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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 2/3/15

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Week 18 of the 2014-15 prospect update saw the OHL prospects continue to shine, John Quenneville pick up an injury, Brandon Baddock earn praise for his defensive game, Blake Pietila stay hot for Michigan Tech, and Albany continue to grab points.

Joseph Blandisi had 2 goals and 2 assists on the week and is currently 5th in OHL scoring with 78 points in 48 games.
Joseph Blandisi had 2 goals and 2 assists on the week and is currently 5th in OHL scoring with 78 points in 48 games.
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This post will recap the eighteenth week of Devils prospect action for the 2014-15 season. It's highlighted by the Devils OHL prospects continuing to produce, John Quenneville leaving a game after a devastating hit, Brandon Baddock earn praise for his defensive work, Blake Pietila stay hot for Michigan Tech, and Albany continue to find ways to come away with points. Check out the stats and recap below!

CHL

Name Pos. Age (as of 2/1) Team League GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP
Ryan Kujawinski C 19 Kingston/North Bay OHL 39 21 16 37 19 24 0.95
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 207 6 27 15 9 24 5 6 11 0 1 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP
Connor Chatham RW 19 Plymouth OHL 35 11 15 26 -1 38 0.74
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 225 11 22 7 12 19 4 3 7 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP
Joseph Blandisi C 20 Barrie OHL 48 34 44 78 7 84 1.63
Height: 6'0 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 192 24 58 15 17 32 8 25 33 7 2 9
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP
John Quenneville C 18 Brandon WHL 42 16 19 35 4 45 0.83
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 205 10 26 7 12 19 7 5 12 0 2 2
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP
Ryan Rehill D 19 Kamloops WHL 48 6 9 15 -12 103 0.31
Height: 6'3 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 225 4 10 6 8 14 0 1 1 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP
Brandon Baddock LW 19 Edmonton WHL 51 12 16 28 -8 100 0.55
Height: 6'4 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 215 8 20 5 11 16 5 3 8 0 1 1

Name Age (as of 2/1) GP GS W L OTL SOL MIN GAA SV% GA%- GSAA
Anthony Brodeur 20 24 20 7 6 0 4 1148:37 3.60 0.886 109 -5.58
Height: 5'11 Gatineau/Drummondville SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 194 QMJHL 1 5.00% 7 35.00% 6 30.00% 3 15.00% 68.12% 28.99% 2.90%

Ryan Kujawinski continued to play well since his trade to North Bay as he added three goals and three assists over three games last week. Connor Chatham had a decent week with two goals over three games for Plymouth. Joseph Blandisi notched two goals and two assists over three games for Barrie and is currently fifth in the OHL in scoring.

John Quenneville had his four game scoring streak snapped as he left in the third period of Saturday's game against Moose Jaw after taking a hit from Jesse Shynkaruk who was assessed a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct. According to this report, Quenneville was "woozy" after the hit and had to be helped off the ice after suffering a suspected concussion. No update on his condition as of Monday night.

Ryan Rehill played in two games for Kamloops last week and was suspended for one due to getting into a fight nine seconds into Wednesday's contest against Seattle and earning a game misconduct. As usual, Hockey Fights has the fight on YouTube if you want to watch it. Meanwhile, Brandon Baddock was held to just one assist over three games for Edmonton. Baddock did earn praise from the Edmonton Journal for his defensive play:

Outside the pipes, Brandon Baddock was a defensive rock — keeping Kelowna’s top line of Justin Kirkland, Rodney Southam, and Leon Draisaitl in check — all while contributing an assist of his own.

The Oil Kings had a game plan to keep the NHL expat under wraps, blanketing him with the six-foot-four Baddock. Edmonton’s burly centre saw the ice for nearly every shift the 210-pound German took.

"We wanted strength on strength in the faceoff circle, Baddock is a physical guy, he has a pretty big personal bubble," Hamilton said. "For him we want that edginess in his game, and just try to physically match Leon’s strength."

