The Devils have re-signed 23-year-old defenseman Reece Scarlett to a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000 at the NHL level according to a press release on their official site. The announcement was made by Devils’ Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero on Monday.
Scarlett has been in the Devils organization for three seasons, after being drafted by the club in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot 1-inch, 175-pound native of Edmonton spent last year with Albany of the American League tallying four goals and 22 assists with 64 penalty minutes in 60 games. Overall his AHL totals are 165 games played, 12 goals and 59 assists for 71 points and 109 penalty minutes.
He played in 10 Calder Cup playoff games last year for the A-Devils. He played his junior hockey with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League and played in the 2011 CHL Top Prospects Game as well as for Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championshp.
With the Devils needing some younger defensemen to step up with the loss of Adam Larsson, it is no surprise that they would lock up another young blueliner. Although not as highly touted as Steve Santini or Damon Severson, he could be a good re-signing down the line.