Nico Hischier gets paid


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.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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