The Devils organization has come to a deal with forwards Cam Janssen and Mike Hoeffel.
Janssen, who just turned 29 in April, will be back for his third season with the Devils. In 52 games with the big club, the winger has only registered a single point while racking up 75 PIM. Last season, one he spent almost exclusively in the AHL with Albany, Janssen had five points (1-4) in 36 games, to go along with 65 PIM.
While he knows his role in the organization, Janssen is fighting to get back to the NHL after what he viewed as a set back in his career last season.
“I’m really excited to be back,” Janssen said tonight. “I love that organization. I got a chance to play some hockey in Albany, which at the beginning was kind of scary. Getting sent down was a little tough mentally on you because of the fact I hadn’t been down in the minors in a long time.
“Once I got down there and got some minutes and played, it was great.”
Hoeffel, a 24-year-old winger who was drafted by the Devils in the second round of the 2007 draft, will also be back for his third season. In the previous two years with the Devils, Hoeffel has scored ten goals, added nine assists, and amassed 65 PIM. A three time member of the WCHA’s (NCAA) all-academic team, Hoeffel’s totals likely haven’t been pleasing to Devils brass. During his four years with the University of Minnesota, Hoeffel registered 48 goals and 39 assists in 149 games, but that production hasn’t carried over to the AHL.
In 112 career AHL games, Hoeffel has only 21 points (12-9).