New Jersey Devils Player News: All Positions

News: Carrick agreed to terms on a two-year, $3 million contract with New Jersey on Tuesday.
Impact: Carrick was scheduled for an arbitration hearing, but the two sides were apparently able to come to an agreement. After being traded to New Jersey from Dallas last season, the Illinois native notched one goal, six assists and 26 shots in 20 appearances. The addition of P.K. Subban creates a bit of a logjam on the blue line, which could see Carrick struggle for ice time.
News: Jacobs signed a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey on Monday.
Impact: Jacobs made his NHL debut last season versus Boston on March 21, in which he registered one shot, two hits and one block in 14:54 of ice time. In the minors, the 23-year-old notched 13 points in 69 appearances. The 2014 second-round pick figures to continue featuring primarily in the minors during the 2019-20 campaign, but could see a game or two with the Devils.
News: Baddock signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Devils on Monday.
Impact: Baddock spent the entirety of the 2018-19 campaign with AHL Binghamton, notching 10 points in 67 contests. The big-bodied winger will almost certainly stick in the minors throughout the upcoming season, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to have him on their radars.
News: Hughes signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Devils on Friday.
Impact: The Devils didn't select Hughes with the first overall pick in the 2019 draft to have him start his career in the minors, so although nothing will be made official until training camp, it's safe to assume the 18-year-old American will start the upcoming campaign in a top-six role while also filling a spot on New Jersey's first power-play unit. Hughes is a special talent that should be able to produce right away, making him a high-upside pick in re-draft leagues and a top-tier asset in dynasty formats.
News: Zetterlund won't take part in the Devils' development camp this week while continuing to rehab a knee injury, Chris Ryan of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: The same injury limited Zetterlund to just 16 games in the Swedish Hockey League a season ago but didn't prevent New Jersey from inking him to a three-year, entry-level deal in May. The 19-year-old forward should be ready to participate fully once training camp arrives, but he'll face an uphill battle to crack the 23-man roster.
News: Mueller filed for arbitration Friday.
Impact: Mueller finished the 2018-19 campaign with 11 points, 10 of which were assists. The second-pairing defenseman is coming off a contract that paid him $925,000 a season ago and $775,000 the season prior, so a raise should be forthcoming for the 24-year-old blueliner.
News: Carrick filed for arbitration Friday.
Impact: Carrick played 34 games for the Devils in 2018-19, finding the scoresheet 11 times along the way. Last year, the 25-year-old defenseman took in $1.3 million, and he should expect to sign a similar deal for the 2019-20 season.
News: Butcher filed for arbitration Friday.
Impact: The 24-year-old made just $925,000 in each of the past two seasons, registering 74 points over 159 contests. With production like that, Butcher's next contract will include a substantial raise on his entry-level contract. Likely to start next season on New Jersey's third defensive pairing, Butcher could ascend the depth chart with a solid showing at training camp.
News: Mermis and the Devils agreed to a one-year, two-way contract on Monday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: The deal is worth $700,000 at the NHL level, and $200,000 at the AHL level, with the latter more likely for Mermis' future. The 25-year-old spent most of his time with AHL Tucson last season, collecting a modest 24 points in 62 games. Expect the Illinois native to spend a bulk of his time next season in the minors providing organizational depth, while in line for possible call-up opportunities should injuries occur.
News: Tennyson secured a two-year, two-way deal with New Jersey on Monday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: Tennyson suited up for 19 NHL contests over the last two seasons with Buffalo while playing in 97 for AHL Rochester. The 6-foot-2 blueliner is simply a depth signing for New Jersey should spend most of his time at the minor-league level again next season.
News: Street signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Devils on Monday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: The deal is worth $750,000 at the NHL level, and $425,000 at the AHL level, with the latter more likely for Street's future. He will provide solid organizational depth for the Devils, but Street also put up five points in 21 NHL games with the Ducks last season. Expect the 32-year-old to start in the minors next season, but be one of the first call-ups should the team get hit with injuries.
News: Lappin agreed to terms with the Blues on a two-way contract Monday.
