Devils play-by-play announcer Steve Cangialosi cautions that despite a strong start, New Jersey supporters shouldn’t get too excited just yet for this year’s team.
Cangialosi joined Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s Good Show on Wednesday prior to the Devils’ game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The MSG Network commentator said that New Jersey (2-0-0) started out similarly hot in 2014 before fizzling off and eventually firing head coach Peter DeBoer before Christmas.
“The Devils started out with 11 goals in their first two games. There was something of a similar buzz at the start of that season,” he said. “Was it sustainable? Well let’s put it this way. By Christmas, DeBoer was fired and the Devils finished 28th in scoring in the National Hockey League.”
This year’s team is showing a lot of positives, including the emergence of rookies Nico Hischier, whom the Devils drafted No. 1 overall in June, and Jesper Bratt.
“They’re showing signs that they’re much more creative, they’re much more youth driven than they are right now, and I think the simplest way to assess what we’ve seen in the opening two games: this has been a lot of fun to watch,” Cangialosi said.
To listen to the full interview, view the link below. Leafs Hour airs Monday to Friday from 3-4 p.m. on Good Show.