The New Jersey Devils have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Colton White to a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will carry a $700K salary in the NHL, paying White just $90K in the AHL. The 23-year-old was not eligible for salary arbitration.
After the additions of Ryan Murray and Dmitry Kulikov this offseason, White may find himself a little further down the organizational depth chart than expected. The 2015 fourth-round pick has actually played in a handful of NHL games the last two seasons, even receiving more than 20 minutes of ice time in a February game against the St. Louis Blues. It’s going to be tough to find those minutes this year, meaning he’ll probably have to settle for a role on the Binghamton Devils of the AHL once again.
Still looking for his first NHL point, White does have 51 in 163 career AHL games, a fine total for a mid-round pick still trying to find his way. If his game continues to improve, perhaps an opportunity will come about next season when Murray, Kulikov and Connor Carrick are all scheduled for unrestricted free agency. If not, he’s still a valuable piece to have in the minor leagues in case of injury.