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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 4/12/16

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Week 28 of the 2015-16 prospect update saw a trio of prospects make their NHL debuts, a few players sign entry level contracts and try-outs, and Rick Kowalsky earn some praise.

Pavel Zacha #37 of the New Jersey Devils in action against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at the Prudential Center on April 9, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey.
Pavel Zacha #37 of the New Jersey Devils in action against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at the Prudential Center on April 9, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey.
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This post will recap the 28th week of Devils prospect action for the 2015-16 season. It's highlighted by Pavel Zacha, Miles Wood, and Steve Santini earning NHL debuts, Josh Jacobs joining Wood and Santini in signing an ELC, Ryan Rehill signing an ATO with Albany, and John Quenneville staying hot for Brandon in the WHL playoffs. Check out the stats and recap below!

OHL

Regular Season

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Connor Chatham RW 20.46 Flint/Windsor 64 17 24 41 -12 90 9.09% 2.92 0.64
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 225 15 32 13 20 33 4 3 7 0 0 0 17
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Josh Jacobs D 20.17 Sarnia 67 4 20 24 26 38 2.68% 2.22 0.36
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 200 14 18 3 13 16 1 7 8 0 0 0 10
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Pavel Zacha C 19.03 Sarnia 51 28 36 64 17 97 17.18% 3.20 1.25
Height: 6'3 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 213 23 51 16 20 36 10 15 25 2 0 2 34
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Blake Speers RW 19.28 Sault Ste. Marie 68 26 48 74 -5 42 11.35% 3.37 1.09
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 183 27 53 20 20 40 5 27 32 0 0 0 29
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colton White D 18.95 Sault Ste. Marie 68 9 26 35 -6 13 8.82% 1.50 0.51
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 185 11 20 4 20 24 4 5 9 0 0 0 14

Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Mackenzie Blackwood 19.35 43 42 28 13 0 0 2.72 0.921 85 16.13 0.39
Height: 6'4 Barrie SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 OHL 3 7.14% 25 59.52% 6 14.29% 4 9.52% 79.28% 16.22% 2.70%

Playoffs

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Connor Chatham RW 20.46 Windsor 5 0 1 1 1 0 0.00% 1.60 0.20
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts FO%
Weight: 225 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0.00%
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Josh Jacobs D 20.17 Sarnia 7 0 5 5 2 6 0.00% 1.57 0.71
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 200 2 2 0 2 2 0 3 3 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Pavel Zacha C 19.03 Sarnia 7 6 7 13 6 16 20.69% 4.14 1.86
Height: 6'3 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts FO%
Weight: 213 6 12 2 2 4 4 5 9 0 0 0 52.59%
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Blake Speers RW 19.28 Sault Ste. Marie 10 5 4 9 -7 8 15.15% 3.30 0.90
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts FO%
Weight: 183 3 8 1 2 3 4 2 6 0 0 0 42.72%
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colton White D 18.95 Sault Ste. Marie 10 1 2 3 2 4 11.11% 0.90 0.30
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 0 1 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0

Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV%
Mackenzie Blackwood 19.35 7 6 4 1 0 0 2.60 0.914
Height: 6'4 Barrie SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO%
Weight: 215 OHL 0 0.00% 5 83.33% 0 0.00% 0 0.00%

Pavel Zacha had a goal, 4 shots, and won 3/9 faceoffs in Sarnia's Game 7 loss to Sault Ste. Marie on Tuesday. He would make his NHL debut on Saturday and had 2 assists, a +4, and 3 shots in 16:51. His Sarnia teammate Josh Jacobs had an even rating and 2 PIM in Sarnia's Game 7 loss. Jacobs would then go on to sign his ELC with New Jersey for next season and an ATO with Albany for the remainder of this season and playoffs.