Impact: Lappin is best known in New Jersey, as his hockey resume includes 60 games played for the Devils (2016-18). Over that span, the winger tacked on five goals and three assists, but he struggled to a minus-21 rating. The American skater needs a perfect storm to be considered anything more than a depth option in fantasy circles.
News: Simmonds (lower body) signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Devils on Monday.
Impact: Simmonds has grown familiar with the Metropolitan Division from his extensive time in Philadelphia, and he'll go back to hounding those same opponents while bringing a combination of skill and snarl to New Jersey. The power forward recorded only 30 points between the Flyers and Predators last season, as his point total dropped for the third consecutive campaign. Even if he's a little past his prime, Simmonds is still an expert at screening the goaltender and digging for rebounds, which makes him a useful weapon on the power play.
News: Agostino is likely to sign a two-year, one-way contract with Toronto, Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com reports.
Impact: Agostino ended the 2018 campaign with New Jersey, scoring 13 points while registering nine assists over 27 games. Assuming the deal becomes official Monday, Agostino could find himself battling with Zach Hyman (knee) and Tyler Ennis for playing time.
News: Noesen did not receive a qualifying offer from New Jersey ahead of Tuesday's deadline.
Impact: Noesen only appeared in 41 games this past year, managing eight points in those contests. The season prior, he collected 27 points but did so in 72 games. The 26-year-old missed a large chunk of last season with a lower-body injury. With New Jersey electing not to tender a qualifying offer to Noesen, he can now explore other opportunities on the open market.
News: Murphy did not receive a qualifying offer from the Devils ahead of Tuesday's deadline.
Impact: New Jersey acquired Murphy back in January, but the 26-year-old never found his footing in the Devils organization, appearing in just one game and failing to record a point. Barring a big jump in performance, Murphy almost certainly will spend most of next season in the minors, but it won't be with AHL Binghamton (New Jersey's AHL affiliate).
News: Johnson did not receive a qualifying offer from the Devils ahead of Tuesday's deadline.
Impact: The 24-year-old netminder will become a free agent July 1 and is now free to sign with any club after not being granted a qualifying offer. Johnson played at both the AHL and ECHL levels in 2018-19 and has yet to appear in an NHL game.
News: Mueller was qualified by New Jersey on Tuesday.
Impact: The defensive defenseman appeared in 53 games last season, scoring a goal and dishing out 10 assists. In total, Mueller took 39 shots in 2018-19 so relying on him for fantasy production is not advisable. That being said, he will likely be back with the Devils next season after being extended a qualifying offer by the team.
News: Jacobs received a qualifying offer from New Jersey on Tuesday.
Impact: Jacobs appeared in one game for New Jersey last season, finishing with a minus-one rating and failing to find the scoresheet in 14:54 of ice time. He now has the option to either accept New Jersey's qualifying offer, agree to a multi-year deal with his current club, or wait and try and find a better situation on the open market once free agency opens up.
News: Carrick was qualified by the Devils on Tuesday.
Impact: Carrick finished 2018-19 with a pair of goals to go along with nine assists and was a minus-13 in 34 appearances. Considering he dressed in New Jersey's final 20 games, one would assume the team has interest in bringing him back in 2019-20. Last year saw Carrick average the highest TOI of his career, playing an average of 16:48 per night.
News: Butcher was extended a qualifying offer from New Jersey on Tuesday.
Impact: Butcher, 24, finished 2018-19 with 30 points, 14 fewer than his 2017-18 total. Part of his regression, points-wise, had to do with the plethora of injuries New Jersey dealt with. With the arrival of P.K. Subban, the Devils' blue line is certain to look different, but Butcher should remain in the mix and likely will slot into a third-pairing role again in 2019-20.
News: Zacha earned a qualifying offer from New Jersey on Tuesday.
Impact: Zacha set a new career-high in goals with 13 last season, and produced 25 points in 61 NHL games. The 22-year-old hasn't quite lived up to the hype of being a top-six draft pick in 2015, producing just 76 points. The Devils could be interested in re-signing Zacha to a long term deal, or could let him walk next year if his play isn't up to par with their expectations.
News: Baddock was given a qualifying offer from the Devils on Tuesday.
