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Accelerating Development

ALBANY, NY

Seth Helgeson doesn’t find his name on the scoresheet that often. But that’s okay because the 6’5” 215 lbs. defenseman is known more for the work he does in his own end.

In 107 career AHL games, the 24-year-old has 14 points with a goal and 13 helpers. Two of those assists came this past weekend. He had assists in back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday.

“I think contributing offensively and helping the team succeed to get the win is the most important part,” Helgeson said. “I am just trying to help the guys out anyway I can and if that’s offensively as well then I’ll take it.”

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Seth Helgeson

Now in his second full professional season, Helgeson has amassed a +16 rating during his time with the Devils. A year ago, he appeared in all but one game and was a +12.

At the start of this season, he was one of the last defensemen that New Jersey sent to Albany during training camp. He earned a recall on Nov. 11 and made his NHL debut that same night against Minnesota. Interestingly enough, he earned an assist during that game.

“He showed really well,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky of Helgeson’s performance during training camp. “It obviously led to a recall situation, which was a great experience for him.
“Because of the way he works and the energy he brings to the rink every day will allow him to continue to improve and give him an opportunity to play.”

Helgeson was returned to the AHL on Jan. 13. This season he has four assists and a +2 rating in 28 games.

Since his return, his goal has been to take what he learned from the NHL and bring it to his game in Albany.

“It was great being up there and learning from the other players and taking what I learned up there and bringing it to my game here,” he said. “It did wonders for my confidence and my overall game.”

Helgeson was drafted 114th overall during the 2009 NHL Draft. He spent four seasons at the University of Minnesota and appeared in 150 games, producing seven goals and 20 helpers.

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Notebook: Working On And Off The Ice

ALBANY, NY

The Albany Devils had Monday off after their second straight three-in-three weekend. The team got back to work Tuesday with some players skating at Knickebacker Ice Arena and others training off the ice at Times Union Center.

That routine starts to become common this time of year because of the three-game weekends and travel.

“All the guys that played three games worked out and the guys that didn’t are the ones that didn’t play in all three,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “You need to be smart as a coach after a frustrating weekend. You maybe want to make them work through it, but we have some guys getting sick again and we need to be smart and manage our rest.”

Devils TV: Rick Kowalsky

Devils TV: Rick Kowalsky

The Devils are preparing for three more games this week: Friday at Syracuse, Saturday at Hershey and Sunday against Binghamton.

The Devils are coming off a 1-2-0-0 showing last week. Their 2-1 win at Utica was sandwiched between a 3-1 setback at Syracuse Friday and a 4-2 loss at Springfield Sunday.

“It won’t get any easier for us,” Kowalsky said. “Saturday we saw more of how we need to play and then Sunday giving up what we gave up and getting behind; we were still in the third period when we decided to play. We put ourselves into a position to maybe getting to overtime.”

As of Tuesday, the Devils are seven points out of a playoff spot with 55 points. Providence is eighth with 62 points and Portland is ninth with 59 points. St. John’s sits in 10th with 58 points, while Lehigh Valley is even with Albany.

Unloaded

The Devils took a season-high 41 shots on goal during their contest at Springfield Sunday. The team’s previous season high was 39, which was achieved three times: Oct. 17 at Bridgeport, Nov. 9 at Bridgeport and Nov. 26 against Hartford.

The challenge is to get those shots to go into the net.

“There is no question that we are still struggling to score goals, but the chances in all three games got better as the weekend progressed,” Kowalsky said. “That is certainly a positive and there are many positives in our game, but we are taking some selfish and unnecessary penalties ”

Broadcast Info

As always, all three games this weekend can be streamed online or on mobile devices at ahllive.com. Additionally, Friday’s game will be broadcast on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.

OnDeck | Feb. 27-Mar. 1

The Devils wrap up a five-game road swing and kick off March with a game at Times Union Center.

Friday, Feb. 27 | 7 PM

Albany Devils vs. Syracuse Crunch
War Memorial at Oncenter
AHLLive.com | 104.5 “The Team”

Saturday, Feb. 28 | 7:00 PM

Albany Devils vs. Hershey Bears
Giant Center
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Sunday, Mar. 1 | 3 PM

Binghamton Senators vs. Albany Devils
Times Union Center
Scout Jamboree
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What To Watch For: Feb. 23 – Mar. 1

Road Wrap Up

The Albany Devils season-long five-game road trip comes to an end this weekend. The team travels to face the Syracuse Crunch Friday at War Memorial at Oncenter and the Hershey Bears at Giant Center. Both games are slated for 7 pm.

Welcome Home

The Devils return to Times Union Center Sunday for a 3 pm outing against the Binghamton Senators. It will be Albany’s first game in their home arena since February 15 — a 4-3 loss against the Hartford Wolf Pack. This season, the Devils are 13-9-2-3 at home.

Standings Update

Entering the week, the Devils are fourth in the Northeast Division and tied for 11th in the Eastern Conference at 23-22-4-5 (55 pts.). The team is seven points out of eighth place, which the Providence Bruins currently occupy at 27-20-7-1 (62 pts.).

Fight Cancer Night Pucks

The Albany Devils will host the second annual “Devils Fight Cancer Night” on Saturday, Mar. 21 during their 5 pm game against the Norfolk Admirals. Starting this Tuesday, fans can purchase autographed Devils Fight Cancer pucks for $10. The proceeds benefit the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center.

Viewing Party

Fans can cheer on the Devils from afar with a viewing party Saturday at Recovery Sports Grill in Guilderland, NY. Fans are encouraged to arrive before the 7 pm puck drop to secure seating. All individuals will have a chance to win several great prizes.

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