The Devils signed two players to entry-level contracts over the last two days.
Forward Tyce Thompson signed on March 24. His contract will kick in this season and he will be reporting to the New Jersey Devils to start his quarantine.
He will wear number 12.
Thompson was the Devils’ sixth pick in the fourth round (96th overall) in 2019. Thompson is 21-years-old ad played three years at Providence College of Hockey East in the NCAA.
The press release notes that in his junior year, he was named the Friars’ captain. He had 11 goals/14 assists (25 points in 25 games played). That led the team in all categories.
His sophomore year, he was second in the Hockey East conference and third overall in the NCAA in scoring according to the press release. He had 19 goals/25 assists (44 points) over 34 games.
He also led that year tied for second in goals with 19 and power play points (eight goals, 13 assists for 21 points) in Hockey East.
He had 15 multiple point games which was tied for second in the nation. In addition, he had 27 games with at least one point which was tied for first as well.
Over his career with the Friars, he had 38 goals and 56 assists totaling 94 points to go with 65 PIM over 101 games. He also played with Devils’ prospect Patrick Moynihan while at Providence.
Thompson comes from an NHL family. His father Brent was a Los Angeles Kings pick in 1989 and his brother Tage was the 26th overall pick in 2016 by the St. Louis Blues. He was eventually traded, and plays for, the Buffalo Sabres.
He was a Hockey East Second All-Star Team member this past year and was selected to the NCAA (All-USCHO) Second Team member in 2019-20. That year, he was also named as a Hockey East Second Team All-Star.
Previous to Providence, Thompson played for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL where he had 12 goals/20 assists totaling 32 points over 63 games. He also had a goal over seven USHL playoff games.
The other prospect signed was forward Aarne Talvitie. His contract will kick in in 2021-22. For the remainder of this season, he will play in the AHL with the Binghamton Devils.
Talvitie, is 22-years-old and spent three years with Penn State in the Big 10 (NCAA).
This season, he had 13 points, good for fifth on the Nittany Lions (seven goals/six assists), The press release notes that he was voted by his teammates to be an alternate captain this season.
He finished his NCAA career with 18 goals/30 assists totaling 48 points over 68 games.
The Espoo, Finland native also represented Finland at the 2019 IIHF World Junior U20 Championship and captained that team to winning a gold medal.
Talvitie was eighth overall in scoring in that tournament with four goals/three assists for seven points in seven games.