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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 11/29/16

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Week 8 of the 2016-17 prospect update saw Alex Kerfoot step up for Harvard, Miles Wood earn a call up, and John Quenneville help lead Albany to 3 straight wins.

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Miles Wood turned a strong week with Albany into a call up to New Jersey.
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This post will recap the 8th week of Devils prospect action for the 2016-17 season. It's highlighted by Alex Kerfoot's productive week for Harvard, Colton White stepping up for the Soo, and Albany winning 3 straight thanks to performances by Miles Wood, John Quenneville, and Ken Appleby to name a few.

QMJHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Brandon Gignac C 19.07 Shawinigan 18 6 11 17 2 10 10.91% 3.06 0.94 56.62%
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 179 8 14 2 6 8 4 5 9 0 0 0 20

Brandon Gignac appeared twice for Shawinigan last week. Against Charlottetown on Friday he had a power play goal, -4, 2 shots, and won 7/15 faceoffs. On Sunday against Cape Breton he was a +1 with 2 shots and won 12/16 faceoffs.

OHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Blake Speers RW 19.92 Sault Ste. Marie 1 0 0 0 -1 0 0.00% 3.00 0.00 57.89%
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 183 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colton White D 19.59 Sault Ste. Marie 22 0 9 9 -1 17 0.00% 1.95 0.41
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 193 4 4 0 7 7 0 2 2 0 0 0 10
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Michael McLeod C 18.83 Mississauga 20 5 17 22 2 18 6.58% 3.80 1.10 61.82%
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 11 16 3 12 15 1 4 5 1 1 2 27
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Nathan Bastian RW 18.99 Mississauga 20 8 11 19 -1 16 14.81% 2.70 0.95 36.67%
Height: 6'4 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 219 6 14 7 8 15 0 3 3 1 0 1 23
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Evan Cormier 19.07 17 17 7 8 1 1 3.46 0.895 105 -2.50 -0.15
Height: 6'2 Saginaw SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 OHL 1 5.88% 8 47.06% 5 29.41% 1 5.88% 70.18% 29.82% 0.00%

Blake Speers is still recovering from wrist surgery but according to the Sault Star, he is scheduled to visit the doctor in NYC in a week. He's hoping to be playing within a week of that check-up should he get the all clear. His teammate Colton White had a busy but productive week. In 3 games last week, White added 4 assists (3 at even strength, 1 on the power play), a +3 rating, 2 PIM, and 8 shots.

Mississauga had 2 games last week. Michael McLeod finished with a goal, assist, -2, 4 PIM, 10 shots, and won 31/50 faceoffs. Nathan Bastian finished with an assist, -3, 4 PIM, 3 shots, and won 2/3 faceoffs.

Evan Cormier was able to have a lighter workload last week, starting a game against Kitchener on Saturday that Saginaw lost. He made 23 saves on 27 shots.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Colby Sissons D 18.88 Swift Current 24 2 11 13 1 12 0.54 12
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 190 7 9 0 6 6 2 5 7 0 0 0

Colby Sissons had a busy week appearing in 4 games for Swift Current. He finished the week with a power play assist, even rating, and 6 PIM. That assist snapped a 5 game streak without a point.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Alex Kerfoot C Harvard 9 3 10 13 8 4 14.29% 2.33 1.44 44.63% 31
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 175 22.32 ECAC 6 9 0 5 5 2 2 4 1 2 3
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
JD Dudek LW Boston College 16 6 2 8 6 14 15.79% 2.38 0.50 0.00% 14
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 20.85 Hockey East 1 7 4 2 6 1 0 1 1 0 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Brett Seney C Merrimack 15 5 8 13 4 18 17.86% 1.87 0.87 40.48% 23
Height: 5'9 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 170 20.76 Hockey East 4 9 5 2 7 0 6 6 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Joey Anderson RW Minnesota Duluth 14 4 11 15 6 2 11.11% 2.57 1.07 11.11% 26
Height: 6'0 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 195 18.46 Hockey East 7 11 4 10 14 0 1 1 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP BLK NHLe
Jeremy Davies D Northeastern 14 2 4 6 -1 8 5.71% 2.50 0.43 32 12
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 182 20.00 Hockey East 0 2 1 1 2 1 3 4 0 0 0

Alex Kerfoot enjoyed a productive week for Harvard, appearing in 2 games with a goal, 4 assists, +4, 3 shots, and won 8/26 faceoffs.

