The Devils, who lost Urbom to Washington via waivers at the start of the season have claimed the Swedish defenseman off of waivers from the Caps.
[UPDATE 12:25] Because Urbom cleared waivers, he can go back down to Albany and apparently, that’s where he will start, as per TG via Lou Lamoriello.
Somehow, this isn’t shocking. To me, this is almost a no-brainer. With injuries to defensemen and now the placing of Jacob Josefson on IR, there is a spot.
What this may be, in a sense, is a tryout. Give him 3-4 games while players are still on the mend and see what you can get out of him. If he plays well, keep him up and send Merrill/Gelinas down. If he doesn’t play up to par, he can always be jettisoned through waivers once again.
Why not give him another chance. It was clear that the Devils didn’t want to lose him when they did and just because he didn’t pan out in Washington certainly doesn’t mean that he can’t come back to New Jersey and compete for a spot.
Though it was never clear when Ryane Clowe would return from what is being described as a concussion, it seems like the big winger is on his way back.
Clowe is now cleared for contact and practice, though he won’t be traveling with the team to Columbus for Tuesday’s game. With that news, it means that he’ll be a full participant in practice as he begins to work his way back into game form.
It’s not clear when he’ll play, but the former Shark and Ranger is on his way back into the lineup. He’ll add size and grittiness to the lineup once he returns, though his ice time may be limited upon his return.
Side note: Martin Brodeur will get the start against the Blue Jackets.
The moment that many have been waiting for is finally here. It may only be a stop-gap, one-game tryout, but coveted forward Reid Boucher will get his first chance to play with the big boys tonight when he suits up for the New Jersey Devils against the Montreal Canadiens.
Reid Boucher by the number: Albany 2013
Games played: 21
Goals: 10 (leads Albany)
Shots: 69 (leads Albany)
No doubt, this is an exciting moment for one of the most prized Devils offensive prospects in team history. It’s a smart move, especially given the opponent. Against a big bruising team, someone like Boston perhaps, Reid might get a rude awakening to the NHL. Montreal, on the other hand is a smaller team that uses their speed well. In fact, Boucher was a former teammate of Canadien forward Alex Galchenyuk, when the two were members of the Sarnia Sting while playing in juniors
What Boucher can bring to the Devils is speed and the ability to shoot the puck. He’ll be on a line tonight with Patrik Elias and Steve Bernier, which is a great fit for him. In Elias, he’ll have someone who will get him the puck and with Bernier, there’s someone who can crash the net and possibly bang home a rebound, as well as win pucks in the corners to allow for more offensive chances.
Boucher’s game is centered around his ability to rip the biscuit. He has a deadly accurate wrister. He has the ability to pick corners from almost anywhere on the ice, so if he gets some space, he’ll definitely be shooting. With a chance to impress tonight, there’s no doubt that he’ll be doing everything he can to get on the scoresheet.
The biggest shortcoming of his game at this point is his ability to backcheck. In New Jersey, that doesn’t fly. If you don’t play in all three zones, you won’t be around very long. For the all-time Sarnia Sting single-season goal leader, he’ll have to find the balance between creating offense and being defensively responsible. If he gets caught hanging back a few times, Pete DeBoer may quickly move him off of the second line.
Realistically, unless he goes out and puts up two goals and looks sensational in all three zones, this will probably be a short stay in New Jersey for Boucher. With Ryan Carter on IR, there’s a chance that he may get a few games. He could also still stay on the roster but be a healthy scratch. The bottom line is that he knows he has to perform tonight.
If Boucher is able to show some promise, it will bring him up the list for the next time that a forward goes down with an injury. Instead of calling up someone like Tim Sestito like they did for Monday’s game, Boucher could easily find himself with the big club again, if he’s able to show a well-rounded game tonight.
The moment is finally here for the prolific OHL goal scorer and 99th overall pick in the 2011 draft. How long he stays may very well be decided by what he’s able to do tonight.
Adam Henrique left Monday’s contest in Montreal with an upper body injury and did not return. The injury happened when he got tangled with Alexei Emelin at the end of the first period. Henrique tried to play through it in the second but couldn’t go.
His status is unknown for Wednesday’s game at Prudential Center against Montreal.
With his third period goal off of his own rebound, Jaromir Jagr has moved into a tie for the eighth most goals in NHL history. The 41-year-old Czech native ties former Red Wing Steve Yzerman at 692 career goals.
Jagr needs just two more goals to move into seventh place, alongside Mark Messier.
- Stats via Quanthockey.com
Defenseman Seth Helgeson has been called up from Albany on emergency recall, after Stephen Gionta was placed on IR, as per Rich Chere.
Helgeson gives the Devils a bit more flexibility on defense, should they need to sit someone tonight or Friday against the Hurricanes.
With Adam Larsson out due to a lower body injury, that left the Devils with only six defensemen after Jon Merrill was called up from Albany as well. Larsson’s ailment is on top of injuries to Bryce Salvador and more recently, Anton Volchenkov.
Gionta was placed on the injured list due to an ankle injury. The move is retroactive to November 23rd.
Eric Gelinas left Thursday night’s game with a foot injury after blocking a shot.
X-rays on his foot were negative, though there’s no immediate prognosis, quite yet.