Scott Wedgewood # 41 of the New Jersey Devils in action against the Washington Capitals at the Prudential Center on October 21, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. The Washington Capitals beat the New Jersey Devils 4-1 (Photo by Mike Stobe / NHLI via Getty Images)
(Photo by Mike Stobe / NHLI via Getty Images)
The Arizona Coyotes have claimed goaltender Scott Wedgewood on waiver from the New Jersey Devils, the team announced Thursday.
Wedgewood, 29, has played three games between the Devils posts this season. He posted a 0-2-1 record, as well as a 3.19 goals-against average and 0.880 save percentage.
A familiar face to the organization, Wedgewood spent time with the Coyotes during the 2017-18 season. In 20 appearances for Arizona, the goalie was 5-9-4.
Wedgewood played 43 games during his NHL career with the Coyotes (20) and Devils (23), resulting in a career record of 10-20-9 that included four shutouts.
With starting goaltender Carter Hutton sustaining a lower-body injury on Oct. 25 that should keep him out for a few more weeks, the Coyotes are counting on rookie Karel Vejmelka in net.
Vejmelka rose to the challenge, posting 30 saves in the last two times the Coyotes have taken to the ice. Vejmelka is currently posting a 2.54 goals against average in eight games played this season.
Prior to claiming Wedgewood on waivers, 22-year-old Ivan Prosvetov was the other active goaltender in the Arizona roster. Prosvetov was then assigned to the club’s American Hockey League affiliate the Tucson Roadrunners on Thursday.