Devils Notes: Martin Unlikely To Play Next Week; Devils Prospects Earn ECHL Honors

Here’s a few Devils’ news stories to keep you updated:

Paul Martin Unlikely To Play Next Week

Paul Martin continues to skate on his own, and he’s began to shoot pucks.

Though he’s been shooting, the defenseman hasn’t been able to give 100%. Although he wanted to play next week, the chances are slim to none.

“As soon as he’s ready, it will come quick,” general manager Lou Lamoriello said of Martin’s return to Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record. “It’s like with Marty (Brodeur) last year (when he was returning from a 50-game layoff with a torn biceps tendon). As soon as the doctor says he’s ready, he’ll be back.”

Martin has missed the past 52 games after fracturing his forearm on a shot by Bill Guerin.

Trenton Devils Prospects Earn ECHL Awards

Devils prospects Matt Vokes (Rookie of the Month) and Dave Caruso (Goaltender of the Month) were given ECHL honors for February.

Vokes had 20 points in nine games (nine goals, 11 assists), including three game-winning goals, to lead Trenton to an 8-3-0 in February. Vokes led rookies in goals, assists, game winners and plus minus and was tied for the rookie lead with three powerplay goals and one shorthanded tally.

The rookie also was named ECHL Player of the Week February 15-21. He leads the Trenton Devils in assists and a plus-minus rating of +12. He’s second on the team with 38 points.

Goaltender Dave Caruso was named the ECHL Goaltender of the Month for February.

Caruso was 7-2-0 with a 2.00 goals against average and a .942 save percentage for Trenton. He ended the month with a career-best six game winning streak, and allowed one goal in five of his nine starts. His play helped the Trenton Devils improve to 24-23-9 overall.

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