clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 12/20/16

New, comments

Week 11 of the 2016-17 prospect update saw Speers and McLeod make Canada's WJC roster, Anderson and Rykov compete in their respective national team camps, and Albany have a productive week.

2015 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7
Blake Speers will soon be wearing the red of Canada when he takes the ice at the upcoming World Junior Championships.
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

This post will recap the 11th week of Devils prospect action for the 2016-17 season. It's highlighted by Speers and McLeod making Canada's WJC team, Anderson (USA), and Rykov (Russia) continuing to fight for spots on their respective teams, and Albany having a solid week.

QMJHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Brandon Gignac C 19.13 Shawinigan 24 7 18 25 7 12 9.72% 3.00 1.04
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 179 12 19 3 12 15 4 6 10 0 0 0 22

Brandon Gignac returned to Shawinigan's line up after a missing a game due to injury. He opened the week with an even rating, shot, and won 9/16 faceoffs against Chicoutimi on Friday. The next night against Quebec, he had a goal and 2 assists (all even strength), +4, 5 shots, and won 6/12 faceoffs to earn 2nd star.

OHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Blake Speers RW 19.98 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 19.64 Sault Ste. Marie 30 2 12 14 7 29 3.70% 1.80 0.47
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 193 6 8 1 10 11 0 2 2 1 0 1 11
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Michael McLeod C 18.89 Mississauga 26 6 22 28 4 31 6.38% 3.62 1.08 60.22%
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 13 19 3 16 19 2 5 7 1 1 2 26
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Nathan Bastian RW 19.05 Mississauga 28 9 16 25 1 20 12.16% 2.64 0.89 49.40%
Height: 6'4 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 219 9 18 7 12 19 1 4 5 1 0 1 22
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Evan Cormier 19.13 24 24 11 9 2 2 3.17 0.903 100 0.08 0.00
Height: 6'2 Saginaw SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 OHL 2 8.33% 14 58.33% 6 25.00% 1 4.17% 70.67% 29.33% 0.00%

In expected (but still big) news this week, Blake Speers and Michael McLeod were both named to Canada's roster for the upcoming World Junior Championships. Here is John's post on the news. Canada took on Finland in a pre-WJC match last night with Speers skating as the top line RW with Pierre-Luc Dubois and Dylan Strome. McLeod was the 13th forward and will look to make his mark in a utility role with his explosive speed. WJC action starts on 12/26.

Colton White played 3 games last week, adding a short handed goal, +2, 2 PIM, and 5 shots to his season totals.

Nathan Bastian was held off the scoresheet in a game against Hamilton on Friday. He did finish with an even rating and won 6/7 faceoffs. This snaps his 4 game point streak in which he had a goal and 5 assists. He had 8 goals over his first 18 games of the season but now has just a single goal over his last 10 games. His shots per game rate was 2.83 during that first stretch and is 2.30 during the second stretch. Unfortunately he suffered an injury which caused him to leave the Hamilton game early and miss the next 2. Iain Colpitts reported that Bastian underwent the concussion protocol after leaving the game. No further word on his condition as of this writing.

Evan Cormier had a mixed week starting with a strong performance against Flint on Wednesday in which he earned a win after stopping 30 of 31 shots, only surrending a goal on a Flint PP. He had a tough go of things on Saturday in a loss to Sarnia where he gave up 6 goals at even strength. That game snaps a 6 game run of Quality Starts in which he had a .941 SV%.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Colby Sissons D 18.94 Swift Current 31 4 12 16 -2 14 0.52 11
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 190 8 12 2 6 8 2 6 8 0 0 0

Colby Sissons was a +1 over the course of 3 games last week for Swift Current as he continues to be an important member of the Broncos blue line.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Alex Kerfoot C Harvard 11 5 14 19 11 4 18.52% 2.45 1.73 44.76% 37
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 175 22.37 ECAC 9 14 1 7 8 3 3 6 1 3 4
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
JD Dudek LW Boston College 20 8 3 11 8 14 16.67% 2.40 0.55 0.00% 15
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 20.90 Hockey East 2 10 6 3 9 1 0 1 1 0 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Brett Seney C Merrimack 16 5 9 14 5 18 17.86% 1.75 0.88 40.48% 24
Height: 5'9 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 170 20.82 Hockey East 5 10 5 3 8 0 6 6 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Joey Anderson RW Minnesota Duluth 16 6 11 17 8 2 13.95% 2.69 1.06 10.00% 26
Height: 6'0 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 195 18.52 Hockey East 7 13 6 10 16 0 1 1 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP BLK NHLe
Jeremy Davies D Northeastern 17 3 5 8 -2 12 7.69% 2.29 0.47 36 13
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 182 20.05 Hockey East 1 4 1 2 3 2 3 5 0 0 0

Alexander Kerfoot, JD Dudek, and Brett Seney are off until next week.

