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For the second time this season Alexander Vasyunov was called up from Albany to New Jersey’s roster. The first time came at the expense of countryman Ilya Kovalchuk but tonight he had the chance to play at the right wing with Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias. A strong effort was rewarded as he intercepted an Anaheim pass in the neutral zone during the third period and lead the rush into the offensive zone.
Vasyunov passed the puck back to Patrik Elias who ripped the puck past Jonas Hiller, giving Vasyunov his first career NHL point. Although finishing the game with just under 13 minutes played, all of which came on special teams, 2 shots and a plus1. He was also rewarded with the trust of Devils Coach John MacLean. With a minute and a half left the coach felt he had been playing good enough to get a big defensive shift.
On that shift he blocked a shot and was able to clear the zone and get his line change. If Vasyunov can keep up his solid play he can definitely earn a roster spot for the New Jersey Devils this year. Making $758,602 this year, if he can be effective he can be a good player for a team that has more cap trouble looming when Brian Rolston comes off the injured reserve in a few weeks time.