ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils are waiting to determine a timeline for Seth Helgeson’s return to the lineup. The Devils’ defenseman was injured during a play at St. John’s on Dec. 16. He has missed the last two games and Head Coach Rick Kowalsky classified him as out “indefinitely” after Saturday’s 4-1 win against Providence.
The Devils skated Monday at Times Union Center in preparation for their home-and-home series against Utica Wednesday and Thursday. Helgeson’s availability is still to be determined.
“We’ll find out more today,” Kowalsky said. “He feels alright, but it’s going to be a decision based on what the doctors say. He’s done some rehab now, but we’ll find out more this afternoon.”
The 25-year-old was injured making a play for the puck against the IceCaps inside the defensive zone.
“He dove for a puck and it was his shoulder,” Kowalsky said. “It just happens. It’s a tough-luck situation. He dove after the puck, extended himself and it slipped on him. Sometimes these things don’t take too long. Depending on what the MRI says today, it could be longer.
Helgeson has been arguable Albany’s top shut-down defenseman this season. He has logged 26 games and is a +10 (second highest on the team). In 154 career AHL contests, the Faribault, MN native is a +27. He made his NHL debut last season and logged 22 games with New Jersey, producing two assists and a +4 rating.