The Devils’ summer of depth signings continues as they announced another deal for a depth forward Friday morning:
Nick Lappin spent most of last year with the Binghamton Devils but did manage to see six games of NHL action where he scored one goal. Lappin was a strong performer for Binghamton where he scored 31 goals and added 22 assists in 65 games. The one-year deal is worth $700,000 at the NHL level and a guaranteed $250,000 at the AHL level. Lappin can compete for a spot on the lineup as the 13th forward right out of camp or act as one of the first players to be called up in the event of an injury. The Devils originally signed Lappin as a free agent out of Brown University in 2016 and he has been with the organization since, spending parts of two seasons with Albany, New Jersey, and Binghamton.
Lappin is a good player to have around for his experience and ability to go up and down the organizational depth chart in a pinch. This deal will give John Hynes a strong option to consider to fill the lineup holes left in free agency and fans have responded positively to Lappin’s brief stints in the NHL so far. At the very least, the Binghamton Devils will bring back a leader and stalwart AHL performer to try and improve on last season’s result.
Will Lappin make the team out of camp? What can he bring as a regular lineup player? Let us know what you think in the comments.