Adam Henrique has had an interesting season with the New Jersey Devils this year. His streaky year has been marked by scoring outbursts and lengthy droughts, while playing on a variety of lines with different combinations of teammates.
Henrique started the year on IR after being injured while playing in the AHL. Once inserted into the Devils lineup, Henrique played on a prolific scoring line and enjoyed solid production at the start of the season. Soon after, Henrique went through a lengthy scoring drought as the Devils stumbled out of first place. He snapped out of his skid to produce five points in five games, only to fall right back into a sophomore slump.
With just one point over his last eight games, and no scoring since March 21st, Adam Henrique is struggling.
The puck simply isn’t bouncing Henrique’s way. In the final seconds of a shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators, Henrique failed to bury an empty net chance that would have won the game in overtime. He’s missed the net, had shots blocked, overskated pucks, and struggled to finish scoring opportunities. What’s more, he isn’t setting up his teammates either.
Perhaps the relative consistency with which his linemates have changed this season has hurt Henrique. As one the secondary forwards in the top-six rotation for the Devils, Henrique has played with nearly every forward on the Devils roster. He saw minutes on the top line with Andrei Loktionov and Ilya Kovalchuk, he’s played center and wing, and rotated anywhere in the top three lines.
While it’s nice that Adam Henrique is so versatile, at some point the Devils need to find lines that work and let some chemistry develop. If they keep moving Henrique around, he may continue to struggle.
Henrique is definitely capable of great production in New Jersey, but his lengthy scoring droughts this season are cause for concern. Allowing him to settle in with teammates he’s comfortable with could help snap him out of his slump, rather than trying to jump-start his production with change.