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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: Week 8

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It wasn't a standout week for any prospect, but there weren't many major disappointments, either.

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

There were no overwhelmingly impressive prospects this week, but not many were overly disappointing, either. The Albany Devils split their two games, and many players find themselves on point streaks. Keep reading for updates on stats and notes.

Side note: This week's stats and notes do not include Wednesday, November 26. I was unavailable to post the most recent numbers, so they are counted through Tuesday. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Player Birth Year Team League Position GP G A PTS PPG +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
Jon Merrill (X) 1992 Albany AHL D 14 2 7 9 0.64 -1 0 2 0 20 10
Joe Whitney 1988 Albany AHL LW 19 8 12 20 1.05 5 12 2 0 50 16
Scott Timmins 1989 Albany AHL C 12 5 8 13 1.08 4 6 2 0 29 17.2
David Wohlberg 1990 Albany AHL C 14 1 0 1 0.07 -2 8 0 0 11 9.1
Harri Pesonen 1988 Albany AHL LW 19 0 5 5 0.26 -1 22 0 0 43 0
Reid Boucher 1993 Albany AHL LW 19 8 8 16 0.84 3 2 2 0 63 12.7
Brandon Burlon 1990 Albany AHL D 18 1 2 3 0.17 -3 12 1 0 20 5
Eric Gelinas (X) 1991 Albany AHL D 5 1 2 3 0.60 2 4 1 0 20 5
Seth Helgeson 1990 Albany AHL D 19 0 2 2 0.11 -1 34 0 0 14 0
Cam Janssen (X) 1984 Albany AHL RW 11 0 1 1 0.09 -2 15 0 0 2 0
Dan Kelly 1989 Albany AHL D 19 1 6 7 0.37 4 23 0 0 21 4.8
Stefan Matteau 1994 Albany AHL LW 18 3 4 7 0.39 0 27 0 0 25 12
Chris McKelvie 1985 Albany AHL LW 19 2 3 5 0.26 -3 24 0 0 23 8.7
Corbin McPherson 1988 Albany AHL D 15 0 1 1 0.07 1 19 0 0 6 0
Rod Pelley 1984 Albany AHL C 19 2 2 4 0.21 -2 8 0 0 22 9.1
Tim Sestito 1984 Albany AHL C 19 4 6 10 0.53 -1 28 1 1 28 14.3
Mike Sislo 1988 Albany AHL RW 15 4 3 7 0.47 1 6 1 1 30 13.3
Darcy Zajac 1986 Albany AHL C 4 0 1 1 0.25 -3 12 0 0 2 0
Reece Scarlett 1993 Albany AHL D 17 1 3 4 0.24 5 10 1 0 23 4.3
Mike Hoeffel 1989 Albany AHL LW 15 3 2 5 0.33 1 19 0 0 32 9.4
Kelly Zajac 1988 Albany AHL C 13 2 3 5 0.38 -1 0 1 0 16 12.5
Riley Boychuk 1991 Albany AHL LW 6 1 0 1 0.17 0 0 0 0 2 50
Harry Young (X) 1989 Elmira ECHL D 6 0 0 0 0.00 -2 2 0 0 7 0
Raman Hrabarenka 1992 Albany AHL D 8 0 3 3 0.38 -3 7 0 0 9 0
















Goalies



GP Mins W L SOL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
Keith Kinkaid 1989 Albany AHL G 10 608:07:00 7 2 1 2 20 1.97 232 0.921
Scott Wedgewood 1992 Albany AHL G 8 450:28:00 4 4 0 0 20 2.66 163 0.891
Maxime Clermont 1991 Elmira ECHL G 5 301:00:00 0 4 0 0 20 3.98 126 0.863
Anthony Brodeur 1995 Gatineau Olympiques QMJHL G 10 538:56:00 6 3 0 0 27 3.01 213 0.887
(X - not on active roster)














