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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 1/3/17

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Week 13 of the 2016-17 prospect update saw the Devils prospects stay active at the WJC, the junior and college prospects return to action after a holiday break, and Albany get on a hot streak.

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Blake Speers has been putting in a consistent shift for Canada at the WJC.
Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images

This post will recap the 13th week of Devils prospect action for the 2016-17 season. It's highlighted by the 4 Devils prospects at the WJC advancing to the medal rounds, the other prospects returning to the ice following a holiday break, and Albany going on a hot streak.

WJC

Name Pos. Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP PTS/GP ATOI
Blake Speers RW Canada 5 1 2 3 2 2 7 14.29% 1.40 0.60 14:03
Michael McLeod C Canada 5 2 0 2 -1 2 4 50.00% 0.80 0.40 7:10
Joey Anderson RW USA 5 0 1 1 0 0 6 0.00% 1.20 0.20 13:48
Yegor Rykov D Russia 5 1 5 6 6 0 8 12.50% 1.60 1.20 21:06

Blake Speers ended up finishing group play with 2 assists, +2, 2 PIM, and 5 shots in 4 games. Last night he scored in an important goal to get Canada on the board against the Czech Republic as they would go on to win that Quarterfinal match. Michael McLeod finished group play with 2 goals, an even rating, 2 PIM, and 4 shots. He was a -1 in 1:33 against the Czech Republic last night. Canada will take on Sweden in the second Semifinal tomorrow.

Joey Anderson finished group play with an assist, even rating, and 6 shots in 4 games. He helped the US to victory in their Quarterfinal game against Switzerland yesterday, putting in a solid defensive shift in 17:16 of ice time. Yegor Rykov finished group play with a goal, 5 assists, +4, and 7 shots while logging heavy minutes for Russia. He was a +2 with a shot in 21:35 of ice time in Russia's Quarterfinal win over Denmark yesterday. The US and Russia will face off in the first Semifinal tomorrow.

QMJHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Brandon Gignac C 19.17 Shawinigan 27 8 21 29 10 14 10.81% 2.74 1.07 57.22%
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 179 14 22 3 15 18 4 6 10 0 0 0 23

Brandon Gignac had a goal, 3 assists, +3, 2 PIM, 2 shots, and won 28/45 faceoffs across 3 games for Shawinigan last week.

OHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Blake Speers RW 20.01 Sault Ste. Marie 1 0 0 0 -1 0 0.00% 3.00 0.00 57.89%
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 183 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colton White D 19.68 Sault Ste. Marie 33 3 12 15 9 31 5.17% 1.76 0.45
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 193 6 9 2 10 12 0 2 2 1 0 1 11
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Michael McLeod C 18.93 Mississauga 26 6 22 28 4 31 6.38% 3.62 1.08 60.22%
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 13 19 3 16 19 2 5 7 1 1 2 26
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Nathan Bastian RW 19.09 Mississauga 31 9 21 30 5 24 11.11% 2.61 0.97 49.03%
Height: 6'4 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 219 13 22 7 15 22 1 5 6 1 0 1 24
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Evan Cormier 19.17 26 26 11 9 4 2 3.18 0.905 98 1.52 0.06
Height: 6'2 Saginaw SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 OHL 2 7.69% 16 61.54% 6 23.08% 1 3.85% 71.95% 28.05% 0.00%

Colton White finished the week with a goal, +2, 2 PIM, and 4 shots across 3 games for Sault Ste. Marie.

Nathan Bastian put up at least one assist in all 3 games he played in last week. He finished the week with 5 assists, +4, 4 PIM, 7 shots, and won 48.61% of the faceoffs he took.

Evan Cormier had a solid week despite losing twice in overtime. He made 44 saves on 48 shots against Windsor on Wednesday. He followed that up by stopping 36 of 39 shots against Flint on Friday. He's on a nice run right now with 10 Quality Starts out of his past 12 with a .917 SV% during that stretch.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Colby Sissons D 18.98 Swift Current 35 4 15 19 0 14 0.54 12
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 190 11 15 2 9 11 2 6 8 0 0 0

Colby Sissons had a busy week, appearing in 4 games with 3 assists and a +2 rating.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Alex Kerfoot C Harvard 12 5 15 20 11 4 17.86% 2.33 1.67 45.10% 36
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 175 22.41 ECAC 10 15 1 8 9 3 3 6 1 3 4
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
JD Dudek LW Boston College 22 8 3 11 8 14 13.79% 2.64 0.50 0.00% 14
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 20.94 Hockey East 2 10 6 3 9 1 0 1 1 0 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Brett Seney C Merrimack 18 6 10 16 7 18 17.65% 1.89 0.89 40.48% 24
Height: 5'9 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 170 20.86 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 16 6 11 17 8 2 13.95% 2.69 1.06 10.00% 26
Height: 6'0 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 195 18.55 Hockey East 7 13 6 10 16 0 1 1 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP BLK NHLe
Jeremy Davies D Northeastern 18 3 5 8 -2 12 7.14% 2.33 0.44 38 12
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 182 20.09 Hockey East 1 4 1 2 3 2 3 5 0 0 0

Alex Kerfoot had an assist, shot, and won 5/10 faceoffs in Harvard's victory over RPI on Friday.

