Adam Henrique Will Be Key To New Jersey Devils' Second Half

By Nick Villano
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Henrique has been one of the streakiest players on the New Jersey Devils all season. He doesn’t have a multi-goal game and will go on serious cold streaks where he can’t find the back of the net. It is just like most of the other Devils this season.

When Henrique scores a goal, the Devils are 10-1-3. Look at that again and see how important this guy is to this team. He is only 24-years old, but he could be the building block for the team’s next generation. He has 14 goals on the season and the Devils have walked away without a point in only one of those games.

He needs to get his assist numbers up to be a very good center. He only has 13 on the season despite spending much of his time with a pure goal scorer in Michael Ryder. He is great to have on a line because his shot can go in from any angle. Lately, he has also been with a returning Ryane Clowe. This line was hotter than hot about a month ago. They have gone cold with the team in the weeks leading into the break.

The team has 23 games to go from seventh to third or fourth, depending on how the Wild Cards work out.  This lead is anything but insurmountable with the division being as close as it is.

Something that Henrique desperately needs to work on is his faceoffs. He is getting close to losing 100 more faceoffs than he’s won. I don’t need to be the one to tell you that isn’t good. It will be near impossible to get his numbers even, but he needs to win over 50 percent of his faceoffs from here on out. The Devils need as many offensive chances as they can get, and they can’t do that if the other team has the puck.

The future is bright for the Devils center, but this season needs to go better for Henrique. If he gets more consistent with his scoring and do more to help his linemates, then the Devils chances will be extremely improved.

Nick Villano is the New Jersey Devils writer for Rant Sports.  He also adds to the site’s NFL, NBA and MLB content.  You can follow him on Twitter here.

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