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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 12/22/15

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Week 12 of the 2015-16 prospect update saw Quenneville and Blackwood officially make the Canada WJC team, Zacha also prepare for the tournament, Speers and Chatham continue to produce in the OHL, and Albany slump.

Connor Chatham continues to produce for Flint in the OHL.
Connor Chatham continues to produce for Flint in the OHL.
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This post will recap the 12th week of Devils prospect action for the 2015-16 season. It's highlighted by John Quenneville and Mackenzie Blackwood being named to Canada's WJC team, Pavel Zacha continuing to prepare for the tournament with the Czech Republic team, Blake Speers and Connor Chatham getting the job done in the OHL, and Albany hitting a slump. 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 20.16 Flint 32 10 18 28 -2 30 10.20% 3.06 0.88
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 225 12 22 7 14 21 3 3 6 0 0 0 24
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Josh Jacobs D 19.86 Sarnia 32 1 13 14 6 22 1.33% 2.34 0.44
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 200 11 12 0 10 10 1 3 4 0 0 0 12
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Pavel Zacha C 18.72 Sarnia 23 17 13 30 6 46 20.73% 3.57 1.30
Height: 6'3 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 213 8 25 10 5 15 6 8 14 1 0 1 35
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Blake Speers RW 18.98 Sault Ste. Marie 33 11 23 34 -8 26 11.00% 3.03 1.03
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 183 12 23 9 11 20 1 12 13 0 0 0 28
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colton White D 18.65 Sault Ste. Marie 33 4 13 17 -5 7 8.89% 1.36 0.52
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 185 7 11 2 8 10 2 4 6 0 0 0 14

Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Mackenzie Blackwood 19.04 24 24 16 7 0 0 2.36 0.932 72 21.15 0.92
Height: 6'4 Barrie SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 OHL 2 8.33% 16 66.67% 2 8.33% 1 4.17% 85.19% 12.96% 1.85%

Connor Chatham continued his productive December for Flint by adding 2 goals and 2 assists across 3 games last week. He now has 4 goals and 6 assists in 8 game this month.

Pavel Zacha has been with the Czech Republic junior team ahead of the WJC. He was held off the scoresheet in 1-0 pre-tournament loss against Canada but earned praise from the likes of Corey Pronman. According to Mark Masters, Zacha was LW on the top line with Michael Spacek and Jiri Smejkal.

Meanwhile, Josh Jacobs and Sarnia played 2 games last week. Jacobs added his 13th assist of the season in a game against Mississauga on Friday.

Blake Speers was held off the scoresheet against Barrie on Thursday but did manage to get 2 shots on goal. He had a big game the following day against Kitchener when he scored a goal and added 2 assists to maintain his point per game production. Colton White was a +3 with an assist on the week for Sault Ste. Marie and remarkably took his 1st minor penalty of the season in his 33rd game of the year.

Mackenzie Blackwood was officially named to Canada's WJC roster along with fellow Devils prospect John Quenneville. Blackwood saw his first action of Canada's pre-WJC tune up when he made 16 saves for a shutout against the Czech Republic. TSN has this interview with him where he discusses staying sharp and adjusting to international hockey.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
John Quenneville C 19.69 Brandon 25 13 20 33 11 32 1.32 29
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 205 12 25 8 12 20 4 8 12 1 0 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Ryan Rehill D 20.13 Kamloops 31 4 12 16 3 58 0.52 11
Height: 6'3 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 218 6 10 2 7 9 2 3 5 0 1 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Brandon Baddock C 20.75 Edmonton 36 14 4 18 -12 72 0.50 11
Height: 6'4 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 225 2 16 8 2 10 3 2 5 2 0 2

As mentioned above, John Quenneville was named to Canada's WJC squad. He has played in 2 pre-tournament games so far and skated on a line with Anthony Beauvillier and Julien Gauthier according to Mark Masters. WJC action will begin this weekend in Helsinki, Finland.

Ryan Rehill scored a goal and went a +1 across 4 games for Kamloops last week.

Brandon Baddock and Edmonton played 3 games last week. Baddock had 2 goals and an assist and now has 6 goals after 8 games in December.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Alex Kerfoot C Harvard 9 2 11 13 5 8 11.11% 2.00 1.44 43.38% 47
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 175 21.38 ECAC 4 6 1 4 5 0 7 7 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Steve Santini D Boston College 16 1 5 6 9 26 4.17% 1.50 0.38 27 10
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 208 20.81 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 15 0 1 1 -4 6 0.00% 0.73 0.07 45.45% 2
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 19.91 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 15 7 12 19 10 45 17.07% 2.73 1.27 100.00% 34
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 20.28 Hockey East 7 14 4 10 14 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 19.82 Hockey East 6 8 2 7 9 0 1 1 0 0 0

Alex Kerfoot and Harvard are off until New Year's Day. There has been no further update on his injury status.

Boston College had the week off and will not play again until 12/28.

