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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 12/27/16

Week 12 of the 2016-17 prospect update saw the WJC start with 4 Devils participating in it and Albany split both of their games.

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Blake Coleman had a strong week for Albany and will hope to trade in the ADevils sweater in for the NJ Devils sooner than later.
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This post will recap the 12th week of Devils prospect action for the 2016-17 season. It's highlighted by the start of the WJC for Speers, McLeod, Anderson, and Rykov as well as Albany splitting both of their games.

WJC

Name Pos. Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP PTS/GP ATOI
Blake Speers RW Canada 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.00% 2.00 0.00 12:13
Michael McLeod C Canada 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% 0.00 0.00 2:59
Joey Anderson RW USA 1 0 0 0 -1 0 1 0.00% 1.00 0.00 9:51
Yegor Rykov D Russia 1 1 1 2 1 0 3 33.33% 3.00 2.00 21:32

WJC action started yesterday with all 4 Devils prospects in the tournament in action. Canada defeated Russia 5-3. Blake Speers had no points and 2 shots in 12:13 as he played in a checking role and was key on the PK. Michael McLeod had no points in 2:59 as he played sporadically as the extra forward. Yegor Rykov earned player of the game honors for Russia after posting a goal, assist, +1, and 3 shots in 21:32 as he played in all situations.

USA defeated Latvia 6-1. Joey Anderson had no points, -1 and 1 shot in 9:51 in a support role for Team USA. He displayed good vision in the offensive zone as he tried to set up teammates and got some work in on the PK.

QMJHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Brandon Gignac C 19.15 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

The QMJHL had a holiday break from 12/17 to 12/28. Brandon Gignac will be back in action tomorrow against Rouyn-Noranda.

OHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Blake Speers RW 19.99 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 19.66 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 18.91 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 19.07 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 19.15 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%

As mentioned above, Blake Speers and Michael McLeod are currently competing in the WJC for Canada. The OHL also had a holiday break from 12/18 to 12/28. The prospects return to action tomorrow with Colton White going against Flint, Nathan Bastian facing Kingston, and Evan Cormier taking on Windsor.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Colby Sissons D 18.96 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

The WHL's holiday break was from 12/18 to 12/27. Colby Sissons will be back in action tonight against Moose Jaw.

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 22.39 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 20.92 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 20.84 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 18.53 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 20.07 Hockey East 1 4 1 2 3 2 3 5 0 0 0

As mentioned above, Joey Anderson is competing in the WJC for the USA. The NCAA was off from 12/18 to 12/28. Alexander Kerfoot returns to action on Friday against RPI. JD Dudek is back in action on Thursday against Quinnipiac. Brett Seney returns tomorrow night against Colorado College. Jeremy Davies returns on Friday against Clarkson.

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 19.72 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 19 0 8 8 5 15 35 0.00% 1.84 0.42 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 18.81 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 13 5 8 13 10 2 35 14.29% 2.69 1.00 64.29% N/A
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 205 18.81 MHL 2 7 4 6 10 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 11 14 -3 6 30 10.00% 1.15 0.54 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 18.42 Allsvenskan 8 11 3 10 13 0 1 1 0 0 0 39

Yegor Rykov is currently competing in the WJC for Russia.

The VHL and MHL websites have been having trouble lately so I'm going to have to go back and double check the stats for Mikhail Maltsev from this past week. From what I was able to gather, he appeared in 1 VHL game without registering a point. He appeared in 2 MHL games adding 2 assists, +2, 6 shots, and won 17/23 faceoffs.

Jesper Bratt didn't play in either of AIK's 2 games last week due to injury.

