The Devils locked up a key piece of both their present and their future on Friday, signing center Nico Hischier to a seven-year contract extension, worth an average annual value of $7.25 million. The contract is set to begin in the 2020-2021 season.
Hischier, 20, was the first overall pick in the 2017 draft and scored 99 points (37 goals, 62 assists) in his first two NHL seasons. In six games this season, the Swiss native has collected a pair of assists.
The move futher solidifies the core of the Devils, who added star defenseman P.K. Subban in the offseason a day after drafting Jack Hughes No. 1 overall. They came into the season as one of the more talked about teams in the league, but began the season 0-4-2 before collecting their first win of the season over the Rangers on Thursday.
The Devils host the Vancouver Canucks Saturday at 1 p.m. at Prudential Center, though Hischier is out of the lineup with an upper body injury.