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Josefson joins team for morning skate

Tuesday, 01.4.2011 / 3:54 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Jacob Josefson is happy with his progress, but even happier that he's skating with the team again.

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.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
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11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
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C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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