When Andrew Cogliiano returns from his injury, the New Jersey Devils will be without the services of their most potent offensive threat.
While there has been some speculation about his availability, head coach John Hynes says that the 26-year-old winger has not been ruled out of the lineup this weekend against the Montreal Canadiens.
“I don’t think Andrew’s going to play, but he hasn’t been ruled on for this week.
So, it’s not like he’s missed any games.
It’s not something that’s on our radar right now,” Hynes told reporters on Monday.
“But I don’t want to say too much about it, because Andrew has been a big part of our team since he came in.
So I’m not going to comment on what he’s going through.”
Cogliani had his right knee injured by Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban on Sunday.
The injury forced the winger to miss the first four games of the season.
However, he returned to the lineup against the New Hampshire Wildcats on Tuesday, and his presence has been instrumental in the Devils’ rapid rise.
Coglio has been among the NHL’s most potent players for much of his NHL career, and he scored a career-high 20 goals last season, including 10 in the playoffs.
Coglio was also the leading scorer in the NHL in the regular season, scoring 16 goals.
The former No. 1 overall pick is one of the most feared offensive threats in the league, and Hynes is optimistic about his future in New Jersey.
“He’s one of our most dangerous offensive players, I think, and I think we’re going to continue to build upon that.
We’re going in the right direction,” Hys said.
“And he’s a guy who is so versatile.
He’s a puck-moving defenseman, he’s got great hockey sense.
So it’s going in a positive direction.”