Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils have re-signed defenseman Seth Helgeson to a two-year contract. The terms are as follows: two-way in 2015-16 ($575,000/$75,000), and one-way in 2016-17 ($600,000). The announcement was made by Devils’ General Manager Ray Shero.
Helgeson, 24, will enter his third full year with the Devils’ organization after splitting the 2014-15 season between Albany (AHL) and New Jersey. He appeared in 49 AHL games last season, recording 2g-10a-12pts and 58 penalty minutes. The 6-4, 215-lb. rearguard posted two assists and 18 PIM in 22 matches with New Jersey after making his NHL debut November 11 vs. Minnesota. Helgeson’s career totals show 3g-19a-22pts and 160 PIM in 128 AHL games overall. He made his pro debut in 2012-13 by appearing in four games with Albany upon the completion of his collegiate career.
The native of Faribault, MN played four seasons with the University of Minnesota (WCHA), where he was named to the league’s 2012 and 2013 All-Academic Team. His Golden Gophers’ totals show 7g-20a-27pts and 222 PIM in 150 appearances, including the 2012 NCAA Frozen Four and 2013 NCAA West Regional.
Born October 8, 1990, he represented the United States at the 2007 and 2008 World Junior A Challenge, winning the Gold Medal his second year. He spent two seasons (2007-08 & 2008-09) with Sioux City (USHL), and participated in the league’s 2009 All-Star Game. Helgeson was New Jersey’s fourth choice and 114th overall selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.