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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 32 22 6 4 102 72 48
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
6 TOR 33 19 11 3 114 98 41
7 WSH 32 16 10 6 95 85 38
8 NYR 30 16 10 4 92 81 36
9 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
10 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
11 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
12 CBJ 32 14 15 3 79 102 31
13 PHI 32 12 14 6 88 96 30
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 33 13 18 2 63 105 28
16 CAR 32 9 19 4 68 91 22

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 28 9 11 0 20
J. Jagr 34 5 15 -11 20
M. Zidlicky 35 4 13 -5 17
M. Cammalleri 23 11 4 0 15
M. Ryder 33 4 10 -1 14
P. Elias 29 4 9 -16 13
D. Severson 32 4 8 -4 12
E. Gelinas 28 4 6 2 10
A. Greene 35 0 9 -3 9
T. Zajac 27 4 4 -6 8
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Kinkaid 1 1 2 .939 1.75
C. Schneider 11 16 3 .915 2.57