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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
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59