The New Jersey Devils have seemingly avoided the worst with Jack Hughes, again.
The Devils returned to the ice after a two-day hiatus following their 6-4 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. It was a period for the team to mentally and physically reset themselves as they were dealing with a plethora of injuries.
Hughes and Jonas Siegenthaler are the latest names added to the long list of injured Devils players. However, the good news is that head coach Lindy Ruff explained Hughes is going to miss “weeks, not months.” That’s a similar timeframe that the Devils projected Hughes to miss after his first injury stint. Hughes wound up missing five games starting Nov. 4th and returned against the New York Rangers on Nov. 18th.
Ruff would not disclose the nature of Jack’s injury when asked if it was the shoulder or wrist. He certainly remained firm naming the injury “upper body.”
“I think we all have to look at that as good news,” Ruff said of Hughes. “We’ll keep evaluating week-to-week and see how he progresses.”
Hughes scored 10 goals and 25 points in 22 games since returning.
After explaining Hughes will miss some time, Ruff stated that the Devils franchise forward will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis. Additionally, Siegenthaler’s recovery timeline is relatively similar to Hughes’ as Ruff determined it “week-to-week.”
That wasn’t the only injury update on Tuesday. We already knew the Devils were not expecting Dougie Hamilton (torn pectoral) and Tomas Nosek (foot surgery) back in the short term. However, Ruff adds Ondrej Palat’s name in with the Devils players who are currently on the shelf. The veteran forward is dealing with a lower-body injury.
Finally, and on a positive note, there is good news regarding Timo Meier. The Devils’ star forward has started skating on his own in a “limited fashion.” Furthermore, Ruff explained he is the closest of the injured Devils to returning and is likely to see the ice for practice with the team sooner rather than later. As a result, games should follow.
In the meantime, Shane Bowers and Cal Foote are in New Jersey. The Devils recalled the former-first round picks on Tuesday morning. They were present on the ice and participated in Tuesday’s morning skate.
New Jersey plays next in Tampa Bay on Thursday at 7 PM.