5 Free Agents New Jersey Devils Should Avoid At All Costs

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Alex Kerfoot

Devils fans love to talk about players who used to play for the Devils. Alex Kerfoot is not one of those players, but it’s complicated. He was drafted by the Devils in 2012, but he played all four seasons at Harvard before refusing to sign with the Devils. Instead, he signed with the Colorado Avalanche, who eventually traded him to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Kerfoot has been fine with the Maple Leafs, but that’s about it. He never matched the 19 goals he scored his rookie season, with 13 this past season being his Maple Leafs high. He does fit a major hole in the Devils lineup. Kerfoot is a bottom-six player with a slight scoring upside and defensive prowess.

However, Kerfoot is like a poor man’s Yegor Sharangovich at this point. He has no shot at 20 goals. He does play on the penalty kill, but it’s hard to say he’s as good as Sharangovich.

Is there really any worth in bringing in a player who is basically a mimic of a player who couldn’t make the lineup when it mattered most? The Devils had a use for Kerfoot when he came out of college six years ago. Now? This isn’t the move to make.