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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 12/1/15

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Week 9 of the 2015-16 prospect update saw the Devils CHL prospects produce, Miles Wood continue to excel in college, and the Albany Devils earn a sweep for the week.

Blake Speers continues to get his shots on goal and has found his way back into the goal scoring column.
Blake Speers continues to get his shots on goal and has found his way back into the goal scoring column.
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This post will recap the 9th week of Devils prospect action for the 2015-16 season. It's highlighted by Colton White and John Quenneville producing in CHL action, Miles Wood and Alex Kerfoot continuing to be threats in the NCAA, and the Albany Devils earning a sweep by winning 3 games this week. 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 20.10 Flint 24 6 12 18 -6 28 8.33% 3.00 0.75
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 225 7 13 3 9 12 3 3 6 0 0 0 20
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Josh Jacobs D 19.81 Sarnia 25 1 11 12 2 18 1.54% 2.60 0.48
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 200 9 10 0 8 8 1 3 4 0 0 0 13
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Pavel Zacha C 18.67 Sarnia 20 13 8 21 5 38 18.84% 3.45 1.05
Height: 6'3 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 213 5 18 7 5 12 5 3 8 1 0 1 28
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Blake Speers RW 18.92 Sault Ste. Marie 25 5 15 20 -16 18 6.49% 3.08 0.80
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 183 9 14 4 7 11 1 8 9 0 0 0 22
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colton White D 18.59 Sault Ste. Marie 25 3 10 13 -11 5 8.57% 1.40 0.52
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 185 7 10 2 5 7 1 4 5 0 0 0 14

Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Mackenzie Blackwood 18.99 23 23 16 7 0 0 2.39 0.930 74 18.66 0.83
Height: 6'4 Barrie SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 OHL 2 8.70% 16 69.57% 2 8.70% 1 4.35% 85.19% 12.96% 1.85%

Connor Chatham had a productive week for Flint starting it off with a goal, assist, and 6 shot effort against Saginaw on Wednesday. He followed that up with a goal against Sudbury on Saturday before being held off the scoresheet on Sunday against North Bay. He's heated up a bit lately after a slow start as he now has 3 goals and 6 assists over his last 7 games. Chatham is currently tied for 3rd on Flint in points.

Pavel Zacha had just a goal across 3 games for Sarnia last week but did manage 10 shots on goal during that time. His 2 shot game against Kingston on Sunday snapped an 11 game streak of 3+ shots per game. Josh Jacobs was held to just an assist across 3 games for Sarnia last week. That assist came in a game against Peterborough in which Jacobs managed 8 shots on goal. Overall, Zacha is still leading Sarnia in goals and points while being the only regular player above the point per game mark at this time. Jacobs is 3rd among Sarnia's defensemen in points.

Blake Speers appeared 3 times for the Soo last week and had a goal on Sunday against Kitchener. He managed 11 shots on goal across the 3 game stretch and his goal on Sunday snapped a 4 game point drought and 7 game goal drought. He's been getting his shots (3.08 SH/GP) but hasn't had much puck luck so far (6.49 SH%). His teammate, Colton White, enjoyed a productive week. He was held off the scoresheet against Niagara on Thursday but scored against Erie on Saturday night and then had a goal and an assist against Kitchener on Sunday. I also find it impressive that he is yet to take a minor penalty after 25 games of play this season. Overall, Speers leads the Greyhounds in assists and points. White leads the defensemen in goals, assists, and points.

