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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 12/6/16

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Week 9 of the 2016-17 prospect update saw Michael McLeod and Evan Cormier put up some strong performances in the OHL, Alexander Kerfoot stay hot in NCAA play, and Albany have a busy week.

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Evan Cormier did well in 2 starts for Saginaw last week.
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This post will recap the 9th week of Devils prospect action for the 2016-17 season. It's highlighted by Michael McLeod and Evan Cormier playing well in OHL action, Alexander Kerfoot staying hot for Harvard, and Albany cap off a busy week with a win after some tough games.

QMJHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Brandon Gignac C 19.09 Shawinigan 20 6 12 18 2 10 9.52% 3.15 0.90 56.18%
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 179 9 15 2 7 9 4 5 9 0 0 0 19

Brandon Gignac had a somewhat quiet week for Shawinigan, putting up an assist, even rating, 8 shots, and won 23/44 faceoffs across 2 games.

OHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Blake Speers RW 19.94 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 19.61 Sault Ste. Marie 24 0 9 9 0 19 0.00% 1.83 0.38
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 9
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Michael McLeod C 18.85 Mississauga 24 6 20 26 1 31 6.52% 3.83 1.08 60.75%
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 12 18 3 14 17 2 5 7 1 1 2 27
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Nathan Bastian RW 19.01 Mississauga 24 8 13 21 -3 18 11.94% 2.79 0.88 44.00%
Height: 6'4 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 219 7 15 7 9 16 0 4 4 1 0 1 22
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Evan Cormier 19.10 19 19 7 8 2 2 3.34 0.900 100 0.20 0.01
Height: 6'2 Saginaw SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 OHL 1 5.26% 10 52.63% 5 26.32% 1 5.26% 69.35% 30.65% 0.00%

According to Bob McKenzie, Blake Speers has been medically cleared to return from his broken wrist. He'll be at Canada's WJC camp on Sunday.

Colton White played twice last week, being held scoreless with a +1 rating, 2 PIM, and a shot.

Mississauga was one of the busier teams last week with 4 games. Michael McLeod was held without a point in the first 2 games of the week. He turned it on with an assist in the third game and a goal and 2 assists in the final game of the week. Overall he finished with a goal, 3 assists, -1, 13 PIM, 16 shots, and won 51/94 faceoffs. McLeod will also be in Canada's WJC camp with Speers. Nathan Bastian didn't have a point in the first 3 games of the week but had 2 assists in the final game. Overall he had 2 assists, -2, 2 PIM, 13 shots, and won 11/20 faceoffs.

Evan Cormier made 2 quality starts for Saginaw last week, losing in a shootout and overtime, but still managing to steal a some points. He finished the week with a .936 SV% and if it wasn't for some ill-timed penalties late in Sunday's game by Saginaw, likely would've came out the victor.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Colby Sissons D 18.90 Swift Current 26 3 12 15 0 14 0.58 12
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 190 8 11 1 6 7 2 6 8 0 0 0

Colby Sissons appeared in both of Swift Current's games last week, adding a goal, assist, -1, and 2 PIM to his totals. He is now on a 3 game point streak with a goal and 2 assists after a 5 game drought.

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 22.34 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 18 6 3 9 6 14 13.95% 2.39 0.50 0.00% 14
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 20.87 Hockey East 2 8 4 3 7 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 20.78 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 18.48 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 15 2 4 6 -1 10 5.56% 2.40 0.40 33 11
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 182 20.02 Hockey East 0 2 1 1 2 1 3 4 0 0 0

Alexander Kerfoot has continued his hot play by putting up 2 goals, 4 assists, +3, 6 shots, and winning 10/22 faceoffs over the course of 2 games last week. On his 9 game point streak he has 5 goals and 13 assists.

JD Dudek had an assist, even rating, 5 shots, and didn't win any of the 3 faceoffs he took over 2 games last week for BC.

Brett Seney (Merrimack) and Joey Anderson (Minnesota Duluth) were off last week. Joey Anderson was confirmed to be in the upcoming USA WJC camp.

Jeremy Davies had an even rating, 2 PIM, a shot, and a block in a game against Boston College last week.

