Player News - Devils

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The New Jersey Devils acquired Beau Bennett from the Penguins in exchange for the 77th overal pick in the 2016 entry draft.

Bennett, who was a huge disappointment the last few seasons in Pittsburgh, remains an intriguing project. Devils' GM Ray Shero knows Bennett well as he was involved in drafting him while in Pittsburgh. It will be interesting to see whether New Jersey can coax more than the 12 points (in 33 games) out of Bennett this upcoming season. The Devils have had recent success in reviving the career of Kyle Palmieri.
Jun 25 - 11:24 AM

Beau Bennett has been traded to the New Jersey Devils for the 77th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

The Penguins selected defenseman Connor Hall with the pick. Bennett was limited to 33 games last season due to injuries and he posted 12 points.
Jun 25 - 11:19 AM

The New Jersey Devils have selected Michael McLeod with the 12th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Michael McLeod represents one of the more polarizing figures. His puck-handling, shooting, and especially speed are considered to be pro-ready, but his overall acumen and attention to defense stymie his notoriety. McLeod scored 21 goals and 61 points for Mississauga (OHL), plus four points in seven games at U-20s. The consensus belief is that if the 18-year-old's mind ever catches up with his 6'2" and 190 lbs frame, he could be a classic No. 2 centerman.
Jun 24 - 8:42 PM

Though Kyle Palmieri's contract negotiations remain in their early stages, it sounds like he anticipates the process going fairly smoothly.

The Devils are interested in signing Palmieri to a long-term contract this summer. He's eligible to become a restricted free agent this summer and possess arbitration rights, so even if the two sides can't work out a long-term deal, he's expected to still be back in 2016-17. "I think things will probably move quickly once both sides establish the parameters," Palmieri said. "The rest of it is banging out the details and getting everything right. I assume Ray is pretty busy leading up to the draft [June 24-25] and, as an RFA, there’s nothing that we really have to rush for, no dates we have to get something done by. Right now, it’s just testing it out and establishing a market and getting the right deal done." He broke out in 2015-16 with 30 goals and 57 points in 82 contests.
Jun 16 - 9:45 AM

The New Jersey Devils acquired Marc Savard's contract and a 2nd round pick in 2018 for minor leaguers Paul Thompson and Graham Black.

Savard hasn't played in the NHL since 2010-11 because of lingering concussion issues. He hasn't officially retired for contractual reasons, but his playing days are over. The move allows the Panthers to ditch Savard's $4.1 million cap hit. The Devils now have two players that can be placed on long-term injured reserve (Savard and Ryane Clowe).
Jun 10 - 9:30 PM

Patrik Elias is hoping to play with New Jersey in 2016-17.

"He desperately wants to play one more year," Elias’s agent, Allan Walsh said. "We’re not talking to other teams. If Patrik is able to play at the level he expects himself to play, if he can contribute to a team, I think New Jersey would very much love to have him back." He was limited to 16 games in 2015-16 due to knee problems though. He underwent knee surgery in May, so he'll wait to see how his knee does over the summer before both sides decide on a course of action.
Jun 8 - 10:16 PM

New Jersey didn't sign Ryan Rehill in time to keep his rights.

Instead Rehill is now eligible for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He had 10 goals and 39 points in 63 WHL games in 2015-16. He was originally selected in the fifth round of the 2014 draft.
Jun 3 - 9:05 AM

The New Jersey Devils have lost the rights to prospect Connor Chatham.

New Jersey let the deadline to sign Chatham pass and the prospect will consequently be eligible for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He had 17 goals and 41 points in 64 OHL contests in 2015-16. The Devils originally took Chatham in the third round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Jun 3 - 9:03 AM

The New Jersey Devils will get the Maple Leafs' third-round pick in 2018.

That's compensation for the Maple Leafs' hiring of Lou Lamoriello. Toronto has decided to hold onto its third-round pick in 2016 and will give its third-rounder in 2017 to Detroit for the signing of Mike Babcock.
Jun 2 - 9:15 AM

Beau Bennett isn't in the lineup for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The Penguins haven't used Bennett since May 22. He might have been inserted in if Bryan Rust (upper body) wasn't available, but in the end Rust was able to play.
Jun 1 - 8:17 PM

Brandon Baddock has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with New Jersey.

The two-way deal will likely place him in Albany next season. He produced 22 goals, 13 assists and 143 penalty minutes in 68 games with Edmonton in the WHL during the 2015-16 campaign. Baddock was chosen by the Devils in the sixth round (161st overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.
Jun 1 - 6:40 PM

Beau Bennett could be an option for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

He logged just 11:18 of ice time in his return from a shoulder injury in Game 5 against Tampa Bay. "If I'm slotted in there, I've got to be able to make a contribution right away," Bennett said. "I think I was maybe playing a little too cautious my first time around there." It was his first appearance since April 5 during the regular season. Bennett may get a chance to fill in for Bryan Rust, who was injured on Monday.
May 31 - 4:34 PM

Pavel Zacha sat out the last six games of the AHL playoffs due to an injury.

New Jersey coach John Hynes was asked about Zacha's status last week and he said there was "no update." Albany was eliminated by Toronto in seven games in Round 2 of the AHL postseason. Zacha had three points in five games prior to getting hurt. He also had three points in three AHL appearances during the regular season and two assists in his NHL debut. He spent most of the 2015-16 campaign in the OHL with Sarnia. "It wasn't anything too serious but serious enough where he couldn't play," added Hynes. "So now it's just letting these guys rest and recover and see where they are in a couple of weeks."
May 30 - 9:29 AM

Yohann Auvitu has agreed to a one-year, two-way entry-level contract with the New Jersey Devils.

He generated six goals and 21 points in 48 games for HIFK in Finland's Liiga during the 2015-16 campaign. Auvitu also chipped in three assists in seven games for France at the World Championship, where he attracted interest from several NHL teams.
May 27 - 3:06 PM

Jon Merrill has undergone successful shoulder surgery

Merrill didn't play past March 19 due to the injury. He's expected to need another four months to recover so he should be ready for the regular season, but you should probably temper expectations for him as this could limit his ability to get ready for 2016-17 over the summer and training camp. Additionally, any setback in his recovery could end up eating into the campaign.
May 25 - 2:12 PM


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