According to the Devils website and ESPN’s Corey Pronman, the Devils have signed 2014 6th round pick Brandon Baddock to an entry level contract. The 21 year old served as the Edmonton Oil Kings captain last year, putting up 35 points in 68 games. Baddock will end his WHL career with 54 goals, 49 assists, and 103 points in 255 games. That’s good for a 0.40 point per game average. Baddock has put up 480 penalty minutes in those 255 games. I wasn’t a big fan of this pick when it happened, and I’m not a big fan of the signing. Not much to say about it. He’s a big player, takes a ton of penalties, and doesn’t score that much. I think the Devils could’ve found someone like that else where if they really wanted to. Other 2014 picks Connor Chatham (3rd round) and Ryan Rehill (5th round) were not signed.
In other news, The Devils signed forward Jan Mandat to an AHL contract according to Stephane Leroux. Mandat was born in the Czech Republic, and spent a couple of years playing in the U16, U18, and U20 levels in his home country. He joined the Victoriaville Tigers for the 2013-14 season, where he put up 33 points in 61 games. He split time between the Tigers and Val-d’Or Foreurs during the 2014-15 season, where he put up 36 points in 57 games. He wore the “A” for Val-d’Or this past season, where his point totals jumped up to 64 points in 62 games. This signing seems more like a depth signing for Albany, but you never know what could happen. You can find his Elite Prospects page here.
(Photo Courtesy of Shaughn Butts/Edmonton Journal)