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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 1/10/17

Week 14 of the 2016-17 prospect update saw all 4 Devils prospects medal at the WJC, Gignac and Bastian get on a roll in juniors, and Blake Coleman produce for Albany.

Albany Devils v Toronto Marlies
Blake Coleman has been a force for the ADevils lately.
Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images

This post will recap the 14th week of Devils prospect action for the 2016-17 season. It's highlighted by the 4 Devils prospects in the WJC earning medals, Gignac, Bastian, and Kerfoot producing for their respective teams, and Coleman getting hot in Albany.

WJC

Name Pos. Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP PTS/GP ATOI
Blake Speers RW Canada 7 1 2 3 1 2 9 11.11% 1.29 0.43 13:47
Michael McLeod C Canada 7 2 1 3 -1 2 4 50.00% 0.57 0.43 5:36
Joey Anderson RW USA 7 0 2 2 1 0 10 0.00% 1.43 0.29 15:47
Yegor Rykov D Russia 7 1 6 7 7 0 10 10.00% 1.43 1.00 21:47

Blake Speers and Michael McLeod earned Silver Medals at the WJC. Speers was a -1 with 1 shot in 11:24 in the semifinal match against Sweden. He finished the championship match with an even rating with a shot in 14:53. Speers earned plenty of praise for his workmanlike attitude and defensive efforts at even strength and on the PK throughout the tournament. McLeod had an even rating in 1:08 against Sweden in the semifinal match. He had an assist with an even rating in 2:15 against the US in the championship match. He hardly saw the ice in Canada's final 3 games but did look good in the limited role he had. Surely, he'll have a bigger role next year.

Joey Anderson earned a Gold Medal as a member of the US team. He had an assist, +1, and a shot in 16:52 in the semifinal against Russia. He had an even rating and 3 shots in 24:35 of the championship match against Canada. Anderson thrived as a complimentary piece on the top line, able to create plays in the offensive zone while being a key defensive member of the team. Here's what Chris Peters of The United States of Hockey had to say on Anderson:

While his role somewhat fluctuated throughout the tournament, Anderson found a home on the first line with Keller and White. His speed allowed him to keep up with those two and his two-way skills made that line more defensively sound. Anderson ended up seeing his role peak in the gold-medal game, where he was getting a regular shift and even ended up as the forward with the most ice time in overtime.

Yegor Rykov earned a Bronze Medal as a member of the Russian team. Rykov was a +1 with 2 shots in 25:42 in the semifinal match against the US. He had an assist with an even rating in 21:15 of the 3rd place match against Sweden. He was named a Top 3 Player for Russia due to his strong two-way game and ability to log a ton of minutes. He finished 2nd in scoring among defensemen with 7 points and was tied for the most assists with 6.

QMJHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Brandon Gignac C 19.19 Shawinigan 30 10 24 34 9 16 12.82% 2.60 1.13 56.84%
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 179 15 25 3 16 19 6 8 14 0 0 0 24

Brandon Gignac enjoyed a productive week for Shawinigan with 2 goals, 3 assists, -1, 2 PIM, 4 shots, and won 53.33% of his faceoffs across 3 games.

OHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Blake Speers RW 20.03 Sault Ste. Marie 2 1 0 1 0 0 12.50% 4.00 0.50 64.00%
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 183 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colton White D 19.70 Sault Ste. Marie 36 3 14 17 12 31 4.62% 1.81 0.47
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 193 8 11 2 12 14 0 2 2 1 0 1 12
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Michael McLeod C 18.95 Mississauga 28 6 24 30 2 33 6.06% 3.54 1.07 60.29%
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 15 21 3 16 19 2 7 9 1 1 2 26
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Nathan Bastian RW 19.11 Mississauga 34 11 24 35 10 28 11.96% 2.71 1.03 49.12%
Height: 6'4 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 219 16 27 8 17 25 2 6 8 1 0 1 25
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Evan Cormier 19.19 28 28 13 9 4 2 3.09 0.906 97 2.56 0.09
Height: 6'2 Saginaw SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 OHL 2 7.14% 18 64.29% 6 21.43% 1 3.57% 70.93% 29.07% 0.00%

Blake Speers made his long awaited return to the Sault Ste. Marie line up with a goal, +1, 5 shots, and won 5/6 faceoffs against Barrie on Saturday. Colton White appeared in 3 games for the Soo with 2 assists, +3, and 7 shots to show for his efforts.

