The New Jersey Devils have made a change to their defense. On Friday, the Devils announced defenseman John Moore has been placed on Injured Reserve, and in a corresponding move, have recalled Seth Helgeson from Albany.
Moore, who played last night, appeared to be slowed down by an injury and in response to this placed him on IR with a lower body injury. Moore, who has primarily played with Damon Severson on the second pairing has been an essential part of the defense, providing offense from the back end in addition to his improving defense. Moore, lauded as an extremely smooth skater, has slowed down offensively, recording only one point(a goal in a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars on January 2nd) in his last 10 games.
The call up of Helgeson to New Jersey is his first appearance this year after playing 22 games with the big club last year. Helgeson, who has played 33 games in the American Hockey League this season, suffered a shoulder injury earlier in the year but appears to be fully recovered. Helgeson will be looked on to provide steady defense in the NHL, rather than offensive output.
Impact in New Jersey
The loss of Moore hurts offensively for the Devils with the defensemen starting to join the play and get involved more than previously. Although Moore is looked to contribute offense, he has slowed down considerably. Helgeson will likely not be looked upon to contribute the same way Moore did, he will hopefully provide a steady defensive presence on his pairing as long as Moore is out.
How does the loss of Moore affect the Devils play? Will their offensive output suffer? What about the frequency of defensive breakdowns? Will this be Helgeson's chance to claim a starting spot in the NHL? Let us know your thoughts and as always, thank you for reading.