Europe

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP BLK ATOI
Yegor Rykov D SKA St. Petersburg 32 0 5 5 10 4 25 0.00% 0.78 0.16 31 12:26
Height: 6'2 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 216 19.66 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 17 0 7 7 3 8 35 0.00% 2.06 0.41 61.67% 11:37
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 205 18.75 VHL 5 5 0 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 12
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 18.75 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 23 3 11 14 1 6 29 10.34% 1.26 0.61 0.00% 14:21
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 174 18.37 Allsvenskan 8 11 3 10 13 0 1 1 0 0 0 39

Yegor Rykov played 3 times last week, adding an assist, even rating, 2 shots, 2 blocks, and an average ice time of 12:49 per game. He'll be at Russia's WJC camp.

Mikhail Maltsev will also join Rykov at the Russian camp. Last week in 2 VHL games, Maltsev was a -1 with 5 shots, won 9/13 faceoffs, and had an average ice time of 14:28 per game.

Jesper Bratt played 3 times last week with an assist, -1, 9 shots, and average ice time of 14:18 per game to show for his efforts.

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 22.40 C 21 6 11 17 5 11 -3 42 37 16.22% 1.76 0.81 6.55 0.31 29 4 5 9 2 6 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
John Quenneville 6'1 205 20.65 C 19 7 10 17 6 13 -6 17 55 12.73% 2.89 0.89 6.84 0.36 32 3 5 8 4 5 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Pietila 5'11 200 23.81 LW 18 7 6 13 3 10 1 10 43 16.28% 2.39 0.72 5.70 0.32 26 4 5 9 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Sexton 5'11 195 25.52 C 22 4 7 11 2 6 0 15 38 10.53% 1.73 0.50 4.27 0.19 18 2 2 4 2 5 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reece Scarlett 6'1 185 23.70 D 21 2 7 9 2 4 -4 10 35 5.71% 1.67 0.43 3.13 0.15 15 1 3 4 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 32.28 LW 22 4 4 8 4 8 3 6 25 16.00% 1.14 0.36 3.42 0.16 13 3 4 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Blake Coleman 5'11 200 25.04 C 20 5 3 8 1 6 5 23 38 13.16% 1.90 0.40 3.70 0.19 14 4 3 7 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Brian Gibbons 5'8 175 28.80 LW 20 3 5 8 2 5 -5 10 21 14.29% 1.05 0.40 3.13 0.16 14 2 4 6 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Rooney 6'2 190 23.56 C 22 6 1 7 1 7 1 24 32 18.75% 1.45 0.32 3.70 0.17 11 4 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Miles Wood 6'2 215 21.25 LW 14 3 3 6 3 6 -2 32 41 7.32% 2.93 0.43 2.56 0.18 15 2 2 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Seth Helgeson 6'4 215 26.18 D 21 2 3 5 2 4 5 33 23 8.70% 1.10 0.24 1.99 0.09 9 2 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Karl Stollery 5'11 180 29.06 D 19 0 5 5 2 2 7 12 24 0.00% 1.26 0.26 1.42 0.07 9 0 4 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Gormley 6'2 195 24.82 D 17 1 4 5 3 4 -10 16 22 4.55% 1.29 0.29 1.71 0.10 11 0 2 2 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Petr Straka 6'0 185 24.49 LW 10 1 4 5 3 4 -2 10 21 4.76% 2.10 0.50 1.71 0.17 18 1 2 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Max Novak 5'11 180 25.66 C 18 2 2 4 2 4 -2 10 23 8.70% 1.28 0.22 1.71 0.09 8 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1
Jan Mandat 6'0 205 21.07 C 10 1 3 4 3 4 2 2 8 12.50% 0.80 0.40 1.42 0.14 14 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Kujawinski 6'2 200 21.70 C 7 0 4 4 3 3 4 14 7 0.00% 1.00 0.57 1.14 0.16 21 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1
Vojtech Mozik 6'3 200 23.96 D 19 2 2 4 2 4 10 18 44 4.55% 2.32 0.21 1.71 0.09 8 0 2 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Thomson 6'3 205 23.90 LW 22 3 1 4 1 4 0 25 32 9.38% 1.45 0.18 1.99 0.09 7 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Carter Camper 5'9 175 28.44 C 3 0 3 3 0 0 2 0 3 0.00% 1.00 1.00 0.85 0.28 36 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nick Lappin 6'1 175 24.11 RW 6 1 2 3 2 3 -2 2 4 25.00% 0.67 0.50 1.14 0.19 18 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Andrew MacWilliam 6'2 230 26.72 D 19 0 2 2 1 1 -4 46 21 0.00% 1.11 0.11 0.57 0.03 4 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Jacobs 6'2 200 20.82 D 10 0 2 2 1 1 -3 10 12 0.00% 1.20 0.20 0.57 0.06 7 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Luke Gadzic 6'4 225 27.39 LW 10 0 1 1 0 0 -2 19 4 0.00% 0.40 0.10 0.28 0.03 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Steve Santini 6'2 210 21.77 D 6 0 0 0 0 0 -1 19 6 0.00% 1.00 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 20.01 10 9 4 4 0 1 3.78 0.879 128 -6.69 -0.84
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 476.62 0 0.00% 1 11.11% 2 22.22% 3 33.33% 63.33% 33.33% 3.33%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 24.33 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 21.67 5 5 4 1 0 0 1.59 0.930 74 2.81 0.56
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 210 302.0666667 0 0.00% 3 60.00% 0 0.00% 1 20.00% 100.00% 0.00% 0.00%