Blake Speers had a goal, -1, 2 PIM, 4 shots, and won 7/13 faceoffs in the Game 7 win over Sarnia. Colton White had an even rating. Now, Sault Ste. Marie is trailing their semifinals series against Erie 2-1. Blake Speers has a goal, -4, 2 PIM, 5 shots, and won 5/22 faceoffs so far in the series. Colton White has an assist, +2, and 2 shots in the series.

Mackenzie Blackwood helped Barrie close out Mississauga last Tuesday with 22 saves on 23 shots. Moving onto the semifinals, Blackwood made 32 saves 34 against North Bay on Thursday. In Game 2 on Monday he made 34 saves on 36 shots to help Barrie to a 2-0 series lead so far.

WHL

Regular Season

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
John Quenneville C 20.00 Brandon 57 31 42 73 28 71 1.28 28
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 205 27 58 20 26 46 9 16 25 2 0 2
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Ryan Rehill D 20.44 Kamloops 63 10 29 39 2 94 0.62 14
Height: 6'3 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 218 13 23 4 13 17 6 12 18 0 1 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Brandon Baddock C 21.05 Edmonton 68 22 13 35 -11 143 0.51 11
Height: 6'4 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 225 7 29 12 9 21 7 4 11 2 0 2

Playoffs

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP
John Quenneville C 20.00 Brandon 8 6 6 12 7 0 1.50
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 205 4 10 2 5 7 1 0 1 2 0 2
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP
Ryan Rehill D 20.44 Kamloops 7 2 3 5 -1 10 0.71
Height: 6'3 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 218 3 5 1 2 3 1 1 2 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP
Brandon Baddock C 21.05 Edmonton 6 2 0 2 -2 14 0.33
Height: 6'4 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 225 0 2 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0

John Quenneville continues to enjoy a nice postseason with Brandon. His 2 assists against Edmonton last Tuesday helped finish that series off 4-2 in Brandon's favor. They are now up 2-0 in their semifinal series against Moose Jaw and Quenneville has 2 goals an an assist to go along with a +1 so far in that series.

Brandon Baddock was a -1 in the Edmonton's Game 6 loss to Brandon. Baddock was actually injured and left the game early with a suspected shoulder injury. We'll see if the new group in NJ wants to sign him. I wouldn't be surprised if they just let him go.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Alex Kerfoot C Harvard 33 4 30 34 11 16 7.41% 1.64 1.03 43.90% 34
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 175 21.68 ECAC 16 20 3 14 17 0 14 14 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Steve Santini D Boston College 41 1 18 19 24 50 1.92% 1.27 0.46 54 13
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 208 21.11 Hockey East 4 5 1 15 16 0 0 0 0 1 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
JD Dudek C Boston College 34 1 2 3 -6 6 6.67% 0.44 0.09 37.84% 2
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 20.21 Hockey East 1 2 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Miles Wood LW Boston College 37 10 25 35 13 76 8.93% 3.03 0.95 22.22% 26
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 20.59 Hockey East 17 27 5 18 23 3 4 7 1 1 2
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Brett Seney C Merrimack 32 8 18 26 7 34 14.29% 1.75 0.81 49.23% 22
Height: 5'9 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 170 20.13 Hockey East 12 20 7 12 19 1 6 7 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Nick Lappin RW Brown 31 17 16 33 -6 12 12.06% 4.55 1.06 43.75% 35
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 175 23.46 ECAC 5 22 13 13 26 4 3 7 0 0 0

Boston College fell to Quinnipiac 3-2 on Thursday in the Frozen Four. Steve Santini had an even rating with 2 PIM and a shot in his final collegiate game as he signed his ELC with New Jersey. Miles Wood had an even rating with 2 shots in his final collegiate game as he joined Santini in signing with the Devils, thus ending his college elibility. JD Dudek had an even rating in the loss.

Steve Santini was a +2 with 2 PIM and a shot in 14:35 against Toronto on Saturday in his NHL debut. Miles Wood had an even rating with 2 shots in 13:06 of ice time against Toronto on Saturday in his debut.

