Wedgewood’s Return Could Come At Right Time
ALBANY, NY – Only 20 minutes after Cory Schneider sprained his MCL during Friday’s game, Albany Devils Head Coach Rick Kowalsky’s dinner in St. John’s was interrupted by a phone call from New Jersey Devils Assistant General Manager/Albany General Manager Tom Fitzgerald.
Not surprising that when Kowalsky hung up the phone, he was short a goaltender. Yann Danis would catch an early morning flight Saturday and join New Jersey for its game Sunday.
Now back in Albany, that goaltending spot seems to be filled. The Devils skated for the first time Tuesday and Scott Wedgewood, who has been out of more than a month with a shoulder injury, was among the group.
Wedgewood is coming off his second prolonged injury of the season. He missed roughly the first two months of the season with an ankle sprain. Slowly but surely he is getting closer to returning to the lineup.
“I felt good,” Wedgewood said. “It was obviously nice to get back after the second injury of the year. It’s been a little frustrating watching, not participating or being able to go on road trips. Getting out there and feeling game-flow-type practice drills was nice.”
Wedgewood did not travel with the team to St. John’s and has been skating on his own with Goaltending Development Coach Scott Clemmensen. The team is proceeding with caution heading into the its three-in-three weekend at Binghamton Friday and home against Utica Saturday and Toronto Sunday.
“The big thing, we just have to be patient with this,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “It’s been a while. The good sign is he skated all last week while we were gone. He was able to skate with the team today. We’ll see how he progresses. If all goes well we’d like to see him at least get one game this weekend.”
Because of the ankle sprain and shoulder injury, Wedgewood has only played in 12 games this season. He is 6-2-2 with a 1.67 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage.
Despite missing so much time, Wedgewood seems pleased with the approach the team has taken with both injuries.
“The nice thing that we did was we took our time with both injuries,” Wedgewood said. “Obviously, the high ankle was a little bit longer, but it was the same mentality. I didn’t want to get back onto the ice before I was ready. If you went out there too early and you’re favoring it — it’s just one of those things you don’t want to have to deal with. We took the extra time and getting out there and knowing I don’t have to worry about diving after a puck.”