The New Jersey Devils announced that they have placed forward Stefan Noesen on injured reserve, with an upper-body injury which he suffered in a game Tuesday against Tampa Bay. The team also announced that they have activated forward Drew Stafford to take Noesen’s place on the team’s 23-man roster.
Noesen was a key player in the team’s surprise run into the playoffs after he put up a career high in goals and assists, with 13 goals and 14 assists on the season. He played a great role, moving from line to line last year offering the team positive possession numbers. However, he hasn’t had as much success so far this year with just a goal and an assist, numbers that he put up in the first two games of the season. He has since posted zero points in his last seven appearances and was scratched on Thursday. The 25-year-old will miss at least two games and could be eligible to return on Tuesday at Ottawa.
Stafford is expected to be in today’s lineup, but has just appeared in two games for the Devils this season. The 33-year-old had eight goals and 15 points last season for New Jersey. He was out with an upper body injury and placed on injured reserve on Oct. 23. He has averaged just 9:06 in ATOI so far in the two games he’s played.