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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 3/8/16

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Week 23 of the 2015-16 prospect update saw Pavel Zacha return from a concussion, John Quenneville produce a ton for Brandon, Brett Seney and Merrimack keep their season alive, and Albany take on some tough competition.

John Quenneville enjoyed another productive week for Brandon.
John Quenneville enjoyed another productive week for Brandon.
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This post will recap the 23rd week of Devils prospect action for the 2015-16 season. It's highlighted by Pavel Zacha's return from a concussion, Blake Speers and John Quenneville staying hot in CHL action, Brett Seney and Merrimack keeping their season alive, and Albany battling for some tough points. 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 20.37 Flint/Windsor 59 16 21 37 -12 84 9.41% 2.88 0.63
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 17
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Josh Jacobs D 20.07 Sarnia 62 4 18 22 19 38 3.03% 2.13 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 6 7 0 0 0 10
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Pavel Zacha C 18.93 Sarnia 46 25 28 53 10 87 16.89% 3.22 1.15
Height: 6'3 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 213 17 42 14 16 30 9 12 21 2 0 2 31
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Blake Speers RW 19.19 Sault Ste. Marie 62 21 42 63 -7 38 10.88% 3.11 1.02
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 183 23 44 16 17 33 4 24 28 0 0 0 27
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colton White D 18.86 Sault Ste. Marie 62 8 22 30 -11 13 8.89% 1.45 0.48
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 185 11 19 3 16 19 4 5 9 0 0 0 13

Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Mackenzie Blackwood 19.25 39 38 25 12 0 0 2.71 0.922 84 16.13 0.44
Height: 6'4 Barrie SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 OHL 3 7.89% 23 60.53% 5 13.16% 3 7.89% 82.00% 15.00% 2.00%

Connor Chatham had no points, a -1 rating, 2 PIM, and 9 shots in 3 games for Windsor last week. He has no points in 6 games and just 8 points in 25 games with Windsor.

Pavel Zacha returned from his concussion with a 2 goal performance against Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday. He finished the week with 2 goals, and even rating, 8 PIM, 7 shots, and won 19/41 faceoffs across 2 games. Josh Jacobs had an assist, -1 rating, and 3 shots in 2 games for Sarnia last week.

Blake Speers had 3 goals, an assist, -1 rating, 16 shots, and won 18/32 faceoffs over 3 games for Sault Ste. Marie last week. He is currently on a 5 game point streak with 5 goals and 3 assists during that time. Colton White had 2 assists, a +1 rating, 2 PIM, and a shot during that stretch of games.

Mackenzie Blackwood won both of his starts for Barrie last week. He made 49 saves on 52 shots against Niagara on Friday. The following night he made 32 saves on 35 shots against Owen Sound. Hopefully this is a sign that he is breaking out of his slump.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
John Quenneville C 19.90 Brandon 52 25 39 64 21 65 1.23 27
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 205 26 51 17 23 40 7 16 23 1 0 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Ryan Rehill D 20.35 Kamloops 58 10 27 37 1 90 0.64 14
Height: 6'3 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 218 12 22 4 13 17 6 11 17 0 1 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Brandon Baddock C 20.96 Edmonton 62 21 12 33 -10 133 0.53 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 had 3 goals and 7 assists in 4 games for Brandon last week. He finished a +5 with 11 PIM.

Ryan Rehill had 2 assists, a +3 rating, and 13 PIM in 3 games for Kamloops last week. He even donned the modern day version of Cooperalls in a game against Kelowna on Friday.

Brandon Baddock was a -1 with 4 PIM for Edmonton in 2 games last week.

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 21.59 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 21 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 21.02 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 20.12 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 20.50 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 30 8 18 26 8 34 15.38% 1.73 0.87 49.03% 23
Height: 5'9 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 170 20.03 Hockey East 12 20 7 12 19 1 6 7 0 0 0

Alex Kerfoot and Harvard had a bye in the opening round of the ECAC Tournament. They will take on RPI in the Quarterfinals this weekend.

Boston College had a bye in the opening round of the Hockey East Tournament. They will take on Vermont in the Quarterfinals this weekend.

