Veteran center Tim Sestito(43) would skate 18 games with the parent club and 45 with the farm team but gritty center was extended for another year speedily in unrestricted free agency.
In his next campaign he would only be utilized for 6 games in the big league on two separate recalls but that didn’t hinder New Jersey from giving him another two-year deal to stick in the system.
The undrafted forward spent his first pro season 2005/2006 in the ECHL with Greenville Grrrowl. His hard-working style would get him noticed by Edmonton Oilers, who signed him to a two-year entry level deal.
He continued most of his early development in the lower league with new affiliate Stockton Thunder but had his eye of proving he could play the game at a higher level.
They liked what they saw as he was inked for another year and given the captain’s spot for the minor league squad, while also making debut in the show.
His time in Canada would end there though as he was traded to New Jersey Devils in the off-season for future considerations.
In 2009/2010 he would experience his most productive stint yet scoring 18 goals, 17 assists for 35 points with Lowell Devils.
Heading into the 2nd year of his deal he played 15 games with New Jersey adding another pair of assists but it seemed like his time with the team looked to be running out without having scored an NHL goal.