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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 2/16/16

Week 20 of the 2015-16 prospect update saw Mackenzie Blackwood have an up and down week in the OHL, Ryan Rehill return from injury in WHL action, a trio of Devils NCAA prospects produce, and Mike Sislo and Albany's goaltenders have hot weeks.

Brett Seney continues to produce for Merrimack.
Brett Seney continues to produce for Merrimack.
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This post will recap the 20th week of Devils prospect action for the 2015-16 season. It's highlighted by Mackenzie Blackwood's hot and cold week, Ryan Rehill returning from injury, Brett Seney and the other NCAA prospects staying productive, and Mike Sislo, Yann Danis, and Ken Appleby leading Albany to a successful week. 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 20.31 Flint/Windsor 50 15 20 35 -11 67 10.56% 2.84 0.70
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 225 12 27 11 16 27 4 3 7 0 0 0 19
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Josh Jacobs D 20.01 Sarnia 54 3 16 19 13 34 2.63% 2.11 0.35
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 200 12 15 2 11 13 1 5 6 0 0 0 10
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Pavel Zacha C 18.87 Sarnia 42 23 27 50 12 75 17.16% 3.19 1.19
Height: 6'3 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 213 16 39 13 15 28 9 12 21 1 0 1 32
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Blake Speers RW 19.13 Sault Ste. Marie 53 15 37 52 -6 34 9.68% 2.92 0.98
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 183 20 35 13 15 28 1 22 23 0 0 0 27
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colton White D 18.80 Sault Ste. Marie 53 7 17 24 -8 11 8.43% 1.57 0.45
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 185 9 16 3 12 15 4 4 8 0 0 0 12

Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Mackenzie Blackwood 19.20 35 34 23 10 0 0 2.55 0.925 81 16.13 0.49
Height: 6'4 Barrie SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 OHL 3 8.82% 21 61.76% 4 11.76% 3 8.82% 80.95% 15.48% 2.38%

Connor Chatham had a goal, -3 rating, 4 PIM, and 8 shots over the course of 3 games for Windsor last week. He has just 2 goals and an assist over his last 12 games.

Pavel Zacha had 4 assists, +1 rating, 4 PIM, 12 shots, and won 17/39 faceoffs over 4 games for Sarnia. Josh Jacobs had an assist, +7 rating, and 7 shots during that stretch for Sarnia.

Blake Speers had 2 assists, an even rating, 9 shots, and won 18/31 faceoffs over the course of 3 games for Sault Ste. Marie last week. Colton White was a -2 with 2 shots during this stretch.

Mackenzie Blackwood made 4 starts for Barrie last week with mixed results. Blackwood had a 42 save shutout against Owen Sound on Wednesday. The following night he allowed 6 goals on 25 shots in 2 periods of play against Hamilton. He rebounded with 34 saves on 35 shots in a win against Guelph on Saturday. He followed that up with 31 saves on 37 shots yesterday against Kingston.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
John Quenneville C 19.85 Brandon 41 18 31 49 14 52 1.20 26
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 205 20 38 13 16 29 4 15 19 1 0 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Ryan Rehill D 20.29 Kamloops 48 7 22 29 -2 73 0.60 13
Height: 6'3 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 218 10 17 3 13 16 4 7 11 0 1 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Brandon Baddock C 20.90 Edmonton 54 20 11 31 -6 112 0.57 13
Height: 6'4 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 225 7 27 12 9 21 5 2 7 2 0 2

John Quenneville had a quiet week for Brandon, being held without a point with a -4 rating and 2 PIM over the course of 3 games.

Ryan Rehill returned from injury with a bang, scoring a goal and adding 2 assists with a +2 rating and 4 PIM in 2 games against Vancouver for Kamloops.

