The New Jersey Devils practice was a full practice today with their next game not coming until Wednesday. The Ottawa Senators will be paying the Devils a visit at the Prudential Center.
There was plenty of news about the Devils’ injured players. Everyone aside from Peter Harrold and Ryan Carter received updates today.
Coming off of a stellar conditioning session with the Albany Devils, Mattias Tedenby has returned to the team and practiced in Dainius Zubrus’ spot on the first line with Jaromir Jagr and Travis Zajac. Zubrus had the day off due to “maintenance.”
Ryane Clowe also practiced today with the team. It was his first full practice since suffering the concussion “symptoms” on October 13. He jumped on the 5th line with Jacob Josefson and Tim Sestito.
Stephen Gionta (right ankle) also returned to practice today, jumping on the 4th line with Steve Bernier and Cam Janssen.
Finally, Bryce Salvador (foot stress fracture) and Adam Larsson (lower body) both skated on their own today. Salvador mentioned that despite skating with the team last week, he was merely taking advantage of the opportunity and needs more time.
Andrei Loktionov was also back in the top 4 lines, centering Reid Boucher and Michael Ryder. Adam Henrique is back at LW with Patrik Elias and Damien Brunner.
It is good to see a lot of injured players start to work towards returning but the full 5th line in practice today screams a prevalent problem that the Devils will be facing very soon.
Sestito would have to clear waivers first if he were to be called down but it is unlikely that someone will claim him. He hasn’t been too flashy in Albany and hasn’t produced too much in the NHL. He certainly doesn’t have the history that Boucher has.
Good news is, Boucher is waiver exempt if he gets sent back down but, in my opinion, sending down Sestito or Janssen would be the better option and there is a low risk that either gets picked up.
Janssen, believe it or not, has produced well above the expectations
of 0 goals and 0 assists that fans had set for him when he was called up. The likely candidate to be sent down is most likely Sestito as he was called up as more of a backup type of player but has seized the opportunities that Josefson and Tedenby have not.
With Tedenby possibly receiving a second life, it may be Josefson’s time for a demotion.