Impact: If he signs the contract, Baddock will receive a salary worht $715,000 at both the NHL and AHL levels, with the latter more likely for the near future. He hasn't made his NHL debut yet in his career, and only produced 10 points in 67 AHL games this past campaign
News: Appleby didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Jets and will become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
Impact: Appleby was the odd man out, as Eric Comrie and Mikhail Berdin figures to divide up the goaltending responsibilities with AHL Manitoba. The 24-year-old Appleby may have to consider a move overseas if he wants to continue his professional career, but may not get another taste of NHL action.
News: Minnesota won't extend Kapla a qualifying offer, which means he'll become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kapla hasn't appeared in an NHL contest since 2016-17, so it's not exactly surprising that the Wild have decided to cut him loose. He'll hope to land a two-way deal with a new organization this offseason.
News: Helewka was sent to the Devils from the Predators organization during draft weekend in exchange for future considerations.
Impact: This may be a part of the huge P.K. Subban deal or simply an corollary to it, but no matter, the forward will head east and join the Devils organization. Helewka is still just 23 years old and is now on his fourth organization, so the 2015 fourth-rounder has depth player written all over him.
News: McCarthy was drafted 118th overall by the Devils at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Spending this past season playing for the loaded U18 USNTDP team, McCarthy spent the entire year battling for minutes on a crowded blue line. Although you could make an argument he was the fifth-best defensive prospect on his own team, he still has a chance to develop into an NHL regular. McCarthy tends to keep things simple and he can be deployed in a variety of roles. On a club full of potential future stars, the fact McCarthy could complement those players without having the puck on his stick gives him legitimate value moving forward. The addition of McCarthy isn't going to improve New Jersey's prospect pool all that much, but he makes for excellent depth as he gets set to head off to Boston University this fall.
News: Vukojevic was drafted 82nd overall by the Devils at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Vukojevic can be a useful pro if deployed correctly by his coaching staff. There is a limited amount of offense here (three goals, 29 points in 68 OHL games) and there doesn't figure to be any more on the way, but Vukojevic has size (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) and plenty of smarts. He throws his big body around and makes a simple, accurate first pass. While Vukojevic has a distinct lack of upside, he has the look of the type of reliable third-pairing defender that all playoff-bound teams are on the hunt for at the trade deadline every season.
News: Clarke was drafted 80th overall by the Devils at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Clarke has a terrific shot and is a solid offensive player. As a result, the 23 goals and 34 points he posted in 55 games for OHL Ottawa this past season were deemed a disappointment. As far as natural ability goes, there's room for much more production. Clarke does his best work on the power play, where he has more room to operate. He's not overly quick and some scouts are concerned a lack of foot speed will hold him back at the professional level. Clarke has a chance to carve out a career as a specialist with the man advantage even if his skating doesn't get any better, but this is a risky long-term profile. Expect his OHL numbers to improve significantly next season.
News: Misyul was drafted 70th overall by the Devils at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: A physical defenseman who makes smart decisions with the puck, Misyul has seen his stock rise over the past year. He has ideal size at 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, and he should be even more effective as he adds additional muscle to his frame. While Misyul might not have high-end offensive ability, he reads plays well, has average puck skills, and will stand up for his teammates. There's a lot to like about his game. The Devils could have a nice player on their hands here in a few years. Misyul, who belongs to the Yaroslavl program in the KHL, will continue to develop in his native Russia.
News: Okhotyuk was drafted 61st overall by the Devils at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: A Russian who has spent the past two seasons with OHL Ottawa, Okhotyuk's biggest asset is his reliability. He plays a safe, steady game. He hasn't produced much offensively (two goals, 17 points in 56 games this past season) and that is unlikely to change once he becomes a professional, but Okhotyuk looks like he should eventually develop into a useful depth defenseman for New Jersey.
News: Hayden was traded Saturday from Chicago to New Jersey in exchange for John Quenneville, reports Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca.
Impact: Hayden brings a physical edge to the ice, but that's pretty much the extent of his value. Still, that's something the Devils sorely lacked in 2018-19, so expect Hayden to see regular ice time on the lower lines this season.
