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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 3/10/15

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Week 23 of the 2014-15 prospect update saw Kujawinski and Blandisi continue to produce in the OHL, Chatham have season ending wrist surgery, Gavrus and Wood have their seasons come to an end, and Matteau stay hot for Albany.

Stefan Matteau extended his scoring streak to 6 games with 2 more goals this weekend. He now has 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 6 games.
Stefan Matteau extended his scoring streak to 6 games with 2 more goals this weekend. He now has 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 6 games.
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This post will recap the 23rd week of Devils prospect action for the 2014-15 season. It's highlighted by Ryan Kujawinski and Joseph Blandisi staying productive in the OHL, three prospects see their seasons come to an end, and Stefan Matteau continue to perform well for Albany. 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 55 29 24 53 18 28 0.96
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 207 11 40 20 14 34 8 9 17 0 1 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP
Connor Chatham RW 19 Plymouth OHL 48 17 20 37 1 47 0.77
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 225 14 31 12 15 27 5 5 10 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP
Joseph Blandisi C 20 Barrie OHL 63 48 57 105 18 112 1.67
Height: 6'0 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 192 31 79 21 26 47 11 29 40 9 2 11
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP
John Quenneville C 18 Brandon WHL 53 17 26 43 11 58 0.81
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 205 15 32 8 18 26 7 6 13 0 2 2
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP
Ryan Rehill D 19 Kamloops WHL 62 6 12 18 -14 115 0.29
Height: 6'3 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 225 5 11 6 11 17 0 1 1 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP
Brandon Baddock LW 19 Edmonton WHL 66 17 19 36 -12 130 0.55
Height: 6'4 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 215 10 27 8 12 20 7 5 12 0 1 1

Name Age (as of 2/1) GP GS W L OTL SOL MIN GAA SV% GA%- GSAA
Anthony Brodeur 20 28 22 7 9 0 4 1248:37 3.72 0.881 113 -9.98
Height: 5'11 Gatineau/Drummondville SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 194 QMJHL 1 4.55% 7 31.82% 7 31.82% 3 13.64% 67.86% 28.57% 3.57%

Ryan Kujawinski had another solid week for North Bay, scoring 3 goals and adding an assist over 3 games. Joseph Blandisi continued his strong overage season with 6 assists in 3 games for Barrie last week. He's on a 5 game scoring streak with 2 goals and 6 assists.

Connor Chatham played in his final game for Plymouth last Tuesday, notching a goal to give him 17 goals and 20 assists in 48 games. He is done for the season as he will have wrist surgery at the advice of the NJ Devils. A late October birthday, Chatham just finished his age 19 season and could potentially play for Albany next year if the Devils sign him. They still have another year before they have to sign him but perhaps they would rather have him spend his age 20 season in the AHL rather than as an overager in the OHL.

John Quenneville broke an 11 game goal drought and 4 game point drought when he had a goal and an assist on Saturday. He's suffered multiple injuries this year and you have to wonder if he has some sort of nagging injury hindering his progress. It's bizarre to see a player go from 0.95 points per game as a 17 year old to 0.81 the following season.

Ryan Rehill had an assist, -3 rating, and 2 PIM over 3 games for Kamloops last week. Brandon Baddock had 2 goals and an assist over 4 games for Edmonton last week.

Anthony Brodeur did not feature for Drummondville last week.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Blake Coleman C Miami 32 13 12 25 14 80 113 11.50% 3.53 0.78 61.81%
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 19 8 9 17 3 2 5 1 0 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Blake Pietila C Michigan Tech 36 13 15 28 7 52 88 14.77% 2.44 0.78 60.21%
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 200 21 NCAA 9 22 8 3 11 4 11 15 0 1 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Alex Kerfoot C Harvard 21 7 16 23 12 8 47 14.89% 2.24 1.10 45.83%
Height: 5'10 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 175 20 NCAA 7 14 5 8 13 1 6 7 0 1 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blk
Steve Santini D Boston College 18 1 4 5 0 18 33 3.03% 1.83 0.28 25
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 208 19 NCAA 2 3 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blk
Joshua Jacobs D Michigan State 32 0 7 7 -8 24 59 0.00% 1.84 0.22 64
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 5 5 0 0 0

Blake Coleman added a goal, 6 shots, and won 14/26 faceoffs over 2 games for Miami against North Dakota. He also picked up a major for Checking from Behind and a Game Misconduct in Saturday's game. I haven't seen anything on further discipline for him but usually there is a one game suspension. Miami will take on Western Michigan this weekend in a best of three in the opening round of the NCHC playoffs.

