The Devils didn’t wait long to extend Nico Hischier. In the third and final season of his entry level contract, the 2017 first overall pick out of Switzerland received a big extension this afternoon. Here are the details.
It kicks in at the start of next season. The average cap hit is a shade over $7 million. The seven-year, $50.75 million extension runs from ’20-21 through ’26-27. Hischier is still only 20. He recently reached 100 points in his young career with a two assists effort. He didn’t play last night due to a lower body injury. But practiced with the team this morning.
The new contract will include a modified no-trade clause. Thanks to Chris Johnston for the details.
It’s an interesting deal. The Devils have decided to invest early in a good two-way playmaking pivot who should get better. Don’t forget with top pick Jack Hughes, they’re very young at center. Behind the 20-year old Hischier and the 18-year old Hughes, who picked up his first NHL point during last night’s 5-2 win over the Rangers, New Jersey has a bright future.