JD Dudek was held off the scoresheet in games against Quinnipiac and Ferris State last week but did register 10 shots and won 9/16 faceoffs against Ferris State.

Brett Seney was held to just one shot against Colorado College on Wednesday. The following night he had a goal, assist, +2, and 5 shots against Northern Michigan.

Jeremy Davies had an even rating, 3 shots, and 2 blocks against Clarkson on Friday.

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 19.73 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 19 0 8 8 5 15 35 0.00% 1.84 0.42 61.54% 11:29
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 205 18.82 VHL 5 5 0 8 8 0 0 0 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 18.82 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 26 3 11 14 -3 6 30 10.00% 1.15 0.54 0.00% 13:49
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 174 18.44 Allsvenskan 8 11 3 10 13 0 1 1 0 0 0 39

Mikhail Maltsev played in a MHL game for SKA-1946 last week, adding an assist, +1, shot, and winning 6/13 faceoffs. He now has an assist in 3 straight MHL games.

Jesper Bratt remains injured and missed AIK's only game last week.

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 20.73 C 30 10 16 26 8 18 -4 19 84 11.90% 2.80 0.87 10.14 0.34 31 5 7 12 5 9 14 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Pietila 5'11 200 23.88 LW 28 12 10 22 5 17 5 27 63 19.05% 2.25 0.79 9.58 0.34 28 7 8 15 3 2 5 0 0 0 2 0 2
Joe Blandisi 6'0 200 22.48 C 24 6 14 20 8 14 -3 44 48 12.50% 2.00 0.83 7.33 0.31 30 4 6 10 2 8 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Coleman 5'11 200 25.12 C 31 10 8 18 3 13 14 25 62 16.13% 2.00 0.58 7.89 0.25 21 8 8 16 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Brian Gibbons 5'8 175 28.87 LW 30 8 8 16 4 12 -2 20 41 19.51% 1.37 0.53 6.76 0.23 19 4 7 11 4 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Sexton 5'11 195 25.59 C 33 8 7 15 2 10 1 33 60 13.33% 1.82 0.45 6.48 0.20 16 5 2 7 3 5 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reece Scarlett 6'1 185 23.78 D 31 2 11 13 4 6 -2 32 52 3.85% 1.68 0.42 4.23 0.14 15 1 6 7 1 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 32.36 LW 33 6 4 10 4 10 3 10 32 18.75% 0.97 0.30 4.51 0.14 11 5 4 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Jan Mandat 6'0 205 21.14 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 23.64 C 33 7 3 10 3 10 2 24 48 14.58% 1.45 0.30 4.79 0.15 11 5 1 6 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 1 2
Karl Stollery 5'11 180 29.14 D 30 0 9 9 4 4 12 20 31 0.00% 1.03 0.30 2.54 0.08 11 0 6 6 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vojtech Mozik 6'3 200 24.04 D 28 3 5 8 4 7 11 30 64 4.69% 2.29 0.29 3.10 0.11 10 0 4 4 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Petr Straka 6'0 185 24.57 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
Max Novak 5'11 180 25.74 C 28 3 3 6 2 5 0 15 37 8.11% 1.32 0.21 2.54 0.09 8 1 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 2
Carter Camper 5'9 175 28.51 C 8 0 6 6 2 2 5 4 12 0.00% 1.50 0.75 1.69 0.21 27 0 4 4 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miles Wood 6'2 215 21.32 LW 14 3 3 6 3 6 -2 32 41 7.32% 2.93 0.43 2.54 0.18 15 2 2 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Seth Helgeson 6'4 215 26.25 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
Brandon Gormley 6'2 195 24.89 D 20 1 4 5 3 4 -11 18 24 4.17% 1.20 0.25 1.69 0.08 9 0 2 2 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Kujawinski 6'2 200 21.78 C 8 0 4 4 3 3 4 14 7 0.00% 0.88 0.50 1.13 0.14 18 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1
Ben Thomson 6'3 205 23.98 LW 33 3 1 4 1 4 -6 52 48 6.25% 1.45 0.12 1.97 0.06 4 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Jacobs 6'2 200 20.90 D 15 0 3 3 2 2 0 14 17 0.00% 1.13 0.20 0.85 0.06 7 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nick Lappin 6'1 175 24.19 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
Andrew MacWilliam 6'2 230 26.79 D 27 0 2 2 1 1 -8 50 28 0.00% 1.04 0.07 0.56 0.02 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Luke Gadzic 6'4 225 27.46 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
Yohann Auvitu 5'11 190 27.45 D 5 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 12 0.00% 2.40 0.20 0.28 0.06 7 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Steve Santini 6'2 210 21.84 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 24.90 LW 3 0 0 0 0 0 -1 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
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Mackenzie Blackwood 20.08 15 14 7 6 0 1 3.23 0.889 123 -7.98 -0.62
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 779.13 0 0.00% 3 21.43% 2 14.29% 4 28.57% 57.14% 40.48% 2.38%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 24.40 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 21.75 11 11 7 4 0 0 1.83 0.929 79 5.38 0.49
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 210 657.4166667 0 0.00% 6 54.55% 0 0.00% 1 9.09% 75.00% 25.00% 0.00%

