Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero officially announced today that the New Jersey Devils signed their 2017 first overall pick, Nico Hischier, to a maximum three-year, entry-level contract, with a $925,000 AAV (average annual value) plus performance bonuses. The Devils won the draft lottery back in April and chose Hischier in Chicago on June 23rd. He participated in his first Devils development camp and had an impressive showing (more on that to come within the next few days).
Hischier is the highest-drafted Swiss player ever. He had a phenomenal 2016-17 season with the Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) and Team Switzerland in his first year in the North American system. The 18-year old center had 93 points in 63 games with the Mooseheads. He was named to the QMJHL All-Rookie Team, was named the QMJHL Best Professional Prospect (Mike Bossy Trophy), the QMJHL Offensive Rookie of the Year (Michel Bergeron Trophy), and the QMJHL Rookie of the Year. He had the most goals (38), assists (48), and points (86) by a rookie in the QMJHL as well. In four separate international tournaments, Hischier scored 39 points in 30 games.
Hischier will wear #13 with the Devils. For just a little more on Hischier, here’s a draft profile written about a month and a half ago. There will be plenty more to come now that development camp is coming to an end (once the Devils upload scrimmage footage).
Check out the official release from the Devils.