The New Jersey Devils
announced Wednesday that they've signed defensemen Eric Gelinas
, their second-round pick in the 2009 Entry Draft, and undrafted junior defenseman Dan Kelly
. No terms were disclosed.
Gelinas, 19, was New Jersey's second choice (No. 54) in last June's draft. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound defenseman split the 2009-10 season between Lewiston and Chicoutimi in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, scoring 6 goals and 25 assists for 31 points and 59 penalty minutes in 61 games. Gelinas added 1 goal and 4 assists for 5 points and 6 PIM in six playoff games. The native of Vanier, Ont., spent his first two full seasons of junior hockey with Lewiston and played in the 2009 CHL Top Prospects Game.
Kelly, 21, spent the past five seasons with Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League, totaling 11 goals and 71 assists for 82 points and 277 penalty minutes in 235 games. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound defenseman played 58 games this past season, scoring 6 goals and 21 assists for 27 points and 99 penalty minutes while serving as the Rangers' captain. He had 4 goals and 9 assists for 13 points and 23 penalty minutes in leading Kitchener to the OHL Western Conference Finals. The native of Morrisonville, N.Y., will attend his first NHL training camp in September.