23-Year-Old Defenseman – New Jersey Devils
Damon Severson Contract Information:
Signed a six-year, $25 million deal with the Devils in September of 2017.
Severson ended his period as a restricted free agent Monday, signing a six-year, $25 million contract.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Severson managed 21 points while seeing just over 18 minutes of ice time per game in 72 appearances last season, but the soon-to-be 22-year-old will likely be asked to fill a larger role with fellow youngster Adam Larsson having been shipped out to Edmonton in the Taylor Hall trade. The 2012 second-rounder managed five power-play points a year ago, and landing a more prominent place on the man advantage would be key to further enhancing his resume. As it stands, his youth and upside still make Severson the most appealing option on an underwhelming Devils blue line.
Severson made his NHL debut in 2014-15, appearing in 51 games for the Devils. The 21-year-old blueliner averaged 21:57 of ice time, scoring five times and adding 12 assists, with seven of those points coming on the power play. Defensemen typically take a longer to make a notable offensive impact, so Severson's early contributions would seem to bode well for his future production. With the departure of Marek Zidlicky, look for Severson to take on an even larger role with the Devils in 2015-16, forming a potentially dynamic puck-moving combination from the back end with 22-year-old Adam Larsson. Though it likely won't materialize this season, Severson has all the tools to be a 40-point guy or better at his peak.
Severson is one of several young blueliners in the organization. Selected in the second round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Severson is coming off an excellent campaign with the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets, for whom he tallied 15 goals and 46 assists over 64 games. The 20-year-old probably won’t push for a duty with the Devils until later this season at the earliest, but he could become a fixture on the blue line at some point during the 2015-16 campaign.
Severson is one of several defensive prospects with a chance at cracking the team's NHL roster this fall. He's been touted as a potential steal of the 2012 draft and notched 52 points for Kelowna of the WHL last season along with 10 points in 11 playoff contests with the Rockets. Severson has an offensive edge to his game and it remains to be seen how he'll adapt to New Jersey's defensive system, but he is definitely worth remembering in keeper leagues either for this season or the next one.
Recently turning 18, Severson is a defensemen with some offensive ability who put up 37 points in 56 WHL contests with Kelowna last year. He's worth keeping an eye on, but is a few years away from seeing NHL ice.