Devils re-sign forward Nick Lappin | What it means

July 20, 2018 - The Star Ledger - View Full Article

The Devils re-signed restricted free agent forward Nick Lappin to a one-year, two-way contract. Watch video

The Devils re-signed restricted free agent forward Nick Lappin to a one-year, two-way contract with a $700K AAV at the NHL level.

The deal carries a $225K salary at the AHL level, but Lappin is guaranteed to make $250K in the 2018-19 season.

He will be a restricted free agent again next summer.

With Lappin re-signed, the Devils have three restricted free agents still waiting on contracts: Miles Wood, Steven Santini and Kevin Rooney.

Why Seney signed with Devils

Lappin played his second full pro season in 2017-18 after signing with the Devils as an undrafted free agent out of Brown at the end of 2015-16.

He spent the majority of 2017-18 in the AHL with the Binghamton Devils, where he led the team with 31 goals. He added 22 assists for 53 points.

He appeared in six NHL games with the Devils last season, accounting for one goal. In 49 NHL games over the past two seasons, Lappin has five goals and three assists.

Looking ahead to 2018-19, Lappin will be one of the players in competition for a roster spot on opening night. The Devils have at least one starting spot on the right wing in the bottom six, and Lappin could seize that role with a strong training camp.

He'll likely be in competition with Joey Anderson, John Quenneville, Michael McLeod, Blake Speers and others for NHL roster spots.

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Why Brett Seney made easy choice to join Devils

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Brett Seney quickly signed with the Devils after finishing college, despite having the option to wait and test free agency. Watch video

Like all collegiate players who spend all four seasons at school, Brett Seney had a choice.

Following the end of his senior season at Merrimack College, he could have signed with the Devils -- the team that drafted him -- or waited until August, when he could have been an unrestricted free agent, eligible to sign with any team.

Seney made his choice rather quickly, signing with the Devils on March 16.

"In a situation like that, you've got to play the cards, but it didn't take me long to agree to my contract with New Jersey," he said. "When you're working with an organization like New Jersey, it's not a tough decision."

So the sixth-round pick stuck with the team that called his name on draft day in 2015, and now he's another young prospect officially part of the Devils' system. 

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Seney's two-year contract kicks in at the start of the 2018-19 season, but he joined the Binghamton Devils in the AHL on an amateur tryout to close the season after signing the deal. 

It was a brief taste of pro hockey before the offseason, allowing Seney to play in 12 games, where he posted three goals and five assists.

Seney also gave Devils coaches and staff members a bigger glimpse at his game and his style. Despite being a smaller player at 5-9 and 170 pounds, Seney's never afraid to get physical without the puck.

"You gotta find a way to still make an impact," he said. "I like to play with grit and maybe play bigger than I am. That definitely helps me out there, and I think some of the bigger guys see that too, so maybe it gives them some motivation as well."

When Seney met with AHL coach Rick Kowalsky at the end of the season, Kowalsky recalled Seney being a little beat up from the team's final game against Utica.

Kowalsky said Seney's play got the attention of nearly every player on Utica. Seney said he's not shy about getting under the skin of opponents if he does it the right way.

"If the other team's worrying about what I'm doing, they're worrying less about what they're doing," he said. "You've got to be smart at the same time. I think I took a couple penalties that game as well. It's definitely something I have to watch at times, but if I'm going to play that way, I have to have a good summer and get stronger."

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