The Devils announced the signing of defenseman, Yohann Auvitu to a one-year, two-way, entry-level contract on Friday.

Auvitu, who recently competed for team France at the World Championships, has spent the last six seasons playing in the SM-liiga, Finnish Elite League. There, he scored 57 points in 209 regular season games for JyP Jyvaskyla and HIFK Helsinki. He’s coming off a strong season where he scored a career-high 21 points in 48 games, followed by 13 points in 18 postseason games.

The 26-year-old, left-handed shooting defenseman, is listed at five-foot-eleven and 191 pounds.

Auvitu will be among many blueliners competing for spots on the NHL squad come training camp.

A native of Ivry-sur Seine, France, Auvitu has represented France at the last seven World Championships, including the recently-concluded tournament in which he registered three points in seven games.

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