Adam Henrique’s career got off to a great start, but at the time he was often playing alongside Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise.
Without that kind of talent surrounding him, he hasn’t been able to replicate that level of success since his rookie campaign. Well, not until recently anyways.
Since the Olympic break, Henrique has found the back of the net in six straight games and has tied the New Jersey Devils’ record, according to the Star-Ledger.
He’s netted nine goals over his streak, giving him a career-best 23 this season. That’s kept the Devils afloat as they’ve been playing a looser game defensively since the break.
New Jersey is four points shy of the second Wild Card spot, but they’ve also played in two more games than the current holder of that position; Detroit.
The Devils will continue their quest to squeak into the playoffs on Tuesday against Philadelphia.
The Toronto Maple Leafs trimmed their training camp roster by 16 players on Sunday.
Two of the Leafs’ top prospects, William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen, are heading to the the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.
For the full list of cuts, click here.
Nylander was Toronto’s first round pick, eighth overall, in 2014.
The 19-year-old scored an impressive 14 goals and 32 points in 37 games with the Marlies in 2014-15.
Kapenen, 19, was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Phil Kessel trade.
He had one goal and one assist in a brief four game stint with Pittsburgh’s farm team last season.
The rebuilding Maple Leafs have no issue being patient with their top young prospects. Both players could make their NHL debut at some point this season, but they may have to wait a little while longer before they become regulars at the next level.
The Leafs now have 24 players on their training camp roster. They have until Tuesday to put the finishing touches on their lineup. Toronto needs to cut at least one more player.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.
The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.
Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.
“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”