With all of the injuries the Devils are dealing with, it is easy to lose track of who is available and who isn’t. The New Jersey Devils roster really has been decimated to this point.
At forward, the Devils have Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac listed as “day-to-day” and did not practice today according to Tom Gulitti. With Rostislav Olesz clearing waivers today, the Devils have decided to send him down and free up a roster spot. It is unknown if the Devils will bring up a forward or someone will come off of IR. As I have mentioned in the past, Joe Whitney and Reid Boucher are poised to make the most of an NHL stint.
Ryane Clowe will once again be ruled out for Thursday’s game and one has to really be put off by this news. People were very iffy about the signing in the offseason and it looks like one head injury can keep him out for a long time. Right now, the Devils only have 11 definite forwards for their next game and would either need Elias or Zajac to return or call someone up to fill out a full 4 lines. That also leaves them with 0 forwards to come in should there be an injury.
At defense, the Devils technically have 9 defensemen associated with the NHL squad but only 6 are active. Bryce Salvador, Peter Harrold, and Jon Merrill are all associated with injuries. Salvador and Merrill have already been ruled out for Thursday’s game while Harrold remains at day-to-day. The Devils also don’t have any healthy scratches if Peter Harrold remains out on Thursday.
Due to the Albany Devils only having 5 defensemen themselves, Raman Hrabarenka has been brought to Albany to fill the gaps.
Maxime Clermont has also been brought back to Elmira.
While the offensive situation with the injuries are greatly crippling the team, the situation on defense is crippling New Jersey and Albany alike. The Devils have depth in Elmira to bring up but it is a shame that guys like Merrill aren’t seeing regular time and it is very unlucky he was injured in his first game.
The injury situation really can’t get much worse from here. Let’s just hope it gets better.