New Jersey Devils: Nico Hischier is ready

New Jersey Devils: Nico Hischier is all set


Captain Nico Hischier will be on the New Jersey Devils roster for the season opener at the Prudential Center against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. It was Andreas Johnsson who suffered, he who was demoted to the American League. 

The Swiss Devils forward had been struggling with a pulled thigh muscle for a preparatory meeting against the Montreal Canadiens on September 26. 

“I feel good and I will be there [Saturday], he said a few hours before the game in question according to the National League official website. I feel where I should be. I can't wait to play, to go on the ice with the guys in front of our audience. There will be a good atmosphere, I'm definitely pumped for this game.

Hischier had his best season of his career in 2021-2022 with 21 goals and 60 points in 70 games.

< p>Johnsson, for his part, will make his first trip to the minors since the 2017-2018 campaign. He had then finished the year with the Toronto Maple Leafs and had not been demoted since.

The forward totaled 13 goals and 35 points in 71 games last season. His hefty $3.4 million salary certainly played a role in the Devils' decision as Hischier himself commands $7.25 million per campaign.