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Devils sign Adam Henrique to long-term deal

The New Jersey Devils have re-signed centre Adam Henrique to a new multi-year contract. The 23-year-old be counted on heavily on a team light on offence after the departures of Ilya Kovalchuk and David Clarkson.

Centre enters 2013-14 season with big expectations

The Devils' Adam Henrique, who signed a long-term deal on Monday, had 51 points in his rookie season of 2011-12 but slipped to 11 goals and 16 points in 42 games last year. (Julio Cortez/Associated Press)

The New Jersey Devils have re-signed centre Adam Henrique to a new multi-year contract.

Henrique, 23, will enter his third NHL season in September, and will be counted on heavily on a team light on offence. Henrique had 11 goals and 16 points in 42 games last season with New Jersey, after a memorable rookie season with the Devils in 2011-12.

Henrique was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team that season, and finished third in voting for the Calder Trophy, given to the league's top rookie. He posted 51 points that season, and scored the overtime winner in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. the New York Rangers, securing New Jersey's fifth trip to the Stanley Cup finals.

A native of Brantford, Ont., Henrique made his NHL debut April 11, 2011 versus Boston. He was the No. 82 selection in the 2008 NHL entry draft.

New Jersey is seeking to bounce back from a disappointing shortened season in which the Devils failed to make the playoffs. In July, they lost forwards Ilya Kovalchuk to retirement, and David Clarkson to Toronto via free agency.