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Will Butcher Will Play For The New Jersey Devils

Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Devils today have agreed to terms with defenseman Will Butcher on a two-year, entry-level contract with an average annual salary of $925,000. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.

Butcher, 22, spent the past four seasons, 2013-2017, with University of Denver (NCHC). In 2016-17, he led his club as team captain to win the NCAA National Championship as the no. 1 ranked team in the nation. Butcher became the second Pioneer in the school's history to win the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player. He was also nominated for the award after the 2015-16 season, where he finished third in scoring among all NCAA defensemen with nine goals and 23 assists. During his final collegiate season, he ranked second in points among defensemen with seven goals and 30 assists for 37 points in 43 contests. In 2016-17, Butcher was also honored with several awards including, NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team, NCHC Best Offensive Defenseman, NCHC First All-Star Team, NCHC Player of the Year, USA Hockey's College Player of the Year, NCAA (West) First Team All-American.

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Drew Stafford Signs With The New Jersey Devils

Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Devils today signed right wing Drew Stafford to a one-year, one-way contract worth $800,000. The announcement was made by Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero. He will wear sweater number 18 with New Jersey.

Stafford, 31, split the 2016-17 season between Winnipeg and Boston, after he was traded to the Bruins by the Jets on March 1, 2017 for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. He totaled eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points overall with 24 penalty minutes and a +6 rating in 58 total games last season. The Milwaukee, WI, native added two goals with the Bruins in six 2017 Stanley Cup Playoff games.  

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Big Loss For The New Jersey Devils, Travis Zajac Out 4-6 Months

Newark, NJ - New Jersey Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero provided the following update on center Travis Zajac.

"This morning, Travis Zajac underwent successful surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle that was suffered last week during off-season training. The procedure was performed by the club's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jonathan L. Glashow. Zajac's expected recovery time is approximately four to six months."

 

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Nico Hischier Wants To Be The Magic Man Part 2

from Dave Caldwell at ESPN,

Hischier's favorite hockey player, and the player he thinks he most resembles on the ice, is Pavel Datsyuk, the 38-year-old legendary left-handed center who played for the Detroit Red Wings for 14 years before joining St. Petersburg SKA in the Kontinental Hockey League last season.

Hischier wears No. 13 because Datsyuk wore No. 13. The Devils will decide later whether Hischier will become only the second player in the team's 35-year history to wear No. 13, but even if he is assigned another number, Hischier said he plans to keep playing like Datsyuk.

"I just really like his game," Hischier said at the Devils' development camp last week. "It's just his two-way game -- he's one of the best defensive centers, and offensively, he's pretty good, too. I try to be a center like Datsyuk."

more on Hischier...

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#1 Draft Pick Nico Hischier Signs His Entry-Level Contract With The New Jersey Devils

Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Devils today signed the first-overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, Nico Hischier, to the maximum three-year, entry-level contract for salary ($925,000 AAV) and performance bonuses. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.

Hischier was selected first overall by New Jersey at the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago, the first time the Devils had the number one slot in team history. He is the only Swiss-born player to be selected with the top pick in NHL history. In 2016-17 with Halifax (QMJHL), Hischier led all rookies with 38 goals and 48 assists for 86 points in 57 regular-season games and added three goals and four assists in six QMJHL playoff contests. He was named CHL and QMJHL Rookie of the Year, QMJHL Offensive Rookie of the Year, a member of the QMJHL All-Rookie Team, and was awarded with the Mike Bossy Trophy as the QMJHL's Best Professional Prospect. During Day 2 of the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago, Hischier was named the 2017 recipient of the E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence, which is given to the candidate who best exemplifies the commitment to excellence through strength and character, competitiveness and athleticism.  

The left-shooting forward finished New Jersey's 2017 Development Camp this afternoon. Born January 4, 1999 in Brig, Switzerland, Hischier has represented his home country on multiple occasions in international competition, including when he led his country with seven points at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships in Montreal & Toronto. 

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Report- Ilya Kovalchuk Will Stay In The KHL

added 4:57pm,

 

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Washington Trades Marcus Johansson To New Jersey

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have acquired a second round (previously owned by Florida) and third round (previously owned by Toronto) picks from the New Jersey Devils in the 2018 NHL Draft in exchange for forward Marcus Johansson, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. 

Johansson, 26, registered 58 points (24 goals, 34 assists) in 82 games with the Capitals last season. The 6’1”, 209-pound forward has earned 290 points (102 goals, 188 assists) in 501 career NHL games with the Capitals. He was drafted by Washington in the first round, 24th overall, in the 2009 NHL Draft.
 

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Brian Boyle Signing With The New Jersey Devils Is Official

Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Devils today signed forward Brian Boyle to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $2,550,000. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.

Boyle, 32, spent the 2016-17 season between Tampa Bay and Toronto, where he totaled 13 goals and 12 assists for 25 points with 66 penalty minutes in 75 games. After two-plus seasons with the Lightning, Boyle was traded to the Maple Leafs for Byron Froese and Toronto's second-round choice (Alexander Volkov) in the 2017 NHL Draft on February 27, 2017. The Hingham, MA, native notched two assists with the Maple Leafs in six 2017 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

The 6-6, 245lb., forward has played for Los Angeles (2007-2009), the NY Rangers (2009-2014), Tampa Bay (2014-17) and Toronto (2017) during his nine-plus season NHL career. A veteran of 624 regular-season NHL games, Boyle has totaled 93 goals and 76 assists for 169 points with 488 penalty minutes. He has 15 goals and 13 assists for 28 points in 106 Stanley Cup Playoff contests. Since the 2010-11 season, Boyle has skated in the second-most Stanley Cup Playoff games (106). The left-handed forward attended Boston College (HE) from 2003-07 where he was teammates with Devils' goaltender Cory Schneider and helped lead the Eagles to Hockey East Championships in 2005 and 2007. Born on December 18, 1984, he was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round, 26th overall, in the 2003 NHL Draft.

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The New Jersey Devils Have Dollars To Spend

from Andrew Gross of NorthJersey.com,

The Devils have more salary-cap space than any other team in the NHL – paging Kevin Shattenkirk – and a former superstar they may possibly trade.

So they certainly are in position to dictate league maneuverings when the free agent market opens Saturday at noon.

Whether they do will partially be decided by how willing they are to spend at this juncture in their rebuilding process, partially by how attractive that rebuilding process is to free agents and partially by whether Ilya Kovalchuk does return to the NHL after the Russian sniper, now 34, played the past four seasons in the KHL.

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The New Jersey Devils Select Nico Hischier With The 1st Pick of The NHL Draft

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Nico Hischier was selected No. 1 by the New Jersey Devils in the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas at United Center on Friday.

Hischier, who completed his first season in North America with Halifax of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, is the highest drafted Switzerland-born player in NHL history. The previous high was No. 5 (Nino Niederreiter, New York Islanders, 2010).

Hischier (6-foot-1, 178 pounds), a left-shot center, and Brandon right-shot center Nolan Patrick (6-2, 198) were considered to be the top two players available in this year's draft.

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