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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 1/31/17

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Week 17 of the 2016-17 prospect update saw Michael McLeod star in OHL play, Yohann Auvitu make a strong impression in Albany, and some big news about the Devils AHL future come out.

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Yohann Auvitu had a strong weekend for Albany and could earn a call up to NJ soon.
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This post will recap the 17th week of Devils prospect action for the 2016-17 season. It's highlighted by Michael McLeod's strong week in the OHL, Yohann Auvitu's play in the AHL, and the news that the Devils AHL affiliate will relocate to Binghamton next season.

QMJHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Brandon Gignac C 19.24 Shawinigan 40 15 31 46 14 20 13.64% 2.75 1.15 56.12%
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 179 18 33 5 21 26 9 10 19 0 0 0 25

Brandon Gignac had a goal, 2 assists, +1, 9 shots, and won 55.56% of his faceoffs over the course of 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 20.09 Sault Ste. Marie 10 5 5 10 3 2 12.82% 3.90 1.00 57.34%
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 183 3 8 4 3 7 0 2 2 1 0 1 25
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colton White D 19.76 Sault Ste. Marie 44 4 18 22 18 33 5.13% 1.77 0.50
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 193 9 13 3 16 19 0 2 2 1 0 1 12
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Michael McLeod C 19.00 Mississauga 37 12 30 42 10 41 10.00% 3.24 1.14 60.22%
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 19 31 9 21 30 2 7 9 1 1 2 28
Pos. Age GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Nathan Bastian RW 19.16 Mississauga 43 12 27 39 10 30 10.81% 2.58 0.91 48.93%
Height: 6'4 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 219 17 29 8 19 27 2 7 9 2 0 2 22
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Evan Cormier 19.25 34 34 16 12 4 2 3.32 0.897 102 -6.34 -0.19
Height: 6'2 Saginaw SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 OHL 2 5.88% 20 58.82% 8 23.53% 2 5.88% 69.37% 29.73% 0.90%

Blake Speers had an assist, +5, 2 PIM, 8 shots, and won 58.82% of his faceoffs over the course of 2 games for Sault Ste. Marie last week. Colton White had an assist, +2, and 7 shots during that stretch.

Michael McLeod had a very busy week for Mississauga. He had 3 goals, 2 assists, +5, 3 shots, and won 4/14 faceoffs against Ottawa on Tuesday. He went scoreless over the next 2 games with a +1, 4 PIM, 5 shots, and won 23/39 faceoffs. On Sunday he had a goal, 2 assists, +2, 4 PIM, 3 shots, and won 8/14 faceoffs. Over the course of 4 games Nathan Bastian had an assist, -1, 10 shots, and won 50.00% of his faceoffs.

Evan Cormier made 20 saves on 22 shots in a win over Windsor on Saturday. He followed that up with a loss to Sarnia the next day where he made 28 saves on 34 shots.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Colby Sissons D 19.05 Swift Current 46 6 16 22 3 20 0.48 10
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 appeared in Swift Current's lone game last week, a 3-2 loss to Prince Albert, where he had an even rating and 2 PIM for roughing.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Alex Kerfoot C Harvard 21 8 18 26 7 8 14.81% 2.57 1.24 46.91% 26
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 175 22.49 ECAC 13 21 2 9 11 5 4 9 1 3 4
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
JD Dudek LW Boston College 28 10 5 15 9 14 13.51% 2.64 0.54 0.00% 14
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 21.02 Hockey East 3 13 8 4 12 1 1 2 1 0 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Brett Seney C Merrimack 25 8 12 20 5 24 16.67% 1.92 0.80 44.44% 22
Height: 5'9 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 170 20.93 Hockey East 7 15 7 5 12 1 7 8 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Joey Anderson RW Minnesota Duluth 23 6 15 21 7 2 11.32% 2.30 0.91 12.50% 22
Height: 6'0 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 195 18.63 Hockey East 9 15 6 12 18 0 3 3 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP BLK NHLe
Jeremy Davies D Northeastern 25 5 6 11 -6 26 8.93% 2.24 0.44 43 12
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 182 20.17 Hockey East 1 6 3 2 5 2 4 6 0 0 0

Alexander Kerfoot was a -1 with 4 shots, and won 1/2 faceoffs over the course of 2 games for Harvard last weekend. He's in a bit of a slump right now with no points over his last 4 games.

JD Dudek had a goal, assist, +1, and 5 shots in 2 games for Boston College last week to extend his point streak to 3 games.

Brett Seney had 2 goals, an even rating, 2 PIM, 9 shots, and won a faceoff over the course of 2 games against Boston University for Merrimack.

