The New Jersey Devils made two major roster announcements on Wednesday.
Taylor Hall, who has missed the past eight games with a torn meniscus, has been activated and center John Quenneville has been recalled from their farm club, the Albany Devils. Reid Boucher was placed on waivers and Beau Bennett was placed on injured reserve in a pair of corresponding moves.
Hall, who was the team’s leading scorer before he went down, was initially expected to miss 3-4 weeks after being placed on injured reserve on Nov. 16. New Jersey went 2-4-2 in his absence.
Quenneville posted 73 points in 57 games played for his junior team, the Brandon Wheat Kings last season. He also has 17 points in 19 games played for the Albany Devils.
Drafted 30th overall in the first round of the 2014 NHL entry draft, Quenneville was seen as a crafty, play making forward with defensive responsibility.
Quenneville is expected to make his NHL debut Thursday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. What makes this debut twice as exciting for the former Wheat King, as the head coach of the Blackhawks, Joel Quenneville, is a distant relative of John.