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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 3/1/16

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Week 22 of the 2015-16 prospect update saw Pavel Zacha sidelined with a concussion, Blake Speers and John Quenneville continue to produce, the NCAA regular season come to an end for Devils prospects, and Albany continue to get results.

We know Ryan Rehill (left) can fight, but this year he has been producing offensively as an overager.
We know Ryan Rehill (left) can fight, but this year he has been producing offensively as an overager.
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This post will recap the 22nd week of Devils prospect action for the 2015-16 season. It's highlighted by Pavel Zacha being sidelined by a concussion, Blake Speers, John Quenneville, and Ryan Rehill producing in juniors, the NCAA regular season coming to an end for Devils prospects, and Albany continuing to find ways to get results. 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 20.35 Flint/Windsor 56 16 21 37 -11 82 9.94% 2.88 0.66
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 225 13 29 12 17 29 4 3 7 0 0 0 18
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Josh Jacobs D 20.05 Sarnia 60 4 17 21 20 38 3.10% 2.15 0.35
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 200 13 17 3 12 15 1 5 6 0 0 0 9
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Pavel Zacha C 18.91 Sarnia 44 23 28 51 10 79 16.31% 3.20 1.16
Height: 6'3 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 213 17 40 13 16 29 9 12 21 1 0 1 31
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Blake Speers RW 19.17 Sault Ste. Marie 59 18 41 59 -6 38 10.17% 3.00 1.00
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 183 23 41 15 16 31 2 24 26 0 0 0 27
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colton White D 18.84 Sault Ste. Marie 59 8 20 28 -12 11 8.99% 1.51 0.47
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 185 10 18 3 14 17 4 5 9 0 0 0 13

Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Mackenzie Blackwood 19.24 37 36 23 12 0 0 2.69 0.921 85 16.13 0.46
Height: 6'4 Barrie SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 OHL 3 8.33% 21 58.33% 5 13.89% 3 8.33% 80.85% 15.96% 2.13%

Connor Chatham was held without a point over the course of 3 games for Windsor last week. It's not from a lack of effort as he did have 5 shots against Barrie on Thursday and 7 shots against Flint on Saturday. He also added 6 PIM to his season totals.

Pavel Zacha did not play for Sarnia last week due to a concussion. According to The Observer, he is hoping return for Thursday's game against Sault Ste. Marie. Josh Jacobs did play for Sarnia though, going a +7 with 2 PIM and 6 shots over the course of 3 games.

Blake Speers had 2 goals, 2 assists, -1 rating, 12 shots, and won 16/29 faceoffs in 3 games. He continues to lead Sault Ste. Marie in assists (41) and points (59). Colton White had a goal, 2 assists, -3 rating, and 3 shots over the course of 3 games last week.

Mackenzie Blackwood made 26 saves on 32 shots in a loss to Sarnia on Friday. He's in a bit of a slump over his last 5 games with a .861 SV%.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
John Quenneville C 19.88 Brandon 48 22 32 54 16 54 1.13 25
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 205 21 43 16 17 33 5 15 20 1 0 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Ryan Rehill D 20.33 Kamloops 55 10 25 35 -2 77 0.64 14
Height: 6'3 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 218 11 21 4 13 17 6 9 15 0 1 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Brandon Baddock C 20.94 Edmonton 60 21 12 33 -9 129 0.55 12
Height: 6'4 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 225 7 28 12 9 21 6 3 9 2 0 2

John Quenneville scored against Kootenay on Wednesday and Lethbridge on Friday before being held off the scoresheet against Medicine Hat on Saturday. He also finished the week a +2 with 2 PIM.

Ryan Rehill had a nice week for Kamloops with a goal, 3 assists, even rating, and 2 PIM over the course of 3 games. He finished February with 4 goals and 5 assists in 9 games.

