5. Mason Geertsen
Most fans might be surprised by this entry, but look at the rest of the available players. Is it likely Tomas Tatar will return? Hard to say. Will they find a way to re-sign Erik Haula? That seems likely. Michael McLeod seemed like his time might be up, but then he played well in the playoffs. That’s how we got to Mason Geertsen, who many might not even know was still with the organization.
Geertsen played his entire season with the Utica Comets. Tom Fitzgerald claimed him off waivers last season from the New York Rangers, adding size and snarl to the lineup last season. He ended up playing 25 minutes for the Devils, posting zero points and averaging three penalty minutes per game.
Geertsen was actually pretty good with Utica this season. He scored four goals (!!!) in 61 games. He was a leader in the room, and he helped the Comets through some ups and downs that come with an AHL season.
Geertsen is an unrestricted free agent this season, and he might be looking for an opportunity where he has a better chance to make an NHL roster. Right now, Geertsen would have to accept an AHL deal to come back. The Devils will likely look elsewhere, and Geertsen will likely find a new home on a team looking for toughness despite not needing offense.