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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 1/17/17

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Week 15 of the 2016-17 prospect update saw a variety of the Devils junior prospects produce and Albany continue to get results.

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Michael McLeod produced on the scoresheet and in the faceoff circle for Mississauga last week.
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This post will recap the 15th week of Devils prospect action for the 2016-17 season. It's highlighted by the Devils junior skaters produce, Evan Cormier have a rough week after a string of solid starts, and Albany continue to get results despite a depleted roster.

QMJHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Brandon Gignac C 19.20 Shawinigan 34 12 24 36 6 20 12.90% 2.74 1.06 56.16%
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 179 15 27 3 16 19 8 8 16 0 0 0 23

Brandon Gignac had himself a busy but productive week for Shawinigan. Over the course of 4 games he had 2 power play goals, -3, 4 PIM, 15 shots, and won 50.67% of his faceoffs.

OHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Blake Speers RW 20.05 Sault Ste. Marie 5 2 3 5 1 0 9.52% 4.20 1.00 55.38%
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 183 2 4 1 2 3 0 1 1 1 0 1 25
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colton White D 19.72 Sault Ste. Marie 39 3 15 18 13 31 4.41% 1.74 0.46
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 193 8 11 2 13 15 0 2 2 1 0 1 11
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Michael McLeod C 18.96 Mississauga 31 8 25 33 5 33 7.69% 3.35 1.06 60.97%
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 16 24 5 17 22 2 7 9 1 1 2 26
Pos. Age GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Nathan Bastian RW 19.13 Mississauga 37 12 26 38 12 30 12.37% 2.62 1.03 49.26%
Height: 6'4 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 219 16 28 8 19 27 2 6 8 2 0 2 25
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Evan Cormier 19.21 30 30 13 11 4 2 3.30 0.900 103 -3.01 -0.10
Height: 6'2 Saginaw SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 OHL 2 6.67% 18 60.00% 7 23.33% 1 3.33% 72.16% 26.80% 1.03%

Blake Speers had a fine week with a goal, 3 assists, +1, 13 shots, and won 50.00% of his faceoffs over the course of 3 games. His assist against London on Sunday was on the game winning goal in overtime. Colton White also assisted on that game winning goal, finishing the week with an assist, +1, and 3 shots.

Michael McLeod had 2 goals, an assist, +3, 5 shots, and won 71.43% of his faceoffs over the course of 3 games last week. Nathan Bastian had a goal, 2 assists, +2, 2 PIM, 5 shots, and won 50.00% of his faceoffs during that stretch.

Evan Cormier had a real tough week for Saginaw. Last Tuesday, he started against Flint and quickly surrendered 3 goals on 7 shots in 6:13 before being removed. Brendan Bonello came into the game and then gave up 4 goals on 12 shots in 24:46 which led to Cormier being reinstated. Cormier closed out that game by giving up 4 goals on 16 shots in 29:01. Both goalies will surely want a few of those goals back since some of them weren't great, but in fairness to them the defense in front of them did concede numerous odd man rushes throughout the game. Cormier would start against a stacked London team on Sunday and made 29 saves on 33 shots in a loss.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Colby Sissons D 19.01 Swift Current 42 6 16 22 4 18 0.52 11
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 190 12 18 4 10 14 2 6 8 0 0 0

Colby Sissons played 4 games last week, adding a goal, assist, +4, and 4 PIM to his season totals.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Alex Kerfoot C Harvard 16 8 17 25 10 6 19.05% 2.63 1.56 45.10% 33
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 175 22.45 ECAC 12 20 2 8 10 5 4 9 1 3 4
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
JD Dudek LW Boston College 25 8 4 12 7 14 12.50% 2.56 0.48 0.00% 13
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 20.98 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 21 6 11 17 6 20 17.14% 1.67 0.81 43.18% 22
Height: 5'9 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 170 20.90 Hockey East 6 12 6 4 10 0 7 7 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Joey Anderson RW Minnesota Duluth 19 6 12 18 7 2 13.04% 2.42 0.95 8.33% 23
Height: 6'0 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 195 18.59 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 22 4 5 9 -7 24 7.84% 2.32 0.41 42 11
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 182 20.13 Hockey East 1 5 2 2 4 2 3 5 0 0 0

Alexander Kerfoot had a goal, -2, 2 PIM, 6 shots, and won 40.91% of his faceoffs across 2 games for Harvard last weekend.