Blake Pietila picked up 2 goals, 8 shots, and won 21/32 faceoffs over 2 games for Michigan Tech against Northern Michigan. Michigan Tech will face Alabama Huntsville in a best of three to open the WCHA playoffs. That should be an easy oppurtunity for him to pad his stats.

The good news: Alexander Kerfoot added an assist in his only game of the week against Brown and continues to play at above a point per game pace. The bad news: he is once again injured, having left that game with his right arm in a sling and his shoulder wrapped. He's a player that has a lot of skill but just can't seem to escape the injury bug. He's had shoulder injuries the prior two seasons and surgery in 2012. I'm not sure if it is the same shoulder or if he's had issues with both. Harvard takes on Yale this weekend in a best of three to open the ECAC playoffs.

Joshua Jacobs had an assist, 4 shots, and 8 blocks over 2 games for Michigan State against Wisconsin. Steve Santini and Boston College had the week off as they had a bye into the Hockey East Quarterfinals where they will take on Vermont in a best of three.

KHL, USHL, USHS

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Artur Gavrus LW Dinamo Minsk 36 5 4 9 -7 12 48 10.42% 1.33 0.25 40.38% 12:09
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
Artur Gavrus Dinamo Molodechno 4 2 4 6 -3 2 10 20.00% 2.50 1.50
A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
BXL 2 4 0 1 1 2 3 5 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Joey Dudek C Dubuque/Chicago 44 7 7 14 -5 66 91 7.69% 2.07 0.32
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 19 USHL 4 11 5 7 12 1 0 1 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Miles Wood LW Noble & Greenough 17 17 18 35 2.06
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

Dinamo Minsk was knocked out by Jokerit in the opening round of the KHL playoffs but Gavrus did not feature for them. Instead he was playing in the MHL playoffs for Dinamo-Shinnik, where he had a goal and an assist and 70.3 FO% as they were knocked out in 3 games. With his BXL team also knocked out of their playoff, his season is done.

Joey Dudek was traded by Dubuque to Chicago last week. He rebounded in impressive fashion by scoring a goal and an assist over 2 games against Dubuque. Hopefully he can finish his season out strong with his new club.

Miles Wood also completed his final season of prep hockey with Nobles as they were defeated in the NEPSAC tournament. He finishes with a 2.06 points per game pace which ranks 6th in New England prep hockey.

