The New Jersey Devils today signed defenseman Yaroslav Dyblenko to a two-year, entry-level contract. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
Dyblenko, 23, has spent the previous five seasons, 2012-17, in the Kontinental Hockey League (Rus.). He most recently completed his second campaign with Moscow Spartak where he recorded four goals, seven assists for 11 points and 51 penalty minutes in 51 games. The 6-1, 205lb., left-shooting blueliner spent four seasons, 2011-15, in the Moscow Oblast Atlant organization. Through 180 KHL games, the Surgut, Russia native has 12 goals and 27 assists for 39 points and 150 penalty minutes.
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The Devils completed their 2016-17 season 28-40-14 overall and 12-22-6 on the road. Tonight’s game also marks the final NHL game at Joe Louis Arena. New Jersey finished 13-20-2 all-time in Joe Louis Arena.
The Devils finished their season-series with the Red Wings 1-1-1. New Jersey finished 7-13-4 vs. the Atlantic Division and is 18-29-7 against Eastern Conference opponents.
New Jersey closed out its 18th of 18 sets of back-to-back games. The club is 5-9-4 in first games and is 7-7-4 in second games of back-to-backs.
The Devils were 0-3 on the power play tonight and are 2-17 (11.8%) over the last five games.
New Jersey was 2-3 on the penalty kill tonight and are 19-26 (73.1%) while shorthanded over the last five games.
The Devils were out-shot by the Red Wings 35-25.
John Moore scored the lone goal for the Devils at 1:15 of the third period. It was Moore’s 12th goal of the season and third goal in his last four games. Moore finished the season with a career-high 12 goals and 22 points.
Jacob Josefson had the primary assist on Moore’s goal in the third period. Josefson had two assists in three games since returning from an upper-body injury April 6 vs. Pit.
Michael Cammalleri also had an assist and led the Devils with five shots on net and four hits.
Cory Schneider made his 59th start of the season while stopping 31 of 35 shots on net. Schneider finished 2016-17 with a 20-27-11 record.
Pavel Zacha spoke with Matt Loughlin and Sherry Ross on The One Jersey Network during the Devils’ 4-2 loss against the New York Islanders last night. Patrik Elias also joined The One Jersey Network before and after his Last Lap with the Devils.