The Devils free agency is about set to come to fruition with July fast approaching.
Brandon Burlon was chosen in the 2nd round at 52nd overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils. He then committed to playing in the NCAA with the University of Michigan.
In 2011-12, Burlon signed a 3-year, $2.625 million contract that now sees him as a Restricted Free Agent this offseason. Cap Geek estimates his qualifying offer at $715,000 dollars for next season.
In 164 games with the Albany Devils, Burlon has 7 goals, 30 assists, and a collective +/- of +7. His best season came in 2012-13 where he played in 53 games and had 1 goal, 16 assists, and a +9. Last season he played in 54 games, had 5 goals, 6 assists, and a +3 rating.
Brandon Burlon finds himself in a situation where he will be fighting for a spot on the Albany roster with the likes of Damon Severson, Raman Hrabarenka, Reece Scarlett, and Seth Helgeson. Harry Young is set to be an RFA this summer and Eric Gelinas will likely be in the NHL.
Burlon is still a young player at 24 years old and after a forgettable first season with Albany, he has seen his numbers improve in the past two seasons. He had a very good plus/minus in 2012-13 while also improving his goal scoring in 2013-14.
With not too many defenders on the AHL roster due to Gelinas and Jon Merrill hopefully seeing plenty of time in the NHL, I think the Devils will re-sign Burlon to a 1 or 2-year deal.
It also could depend on what GM Lou Lamoriello’s plan is when it comes to the NHL defensive unit. If he plans on keeping both Bryce Salvador and Anton Volchenkov (as he has pointed to as an option), Adam Larsson, Jon Merrill and/or Eric Gelinas could find themselves in Albany taking turns for a roster spot.
It would be an incredibly disappointing and questionable decision on Lou Lamoriello’s part but time will tell which RFAs get cleared up. I think the team will settle for about what his qualifying offer is and his AHL salary is likely to go up from the $65,000 it was at the last three seasons.
Information courtesy of Hockey DB and Cap Geek.