Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said he is working towards signing defenseman Jon Merrill to a three-year entry level contract and indicated the prospect would play the rest of this season at Albany (AHL).

"There is nothing official yet," Lamoriello stressed. "We've talked and there is a good chance he'll go into Albany, but there is nothing right now."

Merrill, the Devils' second round pick in the 2010 entry draft, left the University of Michigan. His entry level contract would begin in 2013-14.