"It'll be a very interesting season," Kovalchuk said. "We have a lot of young guys now, with a real bright future."
"The key here is to play with confidence," said Kovalchuk, who scored 31 goals, with most coming after Jacques Lemaire replaced rookie coach John MacLean in December with New Jersey in last place. "When you do that, you can manage the game more in this system. That's so important for us."