Contract Carousel: Does Dainius Zubrus, Other Centerman Have A Future on the Devils

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May 25, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) celebrates his game-winning goal during the first overtime period in game six of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals at the Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Rangers 3-2 to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Name – Adam Henrique

Height -6 ft 0 in

Weight – 196 lbs

Shoots – Left

Former Teams – None

NHL Draft – 82nd Overall, 2008 – New Jersey Devils

Playing Career – 2010 – Present

Awards and Honors – 2009, ’10 Memorial Cup (Windsor Spitfires), Ice Hockey at the 2007 Canada Games Gold Medalist (Team Ontario), Wayne Gretzky 99 Award Winner (2009-10 OHL Playoff MVP), 2010 World Junior Championship Silver Medalist (Team Canada), NHL Rookie of the Month in December 2011, selected to the 2012 NHL All-Star SuperSkills Competition.

2012-2013 Stats – Albany Devils (AHL) – 16 GP, 5 G, 3 A, 12 PIM. New Jersey Devils (NHL) – 42 GP, 11 G, 5 A, 16 PIM.

2012-2013 Cap Hit – $854,166

How He Was Acquired – Drafted in 2008, First Played for Albany in 2010.

Free Agent Status – RFA, Qualifying Offer estimated at $577,500 (CapGeek)

Adam Henrique has a place in many Devils Fan’s Hearts for his series-clinching goal against the New York Rangers two seasons ago in the Eastern Conference Finals. As a matter of fact, he had two series-clinching goals that Stanley Cup Run. He had an insane 2011-2012 season with astronomical numbers for someone at his age.

Somehow, though, he went from a 51 point season to an extremely underwhelming 16 point one. It doesn’t help to have a shortened season but his slump was still a little worrying.

He had 14 points through March but then only added two more points for the rest of the season. His slump was very David Clarkson-esque. The major difference between those two players is money. Lou Lamoriello has already been quoted saying that Henrique will definitely be qualified by the time the deadline rolls around.

Since the qualifying offer is only a little more than they would pay for Steve Zalewski and other Albany players, it is very understandable why it will be easy to bring him back. The only thing stopping Henrique from coming back next year is Henrique.

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