ALBANY, NY — Albany Devils center Blake Coleman successfully underwent surgery on his left shoulder Wednesday. The Devils rookie has been out of the lineup since suffering the injury on Nov. 27 against Binghamton.
“The surgery was successful and he’s doing well,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “Four to six months right now, but that can change depending on rehab. That’s just the textbook timeline for it. Right now we are just concerned him recovering and getting healthy. That’s the original diagnoses and we’ll see come a couple of months.”
Kowalsky did not rule Coleman out for the rest of the season.
“Development camp would be the assumption right now,” Kowalsky said. “Four to six months is the textbook. Some guys, if there strength is there and the healing is there, three-and-a-half gets you back. We’ll see and we’ll monitor him closely. Right now we’re just happy that it went well and that we got it taken care of.”
The 24-year-old has played 14 games for Albany, posting four goals and three assists.
New Jersey’s second choice — 75th overall during the 2011 NHL Draft — Coleman spent the previous four season playing for Miami University. In 143 games, he totaled 107 points, including 60 goals and 47 assists. In 2011, he was named the USA Hockey Junior Player of the Year and the USHL Player of the Year.