Harri Pesonen could be the next Devils rookie to make his NHL debut.
According to coach Pete DeBoer, the Finnish left winger could play in one of the next two games against the Flyers.
“Why not? We’ve only got 23 spots. Anybody here has a chance to play,” DeBoer said today. “We’re going to seriously consider playing him. The philosophy of rotating guys in and out with fresh legs and energy doesn’t change this week.”
That would thrill Pesonen, who was recalled from Albany (AHL) and practiced with the Devils today.
“This is a big chance for me to get my first NHL game. I’m a lot closer here (than in Albany). We’ll see what the roster is on Wednesday,” Pesonen said.
Signed by the Devils from JyP Jyvaskyla in Finland as a free agent on June 15, Pesonen has 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) in 54 games with Albany this season.
“There have been ups and downs,” Pesonen said. “My first year in North America has been an exciting year. I’ve learned a lot of the culture here.”
What has been more difficult, adjusting to the game or the culture?
“Kind of both, on and off the ice,” Pesonen said. “It’s a different language, a little different habits. You have to adjust.”
Devils' Harri Pesonen could make NHL debut against Flyers
Newark Star-Ledger | Mar 13