Albany won all 3 of their games last week and currently sit 2nd in the North Division with 39 points after 33 games. Their all situation PDO is currently 100.65%. They currently have a Shots For% of 50.80%. The PP is currently operating at 16.33% which is 22nd in the league, while the PK is at 81.46% which is 15th in the league.

Injury Update: Ryan Kujawinski has returned to action after being out since November 16 with an upper body injury. Joe Blandisi (oblique), Petr Straka (upper body), and Scott Wedgewood (shoulder) remain sidelined.

Transactions: Yohann Auvitu was recalled by New Jersey on 12/27 and sent back down yesterday. Luke Gazdic was recalled by New Jersey on 12/28. Brian Ward was signed to a PTO on 12/30 with Albany's roster thinning out due to injuries and call ups. Steve Santini was recalled by New Jersey on 1/1. Brandon Gormley was reassigned to Albany after the Spengler Cup on 1/1.

Friday 12/30: Albany defeated Toronto 4-2. John Quenneville had 2 goals with Ben Sexton and Blake Pietila adding 1 each. Carter Camper had 3 assists followed by Reece Scarlett with 2. Blake Coleman had 6 shots followed by Quenneville and Scarlett with 5 each as the Devils outshot the Marlies 35-24. Mackenzie Blackwood made 22 saves. Albany went 1/4 on the PP and 4/5 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Saturday 12/31: Albany defeated Hartford 3-1. Jan Mandat, Ben Sexton, and Blake Pietila had the goals for Albany. Pietila, Karl Stollery, Kevin Rooney, and Max Novak had an assist each. Mandat had 5 shots followed by Quenneville with 4 as the Devils outshot the Wolf Pack 30-25. Ken Appleby made 24 saves. Albany went 0/1 on the PP and 4/5 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Sunday 1/1: Albany defeated Bridgeport 3-2. Vojtech Mozik had a goal and 2 assists followed by Karl Stollery with 2 assists. Ben Sexton and Blake Coleman had the other goals. John Quenneville and Blake Pietila had an assist each. Sexton had 3 shots as the Devils were outshot 32-19. Mackenzie Blackwood made 30 saves. Albany went 2/3 on the PP and 3/4 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Welcome Back Boucher: The Devils reacquired Reid Boucher off of waivers from Nashville yesterday. Boucher appeared in 3 games for the Predators with a goal, 3 shots, and average ice time of 8:42. In 5 games with the Predators' AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, Boucher had 4 goals, an assist, and 13 shots.

Spengler Cup Success: Congrats to Brandon Gormley and Team Canada for their 2016 Spengler Cup victory. Gormley had a goal and 3 assists in 5 games.

The New Guy: Albany signed LW Brian Ward to a PTO last week due to a thinning roster. The 6'1, 205 lbs. Ward is 24 years old and had 12 goals and 5 assists in 25 games with the Adirondack Thunder (ECHL) this season. He spent the last 3 seasons with St. Lawrence University where he had 27 goals and 43 assists in 112 games. He captained St. Lawrence last season.

Coming Up: Albany will take on St. John's tomorrow, Utica on Friday, and Lehigh Valley 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 21.78 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 20.90 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 21.75 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 didn't feature for the Thunder last week.

Prospect of the Week

I'm going to give this week's honors to Blake Speers who has been a solid player for Canada no matter what role they need to put him in. He's been able to contribute offensively with 3 points in 5 games and reliable defensively at even strenght and on the PK while averaging 14:03 in ice time. I'm really looking forward to seeing how he closes out the WJC and then performs for Sault Ste. Marie.

ADevil of the Week

Ben Sexton earns this week's honors after scoring an even strength goal in 3 straight games. He also finished a +5 with 8 shots and 12 PIM in that stretch. Sexton is currently tied for 4th on the team in goals (8) and is 6th in points (15).

Your Take

What are your thoughts on the Devils prospects in the WJC? How about the week that Albany just had? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!