The Devils recalled Wedgewood from AHL Binghamton under emergency conditions Friday. New Jersey placed starting netminder Cory Schneider on injured reserve in a corresponding move Friday, so Wedgewood will presumably slot in as Keith Kinkaid's backup for Friday's game against the Sharks. The 25-year-old netminder will be returned to the minors as soon as Schneider is fit to play.
Wedgewood was waived by the Devils on Tuesday, James Mirtle of The Athletic reports. It appears the Devils will open the season with Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid as their top two netminders, but Wedgewood figures to be a solid insurance option. Last season marked his debut at hockey's highest level, and he more than held his own, posting a 2-1-1 record, 1.25 GAA and .957 save percentage. With that in mind, he's certainly at risk of getting snatched up through the waiver process.
Wedgewood secured a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey on Tuesday. Wedgewood was unable to get into the crease for the Devils this past year, and it figures to be more of the same heading into the 2017-18 campaign. The netminder is stuck behind Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid on the organization's depth chart. If the 24-year-old wants to get a crack at an NHL gig, he may need to leave New Jersey -- a decision that he will put off until next summer.
Wedgewood (shoulder) served as the backup netminder for the AHL's Albany Devils playoff loss to AHL Toronto on April 28. Wedgewood was expected to miss six months, but he was able to get clearance to at least serve as the No. 2 for Albany in the final two games of this year's playoff run. The 24-year-old failed to crack New Jersey's lineup this season, but he could replace Keith Kinkaid as the backup to Cory Schneider next year, as Kinkaid will be an unrestricted free agent come July 1.
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.
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