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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 11/25/14

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Week 8 of the 2014-15 prospect update saw Ryan Kujawinski stay hot, Blake Coleman continue to produce, and Albany struggle to win games and stay healthy.

Blake Coleman had 2 goals and 2 assists while winning 68.75% of his faceoffs this past weekend for Miami.
Blake Coleman had 2 goals and 2 assists while winning 68.75% of his faceoffs this past weekend for Miami.
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This post will recap the eighth week of Devils prospect action for the 2014-15 season. It's highlighted by Ryan Kujawinski continuing a six game scoring streak, Blake Coleman getting it done offensively and in the faceoff circle, and the Albany Devils hit an injury crisis. Check out the stats below!

CHL

Name Pos. Age (as of 2/1) Team League GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP
Ryan Kujawinski C 19 Kingston OHL 21 11 5 16 5 14 0.76
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 207 1 12 9 2 11 1 3 4 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP
Connor Chatham RW 19 Plymouth OHL 20 6 7 13 1 30 0.65
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 225 6 12 5 5 10 1 2 3 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP
John Quenneville C 18 Brandon WHL 17 8 12 20 8 16 1.18
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 205 7 15 4 6 10 3 4 7 0 2 2
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP
Ryan Rehill D 19 Kamloops WHL 24 2 7 9 2 63 0.38
Height: 6'3 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 225 4 6 2 6 8 0 1 1 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP
Brandon Baddock LW 19 Edmonton WHL 24 3 9 12 0 38 0.50
Height: 6'4 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 215 3 6 2 7 9 1 0 1 0 1 1
Name Age (as of 2/1) GP GS W L OTL SOL MIN GAA SV% GA%- GSAA
Anthony Brodeur 20 16 14 5 4 0 3 774:35 3.72 0.876 118 -7.37
Height: 5'11 Gatineau SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 194 QMJHL 0 0.00% 5 35.71% 5 35.71% 2 14.29% 66.67% 31.25% 2.08%

In his three games over the past week, Ryan Kujawinski picked up three goals and an assist. He is on a six game scoring streak with six goals and 3 assists. He needs to be over a point per game player this season so hopefully this is a sign of his game coming around.The Devils other OHL prospect, Connor Chatham, picked up two assists against Erie but was held off the scoresheet in his other two games this week. He currently has just those two assists in his last five games.

John Quenneville added a goal and two assist on Friday against Edmonton but was scoreless in his other two games. Speaking of Edmonton, Brandon Baddock was held scoreless in a game against Moose Jaw but picked up a goal and two assist in a weekend series against Brandon. The Devils other WHL prospect, Ryan Rehill, had an assist in three games from this past week. He did manage to only pick up four penalty minutes, all in the same game against Spokane. It's nice to see him cut down on the minor penalties.

Anthony Brodeur didn't play this week as he was picked up on waivers by Drummondville. Louis-Philippe Guindon is the undisputed starter but Brodeur will have the chance to compete for the backup role with New Jersey native Joe Fleschler.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Blake Coleman LW Miami 12 8 7 15 9 35 50 16.00% 4.17 1.25 66.23%
Height: 5'11 Age (as of 2/1) League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 200 23 NCAA 3 11 4 5 9 3 1 4 1 0 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Blake Pietila C Michigan Tech 12 4 5 9 0 26 23 17.39% 1.92 0.75 60.92%
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 200 21 NCAA 4 8 2 1 3 1 4 5 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Alex Kerfoot C Harvard 8 4 9 13 9 4 19 21.05% 2.38 1.63 48.78%
Height: 5'10 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 175 20 NCAA 5 9 2 5 7 1 2 3 0 1 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Steve Santini D Boston College 4 1 0 1 2 2 6 16.67% 1.50 0.25
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 208 19 NCAA 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blk
Joshua Jacobs D Michigan State 11 0 3 3 -5 10 18 0.00% 1.64 0.27 18
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 191 18 NCAA 1 1 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0

Blake Coleman continued his strong senior campaign with two goals and two assists this weekend while winning 68.75% of his faceoffs. He's maintained a strong 4.17 shots per game rate in the early part of the season. The other Devils senior prospect in college hockey, Blake Pietila, was held scoreless this weekend as Michigan Tech suffered their first two losses of the year to Minnesota State. He did rebound from a tough week in the faceoff circle to win 60.87% of his faceoffs.

Alexander Kerfoot currently leads Harvard in scoring as the top line center. Against Dartmouth and Bentley this past week, he added four assists to give him nine assists in eight games played.

Steve Santini remains out until January with a wrist injury. The Devils other defensive prospect in college hockey, Joshua Jacobs was held scoreless against Ohio State but managed eight blocks in two games over the weekend.

KHL, USHL, USHS

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Artur Gavrus LW Dinamo Minsk 27 5 3 8 -3 10 40 12.50% 1.48 0.30 38.10% 12:37
Height: 5'10 Age (as of 2/1) League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 177 21 KHL 2 7 1 3 4 4 0 4 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Joey Dudek C Dubuque 15 4 1 5 -2 20 33 12.12% 2.20 0.33
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 19 USHL 0 4 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0

Artur Gavrus scored a goal and added two assists in two games for Dinamo Minsk this past week. He previously had a scoring drought of seven games and just an assist in twelve games.