Brandon Baddock had 2 assists, an even rating, and 6 PIM over the course of 3 games for Edmonton last week.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Alex Kerfoot C Harvard 24 4 25 29 7 10 10.81% 1.54 1.21 44.56% 40
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 175 21.53 ECAC 14 18 3 12 15 0 12 12 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Steve Santini D Boston College 30 1 14 15 20 38 2.56% 1.30 0.50 43 14
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 208 20.96 Hockey East 4 5 1 11 12 0 0 0 0 1 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
JD Dudek C Boston College 23 0 1 1 -5 6 0.00% 0.48 0.04 39.39% 1
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 20.06 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 26 8 20 28 13 66 10.26% 3.00 1.08 33.33% 29
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 20.44 Hockey East 14 22 4 15 19 2 2 4 1 1 2
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Brett Seney C Merrimack 23 6 16 22 5 32 16.22% 1.61 0.96 49.01% 26
Height: 5'9 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 170 19.98 Hockey East 11 17 5 11 16 1 5 6 0 0 0

Alex Kerfoot had an assist, +1 rating, 3 shots, and won 10/22 faceoffs across 2 games for Harvard on the weekend. I was able to catch some the game against RPI and while the camera angle wasn't great, he does appear to have added some muscle which is a welcome sign given he's always been on the smaller side.

Boston College and Merrimack squared off for 2 games last weekend. Steve Santini had 2 assists, a +1 rating, and 2 shots across both games. Miles Wood missed the Friday game due to a suspension for his head-to-head hit in the Beanpot the prior week. He did play in the Saturday game and had 2 assists, a +1 rating, 4 shots, and was 0/1 in the circle. JD Dudek appeared in both games with an even rating and won 2/6 faceoffs. Brett Seney had 4 assists, an even rating, 3 shots, and was 0/1 in the circle for Merrimack across both games.

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 22.13 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. Dinamo has 2 games left in the regular season and did not qualify for the playoffs. It seems like his season is over which is unfortunate since he was just starting to break into the top 6 on a consistent basis.

