Scott Wedgewood provides insurance for Coyotes with acquisition
The hope was that Scott Wedgewood, drafted in the third round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils, would eventually make his way up to serve as a contributing piece for the NHL club.
New Jersey found a consistent duo in Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid, though, and Wedgewood – now 25-years old – found himself relegated to the AHL for yet another season as his 2017-18 campaign kicked off.
Now, though, he’ll potentially get his full-time NHL shot.
It was announced on Saturday that the Arizona Coyotes, ahead of their game against New Jersey, had acquired the goaltender for a fifth-round selection in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft (initially Calgary’s). With the move, they reassigned goaltender Adin Hill to the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners, leaving the second NHL position alongside Louis Domingue open for their newest talent to fill.
With conservative positioning, excellent tracking, and confident post coverage, Wedgewood has a strong foundation to offer Arizona as the team continues to seek their first win of the year. He lacks the explosive agility that some teams covet, but fits the bill of New Jersey’s goaltenders – which, with Arizona desperate for some consistency and control, is nothing but a good thing.
It’s hard to know what will happen to him over the course of the year, as Arizona is still awaiting the return of starting netminder Antti Raanta from injury. When he gets back, they’ll have Wedgewood, Domingue, and Raanta all at the NHL level, and no waiver-exempt goaltenders among them.
If he’s able to outplay Domingue, though – and potentially help Arizona get their season back on track – this could be his legitimate shot at a permanent role with the Pacific Division club. His .973 save percentage in his first AHL game for the Binghamton Devils this year certainly boasts some promise, while Domingue still sits on a .858 through six games played on the year.