NEWARK, NJ – The New Jersey Devils made a pair of transactions that could have an immediate impact on the Albany Devils for their road game Sunday against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The parent team has returned defenseman Seth Helgeson on loan and has loaned left winger Stefan Matteau under emergency conditions.
Helgeson has split time between the AHL and NHL this season. With Albany, the shutdown defenseman was a +11 in 33 games, producing two goals and five assists. With New Jersey, he has a helper in 12 outings. A veteran of 161 career AHL contests, Helgeson has a +28 rating in 161 games. He has contributed five goals and 24 assists.
Matteau is returning to the ice after suffering a facial fracture when he was hit by a deflected puck during New Jersey’s practice on Feb. 12. The 22-year-old has been with the NHL Devils all season and has logged 20 games, registering a goal. Matteau spent the previous two season with Albany and has 128 career AHL games to his credit. He has tallied 25 goals and 28 assists for 53 points and a +15 rating.