Mackenzie Blackwood went 1-1 on the week for Barrie. He stopped 34 of 35 shots against Owen Sound on Thursday to pick up his 16th Quality Start of the season. He surrendered 5 goals on Saturday against Niagara but still made 37 saves. Blackwood is still atop the OHL leaderboard for goaltenders.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
John Quenneville C 19.64 Brandon 20 11 13 24 11 17 1.20 27
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 205 8 19 6 8 14 4 5 9 1 0 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Ryan Rehill D 20.08 Kamloops 22 2 11 13 1 52 0.59 13
Height: 6'3 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 218 6 8 1 7 8 1 2 3 0 1 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Brandon Baddock C 20.69 Edmonton 28 8 3 11 -11 64 0.39 9
Height: 6'4 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 225 2 10 4 2 6 2 1 3 1 0 1

John Quenneville had a nice weekend for Brandon with a goal against Lethbridge on Friday night and then a goal and an assist against Medicine Hat on Saturday night. He is currently 3rd on the team in points and 2nd in points per game.

Ryan Rehill had a goal and an assist across 2 games against Prince George for Kamloops last weekend. He is now on 3 game point streak with a goal and 3 assists during that time. He is currently 2nd among the Blazers defensemen in assists and points.

Brandon Baddock snapped an 8 game goal drought by scoring in back-to-back games against Prince Albert and Saskatoon last weekend. He is currently 7th on Edmonton in points.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Alex Kerfoot C Harvard 8 2 10 12 5 8 11.76% 2.13 1.50 44.80% 49
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 175 21.32 ECAC 4 6 1 3 4 0 7 7 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Steve Santini D Boston College 13 1 5 6 10 24 4.76% 1.62 0.46 26 12
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 208 20.75 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 12 0 1 1 -1 6 0.00% 0.75 0.08 33.33% 2
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 19.85 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 13 6 11 17 9 28 15.79% 2.92 1.31 100.00% 35
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 20.23 Hockey East 7 13 3 9 12 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 19.77 Hockey East 6 8 2 7 9 0 1 1 0 0 0

Alex Kerfoot continues to enjoy his Junior season as he had a productive weekend for Harvard. Kerfoot had a 3 assists performance against Notre Dame on Friday and followed that up with an assist against RPI on Saturday. His point streak is now at 5 games with a goal and 7 assists during that time.

Steve Santini was a +1 with 4 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 6 blocks across both of Boston College's games last week. Miles Wood had a goal and 2 assists to go along with 4 shots across both of those games. Wood is currently on a 5 game point streak with 4 goals and 4 assists during that stretch. JD Dudek remains a regular on BC's 4th line and was a -1 with a shot and won 1/6 faceoffs last week for BC.

Brett Seney missed Merrimack's match against Union on Saturday night due to an undisclosed injury. A timetable for his return is not known at this point.

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 21.92 KHL 4 7 3 6 9 0 1 1 0 0 0 36

Artur Gavrus remains out for an indefinite period of time due to a concussion that he suffered against Metallurg Nk on 10/19.