Brett Seney and Merrimack won their opening round series in the Hockey East Tournament against New Hampshire 2 games to 1. Seney had a -2 rating with 10 shots, and won 1/1 faceoff in the 3 game series. He now has no points over his last 5 games after having a 2 goals and 10 assists in his previous 6 games. Merrimack will take on Providence in the Quarterfinals 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 22.19 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 28.15 RW 54 27 25 52 14 41 16 18 159 16.98% 2.94 0.96 21.25 0.39 38 10 13 23 14 10 24 3 0 3 0 2 2
Matt Lorito 5'9 170 25.70 LW 53 13 32 45 22 35 11 20 91 14.29% 1.72 0.85 15.60 0.29 33 9 14 23 4 18 22 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reid Boucher 5'10 190 22.51 LW 32 17 12 29 7 24 10 4 123 13.82% 3.84 0.91 12.38 0.39 36 9 9 18 7 3 10 0 0 0 1 0 1
Corey Tropp 6'2 185 26.64 RW 51 11 17 28 11 22 2 61 78 14.10% 1.53 0.55 10.49 0.21 22 7 14 21 3 3 6 0 0 0 1 0 1
Paul Thompson 6'1 200 27.28 RW 41 11 16 27 10 21 5 59 120 9.17% 2.93 0.66 10.22 0.25 26 7 13 20 3 3 6 0 0 0 1 0 1
Marc-Andre Gragnani 6'3 210 29.01 D 40 0 22 22 8 8 -9 6 36 0.00% 0.90 0.55 5.92 0.15 22 0 7 7 0 14 14 0 0 0 0 1 1
Joseph Blandisi 6'0 200 21.65 C 24 7 14 21 8 15 0 47 29 24.14% 1.21 0.88 7.53 0.31 34 3 5 8 4 8 12 0 0 0 0 1 1
Jim O'Brien 6'3 195 27.12 C 38 10 10 20 8 18 0 28 105 9.52% 2.76 0.53 8.07 0.21 21 7 9 16 2 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 0
Reece Scarlett 6'1 180 22.95 D 43 3 17 20 8 11 2 39 75 4.00% 1.74 0.47 6.19 0.14 18 3 9 12 0 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian O'Neill 5'9 175 27.78 RW 28 8 12 20 5 13 5 4 47 17.02% 1.68 0.71 7.53 0.27 28 5 8 13 3 4 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Burlon 6'0 190 26.02 D 42 3 15 18 5 8 -6 39 39 7.69% 0.93 0.43 5.65 0.13 17 3 6 9 0 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Thomson 6'3 205 23.15 LW 54 4 12 16 8 12 1 91 85 4.71% 1.57 0.30 5.38 0.10 12 4 11 15 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dan Kelly 6'1 215 26.82 D 53 4 11 15 3 7 8 78 57 7.02% 1.08 0.28 5.11 0.10 11 4 9 13 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0
Ryan Kujawinski 6'2 205 20.95 C 47 4 11 15 3 7 -5 27 48 8.33% 1.02 0.32 5.11 0.11 13 3 8 11 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 31.53 LW 51 7 5 12 3 10 -3 24 60 11.67% 1.18 0.24 5.11 0.10 9 7 3 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Blake Pietila 5'11 200 23.06 LW 48 8 4 12 2 10 -17 15 73 10.96% 1.52 0.25 5.38 0.11 10 5 1 6 3 2 5 0 1 1 0 0 0
Vojtech Mozik 6'3 200 23.21 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
Seth Helgeson 6'4 215 25.43 D 37 2 5 7 3 5 12 45 44 4.55% 1.19 0.19 2.42 0.07 7 2 4 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Coleman 5'11 200 24.29 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
Max Novak 5'11 180 24.91 RW 28 2 5 7 3 5 -3 6 41 4.88% 1.46 0.25 2.42 0.09 10 1 4 5 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris McKelvie 6'1 195 31.06 RW 41 1 6 7 2 3 -8 37 51 1.96% 1.24 0.17 2.15 0.05 7 0 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Graham Black 6'0 185 23.16 C 35 5 1 6 0 5 -1 8 47 10.64% 1.34 0.17 2.96 0.08 7 5 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corbin McPherson 6'4 210 27.52 D 47 1 4 5 2 3 -2 28 47 2.13% 1.00 0.11 1.61 0.03 4 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Raman Hrabarenka 6'4 230 23.55 D 33 3 1 4 1 4 -12 42 43 6.98% 1.30 0.12 1.88 0.06 5 2 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond 6'1 210 30.78 RW 35 1 2 3 0 1 -1 96 34 2.94% 0.97 0.09 1.08 0.03 3 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greg Wolfe 5'10 185 25.88 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 21.76 LW 4 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 4 0.00% 1.00 0.25 0.27 0.07 10 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Faust 5'11 207 24.33 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 25.07 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 22.05 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 34.73 40 38 25 9 5 0 2.28 0.907 104 -1.36 -0.04
Height: 5'11 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 180 2315.29 6 15.79% 21 55.26% 4 10.53% 6 15.79% 79.55% 19.32% 1.14%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 23.58 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 27.01 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 20.92 5 5 2 2 1 0 2.77 0.903 109 0.94 0.19
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 205 303.41 1 20.00% 1 20.00% 0 0.00% 1 20.00% 78.57% 21.43% 0.00%

