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Lemaire: JJ was dynamite

Coach impressed by Jacob Josefson's performance vs. Tampa Bay

Wednesday, 03.2.2011 / 11:07 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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The departure of Jason Arnott has opened a window of opportunity for Jacob Josefson.

It took one game for Jacques Lemaire to give the rookie a rave review.

With Arnott gone to Washington in the deadline day deal for David Steckel, Josefson will now see more time at center. He made the most of the chance in Wednesday's win over Tampa Bay, anchoring a juggled third line with Ilya Kovalchuk, Vladimir Zharkov and Mattias Tedenby on his wings.

The 20-year-old didn't end up on the scoresheet, but he impressed Lemaire. After trying Josefson on the wing following his return from hand surgery, Lemaire expects to keep him at center.

"This kid played really well, really well," Lemaire said. "He's young, he's learning. He played much better than at wing. He's a centerman, he's not a winger. They were telling me this, but because Arnott's gone, now I have the chance to put him at center. With Arnie, he had to go on the wing so he wasn't playing as well. Hopefully, he'll keep going."

The Devils' first-round pick in 2009 says he'll play wherever he's needed to keep the Devils on their roll. He was a plus-1 against the Lightning with 8:32 of ice time on 15 shifts, including 1:59 on the power play. He was 3-for-6 on faceoffs.

"I play where the coaches tell me to play and try to make the most of it," Josefson said. "I don't know if that benefits me that [Arnott] is gone, but the most important thing now is that the team wins. That's all my focus right now."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
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13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 68 16 24 -3 40
M. Cammalleri 61 25 13 4 38
P. Elias 62 11 20 -17 31
S. Gomez 51 7 24 -7 31
S. Bernier 60 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 67 11 12 -3 23
A. Larsson 57 3 19 2 22
A. Greene 75 3 17 2 20
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 55 6 11 -2 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 27 8 .928 2.19
K. Kinkaid 5 5 3 .918 2.47