Stanley Cup champion who signed with the Devils last summer and contributed 44 points,while playing in every regular season game. Combined, the two former Devils scored 52 goals, goals that the Devils will have to find ways to produce if they want to return as a contender, but may be easier to find than some may think. The Devils m...
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