Jacob Josefson missed his second day of training camp Monday after sitting out two Albany Devils games with a lower-body injury. However, the Devils expect Josefson back on the ice Tuesday and all will be well again.
“I expect he will probably be on the ice tomorrow,” DeBoer said.
The Devils know they can play it safe with Josefson this week because he has been playing in Albany all season and doesn’t need to worry about getting in game shape before Saturday’s opener against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
DeBoer said he has no doubt Josefson will be able to play Saturday.
“He probably could have (skated today), but no sense rushing it right now,” DeBoer said. “He’s a guy that’s been playing all year, so we’re just being a little safe.”
Corey GriffinThe injury in question, according to Gulitti, is believed to be a sore knee, which is in no way surprising considering Josefson’s been playing the entire season thus far with the Devils’ AHL affiliate. Honestly, the Devils are smart to rest him at this point. He’s not one of the players that needs a full camp to get in shape. To him, this camp is just more practice. It’s probably a bit counter productive to guys that have been playing to suddenly have a week off of games. Still, he’s obviously going to be a big part of the picture on offense this year. While he already has a solid two-way game, Josefson could get a lot of top-six minutes while Adam Henrique is sidelined. After that, he’ll be counted on to anchor a third line that was so incredibly crucial the Devils’ success in last year’s playoffs. The injury bears watching, but really it’s just an example of a minor injury that the Devils will have to be careful with in a shortened season.