On the Farm: NHL Experience Starting to Show for Albany Devils
By Kristin Tullo (@KToools)
It was with the help of three players that spent the season in New Jersey last year, that the Albany Devils were able to defeat the Worchester Sharks to earn their first win of the season. Adam Larsson, Jacob Josefson and Adam Henrique tallied a combined five points on Saturday night’s 4-0 win.
The Devils went into Saturday’s game winless in their first two contests and received little production on the score sheet from players like 2012 Rookie of the Year candidate, Adam Henrique, who was held to just two shots in as many games to begin his season back in the AHL.
With help from Harri Pesonen, who signed a one-year contract over the summer with the Devils, Henrique was able to find the back of the net to get the Devils on the board in the first period. Pesonen went on to score a goal as well for his first of the season before Jacob Josefson finished the game with a short handed goal in the third for his second of the game. Defenseman Adam Larsson ended the game with two assists while Joe Whitney, Bobby Butler, Tim Sestito and Matt Anderson each had one assist in the win.
On the other end of the ice, Keith Kinkaid (1-1-0) turned aside all 30 shots he faced, earning his first shutout of the season and fourth of his career. Kinkaid is splitting duties with AHL veteran, Jeff Frazee, who is in the last year of his contract.
Although Albany has been one of the bottom teams in the AHL for the last couple of years, the experience and skill that several players bring in from the NHL could be the difference between missing and making the Calder Cup Playoffs, which the Devils minor team has not played in since the Lowell Devils made it in 2010. Unless of course there is a solution made between the NHL and NHLPA, Larsson, Josefson and Henrique may find themselves looking to win the Calder, after losing in the Stanley Cup Finals just five months ago.
The Albany Devils will look to build off of their win tomorrow night when they face the Connecticut Whale at the Times Union Center. The New York Rangers affiliate will enter the game looking for their first win of the season.