Wedgewood underwent successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder Tuesday and is expected to miss six months. Barring an extremely rapid recovery and a deep Devils playoff run where they need goalie depth, the surgery effectively ends Wedgewood's season. The 24-year-old wasn't likely to contend for a role in the NHL this season anyway, so he'll most likely take this time to get healthy and come back strong for next season.
Wedgewood went unclaimed off the waiver wire and will report to AHL Albany, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. This move comes as no surprise with both Keith Kinkaid and Anders Lindback battling for the back-up role in New Jersey. The netminder will be reassigned to the minors where he went 14-3-3 last season with an outstanding 1.55 GAA. The 24-year-old appears to be stuck behind a logjam in goal and may have to head elsewhere to secure regular NHL minutes, but for this season, he is likely in the AHL to stay.
Wedgwood allowed three goals on 31 shots in Thursday's 3-1 preseason loss to the Rangers. Wedgwood was beaten by Brandon Pirri twice in what was otherwise a decent showing. The 24-year-old netminder went 2-1-1 with a 1.25 GAA and .957 save percentage when called upon last season, and is looking to push Keith Kinkaid for the backup job in New Jersey.
coach John Hynes indicated Wednesday that Wedgewood will not travel with the team to Florida as he's being sent back to AHL Albany, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports. Wedgewood's demotion comes on the heels of news that Cory Schneider (knee) is nearing a return following an extended absence. While his last outing wasn't spectacular, the 23-year-old likely left a nice impression by posting a 2-1-1 record with a 1.24 GAA and .957 save percentage when called upon. The 23-year-old netminder has spent a fair amount of time in the minors with limited success, but he's improved significantly over the last couple seasons. If he can continue at his current pace, there's a chance Wedgewood has a future in the NHL.
Wedgewood allowed three goals on 23 shots in Sunday's loss to the Hurricanes. The 'Canes raced out to three quick goals in the first 22 minutes of the contest, and though Wedgewood settled down after that, the damage had already been done. Sunday marked the first regulation loss of the 23-year-old's career, as even after the defeat, Wedgewood owns a terrific 1.24 GAA and .957 save percentage.
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