The New Jersey Devils will be without Connor Carrick for at least a month, after the defenseman underwent surgery on his right pinky finger. The team announced a recovery timeline of four to six weeks, meaning Carrick will have to be removed from their plans for the time being. The injury was suffered in practice last Thursday when Carrick blocked a shot.
Carrick, 25, seemed to finally find a home with the Devils after arriving in New Jersey through a trade with the Dallas Stars. The young defenseman played in 20 games for them down the stretch and averaged nearly 20 minutes a night, before eventually signing a two-year, $3MM contract with them in the offseason.
Unfortunately, that role hasn’t continued this season with Carrick averaging fewer than 14 minutes a game in the four contests he did suit up for. The right-handed defenseman has been a bottom-pairing option for the team with little impact, meaning this injury won’t drastically change their game plan.
Still, losing defensemen for more than a month always puts pressure on a team’s depth chart. Should the Devils be forced to deal with any other injuries, Carrick’s absence will be notable.