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Life After Crawford for Devils

New Jersey Devils Goaltender Scott Wedgewood has moved around a little bit in his career. He has done a full circle in the NHL to get a regular spot on an NHL roster.

Drafted in 2010 by the New Jersey Devils, Wedgewood spent most of his career in the AHL with an occasional call up to the NHL. Wedgewood was traded in October of 2017 to the Arizona Coyotes for a 5th round draft pick.

Three months later he and Tobias Reider went to the LA Kings in exchange for Darcy Kuemper. He played the rest of the season with the Kings AHL affiliate then signed as a free agent to the Buffalo Sabres for one year.

In Buffalo, Wedgewood played only in the AHL. Then signed with Tampa Bay for another one year deal in 2019. In that year, Wedgewood also played only AHL games.

In the Summer of 2020, Wedgewood signed a two way deal to return to New Jersey. It is safe to say there were certain expectations as to where he would play most of his games. With Makenzie Blackwood and recently signed Corey Crawford it was pretty clear where Wedgewood sat on their depth chart.

With the sudden and unfortunate retirement of Corey Crawford, the depth chart was shaken up and Scott Wedgewood would be Blackwood’s backup for the season. It was a huge blow to suddenly lose a goalie completely a couple weeks before opening night. Wedgewood has now played 12 games so far. It’s the first season he’s had with NHL games since his brief time with the Arizona Coyotes in the 2017-2018 season.

After Crawford announced his retirement, the Devils were quick to claim Eric Comrie off waivers a couple days later and then claimed Aaron Dell a week after that. Comrie played one game for the devils before being claimed off waivers again by the Winnipeg Jets. The Devils kept Dell on the roster and has now played 5 games for the Devils this year.

The situation that New Jersey found itself in is unusual to say the least but obviously even more unexpected for Corey Crawford. The Devils were able to adapt to the situation and Scott Wedgewood stepped up when he was needed.

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