O’Neill, 27, was acquired by the Devils just prior to the start of the season in a trade with Los Angeles. A career minor-leaguer, O’Neill made waves last season by capturing AHL MVP honors with Manchester, on the strength of 78 points in 69 games.
Stuck behind a bevvy of talented forwards in Los Angeles, he got an opportunity for a more significant role in New Jersey this year. O’Neill made his NHL debut and appeared in 22 games for the Devils, scoring two points while averaging 10:22 TOI per game.
It’ll be interesting to see if someone takes a flier on O’Neill. He’s got a relatively low cap hit — $562,000 — and, with the Devils, showed he could play as a bottom-six forward at the NHL level.