TROY, NY — Scott Timmins and Joe Whitney added a first round draft pick to their wing. Rostislav Olesz joined the Albany Devils for practice Wednesday at Knickerbacker Ice Arena. New Jersey loaned Olesz to the AHL Devils after clearing waivers Tuesday.
The 28-year-old has played 10 NHL games this season, producing two assists and nine shots. He signed with New Jersey as a free agent this offseason after spending the previous six seasons with Florida’s organization and the last two with Chicago’s. He was once teammates with Timmins while with the Panthers.
“I knew Scott from Florida,” Olesz said. “It has been four or five years since I played with him. He’s become a different player — better I believe. Me too, I’m getting older like everyone.”
As for Whitney…
“Joe, I’ve seen in camp. He’s a small guy, but can use his speed. I believe our line will be good on the ice.”
Florida selected the Czech seventh overall during the 2004 NHL Draft. Since then, he has played 365 NHL games, posting 57 goals and 77 assists. At the AHL level, he has appeared in 68 games, registering 25 goals and 38 assists.
Olesz moves into Reid Boucher’s spot on the top line. Whitney believes Olesz’s size will open up more space.
“He’s a big body,” Whitney said. “I think he’s going to open some room. He’s a smart player and always makes the right plays. He’s strong on the puck, so I’m looking forward to playing some minutes with him.”
Defenseman Raman Hrabarenka also joined Albany for practice Wednesday. New Jersey reassigned the 21-year-old from Elmira Tuesday.
Olesz has been assigned number 20, while Hrabarenka is in number 29.
Albany resumes practice Thursday at Knickerbacker before busing to Wilkes-Barre, PA for Friday’s game against the Penguins.
• While Albany was on the ice, New Jersey announced that Cam Janssen was recalled. Devils President/CEO Lou Lamoriello said that Janssen “brings a little different dimension” to the lineup.
Reid Boucher, Riley Boychuk, Mike Hoeffel, Stefan Matteau, Chris McKelvie, Rostislav Olesz, Rod Pelley, Harri Pesonen, Tim Sestito, Mike Sislo, Scott Timmins, Joe Whitney, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Kelly Zajac