Bastian Signs with Devils

Today, the Devils Executive Vice President and General Manager, Ray Shero announced that the team had signed their 2016 second round draft pick, Nathan Bastian, to a three year, entry level contract.

Bastian, an 18-year-old right wing from Kitchener, Ontario, played the last two years with the Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League. He will be entering his third season with the team this year.

So far this year, according to the Devils’ press release, he has four goals and six assists for 10 points in just six games. The press release says that he had “a career-high five assist night” versus the Guelph Storm in that span. He was a point-per-game player last year with 19 goals and 40 assists for 59 points in 64 games played.

The press release notes that he played in the 2016 CHL Top Prospects game (with fellow Steelheads teammate and Devils draft pick Michael McLeod).

The Devils’ notes on him say that he is a right-handed shot, is 6-foot 4-inches and 205-pounds and participated in the Devils Development Camp back in July as well as skating in the Prospects Challenge in Buffalo. He was taken 41st overall in the Draft.

He was assigned back to Mississauga on October 1 after recording an assist in two preseason games.

Devils Ink Nick Lappin to Entry Level Deal

The Devils have given Brown University forward Nick Lappin a two-year entry level contract according to a press release on their official website. The news was confirmed by Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Devils Ray Shero.

The deal will kick in next season (2016-17) but according to the press release, he will report to the Albany Devils this year on an amateur try out agreement.

Lappin, a 23 year-old native of Geneva, Illinois and the son of former NHL player Peter Lappin (who played for the Minnesota North Stars in 1989-90 and one game for the San Jose Sharks in their inaugural season of 1991-92), played four years at Brown of the ECAC. He led the team in scoring in 2015-16 with 33 points. He also led the team with 17 goals and was third in assists with 16. He made the All-Ivy League First Team at the end of this past season.

Overall, Lappin played 123 games with the Bears, scoring 106 points (51 goals and 55 assists) to go along with 79 penalty minutes. His junior and senior years, he served as an assistant captain for the team. At Brown, he played with his cousin, Tim Lappin. According to the press release, he also played with his new Albany teammate, forward Matt Lorita at Brown.

Prior to his time at Brown, he played three seasons in the USHL from 2009 to 2012. He split time between the Cedar Rapids Roughriders and the Tri-City Storm in that league.

Lappin is 6-foot 1-inches tall, and a right-handed shooting forward. He played in the 2013 Liberty Hockey Invitational held at Prudential Center while he was a member of the Brown University Bears.