ALBANY, NY – Finally the calendar has flipped to October and the Albany Devils are less than a week away from the start of the 2013-14 season, which begins Sunday at Hartford. After two days away from the ice, the team returned to Times Union Center for a session Tuesday morning.
Newcomer Scott Timmins, who was acquired from Florida along with a sixth-round pick in 2014 for Krys Barch and a seventh-round pick in 2015, made his first appearance. He skated alongside Harri Pesonen and Tim Sestito.
“I just met the guys for two days and seems like a really good group,” Timmins said. “They are really welcoming and I’m excited. Hopefully, I can get a good opportunity here to play, compared to San Antonio; there is a pretty big bundle of centers there. I’m looking forward to the chance here.”
Timmins has spent the previous three seasons between the AHL and the NHL. He has logged 180 games in the American League, posting 32 goals and 41 assists for 73 points. Notably, he has also registered a plus-19 rating. In the National League, he has logged 24 games, scoring a goal.
“We have to see where he fits in [here],” Kowalsky said. “We saw him a couple of years ago in Rochester when Florida was there. Not a lot on him; potentially looking at him to be a two-way guy for us. It gives us a little more depth in the middle. He’s a guy who has had a taste of the NHL, so maybe a change of scenery and a new opportunity might be what he needs right now.”
With only four practices remaining for Sunday’s game, Timmins will need to be a quick learner, adjusting to the Devils systems and culture.
“It’s always tough at first,” Timmins said. “There’s a lot thrown at you out there. You are kind of bouncing around, making sure you are in the right position. That’s what this week is for. It’s about being in the right position and kind of grasping where I’m supposed to be. I’m sure come Sunday for the opener, I’ll be a lot more controlled out there.”
Alexandre Carrier, Artem Demkov and Dmitry Goldenkov were each released from their tryout agreements.
Reid Boucher, Riley Boychuk, Mike Hoeffel, Cam Janssen, Stefan Matteau, Chris McKelvie, Rod Pelley, Harri Pesonen, Tim Sestito, Mike Sislo, Ben Thomson, Scott Timmins, Joe Whitney, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Kelly Zajac