The Devils made a seemingly minor trade when they acquired Taylor Chorney from the Vancouver Canucks on October 24th, however since then the team has come together and ran up a winning streak of 9 games which were in Chorney's first 9 games as a Devil; before finally losing 2 to the Bruins and Sabres. After those two games, with Chorney still playing, the team is back on track after winning close 2-1 games over Tampa Bay and Florida.
At first, Chorney was simply dominant, only playing about 15 minutes a game but managing to be a plus player 5 games in a row while also getting 3 points in the first 5 games. Even though he's only managed 1 point since then he's still managed to be a +5 through 13 games with 12 hits and one penalty. Pretty solid for a #6 D the team acquired for an 8th round pick to help out for just this season.
The team has also managed to score 45 goals in that stretch (3.46 GF/G) while giving up 38 goals (2.92). Pretty solid team numbers since prior to that the team was managing a pitiful 1.83 GF/G and giving up a very respectable 2.6 GA/G. The slight decrease in team defense can be somewhat associated to giving Niitymaki more starts then anticipated when Miller got hurt, as well as rookie Dmitry Kulikov severely struggling (-11 through 19 games). Recently putting Chorney with Kulikov, the team is hoping he can stable out his fellow rookie and both can be productive with 15 minutes a game. Beyond this season will clearly be Kulikov taking charge but for now, Chorney is definitely a pleasant suprise.
Here's hoping this doesn't jinx Chorney as he returns back to Earth..