JD Dudek was a -1 with 5 shots and won 1/2 faceoffs over the course of 2 games against Boston University last week.

Brett Seney had an assist, -1, 2 PIM, and won a faceoff over the course of 2 games against Notre Dame last weekend. His numbers may not pop out all that much, but he's still Merrimack's leading scorer with 17 points in 21 games.

Joey Anderson was a -1 with 3 shots and a lost faceoff over the course of 2 games against St. Cloud State.

Jeremy Davies had a goal, -4, and 6 shots over the course of 2 games against New Hampshire.

Europe

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP BLK ATOI
Yegor Rykov D SKA St. Petersburg 37 0 7 7 11 4 30 0.00% 0.81 0.19 34 12:26
Height: 6'2 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 216 19.78 KHL 5 5 0 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 12
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Mikhail Maltsev C SKA-Neva 23 0 11 11 8 19 42 0.00% 1.83 0.48 60.85% 11:43
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 205 18.87 VHL 8 8 0 10 10 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 18.87 MHL 4 9 4 7 11 1 1 2 0 1 1 15
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Jesper Bratt LW AIK 31 3 11 14 -5 6 42 7.14% 1.35 0.45 0.00% 13:35
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 174 18.48 Allsvenskan 8 11 3 10 13 0 1 1 0 0 0 30

Yegor Rykov played in 3 games last week, but it looks like I missed one of his last games from the prior week so for our purposes here's how he did over his last 4 games. Rykov added 2 assists, +1, 2 shots, a block, and played roughly 12:30 per game over that stretch.

Mikhail Maltsev played in 2 VHL games, adding 2 assists, +3, 4 PIM, won 57.14% of his faceoffs, and had an average ice time of 13:26.

Jesper Bratt was a -1 with 9 shots and an average ice time of 13:26 over the course of 3 games for AIK last week. He has not recorded a point in 10 games or a goal in 21 games. In fairness to him, he is playing in a tough league for an 18 year old, and is currently 2nd among all U19 players in assists and 3rd in points.

