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Devils News: Samuel Laberge Reassigned to Utica, What it Means

With Samuel Laberge’s reassignment, an injured Devils forward should be returning to th lineup.

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In today’s Devils news, forward Samuel Laberge has been returned on loan to the Utica Comets (AHL) the team announced on Saturday.

The 26-year-old forward signed a one-year, two-way contract last Saturday. He made his NHL debut against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. He played just four minutes.

It was more of the same on Friday as Laberge played even less, skating in just 2:11 of play.

With Laberge off the roster, New Jersey is down to 22 players on the roster.

So, what does his reassignment mean?

Prior to Friday’s tilt against the San Jose Sharks, Devils head coach Lindy Ruff disclosed that forward Erik Haula was making positive progress in recovering from an injury.

Further, Ruff indicated that Haula will travel with the Devils on their upcoming four-game road trip out West. It’s certainly an indication that Haula is ready to return to play.

Haula has been strong in 18 games this season. The 32-year-old forward has recorded six goals and 12 points playing on New Jersey’s third line at even strength and on the second unit power play.

The Finnish forward will certainly be a welcomed addition back into the lineup. The Devils are 3-1-0 in games when he scores a goal and 6-3-0 when he records at least one point.

Haula has been in and out of the lineup since the start of the season. He’s taken a handful of maintenance days in between games as well, indicating he’s been dealing with a lingering injury. The Devils are hoping that his recent hiatus has restored Haula to full health. He’ll certainly be an important factor in a tough stretch ahead next week.

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