New Jersey Devils Sign 2 Forwards

The New Jersey Devils have made some roster moves. First, they have signed forward Shane Bowers to a two-year, two-way contract extension. At the NHL level, Bowers will carry a $775,000 cap hit. The Devils have also signed forward Ryan Schmelzer to a two-year, two-way contract. 

Bowers, 24, appeared in a career-high eight games this season with the Devils, where he had zero points and a plus-1 rating. The 2017 first-round pick spent most of this season down in the AHL with the Utica Comets, where he had 10 goals to go along with 14 points and a minus-12 rating in 43 games. 

With this move, Bowers will continue to be a depth option for the Devils and should be a solid contributor down in the AHL with the Comets. 

As for Schmelzer, this is a well-deserved contract for the 30-year-old forward. He has spent each of the last six seasons with the Binghampton Devils/Comets. He has also been the captain of the Comets for each of the last three seasons. 

Schmelzer is coming off a career year in the AHL, as he posted 18 goals and a career-high 52 points in 72 games. Now, he has earned an NHL two-way deal because of it, which is certainly a big deal for the Buffalo native. 

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