JD Dudek had a hat trick against Connecticut last Tuesday, finishing that game a +2 with 7 shots. On Sunday against Minneosta, which happened to be Mike Mottau's jersey retirement, he was a -1 with 2 PIM and 4 shots.

Brett Seney had an even rating, shot, and was 0/1 in the faceoff circle in Merrimack's only game of the week against Providence. On Thanksgiving SBN College Hockey discussed what the Hockey East coaches are thankful for. Here's some of what Jeff Cox had to say on Seney:

Dennehy must be thankful for junior Brett Seney. The New Jersey Devils prospect is the best offensive threat the Warriors have. His speed and puck skills can change a game in an instant.

Seney will have to lead the way if Merrimack is going to rebound from its slow start to finish in a spot where it will get home ice for the first round.

Joey Anderson and Minnesota Duluth had last week off from game action. Chris Dilks of SBN College Hockey took a look at what the Team USA roster may be for the upcoming WJC. Here's some of what he had to say about Anderson:

The last lock I have on my roster is the perpetually underrated Joey Anderson(Minnesota Duluth), who is off to a great start to his freshman season with the Bulldogs. Anderson maybe isn’t the most exciting player, but he’s going to make whoever he is on a line with look better because he’s great at getting the puck to skill players and letting them work, and he capitalizes on opportunities when he gets them.

Jeremy Davies had an even rating, shot, and 3 blocks in Northeastern's game against Minnesota last weekend.

Europe

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP BLK ATOI
Yegor Rykov D SKA St. Petersburg 29 0 4 4 10 4 23 0.00% 0.79 0.14 29 12:23
Height: 6'2 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 216 19.64 KHL 3 3 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Mikhail Maltsev C SKA-Neva 15 0 7 7 4 8 30 0.00% 2.00 0.47 60.75% 11:14
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 205 18.73 VHL 5 5 0 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 14
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Mikhail Maltsev C SKA-1946 11 5 6 11 8 0 29 17.24% 2.64 1.00 63.18% N/A
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 205 18.73 MHL 2 7 4 4 8 1 1 2 0 1 1 14
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Jesper Bratt LW AIK 20 3 10 13 2 6 20 15.00% 1.00 0.65 0.00% 14:22
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 174 18.35 Allsvenskan 7 10 3 9 12 0 1 1 0 0 0 42

Yegor Rykov returned to SKA's line up last week, appearing in 2 games with a +1 rating, 2 PIM, a shot, and a block. He averaged 9:47 in his first game back and then 13:28 in the next game.

Mikhail Maltsev was a +1 with a shot, and won 6/10 faceoffs while averaging about 10 minutes per game in 2 games for SKA-Neva in VHL action.

Jesper Bratt appeared in 3 games for AIK last week. Against Almtuna IS on Wedensday he was held off the scoresheet despite playing 17:00, finishing with a -2 and 2 shots. On Saturday against Mora IK he was again held without a point and finished a -1 in 11:24. Yesterday he had 2 assists, a +1 rating, and played 14:39 against Vita Hasten.

