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Michael McLeod showed improvement with Mississauga in 2016-17.

The Devils first round pick, 12th overall, in 2016, McLeod jumped from 61 to 73 points. He still needs to fill out but his puck-handling, shooting and speed were pro-ready last season and still are. The Devils love his effort as well. "It really comes down to how bad they want it, and I think he's got a lot of passion for the game and it's gonna be sooner rather than later before he makes that next step," Devils Director of Amateur Scouting Paul Castron said. We're really happy with his performance this year. As a young player, it's just a matter of getting a little stronger every year to make that next step to pro hockey, which he's probably close to making." Stay tuned as McLeod could make the Devils out of training camp next season as a 19-year-old.
Sun, May 21, 2017 08:15:00 AM

Devils Director of Amateur Scouting Paul Castron is still deciding who the team should take first overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

New Jersey won the draft lottery and will decide between taking Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischier. "Both those kids, they've the go-to guys on their teams. They both get a lot of attention, but they don't back down or shy away to make plays at crucial times in games," Castron said. "That's something for top players, it's a special quality to have. Both have that quality. They make their teammates all around them better."
Source: NJ.com
Wed, May 17, 2017 10:44:00 AM

Jesper Bratt has inked a three-year, entry-level deal with New Jersey.

Bratt had six goals and 22 points in 46 games in the Allsvenskan league, which is Sweden's second highest hockey league. New Jersey took him with the 162nd overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NHL.com
Fri, May 12, 2017 06:51:00 PM

Viktor Loov has inked a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey.

He could earn $650,000 if he plays at the NHL level. Loov was acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Sergey Kalinin on Feb. 18. In 180 career AHL contests, he has posted 11 goals, 42 points, 133 penalty minutes and a plus-24 rating.
Tue, May 9, 2017 03:20:00 PM

Devils GM Ray Shero has confirmed that Ilya Kovalchuk wants to return to the NHL next season.

Shero has given Kovalchuk's agent, Jay Grossman, permission to talk to other teams, so that a possible sign and trade could be an option. Kovalchuk is still on the NHL's voluntary retirement list, so he can't be moved until he signs a new deal with New Jersey. He can't officially sign a new contract until July 1.
Source: TSN.ca
Tue, May 9, 2017 02:39:00 PM

Devils GM Ray Shero hasn't tipped his hand in terms of who the New Jersey Devils will take with the first overall pick.

"I like the name Nolan, though I like Swiss guys. I like them all," Shero said. He was referring to Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier. The two are typically ranked first and second in draft projections, but this is a much tighter race than we've seen in recent years, so it wouldn't be shocking to see Hischier taken ahead of Patrick. The Devils only had an 8.5% chance of winning the lottery, but luck was on their side Saturday night.
Mon, May 1, 2017 09:50:00 AM

The New Jersey Devils have won the 2017 NHL Draft lottery.

This was a draft of big movement. The Devils moved from a projected fifth spot to first, but they weren't the team that saw the biggest jump. The Philadelphia Flyers were projected to pick 13th overall, but they have moved up to the second spot. The Dallas Stars will round out the top three despite being projected to pick eighth. Meanwhile the big loser was the Colorado Avalanche, which had the best odds of winning the draft, but will instead select fourth. The Vancouver Canucks will round out the top five while the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights will pick sixth.
Sat, Apr 29, 2017 08:23:00 PM

Ray Shero spoke to the media and said he plans to speak to Ilya Kovalchuk's agent soon to gauge the Russian winger's interest in returning to the NHL.

What a coup that would be for the Devils if they could bring Kovalchuk back to the NHL. Hall and Kovalchuk would be quite the tandem on the first line and on the power play. Kovalchuk is scheduled to undergo a knee procedure, which is ruling him out of the World Hockey Championships. Shero also added that Kovalchuk could sign with any NHL franchise as long as every NHL team agrees. We wouldn't bet on the Devils relinquishing their rights to the talented Russian. It might be Devils or nothing for Kovalchuk if he chooses to return. This saga will probably drag on into the summer.
Sat, Apr 29, 2017 06:38:00 PM

Colby Sissons has been assigned to Albany of the AHL.

He had 28 points in 63 games with Swift Current of the WHL in 2016-17. Sissons also had six points in 14 playoff contests. Sissons agreed to an entry-level contract with New Jersey back in October.
Tue, Apr 25, 2017 04:59:00 PM

Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet is reporting that Ilya Kovalchuk wants to return to the NHL.

Kovalchuk left the New Jersey Devils at the end of the 2012-13 season to play in his native Russia by 'retiring' from the NHL. The sniper is only 34 years of age and had 417 goals and 816 points in 816 games before bolting to the KHL. He may or may not return to New Jersey and if not, a team will have to pay the Devils a pretty penny. "The New Jersey Devils own his rights, he could sign and play for them no problem," said Friedman on Hockey Night in Canada. "If he wants to play for somebody else, technically all the other NHL teams would have to approve it. But here's the way that this I think is going to work: if he doesn't want to play for New Jersey or if New Jersey doesn't want him playing for them, and neither the agent nor the team is commenting on this, I think whoever gets him is going to work out either a sign and trade with New Jersey or they’re going to trade for his rights."
Sun, Apr 23, 2017 07:49:00 AM

Yaroslav Dyblenko has agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract with New Jersey.

He registered 11 points and 51 penalty minutes in 51 games for Spartak Moskva of the KHL in 2016-17.
Thu, Apr 20, 2017 02:18:00 PM

Miles Wood will get some much needed playoff experience with AHL Albany to round out 2016-17.

"I’ve never played in a playoff situation, a seven-game series," Wood said. "College was just one game and out type thing. I’ve never been in a save game series, so I don’t really know what to expect." Wood had eight goals and 17 points in 60 contests with New Jersey as a rookie this season. He's with Albany now because the Devils' season is over, but he's projected to win a roster spot with New Jersey out of training camp in 2017.
Source: NJ.com
Thu, Apr 20, 2017 09:55:00 AM

Blake Speers will join the AHL's Albany Devils for the Calder Cup Playoffs.

The New Jersey prospect generated 15 goals and 19 assists in 30 regular-season games for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL in 2016-17. Speers also added one goal and seven assists in 11 playoff contests.
Tue, Apr 18, 2017 04:06:00 PM

Keith Kinkaid is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Kinkaid is coming off a two-year, $1.45 million deal and he'll likely get a bigger cap hit this time around. He's coming off a solid season where he posted a 2.64 GAA and .916 save percentage in 26 contests with the lowly Devils. New Jersey might have some interest in re-signing him, but Kinkaid does have aspirations to become a starter, which might lead to him exploring other opportunities.
Thu, Apr 13, 2017 10:22:00 AM

With the end of the 2016-17 campaign, Marc Savard's seven-year, $28.15 million contract is expiring.

Savard only got to play in 25 games over the life of that contract as concussion issues cut his career short. His contract was traded a few times over its life for cap reasons, but unfortunately it's been known for a long time that he would never be able to continue his NHL career.
Thu, Apr 13, 2017 10:19:00 AM

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