Brett Seney did not play in Merrimack's game against Canisius on Sunday. He has now missed 5 consecutive games with an undisclosed injury.

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

Artur Gavrus remains sidelined with a concussion that he suffered on 10/19 against Metallurg Nk.

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
Mike Sislo 5'11 190 27.94 RW 27 13 9 22 5 18 1 2 87 14.94% 3.22 0.81 9.46 0.35 32 3 4 7 9 5 14 1 0 1
Matt Lorito 5'9 170 25.48 LW 25 4 17 21 12 16 5 8 41 9.76% 1.64 0.84 6.76 0.27 33 2 5 7 2 12 14 0 0 0
Reid Boucher 5'10 190 22.30 LW 22 10 8 18 4 14 5 4 87 11.49% 3.95 0.82 7.57 0.34 32 5 6 11 5 2 7 0 0 0
Corey Tropp 6'2 185 26.42 RW 27 6 11 17 6 12 4 36 48 12.50% 1.78 0.63 6.22 0.23 25 4 8 12 2 3 5 0 0 0
Joseph Blandisi 6'0 200 21.44 C 19 7 9 16 5 12 1 43 23 30.43% 1.21 0.84 6.22 0.33 33 3 4 7 4 5 9 0 0 0
Marc-Andre Gragnani 6'3 210 28.80 D 21 0 13 13 3 3 -7 6 20 0.00% 0.95 0.62 3.51 0.17 24 0 3 3 0 10 10 0 0 0
Brandon Burlon 6'0 190 25.81 D 24 3 9 12 5 8 -7 17 25 12.00% 1.04 0.50 4.06 0.17 20 3 2 5 0 7 7 0 0 0
Paul Thompson 6'1 200 27.07 RW 18 6 6 12 5 11 -2 31 50 12.00% 2.78 0.67 4.87 0.27 26 4 5 9 2 1 3 0 0 0
Blake Pietila 5'11 200 22.85 LW 25 5 3 8 2 7 -2 2 36 13.89% 1.44 0.32 3.51 0.14 13 4 1 5 1 1 2 0 1 1
Vojtech Mozik 6'3 200 23.00 D 23 1 7 8 5 6 13 16 42 2.38% 1.83 0.35 2.43 0.11 14 1 5 6 0 2 2 0 0 0
Blake Coleman 5'11 200 24.08 C 14 4 3 7 2 6 5 19 26 15.38% 1.86 0.50 2.97 0.21 20 4 2 6 0 1 1 0 0 0
Jim O'Brien 6'3 195 26.91 C 13 4 3 7 2 6 -4 8 41 9.76% 3.15 0.54 2.97 0.23 21 2 2 4 1 1 2 1 0 1
Dan Kelly 6'1 215 26.61 D 24 1 5 6 2 3 2 42 20 5.00% 0.83 0.25 1.89 0.08 10 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 2 2
Ryan Kujawinski 6'2 205 20.74 C 22 2 4 6 1 3 -2 4 18 11.11% 0.82 0.27 2.16 0.10 11 2 3 5 0 1 1 0 0 0
Seth Helgeson 6'4 215 25.22 D 26 0 5 5 3 3 10 43 28 0.00% 1.08 0.19 1.35 0.05 8 0 4 4 0 1 1 0 0 0
Ben Thomson 6'3 205 22.94 LW 24 2 3 5 2 4 -6 44 45 4.44% 1.88 0.21 1.89 0.08 8 2 2 4 0 1 1 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 31.32 LW 27 2 1 3 0 2 -2 17 33 6.06% 1.22 0.11 1.35 0.05 4 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Max Novak 5'11 180 24.70 RW 14 2 1 3 0 2 -1 2 24 8.33% 1.71 0.21 1.35 0.10 8 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0
Reece Scarlett 6'1 180 22.74 D 16 0 3 3 2 2 -4 10 23 0.00% 1.44 0.19 0.81 0.05 7 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0
Chris McKelvie 6'1 195 30.85 RW 14 0 2 2 0 0 -2 9 13 0.00% 0.93 0.14 0.54 0.04 6 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Graham Black 6'0 185 22.95 C 9 0 1 1 0 0 -2 0 10 0.00% 1.11 0.11 0.27 0.03 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corbin McPherson 6'4 210 27.30 D 19 0 1 1 0 0 -4 14 21 0.00% 1.11 0.05 0.27 0.01 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greg Wolfe 5'10 185 25.67 C 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 50.00% 0.67 0.33 0.54 0.18 13 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Raman Hrabarenka 6'4 230 23.34 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 30.57 RW 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 42 18 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 24.12 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
Alexandre Carrier 6'3 210 24.85 RW 2 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 3 0.00% 1.50 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 34.52 23 22 14 5 3 0 2.01 0.919 91 4.31 0.19
Height: 5'11 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 180 1340.81 4 18.18% 14 63.64% 1 4.55% 1 4.55% 80.00% 20.00% 0.00%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 23.37 3 2 1 1 0 0 2.21 0.889 125 -0.80 -0.44
Height: 6'2 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 195 108.48 0 0.00% 1 50.00% 1 50.00% 0 0.00% 50.00% 50.00% 0.00%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Doug Carr 26.79 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 had a rough week, losing all 3 of their games to extend their losing streak to 4 games. Albany is currently 2nd in their division with 35 points after 27 games. Albany's all situation PDO is now at 100.68%. Albany's PP is now 2nd in the league at 23.14% and their PK is still 1st at 89.47%.

