Devils put Jean-Sebastien Dea on waivers; Marcus Johansson returns to practice

NEWARK — Marred in the midst of what seems to be a month-long slump, the Devils look to be shaking up the lineup.

The Devils placed Jean-Sebastien Dea on waivers on Wednesday in an attempt to get him to clear waivers to be able to assign him to Binghamton of the American Hockey League.

Dea was claimed off waivers during the preseason, picking him up just prior to their European trip for the NHL’s Global Series Challenge. He happened to be in the right place at the right time when Jesper Bratt broke his jaw, and after a few years of trying to prove himself in the AHL, he got a shot to show what he could do in the NHL.

Dea made the most of the limited time given when he scored three goals in three of the first four games, but his production has dropped off and Wholesale jerseys
with the return of Bratt he’s spent some time as a healthy scratch. Stefan Noesen was recently re-inserted into the lineup on the fourth line and Dea was bumped out.
John Hynes has made it clear that he needs to see some better performances from the bottom six and he isn’t afraid to make changes, like potentially calling someone up from the Binghamton Devils in order to inject the team with new energy.

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“We feel like we need more from some of those guys playing on the third and fourth lines,” Hynes said after practice on Wednesday at RWJBarnabas Healthy Hockey House. “We need more energy and more pushback, more physicality. Whether that comes from the guys in here or whether we make changes within the organization, what it is that we need is more from those guys. We need more impact from some forwards in our lineup.”

If the Devils are looking to add from Binghamton, Nick Lappin is once again leading the AHL team in scoring with nine goals and 13 points. Marian Studenic, a 20-year-old forward, has also put together a nice season with eight goals and five assists and he’s a plus-5 through 20 games. Studenic is on his entry-level contract so it would be easy to shuttle him back-and-forth if they decide he needs to go back to the AHL.

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