Joey Anderson had 2 assists, +1, and 3 shots in 2 games for Minnesota Duluth last weekend.

Jeremy Davies was a +1 with 3 shots in Northeastern's win over UMass Lowell 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 42 0 9 9 11 4 35 0.00% 0.83 0.21 35 12:27
Height: 6'2 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 216 19.81 KHL 5 5 0 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 14
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Mikhail Maltsev C SKA-Neva 28 0 11 11 8 19 46 0.00% 1.64 0.39 57.92% 11:39
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 205 18.90 VHL 9 9 0 10 10 0 1 1 0 0 0 13
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 18.90 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 36 4 13 17 -3 6 49 8.16% 1.36 0.47 0.00% 13:28
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 174 18.52 Allsvenskan 9 13 4 12 16 0 1 1 0 0 0 33

Yegor Rykov played in 3 games for SKA last week, adding 2 assists, an even rating, 3 shots, and 1 block with an average ice time of 12:25.

Mikhail Maltsev had an assist, +1, won 12/23 faceoffs, with an average ice time of 11:08 over the course of 2 VHL games last week.

Jesper Bratt played in 3 games for AIK last week with an even rating, 4 shots, and an average ice time of 12:34.

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 20.81 C 37 10 19 29 10 20 -8 25 98 10.20% 2.65 0.78 10.95 0.30 28 5 9 14 5 10 15 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Pietila 5'11 200 23.96 LW 37 13 12 25 7 20 1 29 82 15.85% 2.22 0.68 10.67 0.29 24 7 10 17 4 2 6 0 0 0 2 0 2
Blake Coleman 5'11 200 25.19 C 36 14 10 24 5 19 15 34 78 17.95% 2.17 0.67 10.67 0.30 24 12 9 21 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0
Joe Blandisi 6'0 200 22.56 C 28 7 16 23 9 16 -2 56 55 12.73% 1.96 0.82 8.42 0.30 30 5 7 12 2 9 11 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Sexton 5'11 195 25.67 C 42 13 10 23 2 15 1 41 78 16.67% 1.86 0.55 10.10 0.24 20 6 5 11 7 5 12 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Gibbons 5'8 175 28.95 LW 41 9 12 21 5 14 -4 22 58 15.52% 1.41 0.51 8.42 0.21 18 5 10 15 4 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Carter Camper 5'9 175 28.59 C 19 2 14 16 8 10 4 6 31 6.45% 1.63 0.84 5.05 0.27 30 2 7 9 0 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reece Scarlett 6'1 185 23.85 D 40 2 14 16 6 8 -6 34 66 3.03% 1.65 0.40 5.05 0.13 14 1 6 7 1 8 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 32.44 LW 44 6 5 11 5 11 -2 12 43 13.95% 0.98 0.25 4.77 0.11 9 5 5 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Kevin Rooney 6'2 190 23.72 C 44 8 3 11 3 11 0 31 67 11.94% 1.52 0.25 5.33 0.12 9 6 1 7 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 1 2
Vojtech Mozik 6'3 200 24.12 D 38 6 5 11 4 10 13 34 88 6.82% 2.32 0.29 4.77 0.13 10 1 4 5 5 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jan Mandat 6'0 205 21.22 C 25 4 6 10 6 10 5 2 26 15.38% 1.04 0.40 3.93 0.16 14 4 6 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Karl Stollery 5'11 180 29.22 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 25.82 C 37 4 5 9 3 7 -7 17 53 7.55% 1.43 0.24 3.65 0.10 9 1 1 2 1 2 3 1 1 2 1 1 2
Brandon Gormley 6'2 195 24.97 D 28 2 6 8 3 5 -11 24 39 5.13% 1.39 0.29 2.81 0.10 10 1 2 3 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Petr Straka 6'0 185 24.65 LW 18 2 6 8 3 5 -4 10 29 6.90% 1.61 0.44 2.81 0.16 16 2 3 5 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Kujawinski 6'2 200 21.86 C 19 3 4 7 3 6 5 16 23 13.04% 1.21 0.37 2.81 0.15 13 3 2 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1
Seth Helgeson 6'4 215 26.33 D 31 2 4 6 3 5 10 39 31 6.45% 1.00 0.19 2.25 0.07 7 2 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nick Lappin 6'1 175 24.27 RW 11 2 4 6 4 6 -1 4 13 15.38% 1.18 0.55 2.25 0.20 20 2 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miles Wood 6'2 215 21.40 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
Yohann Auvitu 5'11 190 27.53 D 9 2 4 6 2 4 1 0 32 6.25% 3.56 0.67 2.25 0.25 24 2 2 4 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Thomson 6'3 205 24.06 LW 44 3 2 5 2 5 -10 61 66 4.55% 1.50 0.11 2.25 0.05 4 3 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jacob MacDonald 6'0 208 23.95 D 9 2 3 5 2 4 1 0 17 11.76% 1.89 0.56 1.96 0.22 20 0 2 2 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0
Josh Jacobs 6'2 200 20.98 D 26 0 4 4 2 2 -4 28 27 0.00% 1.04 0.15 1.12 0.04 6 0 3 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Andrew MacWilliam 6'2 230 26.87 D 38 0 2 2 1 1 -13 72 41 0.00% 1.08 0.05 0.56 0.01 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Luke Gadzic 6'4 225 27.54 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
Brian Ward 6'1 205 24.98 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 24.94 RW 4 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 5 0.00% 1.25 0.25 0.28 0.07 9 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Steve Santini 6'2 210 21.92 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 26.33 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 24.10 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 20.16 18 17 8 7 1 1 3.07 0.890 122 -8.77 -0.55
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 959.02 0 0.00% 4 23.53% 3 17.65% 4 23.53% 61.22% 36.73% 2.04%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 24.48 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 21.83 19 19 12 7 0 0 2.05 0.920 89 5.10 0.27
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 210 1138.933333 0 0.00% 11 57.89% 2 10.53% 2 10.53% 79.49% 15.38% 5.13%

