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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 11/24/15

Week 8 of the 2015-16 prospect update saw Pavel Zacha and Blake Speers earn honors, Mackenzie Blackwood continue his dominating start to the season, Albany continue to play well on special teams, and Ken Appleby have another strong start.

The latest OHL "Player of the Week", Pavel Zacha.
The latest OHL "Player of the Week", Pavel Zacha.
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This post will recap the 8th week of Devils prospect action for the 2015-16 season. It's highlighted by Pavel Zacha and Blake Speers earning honors, strong goaltending from Mackenzie Blackwood and Ken Appleby, and Albany continuing to get the job done on special teams. Check out the stats and recap below!

OHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Connor Chatham RW 20.08 Flint 21 4 11 15 -4 26 6.35% 3.00 0.71
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 225 7 11 3 8 11 1 3 4 0 0 0 19
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Josh Jacobs D 19.79 Sarnia 22 1 10 11 2 14 1.85% 2.45 0.50
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 200 8 9 0 7 7 1 3 4 0 0 0 14
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Pavel Zacha C 18.65 Sarnia 17 12 8 20 8 30 20.34% 3.47 1.18
Height: 6'3 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 213 5 17 7 5 12 4 3 7 1 0 1 32
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Blake Speers RW 18.90 Sault Ste. Marie 22 5 14 19 -14 16 7.58% 3.00 0.86
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 183 9 14 3 7 10 2 7 9 0 0 0 23
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colton White D 18.57 Sault Ste. Marie 22 1 8 9 -8 5 3.45% 1.32 0.41
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 185 7 8 0 4 4 1 4 5 0 0 0 11

Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Mackenzie Blackwood 18.97 21 21 15 6 0 0 2.34 0.931 72 18.82 0.92
Height: 6'4 Barrie SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 OHL 2 9.52% 15 71.43% 2 9.52% 1 4.76% 85.42% 12.50% 2.08%

Connor Chatham enjoyed a nice week starting off with a 3 assists game against Guelph on Friday. He followed that up with a goal against Barrie on Saturday night. He was held off the scoresheet in Sunday's game against Erie.

Pavel Zacha also enjoyed his week, so much so that he was named OHL Player of the Week! Zacha had an assist with 4 shots on Friday against Owen Sound. He followed that up with a 3 goal, 2 assists game against Niagara on Saturday. He also had 4 shots in that game and scored goals in EV, PP, and SH situations. Josh Jacobs was a +1 with 3 shots across 2 games for Sarnia last week.

Blake Speers saw his 5 game point streak come to an end as he was held off the scoresheet and registered 4 shots while winning 9/17 faceoffs across 2 games for Sault Ste. Marie. The real highlight of his week was being named the captain of the Greyhounds on Friday. Colton White continues to play on the top pair and had 2 shots after 2 games for the Soo last weekend.

Mackenzie Blackwood had an excellent week for Barrie which is no surprise at this point. He picked up 3 more wins, 3 more quality starts, and stopped 99 of 104 shots he faced for a .952 SV%. So far in November, he has won 7 of 8 games while putting up a .948 SV%. He's on quite some roll right now.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
John Quenneville C 19.62 Brandon 18 9 12 21 10 15 1.17 26
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 205 7 16 5 7 12 3 5 8 1 0 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Ryan Rehill D 20.06 Kamloops 20 1 10 11 4 50 0.55 12
Height: 6'3 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 218 5 6 0 6 6 1 2 3 0 1 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Brandon Baddock C 20.67 Edmonton 25 6 3 9 -9 55 0.36 8
Height: 6'4 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 225 2 8 3 2 5 1 1 2 1 0 1

John Quenneville had a relatively quiet week for Brandon. He had an assist against Medicine Hat on Wednesday but was held off the scoresheet in Friday's game against Regina.

Ryan Rehill was a +1 with 4 penalty minutes and 2 assists over the course of 3 games for Kamloops last week.

Brandon Baddock had no points to go along with a -2 rating and 15 penalty minutes after Edmonton's 4 games last week. He has no points in 7 games now.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Alex Kerfoot C Harvard 6 2 6 8 4 6 13.33% 2.50 1.33 49.50% 44
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 175 21.30 ECAC 2 4 1 2 3 0 4 4 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Steve Santini D Boston College 11 1 5 6 9 20 5.56% 1.64 0.55 20 15
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 208 20.73 Hockey East 1 2 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 1 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
JD Dudek C Boston College 10 0 1 1 0 6 0.00% 0.80 0.10 50.00% 3
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 19.83 Hockey East 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Miles Wood LW Boston College 11 5 9 14 7 28 14.71% 3.09 1.27 100.00% 34
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 20.21 Hockey East 6 11 2 7 9 2 1 3 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Brett Seney C Merrimack 11 2 8 10 4 14 11.76% 1.55 0.91 55.40% 25
Height: 5'9 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 170 19.75 Hockey East 6 8 2 7 9 0 1 1 0 0 0

Alex Kerfoot and Harvard had the week off.

