(Long Island, NY) Like most other players, Jonas Siegenthaler came into the NHL through the draft. If you didn’t already know, you may be surprised to hear that he was picked by Washington 57th overall. For Devils fans who knew nothing about him, they were skeptical—most unknowing of what New Jersey had just brought into their system. I doubt many fans thought that he would be a lock on the Devils blueline for years to come. He showed them differently. Currently, Jonas Siegenthaler is sitting on a healthy five year contract with the Devils, and in the opinion of many, he deserves it. Why does he deserve it? Because he is living up to it. His defensive play speaks for itself. With a cap hit of $3.4M, he is a steal playing top minutes with Dougie Hamilton. Being traded to New Jersey for a 3rd round pick (Arizona/Taylor Hall) at the same time the Devils put Sami Vatanen on waivers was a bold move. Today,, we as Devils fans are reaping the rewards of that move.
“HE MIGHT BE A GOOD [DEFENSIVE PARTNER] FOR ONE OF OUR OFFENSIVE GUYS” – COACH LINDY RUFF SAID APRIL 11th, 2021 TO AN ESPN REPORTERAP APR 11, 2021
Lindy Ruff was absolutely right; as I previously noted, he has been that balance with Dougie Hamilton on the offensive end of the pairing. But let it be known that no one expected to see the perfect balance Lindy Ruff mentioned in such a beautiful fashion. The pairing of Jonas Siegenthaler and Dougie Hamilton was the most productive pairing the Devils had last season. It wouldn’t be fair not to mention “Siegs” ended the season with a +27 in the Plus/Minus category. Another huge part of this new-look Devils squad involves Jonas, but first, let’s discuss something that isn’t often mentioned in the Devils’ world.
DEVILS LASTING CORE
With the Devils having such an amazing lot of players locked in for a good amount of time, let’s just take a look at some of those names. You may recognize some. Jack Hughes is the Devils most notable player, and Captain Nico Hischier, the Devils 2-way Selke nominee, are two of the obvious ones. I like to look deeper into what greases this wheel, that is, the New Jersey Devils. Jesper Bratt, the underrated speedster, overtime, breakaway, penalty shot, and shootout specialist, has agreed to eight more years with the club. Bratt is one of the original two players who started this team along with Captain Hischier. Timo Meier, acquired in a trade before the deadline in 2023, jumped aboard himself for eight years. So right there, we have four absolutely dynamic forwards signed long-term. But wait, THERE’S MORE! Ondrej Palat and Erik Haula are with us for the next few years, in which both the fans and the team expect to win a Stanley Cup within that timespan. Dougie Hamilton on the backend is in for the long haul, and none other than the subject of this article Jonas Siegenthaler also signed a five year contract. There are a lot of new Devils fans overseas, and a majority of them come from one specific Country. Can you guess which Country that is? Let’s talk about the Swiss connection on this team.
THE SWISS CONNECTION
SWITZERLAND has become the unintentional leader of overseas Devils fans in the recent year or so. The Devils are bolstering four Swiss Players. Three of them are signed for a good amount of time: Nico Hischier, Timo Meier, and yes, Jonas Siegenthaler. Up-and-coming star goaltender Akira Schmid completes the Swiss four, and he is believed to be with the organization for a long time. At least, many fans hope after we saw glimpses of greatness under extreme pressure last year. Jonas Siegenthaler was the second of the four to wear the Devils jersey in a regulation game. He is part of the Swiss Connection, which has brought so many new fans to the Devils world. As a fan myself, I’d like to say we love the Swiss fans, and we welcome them with open arms. It will be a great time for Devils fans everywhere for seemingly the next decade or so.
UNDER THE RADAR, UNDER LESS PRESSURE
Having a plethora of explosive talent on this New Jersey team, Jonas Siegenthaler can easily play top minutes on a top line but still go under the radar. Especially with the addition of Jack’s brother, Luke Hughes, who is looking to become a star himself. With the emergence of Luke Hughes, Siegenthaler can sit back even further. He can take a breath and concentrate on his job. That is exactly what he did this past season and in the playoffs (except for one minor slip-up). Siegenthaler deserves a lot of respect for what he has done and what he has become. It is great when your favorite team brings a player in, and he becomes a key piece in the wealth of distribution, leading to the Devils’ 3rd overall finish in the NHL last season. Jonas Siegenthaler is an important and surprising part of the Devils core. He is hardly ever called out for making a mistake or a bad play. Truly, it is rather rare that you see Jonas Siegenthaler on the negative end of the fans petulance. He will be with the Devils for years to come, so as the fans are already used to him, he should never go unnoticed. Jonas is an amazing piece to the New Jersey Devils puzzle that will hopefully bring them to Championship status sooner rather than later. This Devils Squad is a wagon.
FUTURE IN NEW JERSEY
As it seems recently, Jonas Siegenthaler has a great future ahead with the New Jersey Devils. When his contract is up years from now, I would be very surprised if he isn’t offered an extension. Many would hope that he plays the way he has been and more by that time, so we all want to see an extension offered before he becomes a pending unrestricted free agent. Looks like Siegenthaler is going to be living the good life either way, even if he retires at the end of this contract. Some sports fans wonder why a player who has secured a more than comfortable life for his family by then would risk injury and being away from family even longer. Here’s why; it comes down to the love of the game. Jonas came from Switzerland with a goal to become a full-time NHL defenseman, and he has achieved his goal with leaps and bounds. We, as fans, wish the best of luck to Jonas and the Devils this season. Make sure to look out for the next Devils player profile this coming week. Thanks for checking out this Jonas Siegenthaler Profile; to see more, follow @DevilsJointYT on X/Twitter or search for Devils Joint on Youtube. Be there for every game where live streams will be set up for all those overseas and out-of-market fans to interact in real time while they watch the game from home. It’s an idea Devils Joint put up to make things more fun for fans who cannot get to the games, so make sure to check those accounts out for the season. Live video coverage starts at the home opener on October 12th at around 6 PM.