Albany went 1-1 last week and currently sit 2nd in the North Division with 52 points after 44 games. Their all situation PDO is currently 100.23%. They currently have a Shots For% of 51.69%. The PP is currently operating at 17.84% which is 14th in the league, while the PK is at 84.46% which is 5th in the league.

Injury Update: Petr Straka (upper body) and Scott Wedgewood (shoulder) remain sidelined. Reece Scarlett, Blake Pietila, and Ben Sexton missed this past weekend's games due to illness.

Transactions: Yohann Auvitu was returned to Albany on 1/24. Ty Loney was released from his PTO on 1/25. Karl Stollery, Steve Santini, and Seth Helgeson were sent to Albany on 1/26 and recalled by New Jersey on 1/30. Brandon Baddock was reassigned from Adirondack (ECHL) to Albany on 1/26 and then sent back on 1/29. Justin Agosta was released from his PTO on 1/29.

Friday 1/27: Albany defeated Rochester 2-1. Yohann Auvitu had the 1st goal with Joe Blandisi and Brian Gibbons earning the assists. Vojtech Mozik had the 2nd goal on the PP with Jacob MacDonald and Blandisi earning the assists. Auvitu had 7 shots followed by Mozik with 5 as the Devils outshot the Americans 36-19. Mackenzie Blackwood made 18 saves. Albany went 1/1 on the PP and 2/2 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Saturday 1/28: Albany lost to Rochester 5-3. Albany jumped out to a 3-0 lead with goals by Blake Coleman, Yohann Auvitu, and Nick Lappin. Auvitu, Brian Gibbons, John Quenneville, Seth Helgeson, and Carter Camper had an assist each. Auvitu had 6 shots as the Devils outshot the Americans 26-24. Ken Appleby made 19 saves. Albany went 0/2 on the PP and 5/5 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

No All-Star Festivities: The Devils 3 All-Stars, John Quenneville, Joe Blandisi, and Vojtech Mozik, were ordered to stay home from the All-Star events due to the illness that's swept through the Albany roster.

The Big Move: As I'm sure everyone knows by now, the Albany Devils franchise will relocate to Binghamton next season. Here is John's post on the subject.

Coming Up: Albany will take on Syracuse on Thursday, Lehigh Valley on Friday, and 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 21.86 F 13 0 2 2 2 2 1 9 10 0.00% 0.77 0.15 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Jacobs 6'2 200 20.97 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 21.82 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 had an even rating, 2 PIM, and 2 shots over the course of 2 games for Adirondack last week.

Prospect of the Week

Michael McLeod earns this week's honors after putting up 4 goals, 4 assists, +8, 11 shots, and won 52.24% of his faceoffs in 4 games last week. He leads Mississauga in assists (30) despite playing in just 37 games due to being away for the WJC. He's 2nd on the team in points behind the highly touted Owen Tippett (2017 draft eligible).

ADevil of the Week

Yohann Auvitu earns this week's honors after putting up 2 goals, an assist, +1, and 13 shots across 2 games for Albany this past weekend. He now has 2 goals, 4 assists, and 32 shots in 9 AHL games and seems to be right on track to earning a call up with the big club.

Your Take

Which prospects stood out to you this past week? How do you feel about McLeod's season? What about the ADevils upcoming move to Binghamton? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!