The next piece of the defensive puzzle for the New Jersey Devils is just one more step away. Can Damon Severson make the final hurdle into the NHL at 20 years old?
Damon Severson turns a young 20 years old on August 7th and could be close to receiving some type of an NHL shot in the very near future. Damon is one of the most hyped prospects for NJ in a while and the expectations for the young Canadian is through the roof.
Damon made his professional debut with the Albany Devils in the 2012-13 season when he played in 2 games and had 2 assists. He spent all of last season with the Kelowna Rockets and had 15 goals, 46 assists, and a plus minus of +47 in his last season for the WHL.
It’s not always about the stats, but it certainly catches your eye when a guy can produce that much and can clearly do his job on defense. Due to receiving an Entry-Level Slide for the first two years of his contract, Severson begins his 3-year contract this season. He will make $67,500 in the AHL but could make $642,500 in the NHL if he can blow everybody away this season. If that wasn’t an incentive in of itself, Severson has another $307,500 in player bonuses in his contract (CapGeek).
If a spot opens up on the NHL roster, Severson could be a leading candidate now that Jon Merrill and Eric Gelinas will stay on the NHL roster.
Damon Severson may not only be fighting for a short-term roster spot this season, but also a long-term spot in the near future. After the 2014-15 season, Bryce Salvador will become an Unrestricted Free Agent and the Devils likely won’t retain his services. Along with that, Peter Harrold and Marek Zidlicky will also become UFAs. Harrold’s future is uncertain and Zidlicky is getting up there in age.
There will be an open spot that could be filled from within with the likes of Brandon Burlon, Raman Hrabarenka, and Reece Scarlett. Damon would also be on that list of possible candidates as well.
There is room on the Devils roster for Damon Severson to fill some holes, especially after this coming season. He has shown at an amateur level that he has the tools to succeed professionally, and now is the time for him to show the fans what he can bring to the table.