In the NHL, many franchises have had their storied seasons. These teams and their spectacular seasons are represented by how many points a team can get. While maybe one day someone will beat the number of points that the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens got, right now, let’s focus on the Devils. The New Jersey Devils had their memorable seasons and the points for each season tells a little story. Here are the 3 of the best New Jersey Devils teams that had the most points. Also, before you read, you might see the name Patrik Elias name a lot.
#3. 2006-07 New Jersey Devils – 107 points
We start with a high season by Devils goalie Martin Brodeur. He was the best goalie in the NHL that year. The number of wins, shutouts, and goals saved above average earned him the Vezina trophy that year. But while Brodeur was having his incredible season, Zach Parise, who was in his second season, was proving to be a phenomenal Devils player beating his rookie stats. Patrik Elias, however, was the best player on the team that year. In Elias’s first year as captain, and he did such an incredible job with leading the team.
He was able to finish with 48 assists and 69 points that year. Despite all 3 of them having some of their best successful seasons, it was not enough to win the Cup. Despite the Devils winning the first round against Tampa Bay Lightning, they end up losing in the 2nd round to the runner up of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Ottawa Senators. The next season on the list is one of the most memorable seasons in Devils’ history.
#2. 2002-03 New Jersey Devils – 108 points
While this season, of course, ended with us winning our 3rd Cup. The Atlantic Division was so close that season that the Devils won the division over the Flyers by one game and one point. One big reason why the Devils won the division and got those points were once again thanks to Brodeur. Brodeur won 41 games that season, with 9 of those games being shutouts. These stats won another Vezina trophy for Martin Brodeur.
Newly acquired Devil Jeff Friesen had a high season with 23 goals and 28 assists. Patrik Elias once again led the entire team in points and goals. Jamie Langenbrunner‘s first full season as a Devil showed why the Devils acquired him a year earlier. The 2002-03 playoffs for the Devils, in my opinion, were some of the best playoff years. The Devils were able to beat the Boston Bruins in the 1st round. Then in the 2nd round, the Devils were able to get past the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Then the Devils got past the Ottawa Senators in 7 games to go the Stanley Cup Final against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. The 2003 Stanley Cup Final is remembered for a critical play between Scott Stevens and Paul Kariya. But aside from that play, the series went to 7 games where the Devils won Game 7 to win the Cup. Our last season on our list involves the most points, but it also includes one of the worst losses in Devils’ history.
#1. 2000-01 New Jersey Devils – 111 points
This season the Devils wanted to repeat as Cup champions. Thanks to the number of points the Devils got that season, they wanted the league to be afraid. The monster season that Patrik Elias had was insane. Elias Scored 40 goals and had 56 assists. Not only did he have the most goals, but the amount of points he got, beats out Alexander Mogilny‘s point total by 13 points,
Speaking of Mogilny, he was also having his best season as a Devil, scoring 43 goals, which was the team best. Martin Brodeur season though did not end up giving him the Vezina trophy. Despite leading the NHL in wins with 42 wins, the trophy went to Dominik Hasek. Petr Sykora, Scott Gomez, and Jason Arnott had strong seasons that contributed to another Cup run.
In the 2000-01 playoffs, the Devils were able to beat the Carolina Hurricanes in 6 games, beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in 7 games, and get past the Pittsburgh Penguins in 5 games. The Devils made it to their 2nd Cup Final in a row. Sadly, the chance to repeat was over by the hands of the Colorado Avalanche. You can’t blame them for losing, though, Colorado was the best team in the entire league. It’s such a shame, though, too. The Devils did such a fantastic job. But hey at least they get the top spot of being the best Devils team in terms of points.
What To Sum Up From This List
To sum up, there is one similarity to all these teams. All of these teams featured such beautiful seasons by Martin Brodeur and Patrik Elias. Thes proves that they are the best Devils ever to wear a uniform. There is also one other similarity.
All of these teams took place in the early 2000s. These seasons mean that the best time the Devils were good was in that decade. I wish more Devils teams in the future would try and learn from those teams. Maybe we can have more playoff and Cup runs. I don’t think the fans would mind that at all.
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