After a three-week stay with the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, Damon Severson is back with the Kelowna Rockets.
The 19-year-old defenseman will return to the Okanagan on Thursday after spending all of main training camp with the NHL club and playing in a pair of exhibition games.
Severson saw close to 20 minutes of ice time in each game—one against the Islanders and one against Montreal.
“It went really well and I think they were happy with the way I played,” said Severson, who was chosen by the Devils in the second round of the 2012 NHL draft. “I didn’t feel out of place but they obviously want to give me another year to mature in junior and I’m looking forward to getting back to Kelowna and helping my team.”
Rockets’ assistant coach Dan Lambert said Severson’s return adds skill and experience to an already deep defensive corps.
“Getting Severson back really solidifies our D core and gives us an experienced guy that can play key minutes in every situation,” said Lambert.
Severson, the club’s top point producer among rearguards last season with 10 goals and 42 assists, will be in the lineup Saturday when the Rockets play host to the Victoria Royals.