The Devils today announced that they have signed defenseman Jeremy Groleau to a three year entry level contract (ELC).
The 18-year-old has spent the last three season with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He will be assigned back to the Sagueneens today after being the extra defenseman last night for the preseason game in New York.
According to the Devils’ press release, Groleau is a native of St. Nicolas, Quebec who was attending Devils camp on an amateur tryout agreement. He played in all three games in the Prospects Challenge in Buffalo earlier in the month.
In juniors, the 6-foot, 2-inch, 185-pound left shooting d-man played in 164 games and had eight goals and 23 assists totaling 31 points. He has 29 playoff games under his belt, notching a goal and an assist there as well.
Internationally, he played for Team Canada at the Under-17 World Hockey Challenge in 2016. Canada won gold in that tournament and Groleau had an assist.
According to the press release, Groleau’s father, Francois was picked by the Calgary Flames 41st overall in the 1991 Entry Draft. He ended up playing eight games for the Montreal Canadiens at the NHL level. According to Hockey-Reference.com, he also played professionally for the Saint John Flames, Cornwall Aces, Fredericton Canadiens and Quebec Citadelles of the AHL as well as the San Francisco Spiders of the International Hockey League. He also played pro in Germany and Austria.