The 2014 NHL Entry Draft will be on June 27-28 and take place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. The first New Jersey draft pick will be at #30 overall.
The only time the New Jersey Devils have held the 30th overall pick according to Hockey DB was when they had the pick in the 2006 Entry Draft. They selected D Matt Corrente out of the OHL when he was on the Saginaw Spirit.
Corrente started off with a 3-year, $2.55 million entry level contract. While he played for the Niagara IceDogs in the OHL, Corrente received and Entry Level Slide and caused a cap hit of $618,333. He received a signing bonus of $85,000 and factoring in the other bonuses, he had a salary of $850,000 for 2007-08. He would have the same signing bonus for 2008-09 and 2009-10.
With the IceDogs, Corrente had 2 goals and 13 assists and 64 penalty minutes in 21 games. He had 5 assists in 10 games in the playoffs.
The next season, officially the first on the contract, Corrente earned $62,500 as he spent the entire season with the Lowell Devils. His cap hit was $590,000 for the 3 seasons on his contract. In 2008-09, Corrente had 6 goals and 12 assists in 67 games.
In 2009-10, he spent time with both the Lowell Devils and New Jersey Team. With NJ, he played in 12 regular season games and 2 playoff games but didn’t total a point.
With Lowell, he played in 45 games and had 5 goals and 15 assists.
In 2010-11, Corrente played on both teams once again. He played 3 games with the Albany Devils and had 1 assist while also playing 22 games with New Jersey and recording 6 assists.
Corrente then signed a 1-year, 2-way, $660,000 contract. He would not see NHL time, however, as he played in 39 games with Albany and had 2 goals and 6 assists.
He was re-signed one more time by New Jersey for 2012-13 to a 1-year, 2-way, $525,000 contract. He only played in 11 games for Albany and had 2 assists.
Last season, he signed a 1-year, 2-way, $550,000 contract for the Carolina Hurricanes and played 72 games for the Charlotte Checkers, their AHL affiliate. Corrente had 2 goals, 1 assist, and 136 penalty minutes.
Contract info courtesy of Cap Geek.