Hours before the New Jersey Devils take on the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center, the Devils announced a handful of transactions.
Despite holding two leads against the Hartford Wolf Pack Sunday at XL Center, the Albany Devils lost their season opener, 4-3. Jon Merrill and Joe Whitney both enjoyed multiple-point games. Merrill registered three assists and Whitney had a goal and a helper.
Devils defenseman Jon Merrill talks about the early season and his pairing with Eric Gelinas.
The Devils bid to move into the top ranks of the Eastern Conference continues with home games against Syracuse and Norfolk and a road outing at Adirondack.
Eric Gelinas and Jon Merrill have found chemistry as a pairing. Despite the offensive success, the tandem is aware of its requirement to protect Albany’s net.
As the Devils prepare for Saturday’s home opener against the Utica Comets, they are planning on being a force at Times Union Center this season.
Of the nine defensemen in Albany, not one is shorter than six foot. Seth Helgeson, Corbin McPherson and Harry Young are 6′ 5″ and Eric Gelinas, Raman Habarenka and Jon Merrill are 6′ 4″. Round out the group are Dan Kelly and Reece Scarlett at 6′ 1″ and Brandon Burlon at 6′ 0″.