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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: Week 26

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As the playoffs inch closer for the Albany Devils, they played some important games last weekend and didn't win any of them. A few college and junior level players signed ATOs with Albany to help their cause.

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The Albany Devils had a tough week considering they are fighting to make the postseason. They lost all three games played and have won just one of their last six. This recap will include notes and stats from the last two weeks since there was no update last week. All notes are updated with games played through Tuesday night.

Albany Notes:

  • On March 28th, the Albany Devils had a 1-0 lead heading into the third period, but ended up falling 4-1 to the Hershey Bears. Stefan Matteau had the lone Albany goal and Wedgewood made 22 saves on 26 shots.
  • On the 29th the Devils got one point when they lost 4-3 in the shootout to the Worcester Sharks. Keith Kinkaid got the start for just the second time since March 15 and made 28 saves and four more in the in the shootout. Three Devils had points in the game - Mattais Tedenby had one goal and two assists while Kelly Zajac and Matteau each had a goal and an assist. You can watch the full highlights from that game here:

  • In their third game of the weekend the Devils earned a 3-2 shootout win over the Binghamton Senators. Wedgewood was in net and made 23 saves while David Wohlberg and Reid Boucher had the regulation goals. Rod Pelley scored the only shootout goal. Pelley doesn't usually shoot in the shootout (this was his first attempt this season), but coach Rick Kowalsky said,

"He has scored in practice," said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. "He has consistently had some success in practice and that was the decision there. We try to use that a little bit as a gauge, but I think these things, they can go either way."

Here are the full highlights from the win:


Other Notes:

  • Graham Black's season and career with the Swift Current Broncos came to an end last week. They fell in the WHL playoffs to the Medicine Hat Tigers in six games. Black had two goals and two assists in the six games. As noted above, Black has signed an ATO with Albany.
  • Myles Bell was injured during the playoffs last week. He hasn't played in the Kelowna Rockets last two games, but they are up three games to none on Seattle. He is considered week-to-week with a lower-body injury.
  • While Bell is out, Severson is thriving in the playoffs for the Rockets. He has 11 points in eight games (3g, 8a).
  • Here is the current WHL Playoff bracket. The only prospects still in the hunt are Severson and Bell with the Kelowna Rockets:

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  • With Ben Johnson signing an ATO with the Devils, his season with the Windsor Spitfires came to an end. He finished the playoffs with four goals and two assists in four games, so he was solid, though his team was swept.
  • Ryan Kujawinski and the Kingston Frontenacs were eliminated from the playoffs in seven games. He had one goal and one assist in the seven games played.
  • The only Devils' prospect left in the OHL playoffs is Ben Thomson with the North Bay Battalion. They are up two games to one on the Barrie Colts in the second round. Here is the full bracket:

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With the playoffs inching closer, do you think the Albany Devils can clinch one of the final spots in the Eastern Conference? Who needs to step up to make that a better possibility? Which ATO signings are you the most excited about? Please discuss your thoughts on the prospects below. Thanks for reading!