On July 9 the Florida Panthers signed center André Deveaux to a one year, two-way contract. Deveaux usually puts up more penalties than he does points and like George Parros, he is an example of Dale Tallon’s wish to add toughness to the organization at all levels.
Deveaux is an intimidating man at 6-3 and 239 pounds and he’s no rookie either. Deveaux had quite the career in the minors. In the last twelve years he has played for several different teams in the OHL, ECHL, AHL, and NHL. Deveaux, who is a native of Freeport, Bahamas has traveled everywhere from Belleville to New York City to play hockey.
Let’s face the fact this guy wasn’t brought into organization to score goals. Hockey has become a specialized sport in the last several years, you’ve got the guys who score goals and the big enforcers who protect the goal-scorers, and Deveaux is of the later.
I don’t really expect to see this guy on the ice in South Florida too much next season. He will probably spend most of his time with the Panthers’ AHL affiliate the San Antonio Rampage. It’s not that Deveaux is a career minor leaguer, he’s refined his skill in the NHL as well. His longest NHL sojourn was in 2008 when he spent 21 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Last season he also had a nine game stint with the New York Rangers.
Think of Deveaux as the Rampages’ very own version of George Parros. He’s not going to put the puck in the net too much but what he will do is make opposing defenders think twice about roughing up one of our boys.
So far this off-season the Cats have also signed JF Jacques, George Parros, after buying out Matt Bradley. It’s obvious that the team is staffing up for a fight or perhaps an all-out war in order to stay on top of the NHL’s Southeast Division in the 2012-2013 season.