by David Pavlak on 11/06/11 at 04:50 PM ET
The injury bug hasn’t been kind to the New Jersey Devils this season. After Travis Zajac had to undergo Achilles surgery during the off season, the center position already took a pretty big hit. In steps Jacob Josefson. His performance on the ice during training camp was admirable and looked to be a positive for the Devils as they were searching to fill a pretty big hole in the roster. After an awkward fall into the boards, Josefson broke his clavicle and will now be out for an extended period of time as he rehabs back to one-hundred percent. Adam Henrique would be the next name to step into the ranks of the Devils and so far he has shown some glimpse of hope that he could possibly end up being a future leader for this team.
Henrique was sent down to the AHL to play with the Albany Devils just a few games into the season with the Devils. Since his return, Henrique has shown good on-ice knowledge, pure skill and a nice set of hands. He is a fairly explosive skater. Henrique most recently netted a pair of goals against the Winnipeg Jets to lead the Devils to a 3-2 victory. With both Zajac and Josefson out, Henrique is making the most of his opportunity with the Devils. He has three goals and three assists in nine game, and is starting to make people notice him.
“I didn’t realize he was that fast,” Parise said of Henrique. “Two goals with nice breakaway speed. He’s playing with confidence right now. That’s great for us and it’s great for him. He’s fun to play with. He makes good plays and he’s only going to get better.”
“He’s a finisher. You don’t get two breakaways too often in games and bury both of them,” Parise said. “That’s impressive. We need some finish around here.”
Henrique showed the ability to score in juniors but his game hasn’t translated as smoothly since his arrival to the Devils and the NHL. With a few years of maturing in the minors, the notion was that Henrique would grow into the type of player many believed he would be. He was looked as heavily during training camp last season but never ultimately made the roster. Now with the Devils, Henrique is doing his part to cement his name on the roster permanently.
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