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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 11/21/17

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Week 7 of the 2017-18 prospect update saw Michael McLeod return to the OHL, Marian Studenic rise to the occasion for Hamilton, and Colby Sissons and Jeremy Davies stay productive from the back end for their respective teams.

Niagara IceDogs v Mississauga Steelheads
The Mississauga Steelheads have their captain back. Michael McLeod returned to OHL action with 2 goals, an assist, and 9 shots in 2 games last week.
Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images

The seventh week of the 2017-18 prospect update is here. It's highlighted by Michael McLeod's return to Mississauga, Marian Studenic getting hot for Hamilton, Colby Sissons and Jeremy Davies continuing to be impact players, and Mikhail Maltsev earning some praise for his play in the Canada - Russia Series.

QMJHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Jocktan Chainey D 18.21 Halifax 23 2 12 14 12 16 5.26% 1.65 0.61
Height: 6'0 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 7 9 2 4 6 0 6 6 0 1 1 12

Jocktan Chainey was a -1 with 4 PIM and 3 shots in 2 games for Halifax last week. He had an assist and even rating across 2 games for Team QMJHL against Russia in the Canada - Russia Series.

OHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Michael McLeod C 19.81 Mississauga 2 2 1 3 3 4 22.22% 4.50 1.50 71.05%
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 1 3 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 38
Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Marian Studenic RW 19.08 Hamilton 21 6 11 17 6 6 13.04% 2.19 0.81 30.00%
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 170 9 15 4 6 10 1 5 6 1 0 1 21
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Evan Cormier 20.05 19 18 8 7 3 0 3.03 0.902 98 1.10 0.06
Height: 6'3 Team SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 200 Saginaw 1 5.56% 8 44.44% 3 16.67% 4 22.22% 65.45% 32.73% 1.82%

The Devils activated Michael McLeod from the IR and re-assigned him to Mississauga on Wednesday. The Steelheads captain was quick to make his presence felt in his first game back against Oshawa on Friday, scoring on the PP, finishing a +1 with 3 shots, and winning 16/21 faceoffs. On Sunday against Niagara he had a goal, assist, +2, 4 PIM, 6 shots, and won 11/17 faceoffs. McLeod took a check to the head from Niagara's Adrian Carbonara that you can see here. Fortunately, McLeod was fine and even was able to jump back into the ensuing scrum. Neate Sager of Sportsnet, in his latest CHL Notebook, has quotes from McLeod about his time with the Devils and the valuable experience it was:

“But I was skating in New Jersey for about a month with (Travis) Zajac, (Brian) Boyle, (Kyle) Palmieri. They helped me a lot with getting through. It’s not cool being injured but it’s nice being there with top-end guys like that.

“I was probably skating with Boyle for about two weeks and it definitely rubbed off on me,” the 19-year-old McLeod added. “He was always so positive. With how nice he is and how positive he is with what he’s going through just shows the kind of guy he is. Being around him makes you want to be better – better guy, better teammate, better player.”

Marian Studenic stepped up and had a big week for the Hamilton Bulldogs. On Wednesday against Peterborough, he had 2 assists, +1, 4 PIM, and 2 shots. He had a quiet night on Friday against Kingston but would rebound the following day against Ottawa with a goal, 3 assists, +1, and 3 shots. After having just an assist after his first 7 games this season, he now has 6 goals and 10 assists over his last 14 games.

Evan Cormier made 26 saves on 30 shots in an overtime loss to London on Friday. He made 33 saves on 34 shots in a win over Erie on Sunday.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colby Sissons D 19.86 Swift Current 21 5 22 27 25 28 9.26% 2.57 1.29
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 190 15 20 2 11 13 3 9 12 0 2 2 30
Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Nikita Popugaev LW 19.01 Prince George 13 2 5 7 -13 4 4.08% 3.77 0.54
Height: 6'5.5 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 210 1 3 0 1 1 2 4 6 0 0 0 12

Colby Sissons continues to be a pivotal part of the Swift Current offense as he added 5 assists, an even rating, 6 PIM, and 12 shots in 4 games for the Broncos last week. Sissons is on a 6 game point streak with a goal and 8 assists in that stretch. He is now 2nd among scoring for WHL defensemen.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Brett Seney LW Merrimack 12 4 7 11 -2 22 15.38% 2.17 0.92 41.79% 29
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 180 21.74 Hockey East 4 8 1 1 2 3 6 9 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
JD Dudek RW Boston College 14 2 6 8 -5 8 5.88% 2.43 0.57 44.44% 18
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 21.82 Hockey East 2 4 2 2 4 0 4 4 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Joey Anderson RW Minnesota Duluth 8 2 1 3 1 4 6.25% 4.00 0.38 0.00% 13
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 195 19.44 NCHC 0 2 1 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Jeremy Davies D Northeastern 12 2 11 13 1 10 9.09% 1.83 1.08 21 34
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 188 20.98 Hockey East 5 7 1 4 5 1 6 7 0 1 1
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Reilly Walsh D Harvard 7 2 3 5 -2 12 16.67% 1.71 0.71 7 13
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 18.60 ECAC 2 4 0 1 1 2 2 4 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Matt Hellickson D Notre Dame 14 0 6 6 4 6 0.00% 1.00 0.43 9 12
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 181 19.68 Big Ten 3 3 0 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0

Brett Seney continues to center Merrimack's top line. In 2 games last week against Providence, he had 3 assists, -2, 4 shots, and won 16/36 faceoffs. He is currently on a 4 game point streak with 2 goals and 5 assists in that stretch.