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

Artur Gavrus is currently training with the Belarus National Team in preparation for the WHC. Apparently he scored against France in an exhibition match during the weekend. I also came across this roughly translated article from a few days ago that features quotes from Gavrus' agent Igor Larionov. He mentions that the Devils had interest in Gavrus last spring, why he wanted him to play in Finland, and he mentions that Gavrus must find a way to stay healthy. It's a really rough translation though.

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
Matt Lorito 5'9 170 25.79 LW 69 18 36 54 25 43 15 26 129 13.95% 1.87 0.78 19.35 0.28 31 13 17 30 5 19 24 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Sislo 5'11 190 28.24 RW 55 27 25 52 14 41 15 18 164 16.46% 2.98 0.95 21.24 0.39 37 10 13 23 14 10 24 3 0 3 0 2 2
Jim O'Brien 6'3 195 27.22 C 53 18 18 36 14 32 12 46 149 12.08% 2.81 0.68 14.52 0.27 27 13 16 29 2 2 4 3 0 3 0 0 0
Paul Thompson 6'1 200 27.38 RW 54 13 21 34 14 27 8 72 173 7.51% 3.20 0.63 12.63 0.23 25 9 17 26 3 4 7 0 0 0 1 0 1
Marc-Andre Gragnani 6'3 210 29.11 D 55 1 30 31 10 11 -3 16 59 1.69% 1.07 0.56 8.60 0.16 22 1 10 11 0 19 19 0 0 0 0 1 1
Brian O'Neill 5'9 175 27.88 RW 40 12 19 31 9 21 10 8 70 17.14% 1.75 0.78 11.56 0.29 31 9 13 22 3 5 8 0 1 1 0 0 0
Reid Boucher 5'10 190 22.61 LW 32 17 12 29 7 24 10 4 123 13.82% 3.84 0.91 12.37 0.39 36 9 9 18 7 3 10 0 0 0 1 0 1
Corey Tropp 6'2 185 26.73 RW 51 11 17 28 11 22 2 61 78 14.10% 1.53 0.55 10.48 0.21 22 7 14 21 3 3 6 0 0 0 1 0 1
Reece Scarlett 6'1 180 23.05 D 58 4 22 26 10 14 -4 49 100 4.00% 1.72 0.45 8.06 0.14 18 4 14 18 0 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Burlon 6'0 190 26.12 D 55 4 17 21 6 10 -1 52 50 8.00% 0.91 0.38 6.72 0.12 15 4 7 11 0 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joseph Blandisi 6'0 200 21.75 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
Ryan Kujawinski 6'2 205 21.05 C 57 5 14 19 5 10 -1 34 68 7.35% 1.19 0.33 6.45 0.11 13 4 10 14 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 1 1
Ben Thomson 6'3 205 23.25 LW 70 5 12 17 8 13 1 107 114 4.39% 1.63 0.24 5.91 0.08 10 5 11 16 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Pietila 5'11 200 23.15 LW 55 9 7 16 4 13 -15 19 84 10.71% 1.53 0.29 6.72 0.12 11 6 1 7 3 3 6 0 3 3 0 0 0
Dan Kelly 6'1 215 26.92 D 54 4 11 15 3 7 8 78 57 7.02% 1.06 0.28 5.11 0.09 11 4 9 13 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0
Max Novak 5'11 180 25.01 RW 42 3 11 14 6 9 2 10 64 4.69% 1.52 0.33 4.57 0.11 13 2 9 11 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 1
Vojtech Mozik 6'3 200 23.31 D 50 2 12 14 9 11 26 38 87 2.30% 1.74 0.28 4.30 0.09 11 1 8 9 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 31.63 LW 63 8 5 13 3 11 -8 28 75 10.67% 1.19 0.21 5.65 0.09 8 8 3 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Graham Black 6'0 185 23.26 C 49 7 2 9 0 7 -1 20 74 9.46% 1.51 0.18 4.30 0.09 7 6 2 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Raman Hrabarenka 6'4 230 23.65 D 46 5 4 9 2 7 -9 42 62 8.06% 1.35 0.20 3.76 0.08 8 2 1 3 3 1 4 0 2 2 0 0 0
