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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 1/19/16

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Week 16 of the 2015-16 prospect update saw Pavel Zacha and Blake Speers continue to produce in the OHL, Mackenzie Blackwood and Brandon Baddock earn suspensions, and Ken Appleby play solid for Adirondack in the ECHL.

Pavel Zacha continues to get the job done in the OHL.
Pavel Zacha continues to get the job done in the OHL.
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This post will recap the 16th week of Devils prospect action for the 2015-16 season. It's highlighted by the strong play of Pavel Zacha and Blake Speers in the OHL, Mackenzie Blackwood and Brandon Baddock picking up suspensions, and Ken Appleby finding his groove again in Adirondack. 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 20.23 Flint/Windsor 39 13 19 32 -4 48 11.30% 2.95 0.82
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 225 12 25 9 15 24 4 3 7 0 0 0 22
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Josh Jacobs D 19.94 Sarnia 41 1 13 14 5 30 1.12% 2.17 0.34
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 9
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Pavel Zacha C 18.80 Sarnia 29 19 19 38 11 56 19.19% 3.41 1.31
Height: 6'3 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 213 12 31 12 9 21 6 10 16 1 0 1 35
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Blake Speers RW 19.05 Sault Ste. Marie 42 12 31 43 -6 30 9.52% 3.00 1.02
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 183 16 28 10 14 24 1 17 18 0 0 0 28
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colton White D 18.72 Sault Ste. Marie 42 5 14 19 -12 9 7.69% 1.55 0.45
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 185 8 13 3 9 12 2 4 6 0 0 0 12

Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Mackenzie Blackwood 19.12 28 27 18 9 0 0 2.48 0.928 76 22.51 0.86
Height: 6'4 Barrie SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 OHL 2 7.41% 17 62.96% 2 7.41% 1 3.70% 80.00% 18.46% 1.54%

Connor Chatham had a goal, +1 rating, 4 penalty minutes, and 4 shots in 2 games for Windsor last week. He has 2 goals and an assist with a 2.40 shots per game rate in 5 games for Windsor.

Pavel Zacha had a goal, 2 assists, +2 rating, 2 shots, and won 1/3 faceoffs against Oshawa on Friday. He was held without any points for the first time in 7 games on Saturday against Hamilton. Zacha got back on the scoresheet with an assist, +1 rating, 4 penalty minutes, and a shot against Oshawa on Sunday. Josh Jacobs had an even rating with 2 penalty minutes and 6 shots for Sarnia over the course of 3 games.

Blake Speers had 2 assists, a +1 rating, 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and won 7/11 faceoffs against North Bay on Thursday. The next night he had a goal, assist, +1 rating, 2 penalty minutes, 4 shots, and won 3/8 faceoffs against Sudbury. Colton White had an assist, -2 rating, and 4 shots across both games for Sault Ste. Marie.

Mackenzie Blackwood had an interesting week to put it mildly. He made 30 saves on 34 shots in a loss against Erie on Thursday. The next night he made 6 saves on 8 shots in 22:57 of relief before being ejected for firing the puck into the crowd after a goal. He earned a 5 game suspension for this act and won't be eligible to play until the end of the month.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
John Quenneville C 19.77 Brandon 29 14 22 36 12 39 1.24 27
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 205 14 28 9 13 22 4 9 13 1 0 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Ryan Rehill D 20.21 Kamloops 43 6 18 24 2 67 0.56 12
Height: 6'3 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 218 9 15 3 10 13 3 6 9 0 1 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Brandon Baddock C 20.82 Edmonton 44 18 6 24 -8 96 0.55 12
Height: 6'4 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 225 3 21 12 4 16 3 2 5 2 0 2

John Quenneville had an assist for Brandon against Red Deer on Friday. He was held off the scoresheet with a -2 rating and 2 penalty minutes against Moose Jaw on Saturday.

Ryan Rehill had 2 assists, 2 penalty minutes, and a -2 rating for Kamloops against Medicine Hat on Wednesday. He then had a +1 rating in both games Kamloops had over the weekend.

