Devils Bring Wedgewood Back into the Fold

As free agency continues, the Devils brought an old face back to the team.

Goaltender Scott Wedgewood has been signed by the Devils “to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000 at the NHL and $200,000 at the AHL level” according to the Devils press release on the matter.

The 28-year-old Brampton, Ontario native was traded to the Arizona Coyotes back on October 28, 2017 in exchange for the Coyotes’ fifth-round pick in the 2018 Draft.

Wedgewood then moved to the Tampa Bay Lightning organization where he played last year with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League. At the AHL-level, he was 18-8-2 and had a 3.01 goals against average to go with his .893 save percentage. He was the third goalie in the bubble for Tampa during the playoffs this summer, ultimately winning the Stanley Cup with the Lightning.

Wedgewood, 6-feet, 2-inches tall and 205-pounds, played the majority of his Devils career in the AHL, going 51-36-16 over his time with the Albany/Binghamton Devils. He also netted eight shutouts in his time with Albany/Binghamton. He has a 2.45 GAA and .906 save percentage in 190 lifetime games in the AHL.

At the NHL-level, he played in four games with the Devils in 2015-16, notching two wins with one being a shutout. He also went 5-9-4 with Arizona following his trade there. He finished that season with an .893 save percentage, facing 587 shots and allowing just 63 goals. In total, he has played 24 NHL games, going 7-10-5 with a 3.05 goals against.

The Devils selected Wedgewood 84th overall (third round) in the 2010 NHL Draft out of the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League. He debuted at the pro level with the Trenton Devils of the ECHL in 2012-13.

Internationally, he played for Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship, winning bronze.

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.