The New Jersey Devils drafted prospect Ryan Rehill with the 131st overall draft selection at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft – and now, they’ve brought him into the system on an AHL ATO, despite not being quite ready to ink him to an entry-level deal just yet.
The Devils confirmed on Sunday morning that Rehill has joined the AHL’s Albany Devils for the end of their season and their post-season run on an amateur tryout contract, which could turn into an AHL contract with good play to keep him in the team’s system moving forward. Per the team’s official release:
“Rehill finished this season when Kamloops was eliminated from the WHL Playoffs on Tuesday. In 63 regular-season games, he produced 10 goals and 29 assists for 39 points, while totaling 94 penalty minutes. Prior to postseason play, Rehill, was named the team’s Eldon Dever Trophy (Best Defenseman) and the Dean Evason Award (Inspiration Leadership and Ability) winner. Rehill, who served as an alternate captain, added two goals and three assists during the Blazers’ seven-game series against Kelowna.”
The Albany Devils have already guaranteed that they’ll see the post-season this year, so adding Rehill is a good way to see whether or not the 20 year old blue liner deserves to stick around with the team or not. He put up good defensive performances with Kaloomps, and was clearly considered a leader on his team, so there’s always the chance that the Devils will want to keep him around long-term.