The New Jersey Devils have to settle on something resembling a final roster in relatively short order as they fly out to Europe soon to close out their preseason and start up the regular season. An interesting wrinkle to this was added today as Ray Shero decided to take another chance on a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization:
Jean-Sebastien Dea is a right-handed center who is working on a transition to right wing as well as showing some prowess on the penalty kill, as outlined by this article posted a mere two days ago. This season was the furthest he had gone in Penguins training camp before being waived and it comes on the heels of a 50 point effort in 70 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season. He appeared in five games last year with Pittsburgh, notching a goal and two penalty minutes and overall, has amassed 141 points in 262 games played at the AHL level. At 24, he can still be considered developing and will most likely start the season in Binghamton given his track record and the proximity to the start of the season, but minor league depth is rarely a negative. Dea may get a look based on his performances at Penguins camp but for now, Shero continues to add depth to the system via his former employer.
Where does Dea start the season? Should the camp attendees be worried with his arrival? Let us know in the comments.