Boucher getting selected 99th overall in the 2011 NHL entry draft in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mandatory credit: Bruce Bennett-Getty Images

Reid Boucher, Jon Merrill Sign Amateur Tryout With Albany

New Jersey Devils prospects Reid Boucher and Jon Merrill have agreed to an amateur tryout with the Devils AHL affiliate Albany Devils.

Boucher previously signed a three year entry-level contract with the Devils after his OHL season ended.

Reid Boucher

Reid Boucher after getting selected by the Devils in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Mandatory Credit: Nick Laham – Getty Images

The 2011 fourth round draft pick set a new Sarnia Sting team record, previously held by Steven Stamkos, with 62 goals on the year. Boucher also tallied two goals and three assists in his first playoff game. However, the Sting got swept in the opening round.

The Devils top defensive prospect Jon Merrill also agreed to an amateur tryout with Albany today. The 21-year-old junior at the University of Michigan decided to leave college with one year of eligibility remaining. He also signed a three year entry-level deal with the Devils earlier in the week.

Both Boucher and Merrill’s contracts do not start until the beginning of the 2013-2014 regular season.

Jon Merrill. Mandatory Credit: Robert Sciarrino – The Star-Leger

Also, both players are ready and eligible to play in Albany’s game tonight against the Hershey Bears. Boucher has already appeared in one game with Albany last season, but did not put up any points. Merrill is looking to make his AHL debut, which could very well be tonight.

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