ALBANY, NY – Paul Thompson is expected to return to the Albany Devils lineup at some point during the team’s three-in-three road weekend. The Devils leading goal scorer from last year has missed five consecutive games after being sidelined with an upper-body injury on Oct. 25.
He resumed skating with the team earlier this week.
“Today was the first day I got bumped a few times and it felt good,” Thompson said Wednesday. “It was a positive day, so hopefully tomorrow, I’ll feel good in the morning and we’ll see how it goes.”
Albany will certainly be happy to have the 2015 AHL All-Star back in the lineup, but they have been able to produce without him. The team is 3-1-1-0 during its last five games, outscoring opponents 18-10.
Regardless, Thompson has a knack for the back of the net. He set a franchise record with 33 goals last season and finished second in the AHL. The New Jersey Devils rewarded him with a two-way NHL contract his past summer.
According to Head Coach Rick Kowalsky, Thompson will likely see action in one or two games as the team travels to face the Providence Bruins Friday, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Saturday and the Springfield Falcons Sunday.
“He hasn’t been involved in a lot of practice time, other than this week,” Kowalsky said. “If we can get a game out of him, that would be good. If we can get two out of him, that would be great.”