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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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San Jose Sharks Trade Mirco Mueller To The New Jersey Devils

SAN JOSE, CA  - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired a 2017 second (49th overall) and fourth (123rd overall) round draft selection from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenseman Mirco Mueller and a 2017 fifth round (143rd overall) draft selection.

The Sharks now have eight selections in the 2017 NHL Draft; 1st round (19th), second round (49th), fourth round (123rd), sixth round (159th, 174th) and seventh (205th, 212th, 214th).

"We want to thank Mirco for his years of service to the San Jose Sharks and the San Jose Barracuda organizations," said Wilson.  "This will be an excellent opportunity for Mirco to continue his development and with our organization's depth on the blueline, an opportunity for us to acquire assets for the future.  We wish him the best."

Mueller played in 54 NHL games with San Jose from 2014-2017, posting six points (two goals, four assists) and 17 penalty minutes.  He was originally drafted in the first round (18th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

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The Latest On Ilya Kovalchuk

from TSN,

New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero said Monday he hasn’t closed any doors when it comes to Ilya Kovalchuk, and that includes potentially signing and keeping the Russian winger.

Kovalchuk has declared his intention to return to the National Hockey League after four years in Russia, but in order to return he must sign with the Devils, who own his rights. Kovalchuk could, technically, sign with any team but all other 30 teams would have to sign off on it – a situation Shero doesn’t expect to see play out.

“It’s simpler, I think, than it sounds,” Shero told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun. “He signed his voluntary retirement papers when he left the Devils a few years ago… Kovalchuk, we’ve all seen him play many times, is certainly a tremendous player and one of the better forwards to play in the league the last 10 years for sure and he’s only 34 and (Jaromir) Jagr is still playing and (he’s) got like 11 years on him and doing pretty well.

“I think our understanding with the league and (Kovalchuk’s agent) Jay Grossman is that he can sign right now with any team but the other 30 teams would have to sign off on that and as we all know, it’s a pretty competitive league, (so that) probably won’t happen. It’s not a situation where they need our permission to talk to teams, he’s free to talk to whoever he wants and to that extent, they're the ones driving the bus.”

continued with video of LeBrun talking with Shero...

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The Process For Ilya Kovalchuk’s Return To The NHL

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

On Kovalchuk, agent can agree to contract terms with new team, new team can agree to trade terms with NJ, NJ signs Kovalchuk and trades him.

Kovalchuk cannot come off the NHL's Voluntary Retirement List unless he signs with NJ. Therefore, the need for a sign and trade.

Technically, Kovalchuk cannot "sign" contract until July 1, but there's really nothing to prevent everything else happening before that.

So in answer to many questions, no, 2017 draft picks cannot be in play as part of any Kovalchuk trade and expansion draft total non-factor.

Also reasonable to assume Kovalchuk not interested in being part of NJ rebuild; he's returning to NHL for immediate/legit chance to win Cup.

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Video- The Playoff Night When Dominik Hasek Stopped All 70 Shots

via the NHL's YouTube page,

On April 27th, 1994, Buffalo Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek turned away 70 shots by the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the 1994 playoffs.

 

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