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 20.71 C 27 8 15 23 7 15 -7 19 74 10.81% 2.74 0.85 8.94 0.33 31 4 6 10 4 9 13 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Blandisi 6'0 200 22.46 C 24 6 14 20 8 14 -3 44 48 12.50% 2.00 0.83 7.50 0.31 30 4 6 10 2 8 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Pietila 5'11 200 23.86 LW 25 10 8 18 4 14 2 27 56 17.86% 2.24 0.72 8.08 0.32 26 7 7 14 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Coleman 5'11 200 25.10 C 28 9 8 17 3 12 12 25 55 16.36% 1.96 0.61 7.50 0.27 22 8 8 16 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Brian Gibbons 5'8 175 28.85 LW 27 8 8 16 4 12 -2 16 37 21.62% 1.37 0.59 6.92 0.26 21 4 7 11 4 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Sexton 5'11 195 25.58 C 30 5 7 12 2 7 -4 21 52 9.62% 1.73 0.40 4.90 0.16 14 2 2 4 3 5 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reece Scarlett 6'1 185 23.76 D 28 2 9 11 3 5 -5 28 46 4.35% 1.64 0.39 3.75 0.13 14 1 5 6 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 32.34 LW 30 6 4 10 4 10 4 8 30 20.00% 1.00 0.33 4.62 0.15 12 5 4 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Jan Mandat 6'0 205 21.12 C 18 3 6 9 6 9 7 2 15 20.00% 0.83 0.50 3.46 0.19 18 3 6 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Rooney 6'2 190 23.62 C 30 7 2 9 2 9 1 24 44 15.91% 1.47 0.30 4.62 0.15 11 5 1 6 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 1
Petr Straka 6'0 185 24.55 LW 18 2 6 8 3 5 -4 10 29 6.90% 1.61 0.44 2.88 0.16 16 2 3 5 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Karl Stollery 5'11 180 29.12 D 27 0 6 6 3 3 11 16 30 0.00% 1.11 0.22 1.73 0.06 8 0 5 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miles Wood 6'2 215 21.30 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
Seth Helgeson 6'4 215 26.24 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
Max Novak 5'11 180 25.72 C 25 3 2 5 2 5 -1 15 34 8.82% 1.36 0.20 2.31 0.09 7 1 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1
Vojtech Mozik 6'3 200 24.02 D 25 2 3 5 3 5 12 24 59 3.39% 2.36 0.20 2.02 0.08 7 0 3 3 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Gormley 6'2 195 24.87 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
Ryan Kujawinski 6'2 200 21.76 C 7 0 4 4 3 3 4 14 7 0.00% 1.00 0.57 1.15 0.16 21 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1
Ben Thomson 6'3 205 23.96 LW 30 3 1 4 1 4 -4 52 44 6.82% 1.47 0.13 2.02 0.07 5 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Jacobs 6'2 200 20.88 D 13 0 3 3 2 2 -1 14 15 0.00% 1.15 0.23 0.87 0.07 8 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Carter Camper 5'9 175 28.49 C 5 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 7 0.00% 1.40 0.60 0.87 0.17 22 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nick Lappin 6'1 175 24.17 RW 6 1 2 3 2 3 -2 2 4 25.00% 0.67 0.50 1.15 0.19 18 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Andrew MacWilliam 6'2 230 26.78 D 24 0 2 2 1 1 -8 48 26 0.00% 1.08 0.08 0.58 0.02 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Luke Gadzic 6'4 225 27.44 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
Yohann Auvitu 5'11 190 27.44 D 5 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 12 0.00% 2.40 0.20 0.29 0.06 7 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Steve Santini 6'2 210 21.82 D 14 0 0 0 0 0 2 25 12 0.00% 0.86 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 20.06 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 24.38 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 21.73 10 10 6 4 0 0 1.91 0.926 82 4.13 0.41
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 210 597.4166667 0 0.00% 5 50.00% 0 0.00% 1 10.00% 78.95% 21.05% 0.00%

Albany went 1-1 last week and currently sit 2nd in the North Division with 33 points after 30 games. Their all situation PDO is currently 100.14%. They currently have a Shots For% of 50.79%. The PP is currently operating at 15.11% which is 25th in the league, while the PK is at 81.75% which is 15th in the league.

Injury Update: Carter Camper returned to action after being out since 10/21 with an upper body injury. Ryan Kujawinski (lower body) and Scott Wedgewood (shoulder) remain sidelined while Joe Blandisi joins them with an upper body injury.

Transactions: Seth Helgeson was recalled by New Jersey on 12/22 and sent back to Albany on 12/24. Luke Gazdic was returned to Albany on 12/24.

Wednesday 12/21: Albany defeated Binghamton 7-1. Blake Coleman had 2 goals followed by Kevin Rooney, Rod Pelley, Petr Straka, Brian Gibbons, and Jan Mandat with one each. Mandat and John Quenneville had 2 assists followed by Reece Scarlett, Josh Jacobs, Yohann Auvitu, Gibbons, Coleman, and Straka with one each. Vojtech Mozik had 4 shots as the Devils outshot the Senators 25-19. Ken Appleby made 18 saves. Ben Thomson earned a game misconduct for kneeing in the 1st period. Albany went 1/3 on the PP and 3/3 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Monday 12/26: Albany lost to Providence 4-2. Max Novak and Brian Gibbons had the goals while Kevin Rooney, Karl Stollery, and Reece Scarlett had an assist each. Yohann Auvitu had 5 shots followed by John Quenneville with 4 as the Devils were outshot 32-26. Ken Appleby made 28 saves on the 31 shots he faced. Albany went 0/4 on the PP and 2/3 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Congrats to Gormley: It was announced last week that Brandon Gormley was selected to represent Canada at the upcoming Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland from 12/26 to 12/31. The Spengler Cup was first held in 1923 and is the oldest invitational hockey tournament in the world. The event is hosted by HC Davos and this year's tournament will also feature Team Canada, Dinamo Minsk, HC Lugano, Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg, and Mountfield HK.

Coming Up: Albany will take on Toronto on Friday, Hartford on Saturday, and Bridgeport 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 21.76 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 20.88 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 21.73 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 and Ken Appleby are still with Albany. Brandon Baddock didn't appear in either of Adirondack's games last week.

Prospect of the Week

Yegor Rykov earns this week's honors after a strong showing in Russia's opening WJC game against Canada that saw him earn player of the game honors. The 19 year old defender has enjoyed a solid season with SKA St. Petersburg, cementing himself as a full time player this year. He'll be relied upon to help lead Russia at this year's WJC and we should be seeing plenty of him in all situations. Rykov definitely seems to be developing nicely this year.

ADevil of the Week

I'm going to give this week's honors to Blake Coleman after his 2 goal, 1 assist performance against Binghamton. He finished the week with 3 points, +2, and 4 shots across 2 games. Coleman is 2nd on the team in goals (9), tied-4th in assists (6), and 4th in points (17). His 1.96 shots per game rate is a bit lower than I would expect based off of his shot generation in college, but it still ranks 5th among ADevils skaters that have played at least 20+ games.

Your Take

What are your expectations for the WJC? How do you think the 4 Devils prospects in the tournament will do? What else are you looking forward to in the 2nd half of the season? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!