Vukojevic Signed to Entry Level Deal

Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald announce today that the team has signed defenseman Michael Vukojevic to a three-year entry level deal that will start with the 2021-22 season.

Vukojevic was the Devils’ third round pick (their fifth pick of the Draft), 82nd overall in the 2019 Draft.

The 19-year-old was born in Croatia, but moved to Oakville, Ontario at two years old. He spent the 2017-18 through 2019-20 seasons with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. He had career highs in the 2019-20 season in points with 30 and goals with five.

He is a left-handed shooting d-man who has been with the Binghamton Devils of the American Hockey League during the OHL’s pause this season.

In Binghamton, he has one goal and four assists (five points) and ten PIM.

Vukojevic is 6-feet, 3-inches tall and 210 pounds. He has represented Canada internationally on the Under-18 team in 2019 at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup. In that tournament, he and his current Binghamton teammate Graeme Clarke won gold with the Canadian team.

Mercer Signs ELC

Today, the Devils announced that they have signed Dawson Mercer, the club’s second 2020 first round draft pick (18th overall), to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The native of Carbonear, Newfoundland will be a Devil for three years, barring a trade.

Mercer just turned 19-years-old on October 27 and will be participating in the 2021 World Junior Championship, representing Canada in Edmonton. According to the press release put out by the Devils today, Mercer is one of six returning players for Team Canada. He won a gold medal at last year’s tournament.

Mercer played junior hockey with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the Quebec League where he wore a letter on his jersey, being named an alternate captain according to the press release. Last season, he played for both the Drummondville Voltigeurs and the Sags, notching 24 goals and 36 assists for 60 points in 42 games spread between the two teams.

Last season, Mercer was named the recipient of the Michael Bossy Trophy (“awarded annually to a player in the QMJHL judged to be the best professional prospect”) an award won in 2017 by Nico HIschier when he was a member of the Halifax Mooseheads.

Of the seven players drafted by an NHL team from Newfoundland and Labrador in the first round, Mercer is the fourth highest pick according to the press release.