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 20.76 C 33 10 17 27 9 19 -6 25 89 11.24% 2.70 0.82 10.42 0.32 30 5 8 13 5 9 14 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Pietila 5'11 200 23.92 LW 34 13 12 25 7 20 5 29 77 16.88% 2.26 0.74 10.70 0.31 27 7 10 17 4 2 6 0 0 0 2 0 2
Blake Coleman 5'11 200 25.15 C 34 13 10 23 5 18 15 32 74 17.57% 2.18 0.68 10.14 0.30 24 11 9 20 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0
Ben Sexton 5'11 195 25.63 C 39 13 8 21 2 15 1 37 73 17.81% 1.87 0.54 9.57 0.25 19 6 3 9 7 5 12 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Blandisi 6'0 200 22.51 C 24 6 14 20 8 14 -3 44 48 12.50% 2.00 0.83 7.32 0.31 30 4 6 10 2 8 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Gibbons 5'8 175 28.91 LW 36 9 9 18 5 14 -4 20 52 17.31% 1.44 0.50 7.60 0.21 18 5 8 13 4 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reece Scarlett 6'1 185 23.81 D 37 2 13 15 5 7 -5 32 60 3.33% 1.62 0.41 4.79 0.13 15 1 6 7 1 7 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
Carter Camper 5'9 175 28.55 C 14 2 11 13 6 8 4 6 26 7.69% 1.86 0.93 4.22 0.30 34 2 5 7 0 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 32.39 LW 39 6 5 11 5 11 1 10 40 15.00% 1.03 0.28 4.79 0.12 10 5 5 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Jan Mandat 6'0 205 21.18 C 20 4 6 10 6 10 7 2 21 19.05% 1.05 0.50 3.94 0.20 18 4 6 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Rooney 6'2 190 23.67 C 39 7 3 10 3 10 2 31 59 11.86% 1.51 0.26 4.79 0.12 9 5 1 6 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 1 2
Karl Stollery 5'11 180 29.17 D 33 0 9 9 4 4 11 22 33 0.00% 1.00 0.27 2.53 0.08 10 0 6 6 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Max Novak 5'11 180 25.77 C 34 4 5 9 3 7 -4 15 45 8.89% 1.32 0.26 3.66 0.11 10 1 1 2 1 2 3 1 1 2 1 1 2
Vojtech Mozik 6'3 200 24.07 D 33 3 5 8 4 7 11 32 73 4.11% 2.21 0.24 3.10 0.09 9 0 4 4 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Gormley 6'2 195 24.93 D 23 2 6 8 3 5 -11 20 32 6.25% 1.39 0.35 2.82 0.12 13 1 2 3 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Petr Straka 6'0 185 24.60 LW 18 2 6 8 3 5 -4 10 29 6.90% 1.61 0.44 2.82 0.16 16 2 3 5 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miles Wood 6'2 215 21.36 LW 14 3 3 6 3 6 -2 32 41 7.32% 2.93 0.43 2.53 0.18 15 2 2 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Seth Helgeson 6'4 215 26.29 D 30 2 3 5 2 4 11 37 29 6.90% 0.97 0.17 1.97 0.07 6 2 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Kujawinski 6'2 200 21.81 C 14 1 4 5 3 4 4 16 16 6.25% 1.14 0.36 1.69 0.12 13 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1
Ben Thomson 6'3 205 24.01 LW 39 3 2 5 2 5 -7 59 56 5.36% 1.44 0.13 2.25 0.06 5 3 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Jacobs 6'2 200 20.93 D 21 0 3 3 2 2 1 24 25 0.00% 1.19 0.14 0.84 0.04 5 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nick Lappin 6'1 175 24.22 RW 6 1 2 3 2 3 -2 2 4 25.00% 0.67 0.50 1.13 0.19 18 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Yohann Auvitu 5'11 190 27.49 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 26.83 D 33 0 2 2 1 1 -9 61 34 0.00% 1.03 0.06 0.56 0.02 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Luke Gadzic 6'4 225 27.50 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 23.90 D 5 1 1 2 0 1 2 0 12 8.33% 2.40 0.40 0.84 0.17 14 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Brian Ward 6'1 205 24.94 LW 8 0 1 1 0 0 -2 0 4 0.00% 0.50 0.13 0.28 0.04 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ty Loney 6'3 205 24.89 RW 3 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 5 0.00% 1.67 0.33 0.28 0.09 12 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Steve Santini 6'2 210 21.88 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
Justin Agosta 6'3 205 26.29 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
Tylor Spink 5'10 180 24.06 C 4 0 0 0 0 0 -4 4 4 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
Mackenzie Blackwood 20.12 17 16 7 7 1 1 3.20 0.888 124 -9.48 -0.63
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 899.02 0 0.00% 3 18.75% 3 18.75% 4 25.00% 60.42% 37.50% 2.08%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 24.44 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 21.78 15 15 10 5 0 0 1.87 0.929 79 7.55 0.50
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 210 898.45 0 0.00% 9 60.00% 0 0.00% 2 13.33% 75.00% 21.43% 3.57%

Albany went 2-1 last week and currently sit 2nd in the North Division with 46 points after 39 games. Their all situation PDO is currently 100.55%. They currently have a Shots For% of 51.13%. The PP is currently operating at 17.44% which is 14th in the league, while the PK is at 82.95% which is 12th in the league.