Michael McLeod returned to Mississauga last week and added 2 assists, -2, 2 PIM, 5 shots, and won 61.76% of his faceoffs over the course of 2 games. Nathan Bastian had a great week for Mississauga with 2 goals, 3 assists, +5, 4 PIM, 11 shots, and won 49.30% of his faceoffs across 3 games.

Evan Cormier had another solid week for Saginaw. He defeated Sarnia on Friday by stopping 27 of 29 shots. The following night he defeated Erie by stopping 21 of 23 shots. He now has 12 Quality Starts out of his last 14 starts with a .918 SV% during that stretch.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Colby Sissons D 19.00 Swift Current 38 5 15 20 0 14 0.53 11
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 190 11 16 3 9 12 2 6 8 0 0 0

Colby Sissons had a goal and even rating across 3 games for Swift Current last week.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Alex Kerfoot C Harvard 14 7 17 24 12 4 19.44% 2.57 1.71 45.60% 37
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 175 22.43 ECAC 12 19 2 8 10 4 4 8 1 3 4
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
JD Dudek LW Boston College 23 8 4 12 8 14 13.56% 2.57 0.52 0.00% 14
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 20.96 Hockey East 3 11 6 3 9 1 1 2 1 0 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Brett Seney C Merrimack 19 6 10 16 7 18 17.14% 1.84 0.84 41.86% 23
Height: 5'9 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 170 20.88 Hockey East 6 12 6 4 10 0 6 6 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Joey Anderson RW Minnesota Duluth 17 6 12 18 8 2 13.95% 2.53 1.06 9.09% 26
Height: 6'0 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 195 18.57 Hockey East 8 14 6 10 16 0 2 2 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP BLK NHLe
Jeremy Davies D Northeastern 20 3 5 8 -3 24 6.67% 2.25 0.40 42 11
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 182 20.11 Hockey East 1 4 1 2 3 2 3 5 0 0 0

Alexander Kerfoot added 2 goals, 2 assists, +1, 8 shots, and won 14/29 faceoffs across 2 games for Harvard last weekend. He even earned 1st star honors for his 3 point performance against Princeton on Saturday. He is currently on a 12 game point streak with 7 goals and 16 assists during that stretch.

JD Dudek had an assist and 1 shot in Boston College's victory over Providence on Sunday.

Brett Seney had a shot and won a faceoff as Merrimack was shut out against Cornell on Saturday.

Joey Anderson returned for Minnesota Duluth on Saturday with an assist against Colorado College.

Jeremy Davies was a -1 with 12 PIM and 3 shots across 2 games for Northeastern 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 33 0 5 5 10 4 28 0.00% 0.85 0.15 33 12:26
Height: 6'2 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 216 19.75 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 21 0 9 9 5 15 38 0.00% 1.81 0.43 61.31% 11:34
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 205 18.84 VHL 6 6 0 8 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 15
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Mikhail Maltsev C SKA-1946 14 5 9 14 11 2 36 13.89% 2.57 1.00 63.29% N/A
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 205 18.84 MHL 4 9 4 7 11 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 28 3 11 14 -4 6 33 9.09% 1.18 0.50 0.00% 13:36
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 174 18.46 Allsvenskan 8 11 3 10 13 0 1 1 0 0 0 37

Mikhail Maltsev had an assist, even rating, 3 shots, and won 17/27 faceoffs across 2 VHL games for SKA-Neva last week.

Jesper Bratt returned from injury to appear in both of AIK's games last week. He finished a -1 with 3 shots with at least 9 minutes of ice time per game.

