The New Jersey Devils announced on Twitter the team has signed 2014 first-round pick John Quenneville to an entry-level contract. Quenneville was the 30th overall pick by the New Jersey Devils. A pick that was originally taken away from the team after former Devil Ilya Kovalchuk signed an enormously large contract and then left for the KHL.
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#NJDevils have signed forward John Quenneville to a three-year entry-level contract.
— New Jersey Devils (@NHLDevils) July 13, 2015
Quenneville has had two solid seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings the past two years. He has shown a developed set of playmaking skills after the Devils selected him in 2014 through the Wheat Kings and during the 1st day of development camp.
This signing happened after the first day of Devils development camp, featuring 2015 1st round pick Pavel Zacha.
Devils’ first-round pick Pavel Zacha said he is not close to signing an entry-level contract.
— Rich Chere (@Ledger_NJDevils) July 13, 2015
With many of the selections in the top 10 of the 2015 draft signed to an ELC, it begs the question as to when Zacha will sign his.
It seems rather odd that the Devils were one of the 1st teams to introduce their 1st round pick to fans, but have yet to sign him to his first NHL deal.
— New Jersey Devils (@NHLDevils) June 28, 2015
Keep in mind that the event above was just a team run meet and greet with the Devils newest pick. It is possible the team waits a year, like they did with John Quenneville, and sign Zacha in 2016?