Brandon Baddock had a goal, assist, -2 rating, and 8 PIM in 4 games for Edmonton last week. He is currently 2nd in the WHL with 129 PIM.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Alex Kerfoot C Harvard 28 4 28 32 10 16 8.70% 1.64 1.14 45.58% 37
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 175 21.57 ECAC 16 20 3 13 16 0 13 13 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Steve Santini D Boston College 34 1 15 16 23 38 2.27% 1.29 0.47 47 13
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 208 21.00 Hockey East 4 5 1 12 13 0 0 0 0 1 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
JD Dudek C Boston College 27 0 1 1 -6 6 0.00% 0.44 0.04 40.00% 1
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 20.10 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 30 8 22 30 14 72 8.70% 3.07 1.00 22.22% 27
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 20.48 Hockey East 15 23 4 17 21 2 2 4 1 1 2
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Brett Seney C Merrimack 27 8 18 26 10 34 19.05% 1.56 0.96 48.83% 26
Height: 5'9 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 170 20.01 Hockey East 12 20 7 12 19 1 6 7 0 0 0

Alex Kerfoot finished off Harvard's regular season with 2 assists, a +1 rating, 2 PIM, 4 shots, and won 11/27 faceoffs in games against Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Kerfoot is currently 1st on Harvard in assists (28) and 2nd in points (32). He is also 3rd in the country in assists per game (1.00). Harvard finished as the #3 seed for the ECAC playoffs and will have a bye next weekend.

Boston College played 2 games against UMass Lowell on the weekend. Steve Santini finished a +2 with 2 shots. Miles Wood was -2 with 2 PIM, 6 shots, and lost 2 faceoffs. JD Dudek was a -1 and won 1/2 faceoffs. Boston College finished as the #1 seed for the Hockey East playoffs and will have a bye next weekend.

Brett Seney was a +2 with 2 shots and won 1/3 faceoffs in 2 games against Vermont for Merrimack. He continues to lead Merrimack in assists (18) and points (26). Merrimack finished as the #7 seed for the Hockey East playoffs and will take on #10 New Hampshire in a best of 3 series this weekend.

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 22.17 KHL 4 7 3 6 9 0 1 1 0 0 0 36

Season over.

