(Video) First NHL Goal: Whitney nets first before return to AHL

By Ken McKenna
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Photo: New Jersey Devils prospect Joe Whitney currently leads the AHL’s Albany Devils in scoring with 11 goals and 16 assists in 30 games (courtesy of Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

He’s returned to the AHL so the moment is probably slightly bittersweet, but New Jersey Devils‘ forward Joe Whitney netted his first NHL goal – the only goal scored by the Devils – in a 3-1, New Year’s Eve loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Whitney’s goal was the first of the game, coming at 15:37 of the second period. The Devils had worked the puck into the right corner of the Red Wings’ zone, but the Wings had gained control of the puck and looked to be in good shape to move the puck up ice. But an errant pass by defenseman Brendan Smith set the stage for Whitney’s goal.

Whitney is a Boston College product who has been a part of the Devils organization the past three seasons. He was the Albany Devils leading scorer the past three seasons, and is leading that team once again in the 2014-15 campaign. He has just three NHL games under his belt to this point, but might be deserving of a longer look on a Devils team that is currently in transition.

 

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