The New Jersey Devils today announced that defenseman Jeremy Davies has agreed to terms on a two-year, entry-level contract starting with the 2019-20 season.
Davies was New Jersey's ninth selection (seventh round), 192nd overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
"We are very excited to sign Jeremy," said Shero. "He is a very smart puck-moving defenseman who can transition his team to offense in all three zones. His vision, skill, competitiveness, character and leadership helped Northeastern become one of the top echelon schools in the country during his time there. We also want to thank Jim Madigan and his staff at Northeastern for Jeremy's development these past three years."
Davies, 22, spent the last three seasons, 2016-18, with Northeastern University (Hockey East), completing his season on Saturday when the Huskies were eliminated by Cornell in the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. The left-shooting blue-liner earned multiple accolades during his junior year, being named to the Hockey East First All-Star and All-Tournament Teams and a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the best player in college hockey. He finished his junior season with a career-high 36 points (8g-28a), which ranked second among defensemen in Hockey East and seventh among all skaters. His assist total was fourth among all Hockey East skaters, was second in power play points (4g-17a-21pts) and ranked sixth in blocked shots (58). Davies improved upon a strong 2017-18 where he was named to Hockey East's First All-Star Team and the NCAA East All-American Team. He also helped Team Canada win the Spengler Cup during that year. In 111 career NCAA games, he scored 22 goals, 72 assists for 94 points (.85 points-per-game).
The 5-11, 185lb., native of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, enrolled in Northeastern after playing two seasons in the USHL with Bloomington and Waterloo (17g-56a-73pts in 114 games played). In 2015-16, Davies led all USHL defensemen in assists (36) and points (49), while being named to the USHL First All-Star Team. Prior to his time in the USHL, he played three years with Lac St-Louis (QMAAA).