Steve Santini had 3 assists (EV, SH, EN) with a +3 rating, shot, and 2 blocks in Boston College's win over New Hampshire on Saturday night. Miles Wood had a goal and an assist to go along with a +1 rating and 2 shots in that game. He's now on a 3 game point streak with 3 goals and 2 assists during that stretch. JD Dudek had 2 shots in that game.

Brett Seney and Merrimack tied UMass 1-1 on Saturday night. Seney had an assist to go along with a shot and won 8/14 faceoffs.

KHL

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Artur Gavrus LW Dinamo Minsk 19 3 7 10 -1 0 41 7.32% 2.16 0.53 26.32% 16:54
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 183 21.90 KHL 4 7 3 6 9 0 1 1 0 0 0 36

Artur Gavrus remains sidelined with a concussion. There is no timetable for his return.

AHL

Name Height Weight Age Pos GP G A PTS A1 Pts1 +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP GC GC/GP NHLe EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Matt Lorito 5'9 170 25.41 LW 15 4 12 16 8 12 3 4 20 20.00% 1.33 1.07 5.40 0.36 42 2 4 6 2 8 10 0 0 0
Mike Sislo 5'11 190 27.86 RW 16 10 5 15 2 12 -1 0 54 18.52% 3.38 0.94 6.75 0.42 37 2 1 3 7 4 11 1 0 1
Joseph Blandisi 6'0 200 21.36 C 15 6 8 14 5 11 0 31 15 40.00% 1.00 0.93 5.40 0.36 37 3 4 7 3 4 7 0 0 0
Reid Boucher 5'10 190 22.22 LW 11 7 3 10 3 10 2 4 35 20.00% 3.18 0.91 4.59 0.42 36 4 1 5 3 2 5 0 0 0
Marc-Andre Gragnani 6'3 210 28.72 D 10 0 8 8 0 5 -7 0 6 0.00% 0.60 0.80 2.16 0.22 31 0 1 1 0 7 7 0 0 0
Corey Tropp 6'2 185 26.35 RW 16 3 5 8 3 6 3 23 27 11.11% 1.69 0.50 2.97 0.19 20 2 3 5 1 2 3 0 0 0
Blake Pietila 5'11 200 22.77 LW 16 4 3 7 2 6 0 0 24 16.67% 1.50 0.44 2.97 0.19 17 3 1 4 1 1 2 0 1 1
Vojtech Mozik 6'3 200 22.92 D 13 1 6 7 4 5 11 12 22 4.55% 1.69 0.54 2.16 0.17 21 1 4 5 0 2 2 0 0 0
Brandon Burlon 6'0 190 25.74 D 13 0 6 6 3 3 -2 7 12 0.00% 0.92 0.46 1.62 0.12 18 0 1 1 0 5 5 0 0 0
Seth Helgeson 6'4 215 25.14 D 16 0 5 5 3 3 4 29 18 0.00% 1.13 0.31 1.35 0.08 12 0 4 4 0 1 1 0 0 0
Dan Kelly 6'1 215 26.54 D 14 0 5 5 2 2 4 23 5 0.00% 0.36 0.36 1.35 0.10 14 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 2 2
Blake Coleman 5'11 200 24.00 C 12 2 3 5 2 4 2 14 23 8.70% 1.92 0.42 1.89 0.16 16 2 2 4 0 1 1 0 0 0
Paul Thompson 6'1 200 27.00 RW 10 4 1 5 1 5 -2 18 26 15.38% 2.60 0.50 2.43 0.24 20 3 1 4 1 0 1 0 0 0
Jim O'Brien 6'3 195 26.83 C 8 2 2 4 1 3 -3 4 31 6.45% 3.88 0.50 1.62 0.20 20 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 0 1
Ben Thomson 6'3 205 22.87 LW 13 2 1 3 1 3 -3 22 24 8.33% 1.85 0.23 1.35 0.10 9 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Kujawinski 6'2 205 20.67 C 12 2 0 2 0 2 -2 2 6 33.33% 0.50 0.17 1.08 0.09 7 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reece Scarlett 6'1 180 22.66 D 12 0 2 2 1 1 -4 6 10 0.00% 0.83 0.17 0.54 0.05 7 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 31.25 LW 16 0 1 1 0 0 -1 13 17 0.00% 1.06 0.06 0.27 0.02 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Max Novak 5'11 180 24.62 RW 6 0 1 1 0 0 -1 0 12 0.00% 2.00 0.17 0.27 0.05 7 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris McKelvie 6'1 195 30.77 RW 11 0 1 1 0 0 -2 9 10 0.00% 0.91 0.09 0.27 0.02 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Graham Black 6'0 185 22.87 C 5 0 1 1 0 0 -2 0 5 0.00% 1.00 0.20 0.27 0.05 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corbin McPherson 6'4 210 27.23 D 9 0 1 1 0 0 -2 10 11 0.00% 1.22 0.11 0.27 0.03 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Raman Hrabarenka 6'4 230 23.26 D 8 0 0 0 0 0 -2 20 9 0.00% 1.13 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond 6'1 210 30.49 RW 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 10 0.00% 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Faust 5'11 207 24.04 D 1 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0.00% 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Yann Danis 34.45 13 13 8 2 3 0 1.98 0.927 83 5.24 0.40
Height: 5'11 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 180 787.54 2 15.38% 9 69.23% 0 0.00% 1 7.69% 76.92% 23.08% 0.00%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 23.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0
Height: 6'2 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 195 0 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Doug Carr 26.72 3 3 1 2 0 0 2.34 0.897 117 -1.02 -0.34
Height: 6'2 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 200 179.75 0 0.00% 1 33.33% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 100.00% 0.00% 0.00%

