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.”
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.