Ex-Devils GM Lou Lamoriello hired by Islanders

May 21, 2018 - The Star Ledger - View Full Article

Former Devils general manager and president Lou Lamoriello will reportedly join the New York Islanders' to run the team's hockey operations. Watch video

Former Devils general manager and president Lou Lamoriello will join the New York Islanders' front office to run the team's hockey operations, according to a report from The Athletic.

Lamoriello will replace current Islanders general manager Garth Snow, who served as New York's president and general manager since 2006. The report said Lamoriello could assume either role, if not both.

According to the report, Lamoriello also met with center John Tavares recently. Tavares, who has played nine seasons with the Islanders since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2009, can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Re-signing Tavares was the top offseason priority for the Islanders, and he remains without a contract.

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Lamoriello's move to one of the Devils' division rivals comes less than a month after he was transitioned out of his role as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Lamoriello served as GM in Toronto for three seasons following his departure from the Devils in 2015. 

When Lamoriello signed in Toronto, the plan was to move him to a senior advisor role for four seasons following three seasons as GM. 

Lamoriello originally said he planned on honoring his contract with the Maple Leafs, but in the following weeks, the move to the Islanders became a possibility.

Since the start of the offseason, the Islanders were looking for an experienced front-office executive to join the team. Snow kept his job after the Islanders missed the postseason, but adding Lamoriello will shift some, if not all, of his front-office power.

Lamoriello's son, Chris Lamoriello, is currently the Islanders' assistant general manager.

Chris Ryan may be reached at cryan@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisRyan_NJ. Find NJ.com Devils on Facebook.

WATCH: Which Devils prospects can make NHL impact in 2018-19?

May 21, 2018 - The Star Ledger - View Full Article

A look at four Devils prospects - Nick Lappin, John Quenneville, Michael McLeod and Joey Anderson - who could make an impact in the NHL in 2018-19. Watch video

While the Devils will certainly look for external help through free agency and trades during the offseason, they do have some internal options to help boost the 2018-19 roster.

There are several candidates capable of making the jump to the NHL in some capacity next season.

Even if the Devils don't get a surprise impact from a prospect such as Jesper Bratt or Blake Coleman again, there are a few candidates to make the NHL leap.

Forwards Nick Lappin and John Quenneville both spent the majority of their time playing in the AHL for the second straight season in 2017-18. Both have been proven point producers in the American League, and a good offseason could lead to an NHL opportunity in the fall and winter.

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Meanwhile, prospects Michael McLeod and Joey Anderson will both turn pro next season. While the AHL is an option for both, the two 2016 NHL Draft picks both have the tools to help the Devils at the NHL level.

Watch the video above to see a breakdown on why Lappin, Quenneville, McLeod and Anderson could make an NHL impact in 2018-19.

Chris Ryan may be reached at cryan@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisRyan_NJ. Find NJ.com Devils on Facebook.