Devils Re-Sign Three More

According to a series of press releases on the Devils’ official site, General Manager Ray Shero has come to terms with three more players. Ben Thomson, Kevin Rooney and Stefan Noesen have all been signed to one-year, two-way contracts.

Ben Thomson, a forward and a 24 year-old native of Brampton, Ontario was the first announced. He will make $650,000 at the NHL level. He was chosen in the fourth round, 96th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft and has played the majority of his Devils career in the AHL. This will be his fourth professional hockey season. He has 20 goals and 24 assists for 44 points in 212 AHL games (he also has 296 penalty minutes) according to the press release. Last year he had a goal in the four Calder Cup playoff games he played in.

He also made his NHL debut last season (April 4 versus the Flyers) and has a total of three NHL games under his belt.

Next up to sign was Providence College product Kevin Rooney. The 24 year-old Canton, Massachusetts native will make $650,000 at the NHL level. Rooney just finished his first pro season, playing in 71 games for the Albany Devils of the AHL and making his New Jersey Devils debut on March 2 against the Capitals.

In Albany, he had 13 goals and eight assists for 21 points with 39 penalty minutes according to the press release. The release also mentions that Rooney had one goal in four Calder Cup playoff games played in last year.

Rooney, a forward, was signed to a one-year AHL contract last year (July 5, 2016) as a free agent. The press release mentions that he attended Development Camp last year for the Devils and participated in the 2016 Prospects Challenge in Buffalo. He signed a one-year, two-way NHL contract on February 27, 2017 right before his NHL debut against the Caps in Washington.

The final signing announcement of the day was forward Stefan Noesen. The forward, born in Plano, Texas, will make $660,000 at the NHL level.

Noesen, who is 24 years old as well, was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks last year via waivers. He was chosen 21st overall in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft by Ottawa. Last season he split between the Ducks and Devils at the NHL level and the San Diego Gulls of the AHL (Anaheim’s affiliate).

With the Devils, after being claimed off waivers on January 25, 2017, he played 32 games and had six goals and two assists for eight points. He scored his first career NHL goal on December 7 while still with the Ducks versus the Hurricanes. He notched his first assist as a Devil on February 14 against the Avalanche. He also scored a goal in each of his first two games with the Devils according to the press release. Those goals came January 26 against Washington and January 31 against Detroit.

At the AHL level, Noesen has 116 games (for the Norfolk Admirals and San Diego). In those games, he has 23 goals and 40 assists to total 63 points. He also has 127 penalty minutes, according to the press release.

His NHL totals read 46 games, eight goals, two assists for ten points and 24 penalty minutes.

Devils Re-Sign Three Players

The Devils made a flurry of signings of players who were restricted free agents. These include goaltender Scott Wedgewood, newly acquired defenseman Mirco Mueller and forward Joseph Blandisi.

Wedgewood, who is now 24 years-old, was signed to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000 at the NHL level, according to the Devils official website. He made his pro debut in 2012-13 with the Trenton Devils of the ECHL and has spent most of his career with the AHL Devils, where he is 50-36-16. The press release also notes he has eight shutouts in that span.

He did play in four NHL games in 2015-16, going 2-2-0 with a shootout win included. The Brampton, Ontario native also won a bronze medal with Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship. He was the 84th overall pick (the Devils’ second choice (3rd round), according to the press release, by New Jersey in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Wedgewood is probably best known for his Seinfeld-inspired mask which includes artwork of series character David Puddy on the side.

The second player announced today as getting a new contract by Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero was Mirco Mueller. Mueller was signed to a two-year, one-way contract with an average annual value of $850,000 according to the press release on the matter put out by the club.

The contract breaks down as $775,000 for 2017-18 and $925,000 for 2018-19. Meuller, a native of Winterthur, Switzerland, was acquired by the Devils back on June 17 of this year from the San Jose Sharks. New Jersey also received the Sharks’ fifth round pick in this year’s Draft, which was number 143 overall and became Aarne Talvitie. The Devils gave up their second round pick (received from Boston – became the 49th overall pick – Mario Ferraro) and their fourth round pick (received from Nashville – traded by San Jose to the Rangers and became pick number 123, Brandon Crawley).

Mueller has also spent most of his time in the AHL since being drafted 18th overall in the 2013 Draft by the Sharks. At the NHL level, he has two goals, four assists for six points and 17 penalty minutes all in 54 games. He also represented his country at the World Junior Championship (both the under-18 and under-20 versions). He is 22 years-old.

The third signing for the Devils today was fan-favorite Joseph Blandisi. The man affectionately known as “Blender” was signed to a two-year, two-way contract worth $680,000 at the NHL level. The average breakdown, according to the press release, is $660,000 for 2017-18 at the NHL level and $700,000 at the NHL level in 2018-19.

Blandisi, 23 years-old, was the Colorado Avalanche’s fourth choice in the 2012 Draft, 162nd overall. He was signed as a free agent by the Devils after an illness kept him from signing with the Avalanche.

The native of Markham, Ontario has played in 27 NHL games and has three goals and six assists for nine points. He also had 26 penalty minutes. In Albany of the AHL, he had eight goals and 17 assists for 25 points and 60 penalty minutes in 31 games. All of this information comes from the Devils’ press release.

Some milestones for Blandisi last season were: his first overtime NHL goal (March 21 versus the Rangers), a four-game point streak from March 9-17 when he had a goal and three assists and being named to the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic (he did not play due to illness).

Overall, three good re-signings. Next up, hopefully Shero can get Damon Severson locked up and the Devils should be good to go.