Corbin McPherson 6'4 210 27.61 D 63 2 6 8 4 6 1 38 66 3.03% 1.05 0.13 2.69 0.04 5 2 6 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Seth Helgeson 6'4 215 25.53 D 40 2 5 7 3 5 13 45 50 4.00% 1.25 0.18 2.42 0.06 7 2 4 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Coleman 5'11 200 24.39 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 31.15 RW 46 1 6 7 2 3 -10 39 57 1.75% 1.24 0.15 2.15 0.05 6 0 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Ben Johnson 6'0 195 21.86 LW 16 5 2 7 1 6 5 6 30 16.67% 1.88 0.44 3.23 0.20 17 2 2 4 2 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0
Nick Lappin 6'1 175 23.46 RW 9 3 3 6 2 5 3 0 23 13.04% 2.56 0.67 2.42 0.27 26 2 3 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond 6'1 210 30.87 RW 50 1 4 5 2 3 -3 121 43 2.33% 0.86 0.10 1.61 0.03 4 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Rooney 6'2 190 22.91 C 7 0 3 3 2 2 2 0 7 0.00% 1.00 0.43 0.81 0.12 17 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Paul Geiger 6'3 215 23.72 D 9 1 1 2 0 1 3 2 9 11.11% 1.00 0.22 0.81 0.09 9 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greg Wolfe 5'10 185 25.98 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
Gunnar Hughes 6'1 200 23.57 C 3 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0.00% 0.00 0.33 0.27 0.09 13 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Justin Crandall 5'11 190 24.03 RW 2 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0.00% 0.50 0.50 0.27 0.13 20 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Faust 5'11 207 24.42 D 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 9 0.00% 1.13 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alexandre Carrier 6'3 210 25.16 RW 5 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0 7 0.00% 1.40 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stefan Matteau 6'2 220 22.15 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
Trevor Mingoia 5'11 190 24.25 RW 4 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 7 0.00% 1.75 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mathieu Brodeur 6'5 215 25.82 D 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.00% 2.00 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 34.83 46 43 27 12 5 0 2.27 0.906 106 -5.19 -0.12
Height: 5'11 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 180 2621.28 7 16.28% 23 53.49% 6 13.95% 6 13.95% 78.79% 20.20% 1.01%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 23.67 20 19 12 3 2 1 1.66 0.928 81 7.45 0.40
Height: 6'2 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 195 1121.06 1 5.26% 10 52.63% 3 15.79% 3 15.79% 64.52% 35.48% 0.00%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Doug Carr 27.10 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 21.02 8 8 3 3 2 0 2.59 0.904 108 -1.51 -0.19
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 205 486.26 1 12.50% 2 25.00% 0 0.00% 1 12.50% 76.19% 23.81% 0.00%