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
Joe Blandisi 6'0 200 22.38 C 17 5 9 14 5 10 -3 40 29 17.24% 1.71 0.82 5.30 0.31 30 3 4 7 2 5 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
John Quenneville 6'1 205 20.63 C 18 6 8 14 5 11 -6 17 51 11.76% 2.83 0.78 5.58 0.31 28 3 4 7 3 4 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Pietila 5'11 200 23.79 LW 14 6 6 12 3 9 -1 8 34 17.65% 2.43 0.86 5.02 0.36 31 3 5 8 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Sexton 5'11 195 25.50 C 18 3 6 9 1 4 -1 8 29 10.34% 1.61 0.50 3.35 0.19 18 2 2 4 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reece Scarlett 6'1 185 23.68 D 18 2 6 8 2 4 -4 10 32 6.25% 1.78 0.44 2.79 0.15 16 1 3 4 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 32.26 LW 18 3 4 7 4 7 2 2 19 15.79% 1.06 0.39 2.79 0.15 14 2 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Blake Coleman 5'11 200 25.02 C 16 4 3 7 1 5 5 19 34 11.76% 2.13 0.44 3.07 0.19 16 4 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Gibbons 5'8 175 28.78 LW 16 3 3 6 1 4 -3 8 12 25.00% 0.75 0.38 2.51 0.16 14 2 2 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miles Wood 6'2 215 21.22 LW 14 3 3 6 3 6 -2 32 41 7.32% 2.93 0.43 2.51 0.18 15 2 2 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Seth Helgeson 6'4 215 26.16 D 17 2 3 5 2 4 5 33 22 9.09% 1.29 0.29 1.95 0.11 11 2 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Karl Stollery 5'11 180 29.04 D 16 0 5 5 2 2 7 10 21 0.00% 1.31 0.31 1.39 0.09 11 0 4 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Rooney 6'2 190 23.54 C 18 4 0 4 0 4 0 18 23 17.39% 1.28 0.22 2.23 0.12 8 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Ryan Kujawinski 6'2 200 21.68 C 7 0 4 4 3 3 4 14 7 0.00% 1.00 0.57 1.12 0.16 21 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1
Vojtech Mozik 6'3 200 23.94 D 12 2 2 4 2 4 8 8 23 8.70% 1.92 0.33 1.67 0.14 12 0 2 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Thomson 6'3 205 23.88 LW 18 3 1 4 1 4 0 25 25 12.00% 1.39 0.22 1.95 0.11 8 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Gormley 6'2 195 24.79 D 13 1 3 4 2 3 -9 6 17 5.88% 1.31 0.31 1.39 0.11 11 0 1 1 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Petr Straka 6'0 185 24.47 LW 6 1 3 4 2 3 -2 8 17 5.88% 2.83 0.67 1.39 0.23 24 1 1 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Max Novak 5'11 180 25.64 C 14 1 2 3 2 3 0 4 14 7.14% 1.00 0.21 1.12 0.08 8 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1
Jan Mandat 6'0 205 21.04 C 7 1 2 3 2 3 2 2 5 20.00% 0.71 0.43 1.12 0.16 15 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Carter Camper 5'9 175 28.42 C 3 0 3 3 0 0 2 0 3 0.00% 1.00 1.00 0.84 0.28 36 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nick Lappin 6'1 175 24.09 RW 6 1 2 3 2 3 -2 2 4 25.00% 0.67 0.50 1.12 0.19 18 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Andrew MacWilliam 6'2 230 26.70 D 16 0 2 2 1 1 -6 44 18 0.00% 1.13 0.13 0.56 0.03 5 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Jacobs 6'2 200 20.80 D 8 0 2 2 1 1 -4 10 11 0.00% 1.38 0.25 0.56 0.07 9 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Steve Santini 6'2 210 21.75 D 5 0 0 0 0 0 -2 19 5 0.00% 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Luke Gadzic 6'4 225 27.36 LW 6 0 0 0 0 0 -3 19 2 0.00% 0.33 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
Mackenzie Blackwood 19.98 8 7 4 3 0 0 3.90 0.877 131 -5.42 -0.92
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 353.53 0 0.00% 1 14.29% 2 28.57% 3 42.86% 73.91% 26.09% 0.00%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 24.31 10 8 5 3 0 0 2.18 0.912 94 1.34 0.15
Height: 6'2 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 190 549.87 0 0.00% 2 25.00% 1 12.50% 3 37.50% 60.00% 30.00% 10.00%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Ken Appleby 21.65 3 3 3 0 0 0 1.62 0.932 73 1.86 0.60
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 210 184.9166667 0 0.00% 2 66.67% 0 0.00% 1 33.33% 100.00% 0.00% 0.00%

Albany won all 3 of their games last week and are now 1st in the North Division with 24 points after 18 games. Their all situation PDO is currently 100.18%. They currently have a Shots For% of 51.00%. The PP is currently operating at 17.65% which is 16th in the league, while the PK is at 86.05% which is 6th in the league.

