Jacob Josefson

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Jacob Josefson
Apr 5: Josefson (upper body) is expected to be available for Thursday's game against Pittsburgh, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. There's no guarantee that Josefson will be slotted into the lineup for Thursday's contest, but the 26-year-old pivot should be available if called upon. Either way, his potential return shouldn't be of much concern to fantasy owners. Josefson has only notched eight points in 35 games this season, so he isn't a desirable option in season-long or daily formats.

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Apr 4: Josefson (upper body) will not draw into Tuesday's lineup for a game against the Flyers, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. That marks 18 consecutive contests missed for Josefson, who remains without a timetable for return. Recent call-ups Ben Thomson and Luke Gazdic will draw into the lineup on New Jersey's fourth line in place of Josefson and Miles Wood (upper body).

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Mar 25: Josefson (upper body) was on the ice for morning skate Saturday, Devils play-by-play announcer Matt Loughlin reports. This has to be considered a step in the right direction for Josefson, who hasn't played since sustaining his injury in a March 2 contest against the Habs. However, here's a guy who had only been averaging 12:17 of ice time over 35 games prior to his latest injury, so fantasy owners busy trying to claim the virtual title likely won't notice when Josefson ultimately returns.

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Mar 15: Coach John Hynes suggested Wednesday that Josefson (upper body) isn't close to joining the team in practice, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. Josefson has already been sidelined since the beginning of the month, but the club has little reason to rush his progress back from the issue. His absence shouldn't be felt in the majority of fantasy leagues, but expect further updates when or if he does return to practice before the regular season closes out.

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Mar 13: Josefson (upper body) won't play in Tuesday's game against Winnipeg, Andrew Gross of the Record reports. After missing the last six, Josefson won't play Tuesday and still seems a ways away from coming back, considering he didn't skate in practice Monday. With eight points in 35 games, his fantasy value is low, even when he returns to full strength.

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Mar 6: Josefson (upper body) will be staying in New Jersey for the team's three-game road trip, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. The 2009 first-round pick has missed out on the Devils' last three games, and looks set to miss at least a total of six with Monday's update. Josefson has failed to pan out as a point-producing forward, but has found a niche in the NHL as a checking forward.

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Mar 5: Josefson (upper body) did not take line rushes and thus will not return for Sunday's game against the Blue Jackets, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. Josefson misses his third consecutive game to the ailment and the team has not provided any sort of timetable for when he may be able to return. The Swedish pivot posted just three points in 11 games in the month of February, so he isn't a recommended fantasy play in most formats.

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Mar 4: Josefson missed Saturday's game against the Bruins due to an upper-body injury, Andrew Gross of the North Jersey Record reports. Josefson checked out of Monday's game against the Canadiens due to an upper-body injury and the Devils are using 11 forwards and seven defensemen with Pavel Zacha (concussion) also banged up and Mike Cammalleri (shoulder) listed as week-to-week.

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Mar 1: Josefson (lower body) will not travel with the team for Thursday's game against the Capitals, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. The versatile forward hadn't been an attractive fantasy play due to his bottom-six role -- he's averaged a mere 12:17 of ice time through 35 games this season -- but this injury dampens his value even further. However, if there is a silver lining with this situation, it's that Josefson is still not showing on injured reserve. He'll be reevaluated ahead of Saturday's road game against the Bruins.

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Feb 27: Josefsen suffered a lower-body injury in Monday's loss to the Canadiens and did not return. Josefsen played in just 2:21 before departing, and while the exact nature and severity of the injury is unclear, evidently it was serious enough to prevent his return to the contest. With just eight points and 41 shots on goal in 34 games this year, Josefsen's absence from the lineup isn't likely to send shockwaves through the fantasy universe, but an updated timetable for a return should be provided in the coming days nonetheless.

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Feb 13: Josefson assisted a first-period goal in Sunday's 4-1 loss to San Jose. It looks like the Swede is starting to find his groove with one goal and four assists over the past eight games. The 25-year-old has never had more than 14 NHL points in a season, so he may finally be feeling comfortable in the big league. Still, in the 12 games since the new year, Josefson has only been averaging 13:11 TOI -- barely enough to become a steady fantasy performer. However, if his latest productivity keeps up, coaches may feel he warrants more ice time, especially if the Devils continue to struggle. The former first round pick is a textbook wait-and-see.

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Jan 31: Josefson collected a first-period assist during Tuesday's win over Detroit. It was just the fifth point -- all assists -- through 24 games for Josefson, which highlights his extremely limited fantasy value. The 25-year-old pivot is best left to the waiver wire in all seasonal leagues and ignored in daily contests.

