The New Jersey Devils have seen former fourth round draft pick Seth Helgeson appear in a collective 19 NHL games this season, but he won’t be finishing out the year with the big club.
The team confirmed on Monday afternoon that Helgeson, who was recalled by the club earlier this spring, will be reassigned to the AHL’s Albany Devils after recording just one assist during his 19 game NHL stint. He’ll join the now playoff-bound AHL Devils through their final games of the 2015-16 season, then will likely play with the team during their post-season run as well.
Drafted 114th overall by the Devils in 2009, Helgeson has now played in a collective 41 NHL games with New Jersey since first getting his shot last year. A four year alumnus of the University of Minnesota, the big-bodied blue liner provides little in the way of supplementary offense but offers plenty of size.
With the Devils sending the defenseman down, the team is likely looking to make room in their lineup for veteran forward Patrik Elias. The team confirmed that Elias’s return was ‘imminent’ earlier today, which means that he could appear in the active lineup as early as tomorrow, when the Devils host the Buffalo Sabres at home at the Prudential Center. Elias, who has spent his entire career with New Jersey, has been limited to just 13 games this season due to injury.