Seth Helgeson rolled into Times Union Center just after the Albany Devils finished their Tuesday practice. The defenseman was returned on loan from New Jersey on the same day left winger Joe Whitney was summoned to the NHL.
Helgeson has been with the parent club since Nov. 11 and logged 21 games, producing a pair of assists and a +2 rating.
“When I was up there I wasn’t taking anything for granted, I knew I was a call up, and I needed to learn along the way,” Helgeson said. “I think I did that well and now I’m just here trying to do whatever I can for the team to succeed.”
In the AHL this season, Helgeson has played 12 games, registering an assist and a +11 rating. In 91 career games, he has a goal, 10 assists and a +17 showing.
“We know what he is all about,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “I am happy to see what he has done this year. Obviously, he hasn’t played a lot in the last couple of weeks and I think it’s good that he is able to come down here and be a big part of our team.”
While Helgeson adds to Albany’s blueline, Joe Whitney’s departure leaves a hole on the top line. During Tuesday’s practice, Reid Boucher was slotted in Whitney’s spot alongside Kelly Zajac and Paul Thompson.
Whitney has played two games with New Jersey already this season and netted his first career NHL goal on Dec. 31.
“Losing Whitney is tough, but on the other side of it, we are very happy for him and hopefully he gets a good chance,” Kowalsky said. “I give him credit and I use him as an example. He goes up and does a pretty good job and scores his first goal. Then he is sent down and comes down here and picks up right where he left off. This is what we want to see”
Raman Hrabarenka, who has been out of the lineup since Nov. 29 with an upper-body injury, may be available this weekend.
“Raman is a possibility this weekend,” Kowalsky said. “He has been cleared. If we like what we see in this short week with not a lot of practice time; where he is battling. If we feel he is ready we could get him in, but realistically more next week and that remains to be seen. ”
The 22-year-old ranks second among Devils defensemen with 14 points (4g-10a) despite only playing 20 games.
The Devils hit the halfway point of the season Wednesday when they host the Springfield Falcons at Times Union Center at 7 pm. Albany is coming off a 1-2-0-0 weekend that included a 4-0 loss against the Hershey Bears Friday, a 3-1 win against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Saturday and a 2-1 setback at Springfield Sunday.
Despite the result of the three games in three days, Kowalsky thought the team got better as the weekend progressed.
“I told the guys today that I thought we improved every game over the weekend. Even though you get the results Saturday and not Sunday, we actually, from start to finish, played a better game.”
Following Saturday’s win, the Devils ran into some tough luck against the Falcons. Albany owned a 31-24 shot advantage, but couldn’t find the equalizer late in the game. They will have their chance for redemption against the Eastern Conference’s top team this week. This season, the Devils are 2-1-0-0 against the Falcons.
The Albany Devils play mid-week at Times Union Center and head out for back-to-back games on the road this weekend.
|The Albany Devils and Springfield Falcons complete their home-and-home series with a 7 pm outing Wednesday at Times Union Center. On Sunday, the Devils lost to the first-place Falcons for the first time this season — a 2-1 decision at MassMutual Center. After this week, the teams will meet four more times.|
|The Devils partake in a Pennsylvania road swing this weekend with games Friday at the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (7:05) and Saturday at the Hershey Bears (7:00). Friday’s contest marks Albany’s first visit to Lehigh Valley since the Phantoms relocated from Glens Falls, NY after the 2013-14 season.|
|Entering the week, the Devils are fifth in the Northeast Division and tied for 10th in the Eastern Conference at 16-14-2-5 (39 pts.), including a 10-6-1-3 home mark and 6-8-1-2 road record. The Northeast and Midwest are the only two divisions in the AHL in which each team is above .500.|
|Wednesday’s game at Times Union Center features “Dollar Dawg Night” hot dogs and small sodas just $1.|
|All three of this week’s games can be streamed online or on mobile devices at ahllive.com. Wednesday and Saturday’s affairs can also be heard on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN radio. The broadcasts include 10-minute pre and post-game shows.|
Wednesday’s game is the halfway point for the Albany Devils season. To celebrate the first 38 games of the 2014-15 campaign, here are the top headlines on thealbanydevils.com based on views.
Most Read News Story
THE BENEFITS OF MARK FRASER
November 4, 2014
“With Mark Fraser signing as a free agent, the Albany Devils have not only added experience to their blue line, but they have added an eight-year pro to their dressing room.”
Most Read Game Recap
DEVILS FREEZE PENGUINS, 4-0
October 21, 2014
“Backed by a pair of Mike Sislo power-play goals, the Albany Devils knocked off the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 4-0, Tuesday at Times Union Center. The victory extended Albany’s point streak to four games and was their third win.”
Most Watched Video
LATE GAME HEROICS LIFT DEVILS
October 18, 2014
“Cam Janssen tied the game and Paul Thompson sealed the victory, lifting the Albany Devils to a 3-2 win against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Saturday at Times Union Center. Janssen netted his first goal of the season at 6:12 of the third to make it 2-2 and Thompson converted on a shorthanded breakaway with just 44 seconds remaining, to the delight of the Home Opener crowd of 4,011.”
Myles Bell has been named to the 2015 ECHL All-Star Classic roster. Bell, who is currently on the Albany Devils roster, has spent parts of this season with the Evansville Icemen.
In 24 ECHL games, the 21-year-old has 15 points with eight goals and seven assists. His season highlights include three-point games on Oct. 31, Nov. 7 and Dec. 3. He potted his first career hat trick during the Nov. 7 contest.
Bell signed with Albany on Oct. 14 after spending the past five-plus seasons in the WHL, appearing in 327 games. He played 135 games with Regina and had 64 points with 18 goals and 46 assists. He also appeared in 192 contests with Kelowna and produced 211 points with 95 goals and 116 assists. Bell, who is 6-1, 220 lbs., played in the 2009 Top Prospects Game and was a named to the 2013 WHL Second All-Star Team.
Born in Calgary, Bell was New Jersey’s selected 160th overall by New Jersey during the 2013 NHL Draft.
The 2015 ECHL All-Star Classic will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 21 in Orlando, FL.