Injury Update: Blake Coleman (upper body) and Raman Hrabarenka (lower body) remain sidelined. Chris McKelvie (wrist) returned to action.

Transactions: The ADevils gained some re-reinforcements this week with Joseph Blandisi and Brian O'Neill being assigned to the club. Greg Wolfe was released from his PTO to make room.

Tuesday 12/15: Albany lost to St. John's 3-2. Rod Pelley had the Devils first goal with Reece Scarlett and Chris McKelvie picking up the assists. Corey Tropp had the other goal with Jim O'Brien earning the assist. Matt Lorito had 7 shots followed by Reid Boucher with 6 as the Devils outshot the IceCaps 46-31. Yann Danis made 28 saves. Albany went 0/4 on the PP and 4/4 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.



Wednesday 12/16: Albany lost to St. John's 5-1. Blake Pietila had the Devils goal. Mike Sislo had 8 shots as the Devils outshot the IceCaps 46-23. Sislo briefly left the game in the 1st period with a right leg injury but was able to return. Scott Wedgewood made the start but allowed 3 goals on 6 shots in 8:29. Yann Danis finished the game by making 15 saves on 17 shots. Albany went 0/9 on the PP and 4/6 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.



Saturday 12/19: Albany lost to Rochester 4-1. Brandon Burlon had the goal with Ryan Kujawinski and Reid Boucher earning the assists. Boucher had 7 shots as the Devils outshot the Americans 31-24. Yann Danis made the start but was pulled after the 1st period when he allowed 4 goals on 12 shots. Scott Wedgewood was perfect in relief with 12 saves. Albany went 0/2 on the PP and 3/3 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.



Coming Up: Albany only has one game this upcoming week when they take on Providence on Saturday night.

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 ENG ENA EN Pts
Joe Faust 5'11 207 24.12 D 16 1 6 7 4 5 0 10 21 4.76% 1.31 0.44 1 4 5 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Johnson 6'0 195 21.55 LW 6 1 3 4 3 4 -1 0 16 6.25% 2.67 0.67 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Ken Appleby 20.71 17 17 10 5 1 1 2.37 0.918 98 0.74 0.04
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 205 1012.98 2 11.76% 10 58.82% 3 17.65% 1 5.88% 67.50% 30.00% 2.50%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 23.37 1 1 1 0 0 0 2.00 0.951 58 1.44 1.44
Height: 6'2 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 195 60 0 0.00% 1 100.00% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 100.00% 0.00% 0.00%

Adirondack played 3 games last week. Joe Faust had a goal and 2 assists along with a +3 rating. Ben Johnson also had a goal and 2 assists with 10 shots over the course of the week. Ken Appleby played twice for Adirondack last week. He had his 3rd tough start in a row on Wednesday when he gave up 5 goals on 15 shots against Elmira. He rebounded on Saturday with 26 saves on 28 shots against Norfolk.

Prospect of the Week

I could easily choose Blake Speers again but I'll go with another OHL prospect instead. Connor Chatham once again had a nice week for Flint with 2 goals and 2 assists and as mentioned above has had a solid December with 4 goals and 6 assists in 8 games. He's turned his offensive game on since mid-November as he has 7 goals and 12 assists over his last 15 games. Chatham is currently 2nd on the team in assists, points, and points per game and is starting to produce the way someone his age should at this level. It will be interesting to see if he can continue this pace up in the 2nd half and if he moves teams.

ADevil of the Week

It was a bit hard to really single out someone for this week's honors given the slump Albany is currently going through. I'm going to choose Reid Boucher since he did manage an assist and 16 shots on goal after the 3 games. His goal scoring production has slowed down (9 goals in his first 14 games, 1 goal in his last 8) but he's still consistently getting his chances and is averaging a the best SH/GP rate of his AHL career right now (3.95). Hopefully he can become a bit more clinical in finishing his opportunities and can work his way back into the conversation for the big club.

WJC Schedule

Thanks to the NHL Network, viewers will be able to follow John Quenneville, Mackenzie Blackwood, and Pavel Zacha at the WJC. Here is a complete schedule of the coverage. Nothing like USA - Canada on the first matchday!

Your Take

What do you expect out of the WJC? What are your thoughts on Connor Chatham as a prospect? How do you feel about Albany's slump? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!