The Rangers have announced the signing of 27-year-old forward
The native of the Bahamas stands 6-4, 232 lbs and spent last season with the Chicago Wolves where he
registered 23 goals, 23 assists, a minus-18 rating and a whopping 194 penalty
It doesn’t take much reading between the lines to realize
that Deveaux is slated to be an enforcer for the CT Whale this season. Deveaux was only involved in eight fights
last year according to
HockeyFights.com, but he has a long reputation of being a fearsome pugilist
so his presence alone should keep opponents from taking liberties with his
teammates. As Adam Rotter notes over at SNYRangersBlog.com, Deveaux was suspended for three games in February after throwing a roll of tape at a fan.
Deveaux did post offensive totals well beyond his previous
career highs in 2010-2011, so on top of his protector duties he should provide
some decent offensive punch for a Whale team that looks prepared for a big season.
Deveaux played in 22 NHL games for the Toronto Maple Leafs in
2008-2009 and 2009-2010 and netted just one assist to go with 75 penalty
Bell, who could actually see time in New York this year, Deveaux is destined
to remain planted in the minor leagues.
Deveaux was originally drafted in the sixth round by the
Montreal Canadiens in 2002.
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