Banged-up Devils lose prized rookie Severson for 4-5 weeks

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Another day, another injury in New Jersey.

On Thursday, the club announced that rookie blueliner Damon Severson would miss the next 4-5 weeks with a hairline fracture in his ankle, a tough blow for a team that’s suffered plenty already this season.

Severson, 20, has been one of the few bright spots for the Devils this season. He leads all rookie d-men in average time on ice per game (23:01) and is second to Aaron Ekblad with four goals and 12 points through 32 games.

Severson was hurt during a 3-2 shootout loss to the Islanders on Monday and didn’t play in last night’s 2-0 loss to the Sens. He’s now on the shelf next to a slew of injured Devils: Michael Cammalleri, Dainius Zubrus and captain Bryce Salvador.

It’ll be interesting to see what steps GM Lou Lamoriello takes to stop the bleeding in New Jersey. The club has lost six straight, is 11-16-6 on the year and the calls for head coach Peter DeBoer’s job have grown increasingly louder.