ALBANY, NY – Paul Thompson missed Saturday’s game and is out indefinitely according to Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. The 27-year-old sustained an upper-body injury during Albany’s game Friday at St. John’s.
Thompson has missed some time this season because of a shoulder injury suffered on Oct. 25 against Binghamton. However, Kowalsky indicated that the latest ailment is unrelated to a preexisting injury.
Thompson, who set a franchise record with 33 goals last year, has appeared in 41 games this season, posting 11 goals, 16 assists and a +5 rating. In 314 career AHL games, he has posted 83 goals and 71 helpers. Thompson made his NHL debut this season on Jan. 8 against Boston.
In other injury news, Vojtech Mozik will be available for the Devils’ three-in-three weekend. He has missed the last eight games with an upper-body injury. Mozik is tied for 10th in the AHL with a +22 rating. Additionally, he has two tallies and 10 assists in 44 outings.
The addition of Nick Lappin, who signed an entry-level contract with New Jersey Tuesday and will play for Albany with an ATO, brings Albany’s roster to 25. Blake Coleman (shoulder) and Thompson are the only players unavailable currently.