What Can We Expect From This Year's B Devils Team?Posted: Updated:
Binghamton, N.Y. - The Binghamton Devils are two days away from their first game of the 2018-19 regular season and head coach Mark Dennehy is two days away from his professional hockey coaching debut. After finishing last season with a 25-38-13 record and not making the post season, fans and the local community have been excited to see what this year's team has to offer.
"Fans and spectators need to know that these guys are going to take you out of your seat sometimes and make you scratch your head sometimes. That's the nature of having a younger team" said Dennehy.
This year's roster consists of fifteen forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders. Eleven new faces will make their way in front of the home crowd in a Binghamton Devils jersey for the very first time of their hockey careers. On the other hand, fifteen familiar faces return to Floyd L. Maine's Veteran Memorial Arena.
"I'm also very happy with the veteran influence we have. Talented hockey players, but good people. It's not just about on the ice but doing things in the community and doing the right things in every aspect of your life. These guys have impressed me so far" said Dennehy.
Dennehy's values and characteristics mirror what the New Jersey Devils organization brings. Hence, why Dennehy was hired as the coach in the first place.
"I spent thirteen years building a culture in a catholic school in the Boston area. The good news for me is I don't need to reinvent that culture, John Hynes has done a fantastic job putting that together" Dennehy said.
"We're going to try to mimic they're language, the systems they run."
Although Mark Dennehy has only been on the ice with the team for the last few weeks, he knows good hockey when he sees it. The Binghamton Devils head coach had a few different takeaways from the team he has in front of him after their first two preseason games.
"At times different players have stepped up and shown different thing. The things I'm happiest so far is that we have great goaltending" said Dennehy.
"Cam Johnson has played really well. Colton Phinney has given us some pretty quality minutes as well. Our goaltending is solid."
Johnson made 36 saves in Binghamton's 4-2 preseason win over the Utica Comets.
"We also have timely goal scoring. Last year it's no secret the team struggled to score goals and so far we've shown an ability to do that" said Dennehy.
"Now, preseason and regular season are two totally different things, but I like how dynamic some of our forwards are."
The Devils will open up the 2018-19 season at home on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7:05 p.m. against the Toronto Marlies.