NHL Rumors: Should New Jersey Devils Be Nervous About Adam Henrique Injury?

By Mark Donatiello
Ed Mulholland – US PRESSWIRE

Adam Henrique will be out 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb.  If the NHL lockout ends, the New Jersey Devils may be without one of their best young scorers to start the season.

Last season, Adam Henrique was a contender for the Calder Memorial Trophy as one of the best rookie scorers in the NHL.  Henrique put together a solid season and helped lead the New Jersey Devils to a Stanley Cup appearance.  His 51 points gave the Devils scoring depth that allowed them to put together four legitimate postseason lines.

After the departure of Zach Parise to free agency, the New Jersey Devils will lack some of the scoring depth that made them one of the best teams in hockey last season.  Travis Zajac will be back after missing much of the regular season last year, complementing Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias.   The Devils will then rely on players like David Clarkson and Adam Henrique to replicate breakout seasons.  With one of their most prolific scorers undergoing surgery, should the Devils be nervous about Adam Henrique’s injury?

It appears that Adam Henrique should make a full recovery.  Conditioning will also be less of an issue since Henrique has been playing in the AHL, while much of the rest of the NHL idles during NHL lockout negotiations.  Were the season to start, there would be at least a week of preseason and practice, which gives Henrique time to recover.

Even if the lockout were to end tomorrow, which seems unlikely, the Devils would only be without Henrique for a few weeks.  He should be better prepared for the start of a season than most NHL players after 16 games in the AHL.  In the end, the New Jersey Devils don’t have much to worry about with Adam Henrique’s injured thumb.  The Devils can expect another productive season from the rookie that produced series-ending goals this postseason against the Florida Panthers and New York Rangers.

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