It was another quiet weekend for Joey Dudek as he was held scoreless with just three shots in two games in USHL action.

AHL

Name Height Weight Age (as of 2/1) Pos GP G A PTS A1 Pts1 +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Seth Helgeson 6'5 215 24 D 12 0 1 1 1 1 3 11 7 0.00% 0.58 0.08 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Peter Harrold 5'11 180 31 D 13 1 1 2 0 1 3 10 21 4.76% 1.62 0.15 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Brandon Burlon 6'0 190 24 D 16 1 4 5 3 4 E 34 23 4.35% 1.44 0.31 1 0 1 0 4 4 0 0 0
Dan Kelly 6'1 210 25 D 14 0 5 5 3 3 5 41 14 0.00% 1.00 0.36 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Whitney 5'6 170 26 LW 18 5 9 14 4 9 2 14 36 13.89% 2.00 0.78 4 5 9 1 4 5 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 30 C 17 1 0 1 0 1 -2 12 13 7.69% 0.76 0.06 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kelly Zajac 5'10 180 26 C 5 0 2 2 2 2 -1 4 2 0.00% 0.40 0.40 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1
Tim Sestito 5'11 195 30 C 18 4 6 10 4 8 E 4 34 11.76% 1.89 0.56 2 4 6 1 1 2 0 0 0
Reid Boucher 5'10 190 21 LW 14 2 4 6 1 3 -4 4 35 5.71% 2.50 0.43 2 0 2 0 3 3 0 0 0
Paul Thompson 6'1 205 26 RW 16 10 6 16 6 16 11 27 46 21.74% 2.88 1.00 6 5 11 3 0 3 1 1 2
Chris McKelvie 6'1 195 29 LW 13 1 1 2 0 1 -6 20 20 5.00% 1.54 0.15 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scott Timmins 6'0 200 25 C 17 5 9 14 4 9 5 4 43 11.63% 2.53 0.82 5 4 9 0 4 4 0 1 1
Stefan Matteau 6'2 220 20 LW 14 1 5 6 4 5 4 6 20 5.00% 1.43 0.43 1 3 4 0 2 2 0 0 0
Mike Sislo 5'11 195 27 RW 17 6 3 9 3 9 5 7 41 14.63% 2.41 0.53 1 2 3 3 1 4 1 0 1
Ben Johnson 6'0 195 20 LW 6 1 0 1 0 1 -2 2 6 16.67% 1.00 0.17 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Graham Black 6'0 190 22 C 12 3 2 5 1 4 2 8 19 15.79% 1.58 0.42 1 1 2 2 1 3 0 0 0
Cam Janssen 6'0 210 30 RW 4 1 0 1 0 1 1 2 1 100.00% 0.25 0.25 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Darcy Zajac 6'1 205 28 RW 17 1 2 3 1 2 -2 42 26 3.85% 1.53 0.18 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1
Reece Scarlett 6'1 185 21 D 8 0 2 2 2 2 E 2 18 0.00% 2.25 0.25 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
David Wohlberg 6'1 200 24 LW 4 0 0 0 0 0 -1 6 2 0.00% 0.50 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Thomson 6'3 215 22 LW 16 2 2 4 2 4 -2 33 20 10.00% 1.25 0.25 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Steve Bernier 6'3 215 29 RW 9 1 4 5 3 4 -1 17 16 6.25% 1.78 0.56 1 2 3 0 2 2 0 0 0
Raman Hrabarenka 6'5 235 22 D 17 4 8 12 3 7 2 18 29 13.79% 1.71 0.71 2 6 8 2 2 4 0 0 0
Joe Faust 6'0 205 23 D 4 0 1 1 0 0 -3 0 4 0.00% 1.00 0.00 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corbin McPherson 6'5 220 26 D 18 0 2 2 1 1 -1 37 17 0.00% 0.94 0.11 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mark Fraser 6'4 220 28 D 4 1 0 1 0 1 1 10 8 12.50% 2.00 0.25 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Eric Baier 6'2 210 26 D 1 1 0 1 0 1 E 0 1 100.00% 1.00 1.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Name Age (as of 2/1) GP GS Min W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA
Keith Kinkaid 25 9 8 472 5 1 1 1 2.54 0.911 99 0.16
Height: 6'2 SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 195 1 12.50% 5 62.50% 1 12.50% 1 12.50% 65.00% 25.00% 10.00%
GP GS Min W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA
Scott Wedgewood 22 7 6 352 2 3 0 1 3.24 0.875 139 -5.32
Height: 6'2 SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 190 0 0.00% 3 50.00% 2 33.33% 0 0 73.68% 26.32% 0.00%
GP GS Min W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA
Scott Clemmensen 37 5 4 275 1 2 0 1 2.18 0.920 88 1.38
Height: 6'2 SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 200 1 25.00% 2 50.00% 1 25.00% 0 0.00% 40.00% 60.00% 0.00%

Defensive Depth Dwindling: With Seth Helgeson and Peter Harrold with the big club and Mark Fraser out all weekend due to a suspension, Albany was left with just six available defensemen for the weekend. Problems arose on Saturday when both Dan Kelly and Reece Scarlett had to leave the game with lower body injuries. The Devils quickly signed ex-Trenton Titan and Albany Devil, Eric Baier, to a tryout contract to give them five available defensemen. Baier had spent the majority of 2011-13 with the Titans and played 13 games for Albany in the 2011-12 season. He is in his second year with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL.

