After going to Binghamton for 15 games, Jesper Boqvist returned to the Devils as an emergency call up during the team's recent road trip. He met the team in Anaheim and played in the Devils game against the Golden Knights. For Boqvist, coming back to the main squad and playing for the Devils was a rewarding experience.
"It was great to be on the NHL ice again, it was so much fun," said Boqvist. "The [Vegas] result wasn't what we wanted but it was a lot of fun to be back out there."
Boqvist's time with Binghamton allowed him to develop his skills and build confidence with increased ice time down in the AHL.
"I saw it as an opportunity to get better, and play more, play more situations," said Boqvist. "I think it was good for me to play more and get some more confidence."
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Devils Interim Head Coach Alain Nasreddine agreed that gaining confidence was a big part of the decision to send Boqvist down to Binghamton.
"You could tell his confidence was wavering and he wasn't maybe the most confident kid, and that's what our intentions were when we sent him down is to get that confidence back and have him play in more situations," said Nasreddine. "It was good for him to go down and get that confidence."
Boqvist looks to continue his recent development up with New Jersey.
"[I want to] keep building off what I've done down there. Be hard on the puck and all of that stuff that I had to work on," Boqvist said.
Nasreddine agreed with Boqvist on what he needs to work on throughout the rest of the season.
"Just keep growing his game, keep growing that confidence. Making plays, he's a skill guy," said Nasreddine. "If we're going to have Boqvist here we don't want him in a fourth line role. He's going to play on the top-6, top-9 and some power play time if available so that's what we're looking for. Wherever he plays he's still a young guy, still a lot of growth here. We don't want to rush a player like Boqvist."