News: Subban has been traded to New Jersey from Nashville in exchange for Steven Santini, Jeremy Davies and two second-round draft picks, reports TSN.ca.
Impact: Subban is entering year six of an eight-year, $72 million contract he originally inked with Montreal. The $9 million cap hit is a tough thing to swallow in today's NHL, so that's why the return for him is somewhat suspect. Subban is coming off a down year in which he scored nine goals and 31 points in 63 games. But the 30-year-old is still a premier, puck-moving defender who shoots right and the Devils have filled a massive gap in their system.
News: Hughes was drafted first overall by the Devils at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Impact: Hughes is a special talent. You'll hear comps to Patrick Kane, but scouts say he's his own man. Yes, he has Kane's elite playmaking and puck skills, but add in Connor McDavid's elusiveness -- especially in traffic -- and Jack Eichel's relentless motor. What you get is the best prospect in hockey. Hughes is a dynamic skater who drives play at a crazy pace. And thinks it at the same rate. He has all the tools to be a 100-point player in the NHL in his prime. And that makes him a keeper cornerstone.
News: Erixon agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Vaxjo Lakers HC (Sweden) on Saturday.
Impact: Erixon logged 28 games for AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season, in which he notched five assists, 18 PIM and a plus-6 rating. In his career, the blueliner has appeared in 93 NHL games for the Rangers, Blue Jackets, Blackhawks and Maple Leafs, but was never able to earn a permanent spot on a 23-man roster. A move back to his native Sweden likely marks the end of Erixon's time in North America, while he figures to finish with two goals, 12 assists and 38 PIM in the NHL.
News: Boqvist inked a three-year, entry-level contract with New Jersey on Monday.
Impact: Boqvist racked up 35 points in 51 outings with Brynas IF Gavle in Sweden, earning himself an ELC from the Devils. Drafted by the club with the 36th overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft, the center will get an opportunity to secure a spot on the 23-man roster during training camp, but may have to settle for playing for AHL Binghamton to start the 2019-20 campaign.
News: Yakovlev agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Metallurg Magnitogorsk on Wednesday.
Impact: After just one season in North America, in which he logged 25 games with the Devils, Yakovlev will return to the KHL, where he played from 2012-18. In his brief NHL stint, the blueliner notched two goals, five helpers and 24 shots. At this point, it's hard to imagine the Russian will get another chance to secure a spot in the NHL.
News: Maltsev inked a three-year, entry-level contract with New Jersey on Monday.
Impact: Maltsev has split time between the KHL and VHL (second tier) over the past few seasons, including 13 games with SKA St. Petersburg last year in which he tallied a pair of points. Drafted by the Devils in the fourth round of the 2016 NHL Draft, the 21-year-old will likely make the jump to North America this summer and start the 2019-20 campaign in the minors with AHL Belleville.
News: Zetterlund agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with New Jersey on Monday.
Impact: Zetterlund -- who was drafted in the third round of the 2017 NHL Draft -- was hampered by a knee injury last season, which limited him to just 16 appearances for Farjestad BK (SHL). The winger figures to link up with the club for training camp, but is unlikely to secure a spot on the 23-man roster. Instead, the Swede will either head back to Farjestad for another year or will be assigned to AHL Belleville.
News: Smith has been named 2018-19 WHL Defenseman of the Year.
Impact: The first WHL player taken in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft (17th overall), Smith nearly cracked the New Jersey roster as an 18-year-old. He was the team's final cut in training camp and went back and dominated junior competition to the tune of 69 points in 57 games. The Devils have some quality forwards on their roster (which will almost certainly include Jack Hughes with the first overall selection this coming June), but their defense could charitably be called a work in progress. They need Smith's smarts and puck-moving ability in their opening night lineup this coming fall.
News: Bratt (undisclosed) is bound for the IIHF World Championship in May.
Impact: Bratt missed the final 15 games of the regular season due to the undisclosed issue, but now he'll be able to flaunt his skills on the international stage. While Bratt posted a meager 8.8 shooting percentage this season, he's turned in consecutive campaigns with 20-plus assists, and his power-play role figures to grow as he gains more top-level experience. Still, we'd target him near the late rounds of drafts in the fall.