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
Mike Sislo 5'11 190 28.09 RW 46 23 19 42 11 34 11 16 135 17.04% 2.93 0.91 17.39 0.38 36 7 11 18 14 7 21 2 0 2 0 1 1
Matt Lorito 5'9 170 25.64 LW 45 10 28 38 19 29 7 14 75 13.33% 1.67 0.84 12.84 0.29 33 6 11 17 4 17 21 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reid Boucher 5'10 190 22.45 LW 32 17 12 29 7 24 10 4 123 13.82% 3.84 0.91 12.30 0.38 36 9 9 18 7 3 10 0 0 0 1 0 1
Corey Tropp 6'2 185 26.58 RW 46 11 15 26 9 20 2 52 73 15.07% 1.59 0.57 9.90 0.22 22 7 12 19 3 3 6 0 0 0 1 0 1
Joseph Blandisi 6'0 200 21.59 C 24 7 14 21 8 15 0 47 29 24.14% 1.21 0.88 7.49 0.31 34 3 5 8 4 8 12 0 0 0 0 1 1
Paul Thompson 6'1 200 27.23 RW 34 8 13 21 8 16 2 45 96 8.33% 2.82 0.62 7.76 0.23 24 5 11 16 2 2 4 0 0 0 1 0 1
Brandon Burlon 6'0 190 25.97 D 38 3 16 19 5 8 -6 35 34 8.82% 0.89 0.50 5.88 0.15 20 3 7 10 0 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jim O'Brien 6'3 195 27.06 C 30 10 9 19 7 17 4 18 88 11.36% 2.93 0.63 7.76 0.26 25 7 8 15 2 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 0
Marc-Andre Gragnani 6'3 210 28.95 D 32 0 18 18 5 5 -9 6 31 0.00% 0.97 0.56 4.81 0.15 22 0 5 5 0 12 12 0 0 0 0 1 1
Reece Scarlett 6'1 180 22.89 D 35 2 15 17 7 9 -3 37 64 3.13% 1.83 0.49 5.08 0.15 19 2 8 10 0 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian O'Neill 5'9 175 27.73 RW 21 6 9 15 5 11 7 2 37 16.22% 1.76 0.71 5.62 0.27 28 5 6 11 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dan Kelly 6'1 215 26.77 D 46 3 10 13 3 6 8 60 51 5.88% 1.11 0.28 4.28 0.09 11 3 8 11 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0
Ben Thomson 6'3 205 23.10 LW 46 4 9 13 7 11 -1 72 79 5.06% 1.72 0.28 4.55 0.10 11 4 8 12 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vojtech Mozik 6'3 200 23.15 D 44 2 10 12 7 9 22 30 75 2.67% 1.70 0.27 3.74 0.09 11 1 6 7 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Pietila 5'11 200 23.00 LW 43 6 4 10 2 8 -13 15 63 9.52% 1.47 0.23 4.28 0.10 9 4 1 5 2 2 4 0 1 1 0 0 0
Ryan Kujawinski 6'2 205 20.90 C 39 3 7 10 1 4 -8 10 38 7.89% 0.97 0.26 3.48 0.09 10 2 4 6 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 31.48 LW 43 5 4 9 3 8 -4 24 47 10.64% 1.09 0.21 3.74 0.09 8 5 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Seth Helgeson 6'4 215 25.37 D 33 2 5 7 3 5 11 45 36 5.56% 1.09 0.21 2.41 0.07 8 2 4 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Coleman 5'11 200 24.23 C 14 4 3 7 2 6 5 19 26 15.38% 1.86 0.50 2.94 0.21 20 4 2 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris McKelvie 6'1 195 31.00 RW 34 0 5 5 1 1 -7 32 42 0.00% 1.24 0.15 1.34 0.04 6 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Max Novak 5'11 180 24.85 RW 21 2 2 4 1 3 1 6 33 6.06% 1.57 0.19 1.60 0.08 7 1 2 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Graham Black 6'0 185 23.10 C 28 3 1 4 0 3 -1 6 36 8.33% 1.29 0.14 1.87 0.07 6 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corbin McPherson 6'4 210 27.46 D 39 0 3 3 1 1 -3 18 43 0.00% 1.10 0.08 0.80 0.02 3 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Raman Hrabarenka 6'4 230 23.49 D 25 1 1 2 1 2 -9 30 30 3.33% 1.20 0.08 0.80 0.03 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond 6'1 210 30.72 RW 34 1 0 1 0 1 -3 96 34 2.94% 1.00 0.03 0.53 0.02 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greg Wolfe 5'10 185 25.83 C 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 50.00% 0.67 0.33 0.53 0.18 13 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Johnson 6'0 195 21.71 LW 3 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 3 0.00% 1.00 0.33 0.27 0.09 13 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Faust 5'11 207 24.27 D 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.00% 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alexandre Carrier 6'3 210 25.01 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 34.68 34 32 21 7 5 0 2.24 0.909 102 -1.36 -0.04
Height: 5'11 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 180 1955.19 6 18.75% 18 56.25% 4 12.50% 5 15.63% 80.82% 19.18% 0.00%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 23.52 12 11 6 2 2 0 1.67 0.932 76 5.58 0.52
Height: 6'2 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 195 645.43 1 9.09% 7 63.64% 2 18.18% 1 9.09% 66.67% 33.33% 0.00%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Doug Carr 26.95 3 3 1 2 0 0 2.34 0.897 116 -0.95 -0.32
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%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Ken Appleby 20.87 3 3 1 2 0 0 2.03 0.923 86 0.94 0.32
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 205 176.97 1 33.33% 1 33.33% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 83.33% 16.67% 0.00%

Albany had a successful week with 3 wins, 2 coming by way of shutout, and 1 loss. Albany is still 2nd in the North Division with 65 points after 49 games played. They have an all situation PDO of 100.84%. Albany's PP is 3rd in the AHL at 21.72% while the PK is top ranked at 88.24%.

Blake Coleman remains out after left shoulder surgery and Scott Wedgewood will still miss more time with a right shoulder injury. Rod Pelley and Marc-Andre Gragnani were also sidelined with upper body injuries.

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Tuesday 2/9: Albany lost to Providence 3-2. Mike Sislo scored twice, Brandon Burlon had 2 assists, and Brian O'Neill and Matt Lorito had an assist each. Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond led the team with 4 shots as the Devils were outshot 32-27. Ken Appleby made 29 saves. Albany went 1/3 on the PP and 1/2 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.



