New Jersey Devils Sign Multiple Players To PTO Contracts

The New Jersey Devils have signed Jimmy Vesey, Mark Jankowski and Tyler Wotherspoon to professional tryout contracts.

Out of the three, Vesey is the most interesting. Once viewed as a potential star after winning the Hobey Baker Award in 2016, he never lived up to the hype. However, he can be a nice addition to New Jersey's bottom-six. In 50 games this past season between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks, he scored five goals and had 10 points. During the 2018-19 season with the New York Rangers, he scored 17 goals and had 35 points in 81 games. Perhaps he could get back to that degree of offense if signed by the Devils. 

Jankowski was drafted 21st overall by the Calgary Flames during the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but like Vesey, he never became a top-six forward in the league. Yet, he is a serviceable bottom-six forward. With the Pittsburgh Penguins this past season, he scored four goals and had 11 points in 45 games. He also had a very solid 2018-19 season with the Flames, as he had 14 goals and 32 points in 79 games. Thus, the big center can be a decent depth scorer. 

Wotherspoon has spent the vast majority of his professional hockey career in the AHL. He has not played an NHL game since the 2016-17 season with the Flames. In total, he has 30 NHL games under his belt and five assists. However, the Devils could elect to sign him and play him with the Binghamton Devils. In 24 games last season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, he had six assists and was an alternate captain.

We will have to wait and see if any of these three end up getting one-year deals with the club.

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