Player Birth Year Team League Position GP G A PTS PPG +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
Artur Gavrus 1994 Dinamo Minsk KHL C 19 1 2 3 0.16 -2 4 0 0 24 4.17%
Vladimir Zharkov 1988 CSKA Moskva KHL RW 28 2 2 4 0.14 -3 4 0 0 46 4.35%
Graham Black 1993 Swift Current Broncos WHL C 28 15 21 36 1.29 11 27 6 2 - -
Myles Bell 1993 Kelowna Rockets WHL LW 20 9 8 17 0.85 9 23 1 0 - -
Damon Severson 1994 Kelowna Rockets WHL D 20 6 14 20 1.00 6 22 3 0 - -
Ben Johnson 1994 Windsor Spitfires OHL C 18 9 6 15 0.83 1 6 0 2 - -
Ben Thomson (total) 1993 North Bay Battalion OHL LW 13 3 3 6 0.46 -4 34 1 0 - -
Ryan Kujawinski 1995 Kingston Frontenacs OHL C 19 9 8 17 0.89 -5 16 2 0 - -
Blake Coleman 1991 Miami Ohio NCAA C 14 7 5 12 0.86 6 35 2 0 54 12.96%
Alexander Kerfoot 1994 Harvard University NCAA C 7 2 1 3 0.43 4 0 0 0 11 18.18%
Blake Pietila 1993 Michigan Tech NCAA LW 13 1 6 7 0.54 -4 25 1 0 36 2.78%
Derek Rodwell 1990 University of North Dakota NCAA LW 4 1 0 1 0.25 0 8 0 0 11 9.09%
Miles Wood 1995 Brown University NCAA LW - - - - - - - - - - -
Joe Faust 1991 University of Wisconsin NCAA D 8 0 6 6 0.75 7 0 0 0 7 0.00%
Curtis Gedig 1991 Ohio State University NCAA D 12 0 3 3 0.25 6 8 0 0 21 0.00%
Steve Santini 1995 Boston College NCAA D 10 1 3 4 0.40 9 36 - - 13 7.69%

Albany Notes:

  • Both the Albany Devils and Keith Kinkaid's win streak came to an end on November 22nd with a loss to the Springfield Falcons. With goals scored by Reid Boucher, Kelly Zajac and Tim Sestito, and 18 saves from Keith Kinkaid, the Devils fell 5-3. They also saw their penalty kill fall a bit (4-6), but they did find success on the power play (1-3).
  • The Devils found themselves on the right side of the score sheet the following night with a 5-3 win over the Adirondack Phantoms. Scott Wedgewood got his first start in a while and made it count with 24 saves, bringing him to a 4-4-0 record on the season. Joe Whitney, Mike Hoeffel, Reid Boucher, Time Sestito and Stefan Matteau scored the goals. Sestito, Matteau and Whitney each had multi-point nights.
  • Albany is 10-1-0-0 when scoring first, 5-0-0-0 when leading after the first period, and 10-0-0-0 when leading after the second.
  • Tim Sestito had a strong week in Albany with two goals and three assists in two games.
  • Jon Merrill was called back up to New Jersey after Anton Volchenkov went down with a lower body injury. He got to play in his first full NHL game and came out of it injury free!
  • Harry Young was called up to Albany but has been a healthy scratch.
  • While every member of the team (other than the goalies) has at least one point on the season, just four have reached the double-digit marker. The team is still lead by Joe Whitney with 20 points.
  • Reid Boucher has three goals and two assists in his last three games. As a rookie, he has been quite impressive. On the Albany Devils website, there is an interesting piece including the following interview:

    Other Notes:

    Prospect of the Week:

    The honor this week goes to Reid Boucher. He is on a three game point-streak and is tied for the goal lead in Albany as a rookie. He is also 6th in the rookie-scoring race. It was a huge question coming into the 2013-2014 season as to whether or not his impressive ability to score would translate, and it seems as though it has. He has helped a team that consistently struggles to score and win games and if he can keep it up, could help them find a playoff spot. He has been extremely valuable to the Albany Devils and is one of the many bright spots in their season so far.

    Do you think the Albany Devils can keep up their strong play throughout the season? Who needs to step up to do so? Which other prospects are have impressed or disappointed you? Feel free to sound off on the prospects below! Thanks for reading!