Albany split their games this weekend, winning against Springfield on Friday night but losing against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday night. They are currently 2nd in their division with 21 points after 16 games. According to CHL Stats, they have the 6th best Estimated Fenwick Close at 52.88% and a 102.67 PDO. The ADevils PP is ranked 2nd at 26.7% while the PK is ranked 2nd at 90.4%.

Injury Update: Pete Dougherty of the Times Union has the full injury report. Marc-Andre Gragnani (upper body), Jim O'Brien (ankle), and Scott Wedgewood (ankle) were sidelined last week but Wedgewood is back at practice and Gragnani has been cleared to return. Chris McKelvie (wrist) and O'Brien are still out indefinitely. Also, Reece Scarlett and Vojtech Mozik departed games early this weekend with lower body injuries that don't seem significant.

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Friday 11/20: Albany defeated Springfield 4-0. Joseph Blandisi and Matt Lorito had a goal and 2 assists each. Paul Thompson and Mike Sislo had the other goals. Seth Helgeson had 2 assists followed by Vojtech Mozik with 1. Reid Boucher, Thompson, Ben Thomson, and Lorito had 3 shots as Albany was outshot 30-28. Yann Danis recored his 2nd shutout of the season. Albany went 2/3 on the PP and 3/3 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.



Line Up:
Lorito-Blandisi-Sislo
Boucher-Coleman-Thompson
Pietila-Kujawinski-Tropp
Leblond-Pelley-Thomson

Kelly-Scarlett
Helgeson-Mozik
Burlon-McPherson

Saturday 11/21: Albany lost to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 5-3. Reid Boucher had a goal and an assist. Paul Thompson and Mike Sislo had the other goals. Brandon Burlon, Blake Coleman, and Matt Lorito had an assist each. Coleman had 5 shots followed by Ben Thomson with 4 as the Devils and Penguins had 28 shots each. Yann Danis made 23 saves on 27 shots. Albany went 1/3 on the PP and 3/4 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.



Line Up:
Lorito-Blandisi-Sislo
Boucher-Coleman-Thompson
Pietila-Kujawinski-Tropp
Leblond-Pelley-Thomson

Burlon-McPherson
Mozik-Helgeson
Kelly-Faust

Coming Up: Albany will host Bridgeport on Wednesday night. This weekend they will take on Binghamton on Friday and Springfield on Saturday.

ECHL

Name Height Weight Age Pos GP G A PTS A1 Pts1 +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts
Joe Faust 5'11 207 24.04 D 10 0 4 4 3 3 -1 6 12 0.00% 1.20 0.40 0 2 2 0 2 2

Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Ken Appleby 20.64 10 10 8 2 0 0 1.90 0.933 77 5.62 0.56
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 205 600.8 1 10.00% 7 70.00% 1 10.00% 1 10.00% 63.16% 31.58% 5.26%

Adirondack won their only game of the week last Wednesday thanks to more solid goaltending from Ken Appleby as he stopped 23 of 25 shots to pick up his 8th win and 7th quality start after 10 games.

Prospect of the Week

I think everyone knows already who is going to be this week's "Prospect of the Week". Pavel Zacha already earned that honor in his own league thanks to a 3 goals, 2 assist, 4 shot performance against Niagara on Saturday. You can check out those highlights here! Zacha is currently on a 4 game point streak with 6 goals and 3 assists during that stretch. That one big game already has his overall stat line looking more appealing for fans and I'm encouraged to see him near 3.5 shots per game. While he is a gifted playmaker, I'd like to see him be a bit more selfish and impose his will by shooting more often which seems to be the case lately. I can't wait to see what the rest of the season brings for Sarnia's most gifted offensive player.

ADevil of the Week

This week's honors will go to the player leading Albany in assists and points, Matt Lorito. The undrafted, undersized winger that finished last year off with Albany after 4 years at Brown University has continued to produce at a point per game clip. His strong play has helped replace Joe Whitney who is now in the Islanders organization. Lorito has teamed up with Joseph Blandisi and Mike Sislo to form a dynamic top line that has helped carry the ADevils so far this season. Lorito has also been a key component on Albany's excellent PP with 2 goals and 8 assists. At 25 year old his upside his limited but it will be interesting to see if he can consistently produce all year for Albany in his first full AHL season.

Your Take

So, how about Pavel Zacha? What do you make of Mackenzie Blackwood's great start to the season? How do you feel about Albany's play so far? Would you like to see a speedster like Mike Sislo get another shot with the big club? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!