The New Jersey Devils defense, already hampered by inexperience and an injury to veteran Andy Greene, have placed Anton Volchenkov on injured reserve because of a hand injury.
Volcheckov, the hard-hitting veteran, has been a statistical disappointment since joining the Devils last season, but has provided much needed experience to the young blueliners like Adam Larsson.
In response to Greene and Volchenkov’s injuries, New Jersey called up defensemen Matt Taormina and Alexander Urbom from Albany. Taormina, who looked promising while playing 17 games for the Devils last season before getting injured, told the Bergen Record that he’s looking forward to getting another chance to play for the big club.
“Unfortunately, I only got a few games last year, so I didn’t have the opportunity to show (what he can do) throughout a full season,” Taormina said. Any time someone gets called up it’s an opportunity for them and you’ve just got to go out and play your game and show the coaches and the staff that you can do it,” he said.
Urbom, a 20 year old with good size (6’5” 215 lb.) played eight games with New Jersey last season and is considered one of the organization’s more promising prospects.
The Devils will catch a break on Monday, when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning, who will be without RW Martin St. Louis, a scratch with an eye injury. Not having to deal with an explosive offensive player like St. Louis will allow the recent call ups to ease into the NHL game.
-Forward Cam Janssen was activated off injured reserve, but will not play tonight against Tampa Bay
-Rod Pelley and Mark Fraser are also scratched tonight.