What New Jersey Devils Signing Reid Boucher to Entry Level Contract Actually Means

By Mark Donatiello
Ed Mulholland – US PRESSWIRE

The New Jersey Devils are rarely associated with prolific scoring figures.  New Jersey won their three Stanley Cup championships with defense and goaltending, and although they play a more exciting brand of hockey these days, when you think about the Devils you don’t typically think about scoring.

Patrik Elias, their all-time leading scorer, is a humble, soft-spoken forward that often flies under the radar.  Even Ilya Kovalchuk, who has never scored fewer than 29 goals in a season, lacks the recognition he deserves.  In addition to an aggressive forecheck and exciting offense on the NHL level, New Jersey Devils’ prospect Reid Boucher has fans excited about offense throughout the system.

Though Boucher was only a fourth-round pick, he broke Steven Stamkos‘ short-lived club record for goals in a season with Sarnia this year.  This week, the New Jersey Devils signed their exciting OHL winger to an entry-level contract for the 2013-14 season after his incredible goal scoring output this season.  Reid Boucher has three games left to pad his record before the postseason begins.

Even after the OHL postseason concludes, Reid Boucher will not be eligible to play in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils this season.  The entry-level deal Boucher signed begins next season, prohibiting him from joining the NHL club.  Reid Boucher could, however, have the opportunity to play for the New Jersey Devils’ AHL squad in Albany if the Devils offer him a tryout.

Though he was selected in a much later round, having comparable goal-scoring numbers to prolific NHL goal-scorers like John Tavares and the aforementioned Steven Stamkos is a promising sign for the New Jersey Devils.  If Reid Boucher’s offensive skills can translate to NHL production, the New Jersey Devils may have found the steal of the 2011 draft.  If nothing else, Reid Boucher has certainly earned a contract.

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