The New Jersey Devils received some bad injury news on Tuesday as two of their top players will be out long term.
It never rains, it pours for the New Jersey Devils.
On Tuesday, the team found out that defenseman Dougie Hamilton and center Nico Hischier will miss extended time due to injuries. The injuries will have a significant impact on the team’s top-six forward group and top four defense corps.
Hamilton will miss multiple weeks after suffering a broken jaw during Sunday’s 4-3 overtime win against the Washington Capitals. The twenty-eight-year-old Hamilton was the prized free-agent signing for the Devils this offseason and so far has seven goals and thirteen assists for twenty points in thirty games played for New Jersey this season. Hamilton will undergo surgery on his jaw on Wednesday.
NJ Devils reporter Amanda Stein (you can find her on Twitter at @amandacstein) reports that Devils captain Nico Hischier will miss the game against Boston (I misinterpreted the tweet, as I originally thought it meant he was going to miss multiple weeks – my sincere apologies Amanda!). He might very well have a broken foot, but it was reported during the Devils broadcast on Tuesday night that he will try to skate on it Wednesday and see how the pain is (again my apologies for the original misinformation, it was not intentional). Obviously it is a fluid situation as to how much more time if any, he will miss. Hischier had just returned to the team after spending time in the NHL Covid protocol. In twenty-eight games played this season, Hischier has six goals and fourteen assists for twenty points.
Stein also reports that Devils forwards Pavel Zacha and Yegor Sharangovich have been placed in the Covid protocol, and that forward Tomas Tatar has come out of it. The Devils play tonight (Tuesday) in Boston, and has of 4:30 on Tuesday no recalls from their AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets, have been made. The Devils have forwards Alexander Holtz and Nolan Foote, as well as defenseman Kevin Bahl on their Taxi Squad. The Comets play again on Wednesday in Toronto before returning home for games on Friday and Saturday against Wilkes-Barre Scranton and Hartford.
If the Utica Comets were to lose a significant amount of players to New Jersey, it would almost certainly require them to recall more players from the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL and/or sign more professional tryout (PTO) contracts. Stay tuned.