Injury Update: Carter Camper (upper body), Steve Santini (upper body), and Scott Wedgewood (shoulder) remain sidelined.

Transactions: Blake Pietila was returned to Albany and Brandon Baddock was reassigned to Adirondack on 11/23. Miles Wood was recalled by New Jersey on 11/28.

Tuesday 11/22: Albany defeated Toronto 3-1. Vojtech Mozik, Blake Coleman, and Kevin Rooney had the goals. Reece Scarlett, Joe Blandisi, Miles Wood, John Quenneville, Josh Jacobs, and Karl Stollery had an assist each. Mozik and Wood had 5 shots each as the Devils outshot the Marlies 32-24. Ken Appleby made 23 saves. Albany went 1/7 on the PP and 4/4 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Friday 11/25: Albany defeated Hartford 4-3 in OT. Seth Helgeson, Kevin Rooney, and Ben Sexton had the goals in regulation while Miles Wood had the game winning goal in OT. Petr Straka, Blake Coleman, John Quenneville, Andrew MacWilliam, and Blake Pietila had an assist each. Mackenzie Blackwood made 24 saves on 27 shots as the Devils were outshot 27-26. Albany went 0/3 on the PP and 3/4 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Saturday 11/26: Albany defeated Rochester 4-2. John Quenneville led the way with a goal and 2 assists. Other goal scorers were Miles Wood, Joe Blandisi, and Blake Coleman. Brian Gibbons had 2 assists followed by Petr Straka, Ben Sexton, Vojtech Mozik, and Seth Helgeson with one each. Straka led the team with 4 shots as the Devils outshot the Americans 30-21. Ken Appleby made 19 saves. Albany went 2/6 on the PP and 5/5 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet. Check out the River Rats jerseys!

Coming Up: Albany will take on Bridgeport tonight, Utica on Friday and Saturday, and Binghamton 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 ENG ENA EN Pts
Brandon Baddock 6'4 215 21.68 F 5 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 5 0.00% 1.00 0.00 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
Ken Appleby 21.65 6 6 4 1 0 1 1.98 0.915 89 1.49 0.25
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 205 363.23 1 16.67% 4 66.67% 0 0.00% 1 16.67% 50.00% 41.67% 8.33%

Brandon Baddock made a single appearance for Adirondack last week but was held off the scoresheet.

Prospect of the Week

With a goal, 4 assists, +4, and 3 shots, Alex Kerfoot picks up this week's honors. The senior has shown that he's capable of playmaking without Jimmy Vesey as evidenced by his team leading 10 assists and 13 points in 9 games. He also is 3rd in the country in assists per game with 1.11, a metric that he ranked in nicely in previous seasons. Kerfoot's not physical or a defensive player but his offensive instincts, playmaking ability, and passing skills may just get him to the next level. So far it's nice to see him off to a decent start in his senior season.

ADevil of the Week

I went back and forth between Miles Wood (2 goals, 1 assist, 10 shots) and John Quenneville (1 goal, 4 assists, 5 shots) when trying to choose an ADevil of the Week. Despite Wood earning a call up to New Jersey, I'll give this week's honors to Quenneville. The young center produced well in the run of play this week with his goal and 3 of his 4 assists coming at even strength. Half of his assists were also primary. The rookie is currently tied for the lead in goals (6) and points (14) and is 2nd on the team in assists (8). While his name is certainly in the conversation for a call up, it is nice to see him getting a chance to prove himself in a large role in the AHL to start his professional career.

Your Take

What do you think of Kerfoot's season so far? What are your thoughts on Wood getting another call up and Quenneville's consistent play? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!