The number of players on the New Jersey Devils list of players in Covid Protocol is starting to ease up.
Two more players today were removed, as the list shortens to just Janne Kuokkanen, Mason Geertsen, and Dougie Hamilton.
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Jesper Bratt and Damon Severson were back on this ice this afternoon with the team, with five days to prepare and recondition themselves until the next Devils game.
"I feel like we're pretty fortunate with the schedule," Bratt said, "I mean, unfortunately, I missed two games, but it seemed that we could have missed four. So, in this schedule we have coming up, I'm excited that we have almost a week now of practice and it's gonna be good to get back into these (practices)."
Bratt said he only had mild symptoms for a few days, and spent his time in quarantine watching "everything on Netflix and Disney+"
Severson, too, was thrilled to be back out with his teammates, but also to see the list of players in protocol start to dwindle. "I'm excited to come back, and we're getting some bodies healthy again, a couple more guys, hopefully, the next few days come back off the protocol, with a few days before our next game."
Severson will spend the next few days getting his legs ready for when the team hosts Arizona on Jan. 19, having not been able to do very much activity while stuck at home.
"Just putting a little extra work on the ice," he said, "Just making sure you put a few extra drills in between, making sure the hands are ready to shoot, just kind of little things like that maybe. I haven't been able to really do that just sitting at home. So, yeah, a couple of little extra things here and there to make sure that I'm sharp."