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 54 18 26 44 14 32 -4 44 138 13.04% 2.56 0.81 11 13 24 7 13 20 0 0 0 0 0 0
Paul Thompson 6'1 205 26 RW 56 24 19 43 17 41 8 61 183 13.11% 3.27 0.77 15 11 26 7 7 14 1 1 2 1 0 1
Mike Sislo 5'11 195 27 RW 48 17 12 29 6 23 1 43 110 15.45% 2.29 0.60 8 5 13 7 7 14 1 0 1 1 0 1
Reid Boucher 5'10 190 21 LW 54 13 15 28 9 22 -6 30 142 9.15% 2.63 0.52 6 6 12 7 8 15 0 0 0 0 1 1
Brandon Burlon 6'0 190 24 D 56 5 20 25 12 17 3 79 69 7.25% 1.23 0.45 3 8 11 1 12 13 0 0 0 1 0 1
Stefan Matteau 6'2 220 20 LW 53 9 14 23 8 17 5 35 86 10.47% 1.62 0.43 5 8 13 4 6 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scott Timmins 6'0 200 25 C 27 7 14 21 6 13 3 6 60 11.67% 2.22 0.78 5 8 13 2 5 7 0 1 1 0 0 0
Reece Scarlett 6'1 185 21 D 42 2 18 20 10 12 0 19 66 3.03% 1.57 0.48 2 8 10 0 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tim Sestito 5'11 195 30 C 43 8 11 19 7 15 -9 67 89 8.99% 2.07 0.44 5 7 12 2 2 4 0 0 0 1 2 3
Raman Hrabarenka 6'5 235 22 D 31 4 14 18 7 11 -5 18 54 7.41% 1.74 0.58 2 7 9 2 7 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
Darcy Zajac 6'1 205 28 RW 56 6 11 17 9 15 -6 78 86 6.98% 1.54 0.30 4 8 12 1 1 2 1 2 3 0 0 0
Ben Thomson 6'3 215 22 LW 53 7 7 14 5 12 -3 76 62 11.29% 1.17 0.26 7 6 13 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kelly Zajac 5'10 180 26 C 23 3 10 13 7 10 -4 18 29 10.34% 1.26 0.57 0 4 4 3 5 8 0 1 1 0 0 0
Graham Black 6'0 190 22 C 36 7 5 12 3 10 10 14 66 10.61% 1.83 0.33 3 3 6 4 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dan Kelly 6'1 210 25 D 48 1 10 11 5 6 -2 96 38 2.63% 0.79 0.23 1 9 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
David Wohlberg 6'1 200 24 LW 37 5 5 10 2 7 5 14 34 14.71% 0.92 0.27 4 4 8 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 30 C 53 5 2 7 1 6 -10 40 74 6.76% 1.40 0.13 3 2 5 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Seth Helgeson 6'5 215 24 D 33 1 6 7 3 4 3 45 32 3.13% 0.97 0.21 0 4 4 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corbin McPherson 6'5 220 26 D 59 1 5 6 3 4 -7 64 66 1.52% 1.12 0.10 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
Chris McKelvie 6'1 195 29 LW 43 2 2 4 0 2 -17 50 50 4.00% 1.16 0.09 2 2 4 0 0 0 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
Joe Faust 6'0 205 23 D 23 0 3 3 1 1 -3 16 20 0.00% 0.87 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 25 1 1 2 1 2 -4 8 21 4.76% 0.84 0.08 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Cam Janssen 6'0 210 30 RW 22 1 1 2 0 1 0 42 11 9.09% 0.50 0.09 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Keenan 6'0 190 25 D 20 0 1 1 1 1 -3 15 23 0.00% 1.15 0.05 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alexandre Carrier 6'3 210 23 RW 12 0 0 0 0 0 -2 10 11 0.00% 0.92 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 29 27 1577 9 12 3 2 2.97 0.896 122 -14.25
Height: 6'2 SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 190 0 0.00% 12 44.44% 6 22.22% 2 7.41% 70.51% 28.21% 1.28%
GP GS Min W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA
Scott Clemmensen 37 17 15 962 5 8 1 1 2.62 0.904 113 -4.69
Height: 6'2 SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 200 1 6.67% 5 33.33% 4 26.67% 1 6.67% 52.38% 42.86% 4.76%
GP GS Min W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA
Maxime Clermont 23 6 5 336 5 1 0 0 2.32 0.906 111 -1.27
Height: 6'0 SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 200 0 0.00% 2 40.00% 1 20.00% 2 40.00% 61.54% 38.46% 0.00%

Albany split their weekend series with the St. John's IceCaps and currently sit 11th in the Eastern Conference with 62 points, 6 back of 8th place Worcester. Albany's PP is now at 18.63% and the PK at 80.30%. Albany's all situation PDO is 99.35%. HockeyStats.ca has their estimated even strength PDO at 99.15% and their estimated Fenwick Close at 50.72%.

Injury Update: Kelly Zajac remained back in Albany due to a nagging lower body injury that has derailed his season.

