Matt Anderson will make his National Hockey League debut tonight for the New Jersey Devils when they play the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden at 7:00.
Mattias Tedenby was sent down to the AHL’s Albany Devils on Monday, opening a spot on the New Jersey Devils roster. Through four games, Tedenby has only registered one assist and two shots on goal on 51 shifts. Coach Peter DeBoer has tried Tedenby on many different lines in the young season, including a few shifts on the first line with Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuk. However, he has not produced and as a skill player who lacks size at 5’9’’ 175, his play is not significant to the team unless his name shows up on the score sheet.
“He skates so fast. He’s got to settle down a little, go to Albany and get his game under control. Teddy just has to keep the game simple,” said General Manager Lou Lamoriello, according to The Star Ledger. In his three year NHL career, Tedenby has netted 9 goals and collected 20 assists. In 105 career NHL games, he has a -12 plus minus rating.
The New Jersey Devils will give Matt Anderson an opportunity tonight. Anderson, a native of West Islip, New York and graduate of the University of Massachusetts, is in his third season playing in the New Jersey Devils organization and sixth as a professional. In his professional career he has scored 84 goals and has collected 128 assists. In 2010-2011 during his first season with the Albany Devils, he posted career bests across the board with 23 goals, 32 assists, and 55 points. Through thirty nine games this season in the AHL, Anderson has tallied seven goals and thirteen assists.
To all of those with Mattias Tedenby jerseys (I am not saying I bought one last year or anything), it’s time to hang them up for the time being. Expect Matt Anderson to see some fourth line action tonight against the always tough Boston Bruins.
This could be the first of many roster moves the New Jersey Devils make in the near future. Stefan Matteau is expected to play in his fifth career NHL game tonight, marking the deadline for the Devils to decide either to keep Matteau on the roster or send him back to play junior hockey and preserve the first year on his contract. Adam Henrique is almost ready to return to action after a thumb injury suffered on November 28 while playing for the Albany Devils during the lockout. Mathieu Darche, a veteran player who was invited to Devils training camp, continues to participate in practices, but remains unsigned.