New Jersey Devils Sign Former First-Round Pick to PTO

The New Jersey Devils are allowing a former first-round pick to prove himself, as the team has signed Zach Senyshyn to a professional tryout contract.

The Boston Bruins shockingly selected Senyshyn with the 15th overall pick of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, which was far earlier than scouts predicted he would end up. GM Don Sweeney's risky gamble did not work out in the slightest and is still (and rightfully) met with immense criticism, as the team missed out on top-flight talents like Mathew Barzal, Kyle Connor, and Thomas Chabot. 

Senyshyn appeared in just 14 NHL games over three seasons as a Bruin, where he had three points. He was traded to the Ottawa Senators last season and went pointless in two games with his hometown team.

Overall, Senyshyn was a victim of circumstance with the Bruins due to Sweeney's poor decision-making, and he will be aiming for a fresh start with the Devils. When looking at Senyshyn's resume, it is clear that is competing for a two-way deal with the team. If he impresses at camp, he could be a decent option for their AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets. Alas, we will need to see if he can earn himself a contract from here.

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