The New Jersey Devil have announced the signing of defenseman Brandon Pruster to a three-year entry level contract.
The 23-year-old is currently playing for the Everett Silvertips of the American Hockey League.
Prust was selected by the Devils in the first round, 33rd overall, of the 2015 NHL Draft and played in 82 games last season.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound defenseman has played in 62 games this season with the Silvertipped, recording three goals and five assists for 11 points.
The Devils were the first team to sign Prust and he will join the Devils organization on an entry level deal.
Prust’s signing is a major coup for the Devils, as he brings an offensive talent to the Devils locker room that they were missing last season with their top pairing of Matt Donovan and Justin Schultz.
Devils fans will get a chance to see Prust play this season when he and the Devils play the Winnipeg Jets on March 2.
Devils head coach Pete DeBoer was asked about Prust’s arrival after the Devils game, and DeBoers response was “I think it’s great.
He’s a big kid, a great skater, and he’ll bring something to our team.”
DeBoering said that Prust has a lot of experience and will be a good addition to our blue line, “I’ve been around the league a long time, and I’ve never seen that, so I’m excited to see that.”
Prust will join an already stacked defense for the Devil this season.
Cory Schneider will be joining the team in his fourth season, which is something DeBoered said is a “major coup for us,” “He’s a great defender, and we like what he brings to our defense.
We’ve got a lot in terms of young defensemen, so he’s going to help us.”
Pruszynski, 23, played four seasons in the American League and tallied six goals and 19 assists for 34 points in 74 games.
He also played in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs with the San Jose Sharks.
He will join another Devils defenseman in Jason Demers, who signed a one-year contract on Thursday.
Demers, 23 years old, is the Devils third defensemen signing on Thursday after adding defenseman Alex Edler and forward Eric Staal on Thursday morning.
The New York Islanders selected Demers with the 20th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Demer was acquired by the Islanders from the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, and will serve as a depth defenseman for the team for the next season.
He was acquired from the Islanders in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning for defenseman Josh Bailey.
He spent last season in the NHL with the Islanders, recording six goals, nine assists and 23 points in 79 games.
The Islanders traded Demers to the New York Rangers in a three year deal on June 4, 2016.
The deal was finalized on December 16, 2017.
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