As expected, New Jersey Devils
General Manager Lou Lamoriello removed right wing Ilkka Pikkarainen
from injured reserve at 5 p.m. today.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Finn will be making his first NHL start against the Atlantic Division rival New York Rangers
on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
In order to make room on the 23-player roster for Pikkarainen, future Hall of Famer Brendan Shanahan
, who parted ways with the Devils last week, was moved to the team's non-roster list.
Pikkarainen, 28, was drafted in the seventh round in 2002 and played three seasons with the Devils' American Hockey League affiliate in Albany. He then returned to Finland and averaged 16 goals, 30 points and 129 penalty minutes over the next three seasons before returning to the Devils over the summer.