AJ Greer and Fabian Zetterlund Make an Impact for the NJ Devils

The NJ Devils recalled forwards AJ Greer and Fabian Zetterlund from the Utica Comets on Wednesday, and they made an impact for the Devils the next night.

The final score did not turn out the way the NJ Devils wanted it to Thursday night, as they lost to the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 7-4 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The two newest Devils, AJ Greer, and Fabian Zetterlund were a bright spot, however, as both players made an impact.

It is expected that some of the Utica Comets will “get a look” with the NJ Devils during the month of April, as the Devils are not going to make the playoffs and the final weeks of their season will be a great opportunity to give a few Comets some well deserved NHL time. That plan was accelerated when Jack Hughes was lost for the season, plus Miles Wood, Jimmy Vesey, and Nathan Bastian suffered injuries that would cause them to miss time as well. The first beneficiaries of the sudden openings in the New Jersey lineup are Greer and Zetterlund.

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This is far from Greer’s first time in the NHL, as he had already played five games for the Devils this season prior to Thursday night, and has now played a total of forty-four games in the league between the Devils and the Colorado Avalanche. It was the Avalanche that drafted the twenty-five-year-old left wing in the second round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. In his NHL games, he has a total of seven points and fifty-four PIM.

On Thursday night, Greer was a force to be reckoned with for the Devils. He scored a goal, and registered four shots on goal, two hits, and one blocked shot in 12:08 of ice time as well. The stat line Greer put up against the Canadiens, is one Utica Comets fans have become quite familiar with – as he has been a huge part of the Devil’s AHL affiliate’s success this season.

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Thursday night was not the first time Fabian Zetterlund played for the Devils this season either, as he played three games for the club in November. Like Greer, Zetterlund is also a major factor in the Comet’s success this season and was also very noticeable for the Devils against Montreal. Although he did not register a point, Utica’s leading scorer still recorded four shots, two hits, and two blocked shots in 15:01 of ice time. The twenty-two-year-old even received 1:59 of power play time in the game, which was the third most among New Jersey forwards for the night. The future looks bright for the Devil’s 2017 third-round draft pick.

The NJ Devils head out to the road for nearly two weeks starting Saturday afternoon with a game in Dallas against the Stars. Zetterlund and Greer are still with the team, with a fluid injury situation in New Jersey and the team starting a long road trip, it is unclear at this point who or when the callup from Utica will be.

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