|Josefson looking to make NHL debut on Friday. |
The Devils called up reinforcements Thursday, bringing in forwards Jacob Josefson
and Tim Sestito
, and defenseman Matt Corrente from Albany (AHL).
The fresh bodies will fill out the roster, giving the Devils 18 skaters – 12 forwards, six defensemen – for Friday’s home matchup with Colorado. They had been left shorthanded by injuries and salary cap issues in their last two contests, including last night’s 1-0 overtime win over the Sabres.
It's some relief for head coach John MacLean, who had 15 skaters Monday versus Pittsburgh and 16 in Buffalo.
“Definitely,” MacLean said. “Three young guys getting called up, we'll get some energy and keep improving on our play.”
Josefson centered Dainius Zubrus
and David Clarkson
during training camp, and could return to that role Friday. Sestito, like newly signed forward Adam Mair, can play either center or wing. Also in the mix is Rod Pelley, who’s capable of playing left, center or right.
“Mair is a versatile player,” MacLean said. “Pelley is a versatile player, as is Timmy. Having coached Timmy as a centerman (in Lowell), he's played some wing also. There is some versatility in those guys."
Josefson, the Devils’ first-round pick in 2009, is eager for his NHL debut.
“No one (told me if I’m playing tomorrow), but I hope so,” said the 19-year-old.
He believes he’s ready for the opportunity.
“I think I worked hard (in Albany) and gave my best,” he said. “I played some exhibition games, and of course I think this is going to be a little higher level now, but I think I will do fine if I’m in the lineup.”
In Albany, Josefson centered fellow Swede Mattias Tedenby
and Chad Wiseman
. He was set to be roommates with Tedenby, but hadn't moved in yet.
“I prefer to be here,” Josefson joked. “He’ll figure it out by himself.
Sestito, 26, has been in this position before, having played nine games when the Devils were hit with injuries last season.
“I think have more of a comfort level,” Sestito said. “Last year, first couple of games were pure adrenaline, a lot of nervous energy. I think in training camp and the exhibition games, I didn’t feel that. I was more comfortable. Now it’s not so much not wanting to mess up, I want to contribute, try to really help out, and be a player that can be counted on.”
Corrente, 22, was the Devils’ first-round selection in 2005. A defenseman, he made 12 appearances last season, filling in occasionally at right wing. Rolston surgery successful; Fraser out 4-6 weeks with fractured hand
Forward Brian Rolston underwent successful surgery to repair a sports hernia, and remains on track to miss the next four to six weeks. He has been placed on long-term injured reserve.
The Devils announced they will be without defenseman Mark Fraser, who had a pin inserted into his fractured right hand, and will miss the next four to six weeks.