Suspension: Cam Janssen served the first two games of his five game suspension for an illegal check to the head.

Transactions: Alexandre Carrier was recalled from Orlando on Wednesday.

Friday 3/6: Albany lost to St. John's 2-1 in overtime. Stefan Matteau had the lone Devils goal with Darcy Zajac picking up the assist. Joe Whitney and Mike Sislo had 4 shots each as the Devils outshot the IceCaps 29-23. Scott Clemmensen made 21 saves on 23 shots. Albany did not have a PP and went 0/1 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet and highlights:

Saturday 3/7: Albany defeated St. John's 2-0. Stefan Matteau had a goal and Reid Boucher had a goal and an assist. Mike Sislo had 4 shots as the Devils outshot the IceCaps 32-28. Albany went 0/2 on the PP and 1/1 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet and highlights:

Struggling Scorers: Joe Whitney and Paul Thompson were hot in the beginning of the season but have cooled off considerably. Whitney has just one goal over his last 15 games while Thompson has just 2 over his last 15 games. This should come as no surprise considering how high of a SH% each player had in the beginning of the season. The good news is that both players are still getting their shots on goal.

Boucher: A goal and an assist on Saturday helped Boucher snap a 3 game scoring drought. He does have a goal and 4 assists over his last 6 games which was preceded by a 6 game drought. 2015 hasn't been kind to him as he has just 3 goals and 8 assists in 27 games since the calender turned. Hopefully this is a sign that he is regaining form.

Coming Up: Albany takes on Worcester on Friday, Syracuse on Saturday, and Springfield on Sunday.

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 35 9 9 18 5 14 -11 25 97 9.28% 2.77 0.51 8 4 12 1 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alexandre Carrier 6'3 210 23 RW 10 0 1 1 0 0 -1 24 10 0.00% 1.00 0.10 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Eric Baier 6'2 210 26 D 38 5 11 16 5 10 5 11 99 5.05% 2.61 0.42 4 7 11 0 3 3 1 1 2 0 0 0
Mike Keenan 6'0 190 25 D 29 0 6 6 2 2 1 18 49 0.00% 1.69 0.21 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
Ben Johnson 6'0 195 20 LW 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
Maxime Clermont 23 14 12 812 7 5 0 1 3.18 0.892 126 -8.77
Height: 6'0 SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 200 1 8.33% 4 33.33% 3 25.00% 1 8.33% 79.07% 16.28% 4.65%

Myles Bell returned from an undisclosed injury that kept him out for a month by appearing in 2 games for Evansville. He was held off the scoresheet but did register 6 shots.

Eric Baier played in 3 games for Orlando and had 5 shots. Mike Keenan was also held of the scoresheet for Orlando but had 6 shots over 3 games. Ben Johnson made his ECHL debut and picked up 2 shots in as many games for Orlando.

Maxime Clermont had a strong week for Orlando with a shutout and 2 quality starts in 2 games.

Prospect of the Week

Once again I am going to go with Ryan Kujawinski. He's in solid form with a 7 game scoring streak where he has 6 goals and 6 assists. In 28 games with North Bay he has 16 goals and 14 assists. According to CHL Stats he has a goals created per game of 0.411 and an estimated points per 60 of 2.44. I really hope he can finish the year comfortably above the point per game mark.

ADevil of the Week

Stefan Matteau has followed up a 10 game scoring drought by putting up 4 goals and 2 assists over his last 6 games. He's currently 6th in scoring for Albany with 23 points in 53 games. According to Quant Hockey, his points per game has increased slightly from 0.388 last year to 0.434 this season. Both of these rank above the median for AHL players which is decent for a player who has played his age 19 and 20 seasons at this level. His 0.170 goals per game is also above the AHL median. Hopefully he can continue to finish this season out well.

Your Take

Do you think Chatham should make the jump to the AHL next year? Do you feel that Quenneville is due to breakout? Are you satisfied with the seasons that Gavrus and Wood had? Do you think Matteau can be a consistent contributor for Albany for the rest of the season? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!