Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Devils today acquired forwards Christoph Bertschy and Mario Lucia from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for defenseman Viktor Loov. All three players involved in the trade are currently playing in the American Hockey League and will be re-assigned to their respective AHL teams. The announcement was made by New Jersey Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager & Alternate Governor Ray Shero.
Bertschy, 23, is currently in his third professional season with the Wild organization, having signed a three-year, entry-level deal with Minnesota on Apr. 26, 2015. In 2017-18, the right-shooting forward has scored eight goals and nine assists for 17 points and 40 penalty minutes in 45 regular-season games with Minnesota's AHL affiliate, Iowa Wild. In 2017-18, the native of Fribourg, Switzerland, has appeared in one NHL game with the Wild, Oct. 14 vs. CBJ, where he collected four penalty minutes in 5:23 of action.
Lucia, 24, is in his second full season with the Wild organization, having signed a three-year, entry-level deal with Minnesota on May 27, 2016, which started during the 2016-17 season. The Fairbanks, Alaska native has six goals, nine assists for 15 points and 12 penalty minutes in 40 regular-season games with Iowa this season. He has career AHL totals of 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points in 93 regular-season contests.