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In the battle of Devils prospects, Joey Anderson and the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs came out on top over Alexander Kefoot and his Harvard Crimson. With this loss, Kerfoot has closed out his college hockey career. He certainly did so in authoritative fashion as he captained Harvard to an ECAC Championship, number two ranking, and Frozen Four appearance. Statistically Kerfoot had his best season to date, racking up 16 goals and 29 assists in 36 games.
Though Kerfoot is older than other prospect centers like Michael McLeod and Blake Speers he has seemingly had his breakout season this year. Kerfoot’s play has vaulted him from a fringe top 10 prospect to comfortably within the top 5 or 6. Due to his age he is also ready to jump into pro hockey with only minimal development time needed in the AHL, if any.
The question now is whether Kerfoot will sign with the Devils or wait until August 15th and test free agency. This option has come to the forefront recently as last year Jimmy Vesey created a media frenzy by winning the Hobey Baker and then not signing with the Nashville Predators. In the end it was a lot of buzz to sign an average 3rd line winger, but reminded everyone that NCAA players have the option to choose their destiny if they don’t want to play for the team that drafted them.
Kerfoot, former roommates with Vesey, has shown interest in this route due in large part with his desire to play for his hometown Vancouver Canucks. There is much less mystery and intrigue in Kerfoot’s case than last year with Vesey because his list only contains the Devils and Canucks. Even though Kerfoot has expressed direct interest in Vancouver he has also commented.
“It was a dream to play for the Canucks growing up, but I’m property of New Jersey and I’m not looking past the Devils at this point.”
So the Devils will at least have their chance to take a shot at Kerfoot. It is up to Shero to sell him on playing in New Jersey before August 15th or else the Devils may lose one of their most skilled prospects for nothing.