Brandon Baddock was a -1 with 2 penalty minutes for Edmonton against Prince Albert on Wednesday. He had a goal against Medicine Hat on Friday before being thrown out for a check from behind on David Quenneville (John's brother). The hit earned Baddock a 3 game suspension.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Alex Kerfoot C Harvard 15 3 16 19 4 8 12.00% 1.67 1.27 46.22% 42
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 175 21.45 ECAC 6 9 2 8 10 0 8 8 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Steve Santini D Boston College 22 1 8 9 9 34 3.23% 1.41 0.41 32 11
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 208 20.88 Hockey East 1 2 1 5 6 0 0 0 0 1 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
JD Dudek C Boston College 20 0 1 1 -5 6 0.00% 0.55 0.05 40.74% 1
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 19.98 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 20 7 14 21 8 62 11.48% 3.05 1.05 50.00% 28
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 20.36 Hockey East 9 16 4 10 14 2 2 4 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Brett Seney C Merrimack 16 4 8 12 3 24 15.38% 1.63 0.75 50.48% 20
Height: 5'9 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 170 19.90 Hockey East 6 10 3 7 10 1 1 2 0 0 0

Alex Kerfoot had an assist, +1 rating, 3 shots, and won 19/36 faceoffs over the course of Harvard's 2 games on the weekend.

Boston College took on Boston University in a 2 game set last weekend. Steve Santini had an empty net assist, +1 rating, 4 penalty minutes, and 4 shots on the weekend. Miles Wood had an empty net assist, +1 rating, 2 penalty minutes, and 12 shots after both games. JD Dudek was held off the scoresheet in Friday's game and was scratched for the 2nd game of the series.

Brett Seney and Merrimack took on Notre Dame in back-to-back games on the weekend. He finished the series with a goal, even rating, 6 penalty minutes, 5 shots, and won 14/39 faceoffs. Watching him play you can see that he has blazing speed that he uses to rush the puck up ice and into the the offensive zone for a controlled entry more often that not. His goal was set up by a controlled entry and then him cutting back across the ice and utilizing a screen to get Merrimack on the board. His speed alone makes him an intriguing prospect.