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 25.43 LW 18 4 15 19 11 15 5 6 26 15.38% 1.44 1.06 6.18 0.34 42 2 5 7 2 10 12 0 0 0
Mike Sislo 5'11 190 27.88 RW 19 11 6 17 3 14 1 2 60 18.33% 3.16 0.89 7.52 0.40 35 3 2 5 7 4 11 1 0 1
Joseph Blandisi 6'0 200 21.38 C 16 6 8 14 5 11 0 33 19 31.58% 1.19 0.88 5.37 0.34 34 3 4 7 3 4 7 0 0 0
Reid Boucher 5'10 190 22.24 LW 14 9 5 14 4 13 6 4 47 19.15% 3.36 1.00 6.18 0.44 39 5 3 8 4 2 6 0 0 0
Corey Tropp 6'2 185 26.37 RW 19 5 6 11 3 8 4 23 35 14.29% 1.84 0.58 4.30 0.23 23 3 4 7 2 2 4 0 0 0
Paul Thompson 6'1 200 27.02 RW 13 5 5 10 4 9 2 25 38 13.16% 2.92 0.77 4.03 0.31 30 3 5 8 2 0 2 0 0 0
Brandon Burlon 6'0 190 25.76 D 16 1 8 9 4 5 -1 9 16 6.25% 1.00 0.56 2.69 0.17 22 1 2 3 0 6 6 0 0 0
Marc-Andre Gragnani 6'3 210 28.74 D 13 0 9 9 0 5 -8 0 8 0.00% 0.62 0.69 2.42 0.19 27 0 1 1 0 8 8 0 0 0
Vojtech Mozik 6'3 200 22.94 D 16 1 7 8 5 6 15 14 30 3.33% 1.88 0.50 2.42 0.15 20 1 5 6 0 2 2 0 0 0
Blake Coleman 5'11 200 24.02 C 14 4 3 7 2 6 5 19 26 15.38% 1.86 0.50 2.95 0.21 20 4 2 6 0 1 1 0 0 0
Blake Pietila 5'11 200 22.79 LW 17 4 3 7 2 6 -1 0 26 15.38% 1.53 0.41 2.95 0.17 16 3 1 4 1 1 2 0 1 1
Seth Helgeson 6'4 215 25.16 D 19 0 5 5 3 3 9 39 20 0.00% 1.05 0.26 1.34 0.07 10 0 4 4 0 1 1 0 0 0
Dan Kelly 6'1 215 26.56 D 17 0 5 5 2 2 3 23 8 0.00% 0.47 0.29 1.34 0.08 12 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 2 2
Ryan Kujawinski 6'2 205 20.68 C 14 2 3 5 0 2 -1 2 11 18.18% 0.79 0.36 1.88 0.13 14 2 2 4 0 1 1 0 0 0
Ben Thomson 6'3 205 22.88 LW 16 2 3 5 2 4 -4 26 30 6.67% 1.88 0.31 1.88 0.12 12 2 2 4 0 1 1 0 0 0
Jim O'Brien 6'3 195 26.85 C 8 2 2 4 1 3 -3 4 31 6.45% 3.88 0.50 1.61 0.20 20 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 0 1
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 31.27 LW 19 1 1 2 0 1 -1 13 22 4.55% 1.16 0.11 0.81 0.04 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reece Scarlett 6'1 180 22.68 D 12 0 2 2 1 1 -4 6 10 0.00% 0.83 0.17 0.54 0.04 7 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0
Max Novak 5'11 180 24.64 RW 9 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 15 0.00% 1.67 0.11 0.27 0.03 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris McKelvie 6'1 195 30.79 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 22.89 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 27.25 D 12 0 1 1 0 0 0 14 14 0.00% 1.17 0.08 0.27 0.02 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greg Wolfe 5'10 185 25.62 C 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 50.00% 2.00 1.00 0.54 0.54 39 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Raman Hrabarenka 6'4 230 23.28 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 30.51 RW 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 10 0.00% 0.77 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Faust 5'11 207 24.06 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 34.47 16 16 11 2 3 0 1.86 0.925 84 5.78 0.36
Height: 5'11 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 180 967.54 3 18.75% 11 68.75% 0 0.00% 1 6.25% 76.67% 23.33% 0.00%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 23.31 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 26.74 3 3 1 2 0 0 2.34 0.897 116 -0.95 -0.32
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 won all 3 of their games last week. They are currently 2nd in the division with 27 points after 19 games. According to CHL Stats, their 56.421% Estimated Fenwick Close is the best in the AHL. They are also riding the 4th highest PDO in the league at 102.68%. Albany currently has the top ranked PP at 26.1% and top ranked PK at 90.1%.

Injury Update: Jim O'Brien (ankle), Scott Wedgewood (ankle), and Chris McKelvie (wrist) all remained sidelined. Reece Scarlett missed this past week's action after leaving a game in the prior week. Vojtech Mozik who left a game early in the previous week did feature for the ADevils this past week. Marc-Andre Gragnani made his return to the line up. Joseph Blandisi (ankle) and Blake Pietila (hamstring) were both injured in Wednesday's contest and missed the remaining 2 games of the week. Blake Coleman will be out indefinitely after being boarded by Mark Fraser on Friday night. Fraser was suspended 2 games.