Joey Anderson is currently competing to earn a place on the USA WJC team.

Jeremy Davies had an assist, +2, 2 PIM, and 2 blocks against Michigan State on Sunday.

Europe

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP BLK ATOI
Yegor Rykov D SKA St. Petersburg 33 0 5 5 10 4 28 0.00% 0.85 0.15 33 12:26
Height: 6'2 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 216 19.70 KHL 3 3 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 10
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Mikhail Maltsev C SKA-Neva 18 0 8 8 5 15 35 0.00% 1.94 0.44 61.54% 11:29
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 205 18.79 VHL 5 5 0 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 15
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 18.79 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 26 3 12 15 -3 6 30 10.00% 1.15 0.58 0.00% 13:49
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 174 18.40 Allsvenskan 8 11 3 10 13 0 2 2 0 0 0 39

Yegor Rykov and Mikhail Maltsev spent the past week competing for spots on Russia's WJC roster. Rykov is still in the mix but Maltsev has been cut from the team.

Jesper Bratt was a -1 with an average ice time of 6:21 across 2 games for AIK last week.

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
John Quenneville 6'1 205 20.69 C 25 8 13 21 7 15 -8 19 67 11.94% 2.68 0.84 8.38 0.34 30 4 5 9 4 8 12 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Blandisi 6'0 200 22.44 C 24 6 14 20 8 14 -3 44 48 12.50% 2.00 0.83 7.51 0.31 30 4 6 10 2 8 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Pietila 5'11 200 23.85 LW 24 10 8 18 4 14 3 22 55 18.18% 2.29 0.75 8.09 0.34 27 7 7 14 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Coleman 5'11 200 25.08 C 26 7 7 14 3 10 10 25 51 13.73% 1.96 0.54 6.06 0.23 19 6 7 13 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Brian Gibbons 5'8 175 28.84 LW 25 6 7 13 3 9 -3 14 34 17.65% 1.36 0.52 5.49 0.22 19 3 6 9 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Sexton 5'11 195 25.56 C 28 5 7 12 2 7 -2 21 51 9.80% 1.82 0.43 4.91 0.18 15 2 2 4 3 5 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 32.32 LW 28 5 4 9 4 9 4 8 29 17.24% 1.04 0.32 4.04 0.14 12 4 4 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Reece Scarlett 6'1 185 23.74 D 26 2 7 9 2 4 -7 24 43 4.65% 1.65 0.35 3.18 0.12 12 1 3 4 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Rooney 6'2 190 23.60 C 28 6 1 7 1 7 -1 24 40 15.00% 1.43 0.25 3.75 0.13 9 4 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Jan Mandat 6'0 205 21.10 C 16 2 4 6 4 6 3 2 11 18.18% 0.69 0.38 2.31 0.14 14 2 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miles Wood 6'2 215 21.28 LW 14 3 3 6 3 6 -2 32 41 7.32% 2.93 0.43 2.60 0.19 15 2 2 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Petr Straka 6'0 185 24.53 LW 16 1 5 6 3 4 -6 10 28 3.57% 1.75 0.38 2.02 0.13 14 1 2 3 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Seth Helgeson 6'4 215 26.22 D 27 2 3 5 2 4 7 33 26 7.69% 0.96 0.19 2.02 0.07 7 2 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Karl Stollery 5'11 180 29.10 D 25 0 5 5 2 2 8 16 30 0.00% 1.20 0.20 1.44 0.06 7 0 4 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Gormley 6'2 195 24.85 D 20 1 4 5 3 4 -11 18 24 4.17% 1.20 0.25 1.73 0.09 9 0 2 2 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Max Novak 5'11 180 25.70 C 23 2 2 4 2 4 -3 10 32 6.25% 1.39 0.17 1.73 0.08 6 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1
Ryan Kujawinski 6'2 200 21.74 C 7 0 4 4 3 3 4 14 7 0.00% 1.00 0.57 1.16 0.17 21 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1
Vojtech Mozik 6'3 200 24.00 D 23 2 2 4 2 4 10 22 53 3.77% 2.30 0.17 1.73 0.08 6 0 2 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Thomson 6'3 205 23.94 LW 28 3 1 4 1 4 -3 32 43 6.98% 1.54 0.14 2.02 0.07 5 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Carter Camper 5'9 175 28.48 C 3 0 3 3 0 0 2 0 3 0.00% 1.00 1.00 0.87 0.29 36 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nick Lappin 6'1 175 24.15 RW 6 1 2 3 2 3 -2 2 4 25.00% 0.67 0.50 1.16 0.19 18 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Andrew MacWilliam 6'2 230 26.76 D 23 0 2 2 1 1 -7 48 26 0.00% 1.13 0.09 0.58 0.03 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Jacobs 6'2 200 20.86 D 11 0 2 2 1 1 -2 12 13 0.00% 1.18 0.18 0.58 0.05 7 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Luke Gadzic 6'4 225 27.42 LW 13 0 2 2 1 1 -2 19 9 0.00% 0.69 0.15 0.58 0.04 6 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Steve Santini 6'2 210 21.81 D 12 0 0 0 0 0 1 25 11 0.00% 0.92 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Yohann Auvitu 5'11 190 27.42 D 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.00% 2.00 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 20.04 13 12 5 6 0 1 3.46 0.882 131 -9.02 -0.82
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 659.13 0 0.00% 1 8.33% 2 16.67% 4 33.33% 57.89% 39.47% 2.63%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 24.37 10 8 5 3 0 0 2.18 0.912 98 0.43 0.05
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 21.71 8 8 5 3 0 0 1.88 0.928 80 3.63 0.46
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 210 477.95 0 0.00% 4 50.00% 0 0.00% 1 12.50% 80.00% 20.00% 0.00%