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

Artur Gavrus is still yet to play for Dinamo Minsk since suffering a concussion on 10/19 against Metallug 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 ENG ENA EN Pts
Matt Lorito 5'9 170 25.56 LW 35 10 23 33 16 26 7 10 67 14.93% 1.91 0.94 11.53 0.33 37 6 8 14 4 15 19 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Sislo 5'11 190 28.01 RW 34 16 15 31 8 24 6 2 106 15.09% 3.12 0.91 12.60 0.37 36 4 7 11 11 7 18 1 0 1 0 1 1
Reid Boucher 5'10 190 22.38 LW 30 14 12 26 7 21 9 4 116 12.07% 3.87 0.87 10.73 0.36 34 7 9 16 6 3 9 0 0 0 1 0 1
Corey Tropp 6'2 185 26.50 RW 37 10 13 23 8 18 4 46 63 15.87% 1.70 0.62 8.85 0.24 24 6 10 16 3 3 6 0 0 0 1 0 1
Joseph Blandisi 6'0 200 21.52 C 24 7 14 21 8 15 0 47 29 24.14% 1.21 0.88 7.51 0.31 34 3 5 8 4 8 12 0 0 0 0 1 1
Paul Thompson 6'1 200 27.15 RW 24 7 10 17 7 14 1 35 69 10.14% 2.88 0.71 6.44 0.27 28 4 9 13 2 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 1
Marc-Andre Gragnani 6'3 210 28.88 D 25 0 15 15 3 3 -7 6 23 0.00% 0.92 0.60 4.02 0.16 24 0 3 3 0 11 11 0 0 0 0 1 1
Brandon Burlon 6'0 190 25.89 D 28 3 10 13 5 8 -5 17 25 12.00% 0.89 0.46 4.29 0.15 18 3 3 6 0 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jim O'Brien 6'3 195 26.99 C 18 7 5 12 4 11 1 14 55 12.73% 3.06 0.67 5.10 0.28 26 5 4 9 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0
Dan Kelly 6'1 215 26.69 D 34 2 9 11 3 5 8 53 32 6.25% 0.94 0.32 3.49 0.10 13 2 7 9 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0
Reece Scarlett 6'1 180 22.82 D 25 1 10 11 5 6 -4 29 41 2.44% 1.64 0.44 3.22 0.13 17 1 5 6 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Pietila 5'11 200 22.92 LW 31 6 4 10 2 8 -6 4 52 11.54% 1.68 0.32 4.29 0.14 13 4 1 5 2 2 4 0 1 1 0 0 0
Vojtech Mozik 6'3 200 23.08 D 33 1 9 10 6 7 20 22 58 1.72% 1.76 0.30 2.95 0.09 12 1 6 7 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Kujawinski 6'2 205 20.82 C 27 3 5 8 1 4 -2 6 22 13.64% 0.81 0.30 2.95 0.11 12 2 3 5 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Thomson 6'3 205 23.02 LW 34 2 6 8 4 6 -4 60 62 3.23% 1.82 0.24 2.68 0.08 9 2 5 7 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Seth Helgeson 6'4 215 25.30 D 32 2 5 7 3 5 10 45 34 5.88% 1.06 0.22 2.41 0.08 9 2 4 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 31.40 LW 37 3 4 7 3 6 -4 24 40 7.50% 1.08 0.19 2.68 0.07 7 3 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Blake Coleman 5'11 200 24.16 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 0 0 0
Brian O'Neill 5'9 175 27.65 RW 9 3 4 7 2 5 5 2 19 15.79% 2.11 0.78 2.68 0.30 31 2 3 5 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris McKelvie 6'1 195 30.92 RW 24 0 4 4 1 1 -5 23 27 0.00% 1.13 0.17 1.07 0.04 7 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Max Novak 5'11 180 24.78 RW 16 2 1 3 0 2 -1 2 28 7.14% 1.75 0.19 1.34 0.08 7 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Graham Black 6'0 185 23.03 C 19 2 1 3 0 2 -1 2 24 8.33% 1.26 0.16 1.34 0.07 6 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corbin McPherson 6'4 210 27.38 D 29 0 3 3 1 1 -1 16 32 0.00% 1.10 0.10 0.80 0.03 4 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond 6'1 210 30.64 RW 26 1 0 1 0 1 0 60 24 4.17% 0.92 0.04 0.54 0.02 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greg Wolfe 5'10 185 25.75 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 0 0 0
Raman Hrabarenka 6'4 230 23.42 D 15 0 0 0 0 0 -5 26 13 0.00% 0.87 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Faust 5'11 207 24.19 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 0 0 0
Alexandre Carrier 6'3 210 24.93 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 0 0 0

Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Yann Danis 34.60 27 26 16 6 4 0 2.24 0.911 99 0.98 0.04
Height: 5'11 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 180 1580.28 4 15.38% 15 57.69% 3 11.54% 2 7.69% 81.36% 18.64% 0.00%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 23.44 9 8 6 1 1 0 1.53 0.944 62 2.50 0.32
Height: 6'2 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 195 471.49 1 12.50% 6 75.00% 1 12.50% 0 0.00% 58.33% 41.67% 0.00%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Doug Carr 26.87 3 3 1 2 0 0 2.34 0.897 114 -0.88 -0.29
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 went 1-2 on the week but earned 3 out of a possible 6 points. They did manage to extend their home winning streak to 11 games. The Devils are still 2nd in the North Division with 51 points after 37 games. This is also good for the 5th most points in the AHL. Albany currently has a 101.52 all situation PDO. Albany's PP is operating at 23.42% which is 2nd in the AHL. Their PK remains top ranked at 88.44%.

Injury Update: Pete Dougherty of the Times Union had the big news earlier this week when he reported that Blake Coleman underwent successful surgery on his left shoulder and will be out 4-6 months, thus likely ending his season after 14 games. Coleman was injured back on November 27 by ex-Devil Mark Fraser who earned a 2 game suspension for the hit. Max Novak returned from a broken hand this week and Brandon Burlon remained sidelined with a hip injury.

