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.
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.
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