Josefson joins team for morning skate
The rookie centerman has been sidelined since Oct. 27 with a hand injury that required surgery. After skating on his own for a few weeks, he joined the team for Tuesday’s morning skate.
“It feels like I’m in pretty good shape,” said Josefson, the Devils' first-round pick in 2009. “I’ve been skating for a couple of weeks so my conditioning is pretty good, I think. It’s just the timing and adapting to the game again. I haven’t really had contact and stuff like that. I think I’m going to need a couple of practices to get that back.”
He doesn’t expect a long road back to game shape.
“I don’t think so,” he said. “I feel good out there. I don’t feel the hand at all. My legs feel fresh and all that. I don’t think it will take that long.”
A recent meeting with doctors confirmed that the recovery has gone according to plan. He still tapes his left hand for additional support.
“He said everything looked very good and that my hand healed beautifully and that I was ready to go,” he said.
Josefson was recalled from Albany on Oct. 14 and played in six games before getting hurt. He’s still seeking his first NHL point, and hopes to get that chance when he’s officially ready to see game action.
“I had a couple of good games there and felt that I was starting to get into the game here,” he said. “Of course it was frustrating to get the injury in the beginning there.”
Like Mark Fraser, Josefson could be sent to Albany for a conditioning assignment prior to suiting up again in New Jersey.
“Obviously, I want to play up here, but I’ll play wherever they tell me to play. I want to be up here. That’s not my decision,” he said.