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 28.13 RW 51 26 24 50 14 40 16 16 148 17.57% 2.90 0.98 20.47 0.40 39 9 13 22 14 9 23 3 0 3 0 2 2
Matt Lorito 5'9 170 25.68 LW 50 12 31 43 21 33 12 16 81 14.81% 1.62 0.86 14.82 0.30 34 8 14 22 4 17 21 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reid Boucher 5'10 190 22.49 LW 32 17 12 29 7 24 10 4 123 13.82% 3.84 0.91 12.39 0.39 36 9 9 18 7 3 10 0 0 0 1 0 1
Corey Tropp 6'2 185 26.62 RW 51 11 17 28 11 22 2 61 78 14.10% 1.53 0.55 10.51 0.21 22 7 14 21 3 3 6 0 0 0 1 0 1
Paul Thompson 6'1 200 27.27 RW 39 11 16 27 10 21 6 55 117 9.40% 3.00 0.69 10.24 0.26 27 7 13 20 3 3 6 0 0 0 1 0 1
Marc-Andre Gragnani 6'3 210 28.99 D 37 0 22 22 8 8 -5 6 35 0.00% 0.95 0.59 5.93 0.16 23 0 7 7 0 14 14 0 0 0 0 1 1
Joseph Blandisi 6'0 200 21.63 C 24 7 14 21 8 15 0 47 29 24.14% 1.21 0.88 7.54 0.31 34 3 5 8 4 8 12 0 0 0 0 1 1
Jim O'Brien 6'3 195 27.10 C 35 10 10 20 8 18 4 26 98 10.20% 2.80 0.57 8.08 0.23 22 7 9 16 2 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 0
Reece Scarlett 6'1 180 22.93 D 40 3 16 19 8 11 3 39 70 4.29% 1.75 0.48 5.93 0.15 19 3 9 12 0 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Burlon 6'0 190 26.01 D 41 3 15 18 5 8 -7 37 38 7.89% 0.93 0.44 5.66 0.14 17 3 6 9 0 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian O'Neill 5'9 175 27.76 RW 25 7 11 18 5 12 5 2 41 17.07% 1.64 0.72 6.73 0.27 28 5 7 12 2 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Thomson 6'3 205 23.13 LW 51 4 12 16 8 12 3 81 83 4.82% 1.63 0.31 5.39 0.11 12 4 11 15 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dan Kelly 6'1 215 26.81 D 51 4 11 15 3 7 10 66 56 7.14% 1.10 0.29 5.12 0.10 12 4 9 13 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0
Ryan Kujawinski 6'2 205 20.93 C 44 4 10 14 2 6 -4 12 44 9.09% 1.00 0.32 4.85 0.11 13 3 7 10 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vojtech Mozik 6'3 200 23.19 D 44 2 10 12 7 9 22 30 75 2.67% 1.70 0.27 3.77 0.09 11 1 6 7 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 31.52 LW 48 6 5 11 3 9 -3 24 56 10.71% 1.17 0.23 4.58 0.10 9 6 3 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Blake Pietila 5'11 200 23.04 LW 45 6 4 10 2 8 -15 15 66 9.09% 1.47 0.22 4.31 0.10 9 4 1 5 2 2 4 0 1 1 0 0 0
Seth Helgeson 6'4 215 25.41 D 34 2 5 7 3 5 11 45 38 5.26% 1.12 0.21 2.42 0.07 8 2 4 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Coleman 5'11 200 24.27 C 14 4 3 7 2 6 5 19 26 15.38% 1.86 0.50 2.96 0.21 20 4 2 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris McKelvie 6'1 195 31.04 RW 38 1 5 6 1 2 -8 37 48 2.08% 1.26 0.16 1.89 0.05 6 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Graham Black 6'0 185 23.14 C 33 5 1 6 0 5 1 8 45 11.11% 1.36 0.18 2.96 0.09 7 5 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Max Novak 5'11 180 24.89 RW 25 2 3 5 1 3 1 6 37 5.41% 1.48 0.20 1.89 0.08 8 1 3 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Raman Hrabarenka 6'4 230 23.53 D 30 3 1 4 1 4 -6 38 41 7.32% 1.37 0.13 1.89 0.06 5 2 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corbin McPherson 6'4 210 27.50 D 44 1 3 4 1 2 -3 26 45 2.22% 1.02 0.09 1.35 0.03 4 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond 6'1 210 30.76 RW 34 1 0 1 0 1 -3 96 34 2.94% 1.00 0.03 0.54 0.02 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greg Wolfe 5'10 185 25.87 C 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 50.00% 0.67 0.33 0.54 0.18 13 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Johnson 6'0 195 21.75 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 24.31 D 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.00% 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alexandre Carrier 6'3 210 25.05 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
Stefan Matteau 6'2 220 22.03 LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 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
Yann Danis 34.72 38 36 25 7 5 0 2.21 0.910 101 -1.36 -0.04
Height: 5'11 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 180 2198.21 6 16.67% 21 58.33% 4 11.11% 6 16.67% 80.25% 19.75% 0.00%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 23.56 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 26.99 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 20.90 4 4 1 2 1 0 2.51 0.915 96 0.94 0.24
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 205 239.19 1 25.00% 1 25.00% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 80.00% 20.00% 0.00%

Albany once again had a successful week, picking up points in all 3 games they played. Albany is still 2nd in the North Division with 74 points in 54 games. They have an all situation PDO of 101.19% and a rolling 10 game average of 104.52%. Albany's 21.20 PP% is ranked 3rd in the AHL and their 88.04 PK% is 1st.