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
John Quenneville 6'1 205 20.75 C 33 10 17 27 9 19 -6 25 89 11.24% 2.70 0.82 10.38 0.31 30 5 8 13 5 9 14 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Pietila 5'11 200 23.90 LW 31 13 11 24 6 19 6 27 73 17.81% 2.35 0.77 10.38 0.33 28 7 9 16 4 2 6 0 0 0 2 0 2
Blake Coleman 5'11 200 25.13 C 34 13 10 23 5 18 15 32 74 17.57% 2.18 0.68 10.10 0.30 24 11 9 20 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0
Joe Blandisi 6'0 200 22.50 C 24 6 14 20 8 14 -3 44 48 12.50% 2.00 0.83 7.29 0.30 30 4 6 10 2 8 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Gibbons 5'8 175 28.89 LW 33 9 9 18 5 14 -3 20 48 18.75% 1.45 0.55 7.57 0.23 20 5 8 13 4 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Sexton 5'11 195 25.61 C 36 9 8 17 2 11 0 37 65 13.85% 1.81 0.47 7.29 0.20 17 5 3 8 4 5 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reece Scarlett 6'1 185 23.79 D 34 2 13 15 5 7 -2 32 54 3.70% 1.59 0.44 4.77 0.14 16 1 6 7 1 7 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 32.38 LW 36 6 4 10 4 10 2 10 35 17.14% 0.97 0.28 4.49 0.12 10 5 4 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Jan Mandat 6'0 205 21.16 C 20 4 6 10 6 10 7 2 21 19.05% 1.05 0.50 3.93 0.20 18 4 6 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Rooney 6'2 190 23.65 C 36 7 3 10 3 10 2 26 53 13.21% 1.47 0.28 4.77 0.13 10 5 1 6 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 1 2
Karl Stollery 5'11 180 29.16 D 33 0 9 9 4 4 11 22 33 0.00% 1.00 0.27 2.52 0.08 10 0 6 6 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Carter Camper 5'9 175 28.53 C 11 1 8 9 4 5 4 6 19 5.26% 1.73 0.82 2.80 0.25 30 1 5 6 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Max Novak 5'11 180 25.76 C 31 4 4 8 2 6 -1 15 41 9.76% 1.32 0.26 3.37 0.11 9 1 1 2 1 2 3 1 0 1 1 1 2
Vojtech Mozik 6'3 200 24.05 D 31 3 5 8 4 7 11 32 67 4.48% 2.16 0.26 3.08 0.10 9 0 4 4 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Petr Straka 6'0 185 24.59 LW 18 2 6 8 3 5 -4 10 29 6.90% 1.61 0.44 2.80 0.16 16 2 3 5 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miles Wood 6'2 215 21.34 LW 14 3 3 6 3 6 -2 32 41 7.32% 2.93 0.43 2.52 0.18 15 2 2 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Seth Helgeson 6'4 215 26.27 D 30 2 3 5 2 4 11 37 29 6.90% 0.97 0.17 1.96 0.07 6 2 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Gormley 6'2 195 24.91 D 20 1 4 5 3 4 -11 18 24 4.17% 1.20 0.25 1.68 0.08 9 0 2 2 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Kujawinski 6'2 200 21.80 C 11 0 4 4 3 3 4 16 9 0.00% 0.82 0.36 1.12 0.10 13 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1
Ben Thomson 6'3 205 24.00 LW 36 3 1 4 1 4 -7 54 50 6.00% 1.39 0.11 1.96 0.05 4 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Jacobs 6'2 200 20.92 D 18 0 3 3 2 2 1 20 20 0.00% 1.11 0.17 0.84 0.05 6 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nick Lappin 6'1 175 24.21 RW 6 1 2 3 2 3 -2 2 4 25.00% 0.67 0.50 1.12 0.19 18 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Yohann Auvitu 5'11 190 27.47 D 7 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 19 0.00% 2.71 0.43 0.84 0.12 15 0 1 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Andrew MacWilliam 6'2 230 26.81 D 30 0 2 2 1 1 -7 57 29 0.00% 0.97 0.07 0.56 0.02 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Luke Gadzic 6'4 225 27.48 LW 13 0 2 2 1 1 -2 19 9 0.00% 0.69 0.15 0.56 0.04 6 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jacob MacDonald 6'0 208 23.88 D 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 7 0.00% 3.50 0.50 0.28 0.14 18 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Steve Santini 6'2 210 21.86 D 15 0 0 0 0 0 4 25 16 0.00% 1.07 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Ward 6'1 205 24.92 LW 5 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0 1 0.00% 0.20 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 20.10 16 15 7 7 0 1 3.22 0.890 122 -8.19 -0.59
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 837.27 0 0.00% 3 20.00% 2 13.33% 4 26.67% 57.78% 40.00% 2.22%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 24.42 10 8 5 3 0 0 2.18 0.912 98 0.43 0.05
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 21.77 13 13 8 5 0 0 1.86 0.929 79 6.33 0.49
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 210 775.1166667 0 0.00% 7 53.85% 0 0.00% 2 15.38% 70.83% 25.00% 4.17%

