NEWARK, NJ — Since making his NHL debut with Edmonton during the 2008-09 season, Tim Sestito has found himself in the NHL every year. He joined the Devils organization during the summer of 2009 and has proceeded to play 85 games with New Jersey.
“I think they know what they are getting with me: responsible in our own end, aggressive on the forecheck, someone who gives 100 percent effort. I think, especially with the Devils, being good in your own zone is key here with the way we play. I think that plays a part into it.”
Sestito, who broke into the pro game at the end of the 2004-05 season, has played 393 career AHL, producing 66 goals and 79 assists for 145 points. Former AHL teams include Bridgeport, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Springfield.
The 30-year old is a native of upstate New York. He was born in Rome, NY a short drive from Times Union Center.
“I’m very luck. Being in Albany these past five, six years, I’m only an hour and a half from central New York where a lot of family and friends can come see me play. You don’t want to say it, but you try a little harder when you have you parents or some friends in the stands. It’s great motivation. I think central New York is just a great place to play hockey. It’s an underrated hockey hotbed.”
Last season, Sestito, who played 16 NHL games, registered 27 points with 13 goals and 14 assist in 51 contests with Albany.