Harvard was officially eliminated from the Frozen Four last night in a 2-1 loss to the University of Minnesota-Duluth, which means that the Devils can officially try and sign Co-Captain Alexander Kerfoot to an entry-level contract. The Devils selected Kerfoot in the fifth round of the 2012 Entry-Level Draft (150th overall).
Kerfoot, an economics major (!), will finish his four-year college career with 36 goals and 86 assists (122 points) in 120 games played (1.01 points/game). He had his best season this past year, posting 16 goals and 28 assists (44 points) in 35 games played (1.26 points/game), including an assist on Harvard’s lone goal last night.
If Kerfoot decides to wait it out and not sign with the Devils, instigating the “Vesey” Rule (after what Jimmy Vesey did last summer), he’ll become an unrestricted free agent and can sign with whomever he likes. Here’s the rule in the NHL’s CBA with the NHLPA:
Vancouver would probably at the top of his list; his father owns part of the Vancouver Whitecaps, a soccer team that competes in the MLS. Kerfoot is also from West Vancouver, BC. If the Devils can’t make him sign an entry-level contract, he’ll likely end up with the Canucks.
If he signs soon, he can play in the last two games of the season without his contract kicking in and he’ll get his feet wet. And if he ends up not signing with the Devils, it won’t be the end of the world. He’ll either go to Vancouver or follow his buddy Vesey to New York (which would hurt like hell) but it is what it is.
If the Devils can sign him, great; if not, they’ll be okay without him. We’ll find out soon enough.