The Youth Movement is finally here.
Eric Gelinas, John Merrill, Tim Sestito (we don’t know for how long yet), and now Reid Boucher.
If these guys stay on the team, someone has to go. 5 guys on injured reserve certainly helps.
The Devils also relieved Rostislav Olesz of his contract when he went to play in Switzerland.
Two players that have been on the roster for most, if not all, of the season are Jacob Josefson and Mattias Tedenby. Both have been significantly irrelevant so far this season. Between the two, the stats read 24 games played, 1 goal (Tedenby), 0 assists and a collective -4 rating.
Josefson and Tedenby would both have to clear waivers, but there probably isn’t much of a risk with sending them down.
If Boucher makes his presence felt, look for him to be sticking around and one of these two to be going down to Albany. If Sestito can also prove himself, both could be looking at a demotion far worse than a healthy scratch.
When you have the likes of Joe Whitney and Stefan Matteau producing in Albany, there is a lot of pressure on Tedenby and Josefson to produce. Matteau and Whitney are both waiver exempt for this season.
Many fans want to see the youth of the organization start to take hold of the roster.
I think that the movement will throw the forwards into disarray sooner rather than later.