Transactions: Due to injuries up front, Albany signed RW Alexandre Carrier to a PTO on 11/27 and C Greg Wolfe to a PTO on 11/28.

Wednesday 11/25: Albany defeated Bridgeport 3-1. Blake Coleman had 2 goals with Rod Pelley adding the other. Paul Thompson had 2 assists followed by Brandon Burlon, Reid Boucher, and Vojtech Mozik with 1 each. Thompson and Jospeh Blandisi had 4 shots each as the Devils outshot the Sound Tigers 30-19. Yann Danis made 18 saves on 19 shots. Albany went 0/3 on the PP 2/2 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.



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

Kelly-Gragnani
Helgeson-Mozik
McPherson-Burlon

Friday 11/27: Albany defeated Binghamton 4-0 while holding them to a franchise record 6 shots. Reid Boucher and Corey Tropp had a goal and an assist each. Mike Sislo and Brandon Burlon had the other goals. Paul Thompson and Matt Lorito had 2 assists followed by Ryan Kujawinski and Ben Thomson with 1 each. Vojtech Mozik had 5 shots followed by Boucher with 4 as the Devils outshot the Senators 32-6. Yann Danis got the shutout for the Devils. Albany went 1/6 on the PP and 4/4 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.



Line Up:
Sislo-Lorito-Tropp
Boucher-Coleman-Thompson
Thomson-Kujawinski-Novak
Leblond-Pelley-Carrier

Kelly-Gragnani
Helgeson-Mozik
Burlon-McPherson

Saturday 11/28: Albany defeated Springfield 4-3. Corey Tropp, Reid Boucher, Greg Wolfe, and Paul Thompson had the goals for the Devils. Ryan Kujawinski had 2 assists followed by Brandon Burlon, Marc-Andre Gragnani, Mike Sislo, Ben Thomson, and Matt Lorito with 1 each. Boucher had 7 shots followed by Thompson with 6 as the Devils outshot the Falcons 37-22. Yann Danis made 19 saves on 22 shots. Albany went 2/4 on the PP and 1/2 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.



Coming Up: Albany takes on St. John's on Wednesday, Rochester on Saturday, and Syracuse on Sunday.

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 SHG SHA SH Pts
Joe Faust 5'11 207 24.06 D 10 0 4 4 3 3 -1 6 12 0.00% 1.20 0.40 0 2 2 0 2 2 0 0 0

Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Ken Appleby 20.66 12 12 9 2 0 1 1.99 0.932 78 6.71 0.56
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 205 724.94 1 8.33% 8 66.67% 1 8.33% 1 8.33% 58.33% 37.50% 4.17%

Ken Appleby made 2 starts for Adirondack last week. He won on Wednesday against Elmira, making 32 saves on 33 shots to earn his 8th quality start of the season. He lost a shootout decision against Elmira on Saturday, stopping 33 of 37 in regulation and 2 of 3 in the shootout.

Prospect of the Week

This week's honors go to Sault Ste. Marie defensemen, Colton White after he put up 2 goals, an assist, and 6 shots on the week and is yet to commit a minor penalty on the season. The top pairing defender has emerged as a leader on the Greyhounds blueline by playing in all situations. CHL Stats has his estimated Time On Ice at 28:06 on the season.

ADevil of the Week

With 2 goals and 2 assists after 3 games last week, Reid Boucher picks up this week's honors. He is currently on a 4 game point streak and seems to be enjoying the ice time that he's getting in Albany. He is 2nd on the team in goals, tied for 3rd in points, 3rd in primary points, has one of the higher shots per game rates which is encouraging. If he keep this up, he may very well end up earning another shot with the big club, but he's going to have to prove his consistency with Albany first.

Your Take

Which prospects stood out to you this week? How do you feel about Reid Boucher and the rest of the Albany Devils right now? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!