Albany won won 2 of their 3 games last week and currently sit 2nd in the North Division with 31 points after 28 games. Their all situation PDO is currently 99.52%. They currently have a Shots For% of 50.84%. The PP is currently operating at 15.15% which is 24th in the league, while the PK is at 81.68% which is 17th in the league.

Injury Update: Carter Camper (upper body), Ryan Kujawinski (lower body), and Scott Wedgewood (shoulder) remain sidelined.

Transactions: Yohann Auvitu was loaned to Albany by New Jersey on 12/14 with Luke Gazdic going the other way. Josh Jacobs was reassigned to Adirondack (ECHL) on 12/15 and then reassigned to Albany on 12/17.

Wednesday 12/14: Albany defeated Utica 3-2 (OT). Blake Pietila had 2 goals, including the game winner, while Ben Sexton had the other one. Brian Gibbons, Blake Coleman, John Quenneville, and Petr Straka had an assist each. Joe Blandisi, Max Novak, and Pietila had 4 shots each as the Devils outshot the Comets 33-21. Mackenzie Blackwood made 19 saves. Albany went 1/3 on the PP and 1/2 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Saturday 12/17: Albany defeated Toronto 3-1. Brian Gibbons had 2 goals with Blake Coleman picking up the other. Joe Blandisi had 2 assists followed by Coleman, Blake Pietila, John Quenneville, and Gibbons with one each. Blandisi and Gibbons had 5 shots each as the Devils were outshot 35-25. Ken Appleby made 34 saves. Albany went 1/5 on the PP and 4/4 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Sunday 12/18: Albany lost to Toronto 4-1. Jan Mandat had the Devils only goal. Brian Gibbons had 4 shots as the Devils outshot the Marlies 33-30. Mackenzie Blackwood made 29 saves. Albany went 0/4 on the PP and 2/4 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Coming Up: Albany will take on Binghamton tomorrow night and Providence on Monday 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
Brandon Baddock 6'4 215 21.74 F 9 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 8 0.00% 0.89 0.11 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Jacobs 6'2 200 20.86 D 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0.00% 2.00 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 21.71 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%

Josh Jacobs made his ECHL debut for Adirondack on Friday against Brampton. He finished the evening a +2 with 2 shots.

Prospect of the Week

Brandon Gignac earns this week's honors after his 3 point performance against Quebec. The speedy center now has a goal, 7 assists, and 13 shots over his last 5 games as he continues to be an integral part of Shawinigan's offense.

ADevil of the Week

Brian Gibbons earns this week's honors after posting 2 goals, 2 assists, and 9 shots over 3 games last week. The veteran forward has 6 points over his last 6 games and is currently 5th on the team in scoring with 13 points in 25 games.

Your Take

What are your expectations for the upcoming World Junior Championship? Which prospects stood out to you this week? What about the results Albany had? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!