Injury Update: Joe Blandisi (oblique), Petr Straka (upper body), Jan Mandat (leg), and Scott Wedgewood (shoulder) remain sidelined. John Quenneville missed the past 3 games due to illness.

Transactions: New Jersey recalled Karl Stollery and Blake Coleman on 1/10. Albany signed Tylor Spink and Ty Loney to PTO's on 1/11. New Jersey returned Nick Lappin on 1/13 and Albany signed Justin Agosta on 1/13. Spink was released from his PTO on 1/16.

Wednesday 1/11: Albany defeated Springfield 3-2 in OT. Carter Camper and Ryan Kujawinski had the goals in regulation while Ben Sexton had the game winning goal in overtime. Ben Thomson, Rod Pelley, Brian Ward, and Blake Pietila earned an assist each. Vojtech Mozik had 6 shots followed by Reece Scarlett with 4 as the Devils outshot the Thunderbirds 37-35. Ken Appleby made 33 saves. Albany went 0/5 on the PP and 4/4 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Friday 1/13: Albany lost to Springfield 3-2 in OT. Jacob MacDonald scored a short handed goal from Max Novak for Albany's 1st goal. Ben Sexton had Albany's 2nd goal with Carter Camper and Brandon Gormley earning the assists on the power play. Camper, Ty Loney, and MacDonald had 3 shots as the Devils outshot the Thunderbirds 26-19. Mackenzie Blackwood made 16 saves. Albany went 1/3 on the PP and 3/3 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Saturday 1/14: Albany defeated Binghamton 3-2. Ben Sexton had 2 goals while Brandon Gormley had a goal and an assist. Carter Camper had 2 assists while Ty Loney had 1 himself. Kevin Rooney and Ben Thomson had 4 shots each as the Devils outshot the Senators 34-23. Ken Appleby made 21 saves. Albany went 2/2 on the PP and 2/2 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

More PTO's: Due to injuries and call ups, Albany had to sign 3 more players to PTO's last week. Tylor Spink is a 24 year old center that has 36 points in 33 games with Toledo (ECHL) this season. He also appeared in a single AHL game for Milwaukee this season. He spent 4 seasons with Colgate from 2012-16, appearing in 133 games with 47 goals and 68 assists. Ty Loney is a 24 year old right wing that has 32 points in 30 games with Adirondack (ECHL) this season. He spent 4 seasons with the University of Denver from 2011-15, appearing in 152 games with 39 goals and 50 assists. He split last season between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) and Wheeling (ECHL). Justin Agosta is a 26 year old defensemen from New York. He even spent 10 games with the New Jersey Hitmen (EJHL) back in 2009-10 prior to his collegiate career. He played 3 seasons for the University of New Hampshire and transferred to Quinnipiac for his senior season. He finished his NCAA career with 12 goals and 55 assists in 155 games. He split last season between Charlotte (AHL) and Florida (ECHL). This season he had 21 points in 30 games for Manchester (ECHL) and also appeared in a single game for San Antonio (AHL).

Coming Up: Albany will take on Syracuse tomorrow followed by 2 against St. John's on Saturday and 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
Brandon Baddock 6'4 215 21.82 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 20.93 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 21.78 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

I'm going to give this week's honors to Colby Sissons after his goal, assist, and +4 performance over the course of 4 games. He's established himself as a pivotal member of the Swift Current blue line in his 2nd WHL season playing in increased role at even strength and on the power play. He's even equaled his point total from last season in 29 less games.

ADevil of the Week

Ben Sexton earns this week's honors after scoring 4 goals on 8 shots over the course of 3 games. He is tied with Blake Pietila and Blake Coleman for the team lead with 13 goals and is currently 4th in points with 21. The former Clarkson University product was a 7th round pick of the Boston Bruins in 2009 but was never able to progress past Providence (AHL) over the past 2 seasons. So far the 25 year old has been taking advantage of his increased role with Albany by posting his best AHL season to date.

Your Take

Which prospects stood out to you this week? What are your thoughts on these prospects as we enter the middle of January? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!