Today the Devils announced that they have signed their second first-rounder, Chase Stillman to a three-year entry-level contract.
Stillman was chosen by the Devils 29th overall in the 2021 Draft. He was the second of two first rounders the Devils had in this past Draft.
The 18-year-old played this past season with Esbjerg U20 in Denmark. He was on loan from the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League according to the Devils’ PR team’s press release on the signing. The OHL did not play a season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In eight games with Esbjerg, Stillman had nine goals and seven assists (16 points) and 43 PIM according to the press release. He led Esbjerg “in points per game and ranked third in goals and points.”
The press release notes that Stillman had 13 goals and 21 assists totaling 34 points over 58 games for Sudbury in 2019-20. It also said that pre-OHL, he played in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League for the Rayside-Balfour Canadians where he totaled six goals and two assists (eight points) in the regular season. In the playoffs, he had two points (a goal and an assist).
The 6-foot, 1-inch, 180-pounder grew up in Sudbury, Ontario, but was born in St. Louis, according to the press release, as his father, Cory Stillman, was playing for the Blues at the time.
Cory was picked sixth overall in the 1992 Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames and would go on to play 16 NHL seasons. According to the press release, he played in over 1,000 NHL contests and had 727 points. He won the Stanley Cup twice, once with the Lightning in 2004 and once with the Hurricanes in 2006 – spanning the lockout season.
In addition to his NHL father, Stillman’s brother Riley currently plays for the Blackhawks – going into his second season at the NHL level.