JD Dudek had an assist, -1, 2 PIM, 4 shots, and won 1/3 faceoffs in 2 games for Boston College last week.

Joey Anderson remained out of action for Minnesota Duluth last weekend. According to Matt Wellens of the Duluth News Tribune and Bulldog Hockey Blog, Anderson did return to limited action in practice over the week.

Jeremy Davies continues to be a two-way threat for Northeastern playing big minutes. Last weekend he had a goal, assist, -1, and 2 shots in 2 games. He is currently on a 4 game point streak with 2 goals and 2 assists during that time. Davies has put up at least a point in 9 out of the 12 games he's played this season. You can see the goal he scored against Vermont on Friday below. He anticipates the play well, uses his speed to get past the defense, and skillfully beats the goaltender.

Reilly Walsh had an assist, +1, 2 PIM, and 3 shots in 2 games for Harvard last weekend as they took on Minnesota.

Matt Hellickson continued to play on the top pair for Notre Dame, adding an assist, even rating, and 5 shots in 2 games against RPI last weekend.

KHL/VHL/MHL

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks ATOI
Yegor Rykov D SKA St. Petersburg 33 1 7 8 10 18 26 3.85% 0.79 0.24 20 12:07
Height: 6'2 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 216 20.62 KHL 3 4 1 7 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 St. Petersburg 16 0 5 5 6 4 22 0.00% 1.38 0.31 54.55% 8:20
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 205 19.71 KHL 3 3 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 20
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks ATOI
Yegor Zaitsev D Dynamo Moscow 24 0 2 2 -1 26 11 0.00% 0.46 0.08 10 9:35
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 185 19.56 KHL 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Nikita Popugaev LW Zvezda Chekhov 6 0 2 2 -2 2 7 0.00% 1.17 0.33 N/A 14:06
Height: 6'5.5 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 210 19.01 VHL 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 10

Yegor Rykov had an assist, +2, and 1 shot while averaging 11:43 in ice time across 3 games for SKA last week.

Mikhail Maltsev and Russia wrapped up the Canada - Russia Series with 2 games against the QMJHL last week. Overall, he finished the series with 2 goals, +6, 4 PIM, 15 shots, and a 42.42 FO% in 6 games. He earned praise for his well rounded game from Sam Cosentino of Sportsnet and Corey Pronman of The Athletic. Maltsev then made his 7th apperance of the season for SKA-Neva of the VHL on Sunday, putting up 4 shots and winning 11/20 faceoffs in 19:03.

Yegor Zaitsev had an assist, +2, 6 PIM, and 7 shots across 6 games for Russia in the Canada - Russia Series.

Nikita Popugaev had an assist, +1, 2 PIM, and 6 shots while averaging 13:43 per game for Zvezda Chekhov in 3 VHL games last week.

Europe

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Fabian Zetterlund F Farjestads BK 20 0 2 2 0 4 15 0.00% 0.75 0.10 N/A 7:35
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 180 18.25 SHL 2 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Aarne Talvitie C Blues U20 19 14 10 24 14 8 N/A N/A N/A 1.26 N/A N/A
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 198 18.79 Jr. A SM-liiga N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Gilles Senn 21.74 11 10 6 3 0 1 2.70 0.907 104 -1.23 -0.11
Height: 6'5 Team SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 192 HC Davos 0 0.00% 6 60.00% 2 20.00% 1 10.00% 86.21% 13.79% 0.00%

Carl-Oscar Lysander of Hockey Sverige has this interview with Jesper Boqvist which talks about his impending return from a broken wrist and goal of making Sweden's WJC team. For a rough translation from Google click here.

Fabian Zetterlund had an assist, +2, 4 PIM, 2 shots, and averaged 10:47 per game across 3 games last week.

Aarne Talvitie had a goal and an assist over 3 games for the Espoo Blues U20 team last week. Yesterday, Penn State officially announced that Talvitie officially signed to join the class of 2022. He will join the Nittany Lions next summer and begin his collegiate career in the fall of 2018. Penn State Head Coach Guy Gadowsky had this to say about Talvitie:

“Aarne is an experienced player who has played in a lot of international competition. He is a very hardnosed player who’s offensively talented, but also tough to play against. He plays a strong 200 foot game and will be effective in all three zones.”

Gilles Senn made 21 saves on 23 shots in a victory over EHC Biel-Bienne last Friday.

Your Take

What prospects stood out to you this week? What are your expectations for McLeod now that he's back with Mississauga? How do you feel about the season that Jeremy Davies is having for Northeastern? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!