ALBANY, NY — The fear of losing Scott Wedgewood has passed. On Monday, the 24-year-old was placed on waivers so he could be assigned to the AHL Devils. News came at noon Tuesday that Wedgewood officially cleared and is Albany bound.
Wedgewood made a case with his play last season and during this year’s training camp that he was deserving of a spot on New Jersey’s 23-man roster.
Despite an injury-plagued 2015-16, Wedgewood still managed to shine. He went 14-3-3 with a 1.55 goals-against average, a .933 save percentage and two shutouts with Albany and 2-1-1 with a 1.25 goals-against average, a .957 save percentage and one shutout with New Jersey.
“I knew it was a possibility,” Wedgewood told the Record’s Andrew Gross Monday on being placed on waivers. “I like to be confident in my own play. They told me it’s a team decision, an organizational decision. It’s what they think is going to work here. For me, being here (in training camp) this long is a testament to my game and what I proved. It definitely wasn’t easy for them and they stressed that to me. So that’s something I’ve got to take the positive out of. That’s exciting to hear. It’s just a matter of time and maybe it wasn’t the right time.”
Wedgewood is expected to join the team for Wednesday’s practice at Knickerbacker Ice Arena. All signs point to him getting the start during the team’s season opener at Providence (7:05 pm) Friday.
Albany’s goaltending lineup also includes second-year pro Ken Appleby and rookiee Mackenzie Blackwood. Both netminders had strong AHL preseason appearances. Blackwood made 23 saves in a 4-1 win at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Thursday and Appleby had a 26-save shutout in a 2-0 win at Hartford Sunday.