Albany went 1-2 last week and currently sit 2nd in the North Division with 41 points after 36 games. Their all situation PDO is currently 100.68%. They currently have a Shots For% of 50.73%. The PP is currently operating at 16.67% which is 19th in the league, while the PK is at 82.04% which is 15th in the league.

Injury Update: Joe Blandisi (oblique), Petr Straka (upper body), and Scott Wedgewood (shoulder) remain sidelined.

Transactions: Jacob MacDonald was signed to a PTO on 1/5 out of Toledo (ECHL). New Jersey recalled Seth Helgeson on 1/5 and Yohann Auvitu on 1/7.

Wednesday 1/4: Albany defeated St. John's 6-2. Blake Coleman led the way with 2 goals and an assist. Brian Gibbons, Ben Sexton, Blake Pietila, and Carter Camper had a goal and an assist each. Yohann Auvitu had 2 assists followed by John Quenneville, Max Novak, and Reece Scarlett with an assist each. Pietila had 6 shots followed by Coleman and Auvitu with 5 each as the Devils outshot the IceCaps 32-22. Ken Appleby made 20 saves. Albany went 2/4 on the PP and 3/3 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Friday 1/6: Albany lost to Utica 4-2. Blake Coleman had a goal and an assist while Max Novak had the other goal. Carter Camper, Reece Scarlett, and Jacob MacDonald had an assist each. Brian Gibbons had 4 shots as the Devils were outshot 32-24. Mackenzie Blackwood made 28 saves on 31 shots. Albany went 1/4 on the PP and 7/8 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Saturday 1/7: Albany lost to Lehigh Valley 2-0. Jacob MacDonald had 7 shots as the Devils were outshot 33-31. Ken Appleby made 31 saves. Albany went 0/7 on the PP and 4/5 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

All-Stars: Congrats to John Quenneville and Joe Blandisi and being selected to the AHL All-Star Classic which will take place on 1/30 in Allentown, PA.

Another New Guy: Due to a shortage of available defensemen, the ADevils signed 23 year old Jacob MacDonald to a PTO. The 6'0, 208 lbs. defender spent 4 seasons with Cornell University from 2011-15, appearing in 104 games with 4 goals, 17 assists, +1, and 53 PIM. He's spent parts of the last 3 seasons with Elmira and Toledo in the ECHL, totaling 110 games with 25 goals, 41 assists, +21, and 60 PIM.

Goodbye (Again): In last week's post I welcomed Reid Boucher back to the organization. As everyone knows by now, the Devils attempted to get him through waivers again and to Albany but he was claimed by the Canucks. Best of luck to him with his new organization.

Coming Up: Albany will take on Springfield tomorrow and Friday. They will also take on Binghamton 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 21.80 F 9 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 8 0.00% 0.89 0.11 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Jacobs 6'2 200 20.92 D 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0.00% 2.00 0.00 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
Ken Appleby 21.77 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 has remained sidelined for Adirondack.

Prospect of the Week

Nathan Bastian earns this week's honors after putting up 2 goals, 3 assists, +5, and 11 shots in 3 games for Mississauga. He is currently on a 6 game point streak with 2 goals and 8 assists during that stretch.

ADevil of the Week

Blake Coleman gets this week's honors after putting up 3 goals, 2 assists, +1, 12 shots, and 7 PIM in 3 games for Albany last week. He's now up to 3rd on the ADevils in scoring and averaging 2.18 shots per game. It will be interesting to see if he can turn this hot play into a call up with the big club.

Your Take

What did you take away from this year's WJC? What do you think about the seasons that Gignac and Bastian are having? What about Blake Coleman in Albany? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!