BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - In this week's edition of B-Devils Sit-down, 12 Sports Director Larry Burneal talks to Binghamton Devils head coach Rick Kowalsky about who he believes will step up with Nick Lappin in New Jersey and if the constant string of call-ups has frustrated the B-Devils.
Nick Lappin called up to New Jersey this week, the leading scorer on the team, how are you going to reshuffle the lines without him?
"Michael Latta is going to come back and play," said Binghamton Devils head coach Rick Kowalsky. "He's been out with a knee injury for a while. He's a right hand shot, so that will certainly fill a void. Nick's obviously has been a big player for us. To be honest with you, he probably could have had five goals over the weekend. He had a lot of chances. Blake Speers has played really well, as has Nathan Bastian, two rookies and right wingers that will get an opportunity to eat up some of those minutes."
New Jersey is pushing for a playoff spot. The B-Devils main function is to support the big league club, but does it ever get frustrating that New Jersey keep stealing Binghamton's talent?
"It's part of the process," said Kowalsky. "They are going through some injuries now, and whether its been the goaltenders, it's been consistent where they have been taking some players up. (John) Quenneville goes up, obviously he was a key player for us, and now he's hurt. Now we lose Lappin. It's just life in the American League. It's opportunities for other guys to step up and Latta hasn't played much, really over the last two months hasn't played at all, and we make a deal to bring in two new forwards, which we think will help us play a faster, more skilled game."
Binghamton is on the road at Utica Friday night. Puck drops at 7 p.m. The B-Devils has lost three straight games to the Comets.