Transactions: Paul Thompson was returned by New Jersey to Albany on 1/14. The following day Reid Boucher and Brian O'Neill was recalled by New Jersey with Marc-Andre Gragnani and Jim O'Brien sent the other way.

Wednesday 1/13: Albany defeated Rochester 4-0. Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, Matt Lorito, Brian O'Neill, and Reid Boucher had the goals. Mike Sislo had 2 assists followed by Rod Pelley, Dan Kelly, Vojtech Mozik, and O'Neill with an assist each. Boucher had 6 shots and Lorito had 4 as the Devils outshot the Americans 39-19. Scott Wedgewood picked up the 19 save shutout. Albany went 1/4 on the PP and 2/2 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.



Friday 1/15: Albany lost to Providence 5-2. Seth Helgeson had the 1st Devils goal with Matt Lorito and Paul Thompson earning the assists. Lorito picked up the 2nd goal with Corey Tropp and Dan Kelly getting the assists. Blake Pietila and Vojtech Mozik had 5 shots each as the Devils were outshot 39-33. Yann Danis made 34 saves. Albany went 0/3 on the PP and 3/4 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.



Saturday 1/16: Albany lost to Utica 1-0 in OT. Scott Wedgewood made 43 saves as the Devils were outshot 44-14. Albany went 0/4 on the PP and 6/6 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.



All-Stars: I completely forgot to mention in last week's post that Mike Sislo and Yann Danis were selected to the AHL All-Star game. Congrats to them!

Strong Start for Wedgewood: While it's going to take a lot more than 9 games for me to change my opinion on Wedgewood was a prospect, I have to give him his due. He has a .944 SV% on the season and 6 of his 8 starts have been quality starts. While I'm skeptical of him keeping this up, I hope he proves me wrong.

Coming Up: Albany will take on Hartford tomorrow night. Albany then hosts St. John's on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

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 24.19 D 29 2 6 8 4 6 4 10 53 3.77% 1.83 0.28 1 4 5 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Johnson 6'0 195 21.63 LW 12 3 3 6 2 5 2 6 29 10.34% 2.42 0.50 3 2 5 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 20.79 23 23 14 7 1 1 2.22 0.924 86 2.18 0.10
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 205 1375.7 3 13.04% 15 65.22% 4 17.39% 1 4.35% 72.55% 23.53% 3.92%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 23.44 1 1 1 0 0 0 2.00 0.951 55 1.61 1.61
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%

Joe Faust had a goal, +2 rating, and 16 shots over the course of 4 games for Adirondack last week. Ben Johnson returned from injury and had a goal, +1 rating, 2 penalty minutes, and 4 shots in 3 games. Ken Appleby had a very nice week with 2 quality starts. He turned in a 36 save shutout against Reading on Saturday and stopped 43 of 44 shots against Reading on Monday. Appleby has recovered well from a rough patch in December and now has recorded a quality start in 6 of his last 7 games.

Prospect of the Week

I'm going to give this week's honors to Blake Speers as he had a goal and 2 assists over the course of 2 games for Sault Ste. Marie. The goal was his first after 8 games without one. Speers is getting his assists with 8 over his last 8 games. He leads Sault Ste. Marie in assists (31), points (43), and points per game (1.02). He also has won 56.49% of his faceoffs this season.

ADevil of the Week

Matt Lorito earns this week's honors after he had 2 even strength goals and an even strength primary assist. The 25 year old, Brown University product leads the ADevils in assists (23), primary assists (16), primary points (26), points (33), and power play points (19). He is also 2nd on the team in goals created (11.53) and is 3rd in even strength points (14). Lorito is also leading AHL rookies in scoring with 33 points in 35 games. According to Quant Hockey his .943 Pts/GP is above the 95th percentile in the AHL.

Your Take

Did you get a chance to watch Merrimack or Boston College on tv last weekend? If so, what were your thoughts on the Devils prospects? Are you concerned about Blackwood's temper or do you think this is another isolated incident? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!