The New Jersey Devils have finally locked up 23 year old, restricted free agent, Adam Henrique. The former 82nd overall draft pick from the 2008 NHL entry draft has come to an agreement on a 6 year deal worth $24 million, with the New Jersey Devils.
Henrique has spent two seasons in the NHL, playing in 117 games, and totaling 67 points. He has shown his ability to be a good player, and with the loss of so many key players on the Devils the last couple of seasons, he is going to have to step up and put up points in a increased roll with the Devils team that is lacking a lot of offense from a few seasons ago.
The Devils are hoping that a little increased ice time this season will increase Henrique’s production. The Devils are a long shot from the playoffs, but the addition of Jaromir Jagr in the offseason, and Cory Schneider coming over on the trade on the day of the draft will certainly help the Devils meander through the season.
With Henrique now signed, the Devils will begin training camp shortly to look over the pieces they have to work with. If the Devils could manage to bring Damien Brunner in before the season starts, they will have a much better chance at being able to keep up with other offenses in the NHL this season. The Devils should now shift their focus to the outside of the organization and see if they can manage to bring in a little more scoring before the season starts.
Either way, whether the Devils are able to sign Brunner or any other offensive helping hand or not, the Devils chances at a good season, or another run to the Stanley Cup Finals like 2 seasons ago, is a long shot. The Devils are due for what seems to be a very disappointing season this year in Jersey.