New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood is a pending limited complimentary representative after the 2019-20 season. He stated he had not put a ton of believed into it till just recently.
“During the season, I don’t really like to think about contracts or stuff like that but now that I’ve had time to kind of settle a little bit, I’ve talked to my agent a little bit,” Blackwood informed press reporters on a call Monday. “I don’t really know exactly how it’s all going to transpire but whatever it is, I like Jersey. I love playing here and I would love to play here long-term. I’m sure we can figure something like that out and hopefully, it can go smoothly.”
In his second season with the Devils, Blackwood stepped up as the beginning netminder after Cory Schneider was sent out down to Binghamton. In 47 games, he posted a 2.77 goals-against average with a.915 conserve portion and 7.30 objectives conserved above average.
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As part of New Jersey’s young core with forwards Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier and Pavel Zacha, Blackwood desires to stick with the Devils and grow with them.
“I just love playing here. Everyone always asked me what it’s like to play here and I say it’s a really good spot. I think this team in the upcoming future should be really, really good,” he stated. ” Today, I believe they’re the youngest team usually so it simply goes to show you that moving on, they’re all going to establish and I believe it might be truly amazing if we can all establish together.
” I believe that’s amazing and I desire to belong of that and I see myself belonging of that. It’s certainly a location in a circumstance where I see myself being for a very long time.”
The season was a rocky one for the Devils as they started 9-13 -4 prior to shooting head coach John Hynes. Under interim head coach Alain Nasreddine, the team went 19-16 -8 and sported the league’s best penalty kill (86 percent) because he took over on Dec. 3.
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Blackwood identified his season as excellent however added that he has a long method to go as simply a 23- year-old NHL goaltender.
” I took pride in the method I managed some particular scenarios that I had actually entered into, however I still believe taking a look at myself and assessing myself is something I got rather a methods to go to keep growing and keep establishing,” he said from his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ont. ” I mored than happy with the method my season was this year however at the very same time, there’s a great deal of things I can surpass. Beginning the year off, we had a hard time a bit. We began to discover our stride a little longer it went on. Fortunately, I was able to get the chance I had this year to continue to grow and establish myself.”
New Jersey’s second-round choice in 2015, Blackwood had a heavy work in the first half of the season, playing in 30 of the team’s first 39games While he’s not a big fan of repeating-to- backs, he didn’t mind going in between the pipelines as long as he got time off in between games.
“I just think that playing a lot is a good way to develop yourself, especially early on. There’s a fine line between being rested and finding the right amount so you want to try and find that and then balance it as best as you can,” he kept in mind. ” I believe at the end of the year, perhaps from completion of December on, we did an excellent task handling the work and things like that, specifically due to the fact that I did play numerous games previously on.
” I mored than happy the method whatever opted for me in regards to that this year.”