According to Tom Gulitti of The Record, Eric Gelinas was practicing with the New Jersey Devils during Wednesdays practice skate.
The former second-round draft pick was assigned to the Devils AHL affiliate in Albany following training camp, despite an impressive preseason by the defenseman. Gelinas finished with one goal and two assists to tie him with Patrik Elias and Jacob Josefson for the team lead at the time of his departure.
While it's likely an injury sustained by a blueliner in Tuesdays 1-4 loss to Columbus that has brought Gelinas back to Newark, the change in personnel will be appreciated by Devils fans at The Prudential Center on Thursday night when the Devils host the Vancouver Canucks.
The decision to send Gelinas and Jon Merrill to Albany was not a popular one among Devils fans who have had enough with Pete DeBoers roster choices, while the Devils continue to sit in the basement of the NHL standings.
With a 1-5-3 record, Gelinas could become an important piece that shakes things up and helps the Devils find their stride.
In the first five games back with Albany, Gelinas put up three points along with 20 shots on goal. He has made just one regular season appearance with the Devils since being drafted in 2010.