Friday 11/21: Albany lost to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 5-1. The lone Devils goal was scored by Joe Whitney with an assist going to Reece Scarlett. Keith Kinkaid started the game and made 7 saves on 11 shots in 22:36 of action. Scott Wedgewood came in and made 11 saves on 12 shots in 37:24. The game featured ex-Devil Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond picking up one game suspension for contact to the head of Ben Johnson, who seemed fine afterwards. Here is the gamesheet and highlights:

Saturday 11/22: Albany was crushed by Binghamton 7-0. Scott Wedgewood started the game and lasted two periods as he allowed 5 goals on 24 shots. Keith Kinkaid played the third period and made 8 saves on 10 shots. Dan Kelly was lost to injury after the first period and Reece Scarlett was hurt after the second period. Raman Hrabarenka walked away from this game with a -5 rating with Joe Faust right behind at -4. Brandon Burlon somehow finished with an even rating and 5 shots. Here is the gamesheet and some lowlights:

Sunday 11/23: Albany defeated Bridgeport 5-2. Paul Thompson led the Devils with a goal and an assist. Brandon Burlon, Raman Hrabarenka, Eric Baier, and Ben Johnson scored the other goals for the Devils. Mike Sislo, Reid Boucher, Graham Black, Chris McKelvie, Joe Whitney, and Joe Faust each had an assist. Keith Kinkaid made 26 saves on 28 shots. Here is the gamesheet and highlights:

Devils Snapshot: Albany currently has 20 points from 18 games to start the season. The penalty kill has continued to improve, going 5/6 on the weekend to give them a 80.68% success rate on the year. The power play has continued to struggle, going 1/14 on the weekend with a 14.94% success rate on the season. Through 18 games the Devils have an all situation PDO of 100.18% and a rolling three game average of 91.22%.

Injury Update: Kelly Zajac and Cam Janssen remain out indefinitely. Dan Kelly, Reece Scarlett, and Scott Timmins were all injured after Saturday's game while Rod Pelley was hurt with a minor injury in Sunday's game.

Slumping: Two of the Devils key prospects are struggling in Albany at the moment. Reid Boucher has just 2 goals and 4 assists in 14 games while Stefan Matteau has only a goal and 5 assists in 14 games. In 8 games for the month of November, Boucher has only put up a goal and an assist. His 2.5 shots per game is solid though I would like to see it a bit higher. He is only shooting at 5.71% so perhaps some of this is bad luck but it is somewhat concerning. Hopefully his shots start to find the back of the net. Matteau is having an even tougher time as of late with just 2 assists in 11 games this month. Infact, his only goal of the season happened in the opener against Adirondack. He is only averaging 1.43 shots per game which I wish was higher. Like Boucher, he does appear to have some bad luck with a shooting percentage of 5.0%.

ECHL

Name Height Weight Age (as of 2/1) Pos GP G A PTS A1 Pts1 +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP G/GP A/GP Pts/GP EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Myles Bell 6'1 216 21 RW 13 7 2 9 2 9 1 2 46 15.22% 3.54 0.54 0.15 0.69 6 2 8 1 0 1 0 0 0
Name Age (as of 2/1) GP GS Min W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA
Maxime Clermont 23 7 7 422 5 2 0 0 3.56 0.884 125 -4.91
Height: 6'0 SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 200 0 0.00% 1 14.29% 2 28.57% 1 14.29% 80.00% 12.00% 8.00%

Myles Bell only managed an assist in four games this past week. Infact, that assist is his only point in his last six games. This is a league he should be dominating so hopefully he can get back to producing how he did when he first got to Evansville.

Maxime Clermont turned in two quality outings in three starts during the weak for Orlando.

Prospect of the Week

Since Ryan Kujawinski was covered last week, I wanted to give this week's honors to Blake Coleman. The Miami senior from Plano, Texas picked up four points in two games over the weekend to give him 15 points in 12 games on the year. Coleman is second on his team in scoring while being 11th in the country in shots per game (4.17) and 6th in faceoff percentage (66.2%). He has split time between left wing and center during his college career but it's nice to see he is doing well to start the year in the circle, after putting up a 51.36% success rate last season.

ADevil of the Week

Hard to choose one player for Albany given the tough week. Despite being suspended for the first two games of the three-in-three, Paul Thompson did add a goal and an assist to help Albany to a win on Sunday. He leads the team in goals (10) and points (16) while managing 46 shots in 16 games. He is currently tied for 2nd in the AHL in goals and has proven to be a key offseason acquisition.

Your Take

How concerned are you about Boucher and Matteau at this moment in time? Which college or junior prospect excites you the most? What do you make of Albany's recent struggles? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!