Line Up:
Sislo-Lorito-Thompson
Tropp-O'Brien-O'Neill
Thomson-Kujawinski-Novak
McKelvie-Pietila-Leblond

Kelly-Mozik
Hrabarenka-Scarlett
McPherson-Burlon

Friday 2/12: Albany defeated Rochester 1-0. Mike Sislo had a short handed goal in the 3rd period for the Devils. Sislo also led the team with 4 shots as the Devils outshot the Americans 28-22. Yann Danis earned the shutout. Albany went 0/3 on the PP and 5/5 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.



Saturday 2/13: Albany defeated Rochester 3-0. Graham Black, Mike Sislo, and Jim O'Brien had the goals. Reece Scarlett had 2 assists while Ben Thomson, Raman Hrabarenka, Paul Thompson, and Ryan Kujawinski had an assist each. Vojtech Mozik led the team with 4 shots as the Devils and Americans had 26 shots each. Ken Appleby picked up his first AHL win and shutout. Albany went 1/3 on the PP and 4/4 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.



Line Up:
Sislo-Lorito-Thompson
O'Neill-O'Brien-Kujawinski
Novak-Black-Thomson
Leblond-Pietila-McKelvie

Kelly-Mozik
Hrabarenka-Scarlett
Burlon-McPherson

Sunday 2/14: Albany defeated Bridgeport 3-2 in overtime. Mike Sislo and Brian O'Neill had the goals in regulation while Reece Scarlett had the game winning goal. Scarlett, Matt Lorito, Max Novak, Brandon Burlon, Sislo, and Paul Thompson had an assist each. Yann Danis made 24 saves. Albany went 1/7 on the PP and 6/6 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.



Line Up:
Sislo-Lorito-Thompson
O'Neill-O'Brien-Kujawinski
Novak-Black-Thomson
McKelvie-Pietila-Leblond

Kelly-Mozik
Hrabarenka-Scarlett
Burlon-McPherson

Sizzling Sislo: Mike Sislo had a fine week for himself with 5 goals and an assist. He is on a 5 game scoring streak with 6 goals and 2 assists during that stretch. Sislo also finds himself tied for the AHL lead in goals with 23 on the season.

Congrats Coach: Albany's Devils Head Coach Rick Kowalsky earned his 200th AHL victory 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
Joe Faust 5'11 207 24.27 D 35 2 7 9 4 6 5 10 61 3.28% 1.74 0.26 1 5 6 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Johnson 6'0 195 21.71 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 20.87 24 24 14 8 1 1 2.22 0.925 85 2.18 0.09
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 205 1434.8 3 12.50% 16 66.67% 4 16.67% 1 4.17% 73.58% 22.64% 3.77%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 23.52 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, Ben Johnson, and Ken Appleby all spent the week with Albany.

Prospect of the Week

Brett Seney earns this week's honors after putting up 4 assists against Boston College over the course of 2 games. The speedster has switched to playing the wing for Merrimack in recent weeks and has been an assist machine with 8 assists over his last 4 games - or 5 assists over his last 3 games if you want to take out Merrimack's rout of Arizona State. Seney currently leads Merrimack in assists (16) and points (22). His 6 goals are 1 behind the team lead of 7 which is shared by 3 players.

ADevil of the Week

I'm going to split this week's honors between Yann Danis and Ken Appleby has they helped Albany win 3 out of 4 games with 2 shutouts. Danis went 2-0 with 1 shutout and 2 quality starts. He made 46 saves on 48 shots for a .958 SV%. Danis now has 6 shutouts on the season which ranks 2nd in the AHL. Appleby went 1-1 with 1 shutout and 1 quality start. He made 55 saves on 58 shots for a .948 SV%.

Prospects on TV

-- Saturday 2/20: Barrie (Mackenzie Blackwood) vs. London on NHL Network at 12:00 PM. (Tape Delayed from 2/19)

Your Take

Which prospects stood out to you this past week? How do you feel about the year Seney is having? What are your thoughts on Albany's season and excellent special teams play? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!