Injury Update: Blake Coleman remains out following left shoulder surgery. Scott Wedgewood is still sidelined with a right shoulder injury. As the Times Union notes, Vojtech Mozik (upper body) and Blake Pietila (lower body) have also been out for Albany.

Transactions: Stefan Matteau was sent down for a conditioning stint on 2/27, played in 1 game, and then was recalled and traded to Montreal at the trade deadline yesterday. Seth Helgeson was sent back down to Albany on 2/27 after an extended stint with New Jersey. New Jersey also sent down and then recalled Reid Boucher, Joseph Blandisi, and Damon Severson yesterday to make them eligible for the AHL playoffs. Finally, Corey Tropp who was on loan from the Blackhawks was traded to the Ducks at the trade deadline.

Wednesday 2/24: Albany defeated St. John's 4-3. Mike Sislo had a goal and 2 assists followed by Paul Thompson with a goal and an assist. Corbin McPherson and Chris McKelvie had the other goals for Albany. Matt Lorito had 2 assists followed by Corey Tropp and Brian O'Neill with 1 each. Yann Danis made 22 saves as the Devils were outshot 25-20. Albany went 0/1 on the PP and 3/3 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.



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

Kelly-Faust
Gragnani-Scarlett
Hrabarenka-McPherson

Friday 2/26: Albany lost to Springfield 4-3 in OT. Matt Lorito, Brian O'Neill, and Reece Scarlett had the goals for Albany. Marc-Andre Gragnani, Mike Sislo, Ben Thomson, and Rod Pelley had an assist each. Paul Thompson had 6 shots as the Devils were outshot 39-28. Ken Appleby made 35 saves. Albany went 1/3 on the PP and 2/3 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.



Sunday 2/28: Albany defeated Bridgeport 4-1. Leading the offense for Albany was Paul Thompson with a goal and an assist as well as Marc-Andre Gragnani with 2 assists. Graham Black, Rod Pelley, and Raman Hrabarenka had the other goals for Albany. Ryan Kujawinski, Max Novak, Brian O'Neill, and Mike Sislo had an assist each. Raman Hrabarenka had 5 shots followed by Jim O'Brien with 4 as the Devils outshot the Sound Tigers 27-17. Yann Danis made 16 saves on 17 shots. Albany went 2/4 on the PP and 4/5 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.



Coming Up: Albany will be taking on Toronto today when this post is published. Albany also has a back-to-back against St. John's on Friday and 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
Joe Faust 5'11 207 24.31 D 36 2 7 9 4 6 3 12 62 3.23% 1.72 0.25 1 5 6 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Johnson 6'0 195 21.75 LW 13 3 3 6 2 5 0 6 31 9.68% 2.38 0.46 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 20.90 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 23.56 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 are still up with Albany.

Prospect of the Week

I'm going to give this week's honors to Ryan Rehill. In addition to eating a lot of minutes for Kamloops, he has added some offensive production as of late, with a goal and 3 assists over his last 2 games and he has been a point per game player in February. While I'm still skeptical of him turning into more than an AHL defensemen, I am happy to see him performing well in his overage season.

ADevil of the Week

You could make a case for a handful of ADevils to get this week's honors. I'm going to go with Paul Thompson after he had 2 goals, 2 assists, and 9 shots over the course of 3 games last week. Thompson enjoyed a productive February with 4 goals and 5 assists in 11 games. He is currently leading the active ADevils in shots per game (3.00) and is now 3rd in even strength points (20) now that Corey Tropp is gone. According to Quant Hockey, Thompson is above the 75th percentile in goals per game and points per game.

Prospects on TV

Friday 3/4: Kamloops (Ryan Rehill) vs. Kelowna at 10:00 PM on NHL Network.
Sunday 3/6: Windsor (Connor Chatham) vs. Kingston at 2:00 PM on NHL Network.

Your Take

Do you expect Blackwood to break out his slump this weekend? What prospects stood out to you this week? How do you think Albany will do without Corey Tropp? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!