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Jan 13: The Devils activated Josefson (illness) off injured reserve Friday. It isn't clear if Josefson will return to the Devils' lineup for Friday's game against the Flames, but the 25-year-old pivot will be available if and when he's called upon. However, with just two assists in 16 games this season, Josefson isn't worth owning in season-long fantasy formats.

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Jan 9: Josefson (illness) will not suit up against the Panthers on Monday, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. Josefson remains on injured reserve and will need to be activated before he can return to the lineup. Since the start of December, the blueliner has appeared in just three contests, in which he averaged a mere 13:37 of ice time. Given the depth for New Jersey down the middle, it is unclear if the 25-year-old will crack the lineup one he's healthy.

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Jan 7: Josefson (illness) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Devils play-by-play announcer Matt Loughlin reports. Between battling a concussions near the tail end of 2016 and this latest illness, Josefson has had a tough go of it this campaign. Even in the 16 games that he's managed to play, the Swede's been delicately managed with the pivot only averaging 11:50 of ice time per contest. Taking his spot on the active roster is defenseman Yohann Auvitu.

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Jan 6: Josefson (illness) won't be in the lineup for Friday's game against Toronto, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. Josefson will miss a third consecutive game Friday, but his absence won't impact many fantasy owners' lineups, as his nearly nonexistent offensive production -- two assists in 16 games this season -- keeps him off the fantasy radar in most season-long formats. The Devils should release another update on the 25-year-old pivot's status once he's ready to return to game action.

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Jan 3: Josefson (illness) will miss his second straight game when the Devils play the Hurricanes on Tuesday. Josefson provides good bottom-six production for New Jersey, but that doesn't really translate into good fantasy production in the majority of formats. The 25-year-old will have three days to get healthy before the Devils' home game against the Maple Leafs on Friday.

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Jan 2: Josefson (illness) won't play in Monday's tilt with Boston, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. The center hasn't been the most productive Devil, with only two points in 16 games, but has been getting some power-play minutes lately. Sergey Kalinin could see an uptick in time with the man advantage in Josefson's stead, but he isn't much of a fantasy option, either.

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Dec 29: Josefson (concussion) has been activated off injured reserve and will suit up against Washington on Thursday, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. Josefson has been sidelined for New Jersey's last five outings with this concussion and was a healthy scratch for the seven games before that. Unless he can start securing more regular ice time, you'll want to look elsewhere in fantasy.

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Dec 28: Josefson (concussion) will travel with the team for Thursday's contest against Washington, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. Josefson remains on injured reserve and has yet to get clearance to suit up, but joining his teammates on the road is certainly a good sign. With Vernon Fiddler (lower body) designated for IR, there is an open roster spot for Josefson if he can pass throuhg the concussion protocol. However, even if he does slot back in, it's worth noting that the 25-year-old has not recorded a point since Nov. 6. He shouldn't be expected to suddenly start scoring at will.

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Dec 27: Josefson (concussion) will miss Tuesday's matchup with the Penguins. Josefson has sat out all but two of the Devils' last 14 contests due to injury or just being a healthy scratch. When in the lineup, the center has garnered a paltry two helpers. Considering his inability to secure regular ice time, there's not much fantasy appeal here.

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Dec 22: Josefson was placed on injured reserve Thursday due to a concussion. Josefson was designated for IR retroactively, which will allow him to be eligible for the Devils' Dec. 17 matchup with the Penguins. Even when healthy, the center has been used sparingly, appearing in only 14 games thus far. With just two points on the year, it's unlikely the 25-year-old will suddenly start scoring whenever he's cleared to return.

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Dec 21: Josefson sat out Wednesday's practice with an upper-body injury, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. Josefson has been out of the lineup for the Devils' last two outings as a healthy scratch, so it is unclear when he may have picked up this knock. The 25-year-old has been used sparingly this season even when healthy. As such, if he is ruled out against Philadelphia on Thursday, the center's absence will likely have minimal impact on most fantasy lineups.

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Nov 23: Josefson scored the game-winning goal in the shootout against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Josefson played just 10:27 and did not register a single shot on goal in regulation or overtime. He's been a healthy scratch at times this season and has just two assists through 11 games. The Swede's lack of a consistent role and horrendous track record on offense keeps him well off the fantasy grid in the vast majority of settings.

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Nov 6: Josefson will be in the lineup Sunday against the Hurricanes, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. Josefson will re-enter the lineup after serving as a healthy scratch for the last six games. He's not much of a fantasy contributor (one point, two PIM, three shots in three games this year) but nonetheless will assume a spot in the Devils' bottom six against Carolina.

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Oct 19: Josefson played 5:34 of his season-high 15:17 Tuesday against the Ducks on the power play. Josefson skates in a bottom-six role at even strength, but is an important piece on both the power play and penalty kill. The 2009 first-rounder has never even reached 15 points in an NHL season, though, so his upside is still very limited despite the large special teams presence.

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