Anthony Brodeur gave up five goals in his only start of the week against Sherbrooke on Wednesday. According to this tweet from Le Journal L'Express, he picked up a shoulder injury.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Blake Coleman C Miami 23 10 11 21 16 59 84 11.90% 3.65 0.91 63.91%
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 6 16 5 9 14 3 1 4 1 0 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Blake Pietila C Michigan Tech 28 11 13 24 3 48 66 16.67% 2.36 0.86 60.07%
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 200 21 NCAA 8 19 6 2 8 4 10 14 0 1 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Alex Kerfoot C Harvard 10 4 11 15 10 4 19 21.05% 1.90 1.50 49.68%
Height: 5'10 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 175 20 NCAA 6 10 2 6 8 1 3 4 0 1 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blk
Steve Santini D Boston College 10 1 1 2 2 12 15 6.67% 1.50 0.20 14
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 208 19 NCAA 1 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blk
Joshua Jacobs D Michigan State 23 0 5 5 -7 16 39 0.00% 1.70 0.22 44
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 191 18 NCAA 3 3 0 2 2 0 3 3 0 0 0

Blake Coleman was held without a point in a tie against Western Michigan. He did manage to put up an impressive seven shots and has a nice 3.65 SH/GP this season. His offensive production is a bit down compared to last year when he had an insanely high 17.27 SH% to go along with a 4.07 SH/GP rate. His 11.90 SH% this season is certainly more normal.

Blake Pietila had a great weekend with a goal, four assists, and 65.12 FO% against a weak Alabama Huntsville team that is 7-18-3 with a -46 goal differential. It's great to see him produce but context is important. Pietila now has a six game scoring streak with five goals and six assists during that span.

Steve Santini was an even with a shot and a block against Providence in his only action of the week. Joshua Jacobs was an even with two shots against Michigan in his only game of the week. Alexander Kerfoot remains out of action with an "upper body" injury and hasn't played since 11/29. According to The Crimson, Kerfoot is back on the ice skating but in non-contact drills.

KHL, USHL, USHS

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Artur Gavrus LW Dinamo Minsk 35 5 4 9 -6 12 48 10.42% 1.37 0.26 39.22% 12:05
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 4 5 4 0 4 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Joey Dudek C Dubuque 34 6 6 12 -3 60 74 8.11% 2.18 0.35
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 19 USHL 3 9 4 6 10 1 0 1 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Miles Wood LW Noble & Greenough 10 7 12 19 1.90
Height: 6'1 19 GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Weight: 165 USA 5 0 0 0 1 6 6 0.00% 1.20 0.00

Artur Gavrus has been a scratch for Dinamo Minsk lately and it looks like he played another game in the Belarus Extraliga for Dinamo Molodechno on 1/25. In that game he scored twice and had six shots. In three games for Dinamo Molodechno he has two goals, four assists, and eight shots.

Joey Dudek had a strong game for Dubuque against Muskegon on Friday as he scored a goal and added an assist with three shots. He followed that up the next night by going scoreless with two shots in what has been a frustrating season in the USHL. Miles Wood was noted as a player to watch by SBN College Hockey as the New England Prep season is coming down to the final stretch.