Albany went 1-3 last week and currently sit 2nd in the North Division with 27 points after 22 games. Their all situation PDO is currently 99.86%. They currently have a Shots For% of 51.16%. The PP is currently operating at 15.89% which is 24th in the league, while the PK is at 85.32% which is 7th in the league.

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

Transactions: John Quenneville was recalled by New Jersey on 11/30 and sent back to Albany on 12/6.

Tuesday 11/29: Albany lost to Bridgeport 5-4 (SO). John Quenneville led the way with a goal and 2 assists followed by Ben Sexton and Kevin Rooney with a goal and an assist each. Max Novak had the other goal while Joe Blandisi, Brian Gibbons, and Reece Scarlett had an assist each. Novak, Quenneville, and Rooney had 4 shots each as the Devils were outshot 29-28. Mackenzie Blackwood made 25 saves in the game and stopped 2/3 shootout attempts. Gibbons, Blake Pietila, and Quenneville were unable to convert on their attempts. Albany went 2/5 on the PP and 3/5 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Friday 12/2: Albany lost to Utica 2-1. Rod Pelley had the goal with Jan Mandat and Andrew MacWilliam earning the assists. Blake Pietila led the team with 4 shots as the Devils outshot the Comets 25-17. Ken Appleby made 15 saves. Albany went 0/3 on the PP and 4/4 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Saturday 12/3: Albany lost to Utica 3-1. Blake Coleman had the short handed goal for the Devils. Vojtech Mozik had 6 shots followed by Ben Sexton with 4 as the Devils were outshot 32-29. Mackenzie Blackwood made 29 saves. Albany went 0/7 on the PP and 8/10 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Sunday 12/4: Albany defeated Binghamton 3-1. Kevin Rooney, Blake Pietila, and Joe Blandisi had the goals for the Devils. Petr Straka, Brian Gibbons, Brandon Gormley, and Blandisi had an assist each. Blandisi had 5 shots as the Devils outshot the Senators 29-25. Ken Appleby made 24 saves. Albany went 0/7 on the PP and 4/4 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Coming Up: Albany will take on Binghamton tomorrow night, Syracuse on Friday, and Providence on Saturday.

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 21.71 F 8 0 1 1 1 1 -1 0 7 0.00% 0.88 0.13 0 1 1 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 21.67 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 played in 3 games last week, earning his first ECHL assist against Colorado on Friday.

Prospect of the Week

Rather than repeat with Kerfoot this week, I'm going to select Michael McLeod after his breakout performance against Ottawa on Sunday, in which he had a goal, 2 assists, 6 shots, and won 19/25 faceoffs. Even when he wasn't putting up points up last week he was getting his shots on net (average of 4 per game) and was doing solid work in the faceoff circle (53.54%). Hopefully he can build upon this performance going forward.

ADevil of the Week

This week's honors go to Kevin Rooney whose become a solid contributor as of late for the ADevils. Last week Rooney had 2 goals, an assist, +1, and 9 shots in 4 games. Over his last 7 games he's put up 4 goals, an assist, and 16 shots on goal. It appears that the former Providence College captain signed last spring to an AHL deal could be on his way to carving out a nice AHL career for himself.

Your Take

What are your thoughts on McLeod's season so far? What do you think of how Albany has been performing thus far? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!