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New Jersey Devils Sign Damon Severson, Reece Scarlett To Entry-Level Deals

The New Jersey Devils announced on Thursday afternoon that the club has signed two of it's defensive prospects, Damon Severson and Reece Scarlett to entry-level contracts.

Scarlett was selected by the team with the No. 159 overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (sixth round). Originally projected as a late-first or early-second round pick, the 19-year-old struggled at the end of the 2010-11 season with the Swift Current of the Western Hockey League but rebounded last season by registering nine goals and 40 assists for 49 points in his best offensive year to date.

The increase in production has some projecting the Edmonton native as a potential steal for the Devils.

Severson was selected with the No. 60 overall pick in the second round of the 2012 draft. The 18-year-old, right-handed shooting defenseman registered seven goals and 30 assists for 37 points last season as a member of the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL. His role model is Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators, who is also a right-handed shooting defenseman who played for Kelowna.

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