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Josefson joins team for morning skate

Tuesday, 01.04.2011 / 3:54 PM / 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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2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
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10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
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12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 51 23 10 4 33
A. Henrique 56 12 20 -1 32
P. Elias 53 10 16 -13 26
S. Gomez 39 5 18 -9 23
M. Zidlicky 63 4 19 -7 23
T. Zajac 55 10 10 -4 20
S. Bernier 48 10 8 1 18
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 45 2 16 3 18
M. Havlat 38 5 9 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 23 6 .927 2.19
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59