Albany went 1-2 last week. They are still 2nd in the North Division with 76 points after 57 games. They have an all-situation PDO of 100.76%. Albany's 20.78 PP% ranks 3rd in the AHL while their 87.61 PK% is 1st overall.

Injury Update: Blake Coleman (left shoulder), Scott Wedgewood (right shoulder), and Vojtech Mozik (upper body) remain sidelined for Albany.

Transactions: New Jersey recalled Yann Danis from Albany on 3/5 due to Cory Schneider's injury. In need of a back for Ken Appleby while in St. John's, Albany signed local product Doug Pippy to an ATO on 3/5. He was released the next day and it remains to be seen who will back up Appleby this weekend.

Tuesday 3/1: Albany lost to Toronto 4-0. Brian O'Neill led the Devils with 4 shots as they outshot the Marlies 24-23. Yann Danis made 19 saves. Albany went 0/6 on the PP and 3/3 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.



Friday 3/4: Albany lost to St. John's 3-1. Blake Pietila had the Devils goal on the PP with Max Novak and Reece Scarlett earning the assists. Mike Sislo had 4 shots as the Devils and IceCaps had 27 shots each. Yann Danis made 24 saves. Albany went 1/4 on the PP and 1/2 on the PK. Dan Kelly and Ben Thomson had 2 fights each while Ryan Kujawinski had one that earned him a game misconduct for a secondary altercation. Here is the gamesheet.



Saturday 3/5: Albany defeated St. John's 5-4 in OT. Matt Lorito, Mike Sislo, and Brian O'Neill had a goal and an assist each. Rod Pelley and Blake Pietila had the other goals. Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond had 2 assists while Corbin McPherson, Ryan Kujawinski, Chris McKelvie, and Max Novak picked up an assist each. Lorito had 7 shots followed by Sislo with 5 shots as the Devils outshot the IceCaps 31-27. Ken Appleby made 23 saves. Albany went 1/4 on the PP and 3/4 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.



Another Honor for Sislo: Last Tuesday, Mike Sislo was named CCM/AHL Player of the Month for February after he had 9 goals and 7 assists in 11 games.

Coming Up: Albany takes on Binghamton on Friday, Utica on Saturday, and Toronto 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 24.33 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 21.76 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 20.92 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 23.58 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

John Quenneville picks up this week's honors after notching 3 goals and 7 assists over the course of 4 games last week. He currently has the 3rd highest Pts/GP rate on Brandon (1.23) and has enjoyed a steady increase in his production this season. Hopefully he'll be able to carry this strong play through the end of the regular season and into the playoffs.

ADevil of the Week

This week's honors go to Blake Pietila after he had 2 goals in the weekend series against St. John's. The Michigan Tech product has found himself a regular in Albany's line up this season as a rookie and has produced 8 goals and 4 assists in 48 games. He was known for a strong defensive game in college which helped him earn a spot on the US WJC team in 2013. It will be interesting to see how he progresses and if he can find himself a role in New Jersey eventually as a 4th liner that can win faceoffs and kill penalties.

Your Take

What are your thoughts on John Quenneville's season? Do you think we'll see him in New Jersey next year? What are your expectations for Albany down the stretch? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!