The New Jersey Devils announced they have re-signed defenseman Reece Scarlett to a one-year, two-way $600,000 contract. Scarlett, 23, played in Albany last season, registering the second most points for defensemen(26) including four goals. Although Scarlett was heavily involved in the Devils offense, he failed to register a point during Albany's playoff run last year. Scarlett was a restricted free agent
Reece Scarlett is an interesting defenseman. He is clearly talented with the puck and is actually quite good at driving offense. However, Scarlett struggles in the defensive zone and with physical play. Scarlett's offensive contribution in the AHL is obvious. He is one of the most important puck-moving defensemen for Albany, being second in defensive point production and tied for second in goals.
Although he's an big time part of Albany's offense, he is unlikely to translate his game into the pros. This year may seem him called up to the big club but given his play in his own zone, it is probable he will be unable to stick in the NHL.
Do you see Scarlett sticking with the big club next year? Will his game translate to the pros? What do you see his upside as long-term? Let us know your thoughts and as always, thank you for reading.