After two seasons on being the New Jersey Devils’ AHL affiliate, the Albany Devils Joe Whitney, finally has a chance to live his dream next season. According to capgeek.com, the 25 year-old signed a two year, two way deal earlier today.
Whitney, the 25 year old left winger, led Albany this past season in points (51), goals (26) and shots (203). Last season he also led the AHL Devils in points (44) and shots (177).
The 5’6, Reading, MA native played college hockey at power house Boston College. During his four years in the program, he won two national championships.
Whitney should get a decent shot to make the team in September. He has out scored some of the bigger named prospects in the AHL over the last two years. Whitney was first in a Devils uniform on a tryout basis during a New Jersey Devils prospect camp in 2011. After a strong performance, Whitney was signed to an AHL contract on July 28th of that year.
It’s not fair to say his game would translate very well to the NHL like it did in the AHL, but he has scored at every level he has played in his professional career. The Devils have had major success developing un-drafted free agents from the NCAA. Don’t be surprised if he has more than a cup of coffee in the NHL next year.