Colton White Re-Sign

The Devils made a press release today stating that they have re-signed defenseman Colton White. The deal is a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000 in the NHL and $90,000 at the AHL level for the restricted free agent.

The 23-year-old blueliner was a fourth-round selection by New Jersey in the 2015 NHL Draft, 97th overall. He has played the past three seasons in Binghamton of the American League. Last season, he had a goal and 11 assists (12 points) over 45 games. The press release mentioned that he had his best AHL season in 2018-19 when he set career highs in goals (seven), assists (23) and total points (30).

The left-shot d-man has 10 goals and 41 assists (51 points) in 163 total AHL games played. He also has 73 penalty minutes.

He made his NHL debut in 2018-19, playing three games for the New Jersey Devils. He finished those three games with two penalty minutes. He also played in six games at the NHL level in 2019-20.

White is a London, Ontario-native and played junior hockey with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL from 2013 to 2017 according to the press release. It was at the Soo that he led the Greyhounds’ defense with nine goals in 2015-16. That was a career high as were the 26 assists and total 35 points he notched in 68 games for the Hounds that season.

As the release notes, the 6-feet, 1-inch, 185-pounder was named an alternate captain for the Greyhounds in 2016-17. Over his OHL Playoff career, he scored a goal and two assists (three points) over 12 games. His regular season OHL totals read: 21 goals, 72 assists equaling 93 points to go with 86 PIMs over 256 games.

Clarke, Mercer Invited to Team Canada Selection Camp

Today Amanda Stein, on the “Inside the Devils Blog,” reported that two Devils forward prospects have been named to Canada’s World Junior Selection Camp.

Graeme Clarke, taken in the third-round, 80th overall in the 2019 NHL Draft and Dawson Mercer, taken 18th overall in the first-round in this year’s Draft, will attend the National Junior Selection Camp in Red Deer, Alberta. The camp, Stein reports, runs from November 16 to December 13, 2020.

Clarke and Dawson were two of 42 players selected for the camp.

Stein mentions that Clarke’s season with the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League has yet to get off the ground due to COVID-19. The OHL has not started their season due to the pandemic.

Mercer, on the other hand, plays for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The QMJHL’s season has started and Mercer, in four games has four goals and two assists. With those six points, he is currently second in scoring on the Sags right now, enjoying a point-per-game pace.

One other thing to note is that Stein mentioned that 67’s coach Andre Tourigny is also the coach of the Team Canada, the defending champs at the World Juniors. Canada struck gold last year and will hope to do the same this year on home ice when the tournament begins on Christmas Day in Edmonton, Alberta.

In other Devils-related news, the “Devils Army Blog” noted on Twitter that prospect Yegor Sharangovich, loaned to Dinamo Minsk of the KHL, has 10 goals over the last 19 games with Minsk. This includes two goals against Dinamo Riga last week as Minsk beat Riga 3-0. Hopefully the former fifth-round pick can keep this pace up when he returns to North America in the coming months.

In coaching/scouting news, Devils Insiders report on Twitter that, “according to the team website, Peter Horachek has been re-assigned from AC to his prior role as a Pro Scout.” Horachek served last season as an assistant under Alain Nasreddine but will return to his role in the scouting department. It is good to see that the Devils did not fully cut ties with him.

Devils Insiders also note that Brian Strait will serve as a Pro Scout too. They said that “he did some scouting work for” the Devils last year while out with injuries playing for the Binghamton Devils of the AHL. It is possible that Strait quietly retired and will now work full-time as a scout for the organization. Otherwise, he is still out with injuries and will continue to serve in this role until he plays for Binghamton again.