Notes on Albany Devils lines for Friday
With winger Mike Sislo recalled by the New Jersey Devils this week, the Albany Devils moved David Wohlberg up to skate with Joe Whitney and Scott Timmins.
Whitney is the team's leading point producer with 21 goals and 29 assists in 66 games. He has teamed well with Timmins this season, who has 11 goals and 24 assists in 53 games, along with a plus-nine rating. Sislo had recently claimed the spot at the top of the list of Albany's top goal scorers with 23. He also has 17 assists in 57 games.
Wohlberg has four goals and six assists in 54 games. It will be interesting to see how he does now that he's on a line with higher scoring expectations.
The second line of Mattias Tedenby and rookies Kelly Zajac and Stefan Matteau remains intact. Albany coach Rick Kowalsky has said he likes the chemistry between those players, and Zajac lauded the speed of Tedenby and grit of Matteau. Zajac is tied with Sislo for the team's second spot as a point producer. He has 10 goals and 30 assists in 60 games. Matteau has 13 goals and 11 assists in 59 games, Tedenby nine goals and 11 assists in 36 games. This line has had a good showing in recent weeks.
Reid Boucher and Harri Pesonen flank centerman and captain Rod Pelley. Darcy Zajac centers Cam Janssen and Mike Hoeffel.
Another option for the weekend is left wing Ben Johnson, who was signed to an amateur tryout contract and skated Thursday's practice. For more on him, read the blog here: http://dailygazette.com/weblogs/devils/2014/apr/03/johnson-signs-ato-albany/
Defenseman pairings include rookie Seth Helgeson (1-7-8, plus-10) with second-year man Corbin McPherson (0-10-10, plus-15), Albany's Man of the Year Dan Kelly (2-13-15, plus-11) with Raman Hrabarenka (6-15-21, minus-one), and Alexander Urbom (1-7-8, minus-three) with Brandon Burlon (4-6-10, minus-one).
Another option is rookie Reece Scarlett (4-13-17, plus-nine), who is working back from an upper-body injury. Kowalsky said Scarlett felt much better as he skated through practice with the team, but he still had to talk to him and figure out if a return this weekend was advisable.