The New Jersey Devils today signed two prospects, forwards Ryan Kujawinski and Blake Pietila, to entry-level contracts. The announcement was made by Devils’ General Manager Ray Shero. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.
Kujawinski, 20, notched 21 goals and 15 assists for 36 points in 34 games with North Bay (OHL) following a January 5 trade from Kingston. The 6-2, 200-lb. forward finished tied for third on the Battalion with six goals, including a league-leading two overtime game-winners, while adding three assists in 15 playoff contests. Kujawinski also had 13 goals and 10 assists for 23 points in 27 games with the Frontenacs this season. In four OHL seasons with Sarnia, Kingston and North Bay, he totaled 90 goals and 94 assists for 184 points and 126 penalty minutes in 231 games. In 26 playoff games, he had nine goals and four assists for 13 points and 15 penalty minutes. He also played in the 2013 CHL Top Prospects Game. Born March 30, 1995 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Kujawinski was New Jersey’s second choice (third round), and 73rd overall selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Pietila, 22, finished a four-year college career at Michigan Tech (WCHA), where he scored 46 goals and 60 assists for 106 points to go along with 230 penalty minutes in 153 games. In his senior year with the Huskies, he posted career highs of 14 goals and 30 points and led the team with 56 penalty minutes while being named to the All-WCHA Third Team. He served as a co-captain his final two years and also was a member of the league’s All-Academic Team during his last three seasons. Pietila won a Gold Medal with Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championships, registering two assists in seven games. Born February 20, 1993 in Milford, MI, the 6-0, 195-lb. forward spent the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons with the United States Development Program. Pietila was New Jersey’s fourth choice (fifth round), and 129th overall selection in the 2011 draft.