Albany went 1-2 last week. They are still 2nd in the North Division with 96 points in 73 games. Albany has an all situation PDO of 100.39%. Albany's 19.08 PP% ranks 7th in the AHL while their 86.55 PK% ranks 3rd after a tough week.

Injury Update: Blake Coleman (left shoulder), Dan Kelly (lower body), and Chris McKelvie (upper body) are sidelined.

Transactions: Pavel Zacha officially joined Albany on 4/7, was called up to New Jersey on 4/8, and returned on 4/11. Vojtech Mozik, Mike Sislo, and Blake Pietila were returned to Albany on 4/8. Josh Jacobs signed his ELC with New Jersey on 4/8 and joined Albany the same day on an ATO. Ryan Rehill was signed to an ATO on 4/10. Trevor Mingoia and Paul Geiger were released from their ATO's on 4/11 while Reid Boucher, Joseph Blandisi, and Damon Severson were returned to Albany. Ben Johnson and Joe Faust were returned to Adirondack (ECHL) on 4/11.

Friday 4/8: Albany defeated Syracuse 4-3 (SO). Brian O'Neill, Matt Lorito, and Ryan Kujawinski had the Devils goals. Lorito, Max Novak, Nick Lappin, O'Neill, and Kevin Rooney had an assist each. Paul Thompson had the lone Devils goal in the shootout. Ben Thomson and Ryan Kujawinski had 5 shots each as the Devils outshot the Crunch 33-25. Scott Wedgewood made 22 saves and was perfect in the 3 round shootout. Albany went 0/3 on the PP and 1/2 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.



Saturday 4/9: Albany lost to Binghamton 2-1. Graham Black had the Devils goal with Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond earning the only assist. Paul Thompson, Ben Thomson, and Matt Lorito had 5 shots each as the Devils outshot the Senators 37-20. Yann Danis made 18 saves. Albany went 0/2 on the PP and 1/3 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.



Sunday 4/10: Albany lost to Toronto 3-0. Mike Sislo had 5 shots as the Devils outshot the Marlies 35-18. Scott Wedgewood made 15 saves. Albany went 0/4 on the PP and 3/5 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.



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

Helgeson-Mozik
Gragnani-Scarlett
McPherson-Hrabarenka

Congrats Kowalsky: Last Friday, the American Hockey League announced that Rick Kowalsky was the winner of the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding coach for the 2015-16 season. John Hynes won the award in 2011.

Rehill Signed: The Albany Devils signed D Ryan Rehill to an ATO on Sunday. Rehill was selected by New Jersey 5/131 in the 2014 NHL Draft and spent his WHL career with the Kamloops Blazers. The physical defender has earned praise for having pro size (6'3, 218) and knowing how to use it. He was a rock on the blue line and minutes eater for Kamloops the last few seasons. This past year, he added more PP time to his duties which helped his offensive output. With all that being said, I think he profiles as a 6/7 NHL D at best and most likely a career AHLer. This is mainly due to his average skating and lack of a transition game that would be needed to succeed at the NHL level. I wouldn't be surprised to see him get an AHL contract instead of an ELC for next season.

Coming Up: Albany will take on Binghamton on Wednesday, Rochester on Friday, and Bridgeport on Saturday to close out the regular season.

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 24.42 D 38 2 8 10 4 6 1 12 67 2.99% 1.76 0.26 1 6 7 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Johnson 6'0 195 21.86 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 21.02 29 28 17 9 1 1 2.24 0.924 86 9.83 0.34
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 205 1712.19 3 10.71% 19 67.86% 5 17.86% 1 3.57% 76.56% 20.31% 3.13%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 23.67 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%

Ken Appleby had his first bad start in awhile when he surrendered 6 goals on 29 shots against Elmira last Tuesday. He rebounded in his final start of the regular season by making 34 saves on 37 shots against Manchester on Friday.

Ben Johnson and Joe Faust will now re-join Appleby in Adirondack for the Kelly Cup playoffs. Adirondack is the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference and will take on #3 Manchester in 1st round action.

Prospect of the Week

John Quenneville earns this week's honors after he had 2 goals and 3 assists across 3 games for Brandon last week. He currently leads his team in the playoffs in goals (6) and points (12). I suppose this should be no surprise as he's always put up solid numbers in the playoffs in his WHL career (32 points in 28 games coming into this campaign).

ADevil of the Week

With a goal, assist, and 11 shots in 3 games, Matt Lorito is our ADevil of the Week. He currently leads Albany in assists (36) and points (54) and is tied for 2nd in goals (18). According to Quant Hockey, he is above the 90th percentile in points per game (.783) and above the 75th percentile in goals per game (261).

Your Take

What do you think about all of the recent prospect signings? What about the NHL debuts for Zacha, Wood, and Santini? How do you feel about Jacobs and Rehill? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!