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Joe Whitney escapes AHL to join Jaromir Jagr with New Jersey Devils

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At the age of 25, Joe Whitney is finally about to get his chance in the NHL.

The New Jersey Devils announced this morning that they have recalled Whitney from Albany (AHL) to join the club in New Jersey after sending rookie forward Reid Boucher back to the minors on Wednesday.

Whitney has spent the last three seasons in Albany where he has 57 goals and 75 assists in 179 points and currently leads the team with 16 goals and 20 assists.

"He's leading us in scoring in the minors, he led us last year and he deserves the opportunity," Lou Lamoriello told Tom Gulitti of The Record on Thursday morning.

"With everybody becoming healthy we've got to try to find a left wing for Travis [Zajac] and Jagr, so we're going to give Joe a chance."

There are definitely worse ways to start your rookie season in the NHL than playing alongside future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr.

Whitney won't add much size to the lineup but it's a gamble the Devils will have to take for his offensive side, which Boucher didn't exhibit while with the big club.

The left wing from Massachusetts went undrafted, completing four seasons at Boston College where he put up 40 goals and 102 assists with the Eagles. Whitney signed as a free agent with Albany in 2011 before signing with New Jersey in 2013.