Prospects such as Joey Anderson and John Quenneville could make an NHL roster push in September when the Devils will need to fill spots vacated by free agency.
Through free agency and the early part of the NHL offseason, it’s possible the Devils’ most important move of 2018 happened in April.
That’s when they signed 2016 third-round draft pick Joey Anderson to his entry level contract, turning him pro following two seasons at Minnesota-Duluth.
Behind Anderson, the Devils haven’t traded for or signed any NHL forward depth outside of Kurtis Gabriel, who has been a career AHLer. The departures of Patrick Maroon, Michael Grabner and Brian Gibbons through free agency has left the Devils with spots to fill in the NHL, and as of now, they’re up for grabs for prospects such as Anderson, John Quenneville, Michael McLeod, Blake Speers and others.
“After talking to management, they said there’s spots available and it’s going to come down to who comes into camp ready to go,” Anderson said Tuesday at the start of Devils development camp. “That’s what I want to show them.
“My progress from when I was here in April until now has been getting better and better, and then I want to show them when I come back for rookie camp in September, I’m even better than I was now. I want them to see how serious I am about this, and put my best foot forward in camp and try to earn a spot.”
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Source:: New Jersey Real -Time Sports