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 ENG ENA EN Pts
Joe Whitney 5'6 170 26 LW 41 17 21 38 11 28 5 28 106 16.04% 2.59 0.93 10 10 20 7 11 18 0 0 0 0 0 0
Paul Thompson 6'1 205 26 RW 44 22 15 37 13 35 15 53 151 14.57% 3.43 0.84 13 10 23 7 4 11 1 1 2 1 0 1
Reid Boucher 5'10 190 21 LW 42 12 11 23 5 17 -4 26 114 10.53% 2.71 0.55 5 4 9 7 6 13 0 0 0 0 1 1
Brandon Burlon 6'0 190 24 D 44 5 16 21 10 15 5 66 55 9.09% 1.25 0.48 3 6 9 1 10 11 0 0 0 1 0 1
Mike Sislo 5'11 195 27 RW 35 9 11 20 6 15 3 13 77 11.69% 2.20 0.57 3 5 8 4 6 10 1 0 1 1 0 1
Scott Timmins 6'0 200 25 C 23 6 13 19 5 11 3 4 52 11.54% 2.26 0.83 5 7 12 1 5 6 0 1 1 0 0 0
Stefan Matteau 6'2 220 20 LW 41 5 12 17 8 13 7 31 69 7.25% 1.68 0.41 2 7 9 3 5 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reece Scarlett 6'1 185 21 D 29 1 16 17 10 11 3 10 46 2.17% 1.59 0.59 1 7 8 0 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tim Sestito 5'11 195 30 C 30 7 9 16 6 13 1 28 64 10.94% 2.13 0.53 5 6 11 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 3
Raman Hrabarenka 6'5 235 22 D 20 4 10 14 5 9 1 18 36 11.11% 1.80 0.70 2 7 9 2 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Graham Black 6'0 190 22 C 28 7 5 12 3 10 7 12 56 12.50% 2.00 0.43 3 3 6 4 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Darcy Zajac 6'1 205 28 RW 45 4 8 12 6 10 -9 72 73 5.48% 1.62 0.27 2 7 9 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0
Ben Thomson 6'3 215 22 LW 43 6 6 12 4 10 -1 57 55 10.91% 1.28 0.28 6 5 11 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dan Kelly 6'1 210 25 D 35 1 8 9 4 5 2 82 27 3.70% 0.77 0.26 1 7 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
David Wohlberg 6'1 200 24 LW 28 4 3 7 1 5 3 10 22 18.18% 0.79 0.25 4 2 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kelly Zajac 5'10 180 26 C 15 0 7 7 4 4 -1 14 20 0.00% 1.33 0.47 0 3 3 0 3 3 0 1 1 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 30 C 42 4 2 6 1 5 -6 34 53 7.55% 1.26 0.14 3 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Corbin McPherson 6'5 220 26 D 46 1 5 6 3 4 -1 54 42 2.38% 0.91 0.13 1 5 6 0 0 0 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 0 0 0
Mark Fraser 6'4 220 28 D 18 1 2 3 1 2 -1 45 19 5.26% 1.06 0.17 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Eric Baier 6'2 210 26 D 12 1 2 3 2 3 -3 4 19 5.26% 1.58 0.25 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris McKelvie 6'1 195 29 LW 32 2 1 3 0 2 -12 48 38 5.26% 1.19 0.09 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Faust 6'0 205 23 D 22 0 3 3 1 1 -3 14 20 0.00% 0.91 0.00 0 3 3 0 0 0 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 0 0 0
Adam Larsson 6'3 200 22 D 1 0 2 2 1 1 1 0 1 0.00% 1.00 2.00 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Johnson 6'0 195 20 LW 22 1 1 2 1 2 -3 8 17 5.88% 0.77 0.09 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Cam Janssen 6'0 210 30 RW 18 1 1 2 0 1 -2 23 11 9.09% 0.61 0.11 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Seth Helgeson 6'5 215 24 D 20 0 2 2 1 1 3 31 15 0.00% 0.75 0.10 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Keenan 6'0 190 25 D 18 0 1 1 1 1 -1 15 21 0.00% 1.17 0.06 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alexandre Carrier 6'3 210 23 RW 10 0 0 0 0 0 -1 10 8 0.00% 0.80 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Myles Bell 6'1 216 21 RW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.00% 1.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 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 13 12 713 7 2 1 2 2.19 0.923 90 2.82
Height: 6'2 SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 195 1 8.33% 8 66.67% 1 8.33% 1 8.33% 69.23% 23.08% 7.69%
GP GS Min W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA
Scott Wedgewood 22 22 20 1218 7 8 3 2 2.86 0.902 115 -7.85
Height: 6'2 SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 190 0 0.00% 11 55.00% 4 20.00% 1 5.00% 68.97% 31.03% 0.00%
GP GS Min W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA
Scott Clemmensen 37 11 10 575 4 5 0 1 2.65 0.903 114 -3.52
Height: 6'2 SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 200 1 10.00% 4 40.00% 3 30.00% 1 10.00% 50.00% 42.86% 7.14%
GP GS Min W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA
Maxime Clermont 23 4 4 247 4 0 0 0 1.94 0.921 93 0.58
Height: 6'0 SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 200 0 0.00% 2 50.00% 0 0.00% 2 50.00% 50.00% 50.00% 0.00%

Albany is currently in 7th place in the Eastern Conference with 53 points after 46 games. They have earned at least a point in 8 out of their last 9 games. Albany's PP% is 18.31% while the PK% is 80.66%. They've struggled lately on the PP going 2 for their last 20 over 5 games. Their all situation PDO is 100.17% and Josh Weissbock's AHL stats on HockeyStats.ca has Albany with an estimated Fenwick Close of 50.35% with a PDO of 100.07%.

Injury Update: Scott Timmins (leg injury), Graham Black (wrist), Cam Janssen (upper body), and Raman Hrabarenka (concussion, fractured cheek bone) all remain sidelined.

Transactions: New Jersey returned Tim Sestito to Albany on 1/27. The next day they signed Mike Keenan to an AHL contract.

