TROY, NY – Vojtech Mozik is the latest Albany Devils player to be recalled to the NHL. The New Jersey Devils announced the transaction as the A-Devils stepped onto the ice Tuesday morning for practice at Knickerbacker Ice Arena.
Mozik is no stranger to the NHL, he played seven games with New Jersey last season. The 23-year-old ranks second all-time on the AHL Devils’ +/- list with a +32 rating in 61 career games. Last season, he was a +28 in 53 outings, producing two goals and 15 assists.
• SPEAKING OF LAPPIN
Lappin registered his first career NHL point – an assist — during the Devils 3-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning last Saturday. During the second period, the Devils’ rookie won a battle for position against Braydon Coburn. Lappin sent a backhanded pass to the front of the net, finding Devante Smith-Pelly at 5:22.
“Lap’s just been consistent – really even in training camp,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “He does a lot of the little things right. He’s around the puck. He’s creating chances. He still has some things to learn defensively, but he’s pretty detailed in that side of the game. When he gets the puck in the offensive zone or off the rush, he usually makes the right decision.”
• EGGS AND HOCKEY
It seems like once a year, the Devils play a “School Day Game.” Such is the case Wednesday when the Devils take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 11 am at Webster Bank Arena. Despite the early start, it’s just another hockey game.
“We don’t do a bunch of them,” Kowalsky said. “You’re more on your practice time. The big thing is just your meals. When do you eat? How early do you have to get up? It really starts the day before, with your lunch, your dinner and maybe a late-night snack and making sure you get a solid sleep. There’s no nap time.”
“From a coach’s standpoint, it’s just business as usual. Where it really gets weird is when you walk out of the rink at 1 o’clock. That’s strange. As a coaching staff, we never leave at 1 o’clock.”