ALBANY, NY – As the New Jersey Devils head west for a three-game California swing, they’ve decided to take some reinforcements with them. On Tuesday, they (emergency) recalled defenseman Seth Helgeson and winger Mike Sislo from the Albany Devils.
The loss of Sislo and Helgeson comes as Albany prepares for a three-in-three weekend at Binghamton Friday, against third-place Utica Saturday and against first-place Toronto Sunday.
“The guys who are here and are in the lineup are going to be expected to carry the weight through a big weekend,” Head Coach Rick Kowalsky said after Tuesday’s practice at Times Union Center.
Both recalled players have spent time in the NHL this season. Helgeson has logged 12 games and Sislo has played four. At the AHL level, Helgeson has two goals, five assists and a +12 rating in 37 games. Sislo, who is the reigning AHL Player of the Month, has 27 goals (second most in the AHL), 25 assists and a +16 mark in 54 outings.
Even though both the NHL and AHL Trade Deadlines have passed, roster stability can be volatile this time of year. Not only are NHL call ups still possible, but college and juniors prospects are becoming available.
“I told the guys, ironically, that things can still change through the end of the season,” Kowalsky said. “We aren’t there yet, but we are creeping into that area of potentially getting college or junior free agents and potential prospects coming out and joining the team. I kind of talked about being ready for every scenario and having guys step up.”
The Devils will continue to tweak their lineup with two more full practices before the weekend. They are scheduled to skate Wednesday at Times Union Center, starting at 9 am.