Thursday 1/29: Albany defeated Lehigh Valley 4-1. Joe Whitney, Mike Sislo, Ben Thomson, and Brandon Burlon scored for the Devils, with Burlon's being an empty netter. Tim Sestito had two assists. Paul Thompson, Corbin McPherson, Brandon Burlon, Darcy Zajac, and Reece Scarlett each had an assist. Sislo had 5 shots followed by Kelly Zajac with 4 as the Devils were outshot 36-32. Wedgewood made 35 saves on 36 shots and now has a SV% above .900. Albany went 0/5 on the PP and 4/5 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet and highlights:

Line Up (via ADevils twitter):

Whitney-Sestito-Thompson

Boucher-K. Zajac-Sislo

Matteau-D. Zajac-Thomson

McKelvie-Pelley-Carrier

Keenan-Scarlett

Burlon-McPherson

Faust-Kelly

Friday 1/30: Albany lost to St. John's 4-1. Tim Sestito had the lone Devils goal, unassisted. Reid Boucher had 6 shots as the Devils outshot the IceCaps 23-15. Scott Clemmensen made 11 saves on 15 shots. Albany went 0/4 on the PP and 2/3 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet and highlights:

Line Up (via ADevils twitter):

Whitney-Sestito-Thompson

Boucher-D. Zajac-Sislo

Matteau-Wohlberg-Thomson

Johnson-Pelley-McKelvie

Helgeson-Scarlett

Kelly-Burlon

McPherson-Keenan

Saturday 1/31: Albany defeated St. John's 2-1 in a shootout. Reid Boucher had the lone Devils goal on the PP with assists going to Brandon Burlon and Maxime Clermont. Boucher also had the only goal in the shootout and a team high 4 shots as the Devils outshot the IceCaps 25-24. Maxime Clermont made 23 saves on 24 shots and stopped all three shootout attempts he faced. Albany went 1/2 on the PP and 5/6 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet and highlights:

Line Up (via ADevils twitter):

Whitney-Sestito-Thompson

Boucher-D. Zajac-Sislo

Matteau-Pelley-Thomson

Johnson-McKelvie-Carrier

Helgeson-Scarlett

Kelly-Burlon

McPherson-Keenan

Coming Up: Albany has just two games this week. They take on Manchester on Wednesday and then Springfield on Friday.

ECHL

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 ENG ENA EN Pts
Myles Bell 6'1 216 21 RW 30 8 9 17 5 13 -11 23 86 9.30% 2.87 0.57 7 4 11 1 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alexandre Carrier 6'3 210 23 RW 6 0 0 0 0 0 -3 2 7 0.00% 1.17 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Eric Baier 6'2 210 26 D 21 4 6 10 3 7 8 11 47 8.51% 2.24 0.48 3 4 7 0 2 2 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 9 7 511 5 3 0 0 3.76 0.873 148 -10.41
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% 75.00% 18.75% 6.25%

Myles Bell snapped a six game scoring drought when he added an assist in back-to-back games against Gwinnett. I'd really like to see him start producing more and being consistent. Eric Baier picked up an assist in a game against South Carolina on Friday.

Alexandre Carrier and Maxime Clermont have remained with Albany.

Prospect of the Week

Blake Pietila had a great week for Michigan Tech but I'm choosing Ryan Kujawinski for prospect of the week since his competition was tougher. Kujawinski scored three goals to go along with three assists over three games last week. He is now on a four game scoring streak if you add an assist to those totals. In twelve games with the Battalion he has eight goals and six assists. CHL Stats has his estimated Time on Ice at 27.57 and his estimated Points per 60 at 2.01.

ADevil of the Week

Brandon Burlon picks up this week's honors. The good news for him is that he's having a career year. The bad news is that he's doing it at age 24 and in an organization that has young defensemen already contributing in the NHL and with quality prospects in college. Last week, he had added a goal and two assists to his totals. He has two goals and four assists over his last seven games. Burlon leads the ADevils defense in scoring with 21 points which is good for fourth on the team. He's been about equally effective at even strength (3-6-9) as he's been on the powerplay (1-10-11). He may not have a NHL future in New Jersey but he does seem to be carving out a nice AHL career for himself.

Prospects on TV

If you get NESN then you are in luck as the Beanpot takes place this week.

-- Tuesday 2/3: Harvard (Kerfoot, if healthy) vs. Boston University at 5 PM ET on NESN.

-- Tuesday 2/3: Boston College (Santini) vs. Northeastern at 8 PM ET on NESN.

-- Saturday 2/7: Michigan State (Jacobs) vs. Michigan at 8 PM ET on the Big Ten Network.

-- Monday 2/9: Beanpot Championship at 7:30 PM ET on NESN.

Your Take

Are your satisfied with the continued offensive production out of the OHL prospects? Does reading about Baddock's defensive game alter your opinion of him as a prospect? How concerned are you about Quenneville's injury? With Kerfoot nearing a return, do you expect him to pick up where he left off offensively? What are your opinions about Albany's season so far and do you think Burlon has a future in the organization? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!