Will the clock strike midnight on Mark Fayne, Peter Harrold?
Fayne and Harrold haven’t really put anything spectacular together in comparison to Eric Gelinas and potentially Jon Merrill. It is not definite that Merrill will stay in the NHL at this point but Gelinas is almost a certainty with how he has been playing this season.
Merrill has played in 9 games (including the one where he played in 3 shifts) and has 1 assist and a -3 rating and has 5 shots on goal. He hasn’t had the numbers that Gelinas has had but Gelinas has also played almost triple the games Merrill has been in and Gelinas sees more time on the powerplay and on the ice as whole.
Eric Gelinas has played in 22 games, has 3 goals and 9 assists, 3 powerplay goals, 1 game-winning goal, 50 shots, and a -1 rating. He has also kept his penalty numbers down, only serving 8 minutes of penalty time.
Mark Fayne has played in 21 games this season and only has 1 goal and 1 assist with a +/- of +1. Harrold has also played in 21 games and has 0 goals and 2 assists with a -5 rating.
Personally, I feel that Fayne has played better than Harrold all season, all stats aside. If one of the two were to be sent down, I would imagine it would be Harrold moving down to Albany.
It seems that either Larsson or Salvador will return before the other so the Devils may send down Harrold to give Merrill more of a shot.
The twist that comes here is that Harrold and Fayne are not waiver exempt while Gelinas and Merrill are.
I’d like to think that the Devils would figure that Harrold and/or Fayne would not get picked up on waivers and I don’t necessarily believe they will either. If they do, the Devils won’t be taking a huge loss.
If the Devils send down Gelinas, then Lou Lamoriello may have officially lost it.
Now the real news lies in when Adam Larsson and Bryce Salvador will actually return.