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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 12/12/17

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Week 10 of the 2017-18 prospect update saw Michael McLeod, Joey Anderson, and Jesper Boqvist have strong performances.

Hamilton Bulldogs v Mississauga Steelheads
Michael McLeod #9 celebrates his goal with Owen Tippett #74 of the Mississauga Steelheads during game action against the Hamilton Bulldogs on December 10, 2017 at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
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The tenth week of the 2017-18 prospect update is here. It's highlighted by the productive play of Michael McLeod, Joey Anderson, and Jesper Boqvist. The WJC continues to draw closer together and with that we get a better idea of which Devils prospects could be participating in the tournament in a few weeks.

QMJHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Jocktan Chainey D 18.27 Halifax 32 3 19 22 14 32 5.56% 1.69 0.69
Height: 6'0 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 10 13 3 8 11 0 9 9 0 1 1 14

Jocktan Chainey had a goal, assist, -2, 6 PIM, and 7 shots across 3 games for Halifax last week.

OHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Michael McLeod C 19.87 Mississauga 11 8 5 13 -1 10 22.22% 3.27 1.18 67.05%
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 3 11 4 5 9 3 0 3 1 0 1 30
Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Marian Studenic RW 19.13 Hamilton 30 12 16 28 14 10 15.58% 2.57 0.93 44.44%
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 170 11 23 8 10 18 3 6 9 1 0 1 24
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Evan Cormier 20.11 26 25 12 9 3 0 3.00 0.908 92 5.90 0.25
Height: 6'3 Team SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 200 Saginaw 1 4.00% 13 52.00% 5 20.00% 4 16.00% 65.28% 33.33% 1.39%

Michael McLeod had a productive week for Mississauga with 3 goals, 2 assists, even rating, 10 shots, and 72.16 FO%. McLeod seems to have rebounded from a 3 game scoreless streak to close out November, as he now has 5 goals and 3 assists over his last 5 games. Yesterday, Michael Traikos of the National Post, published this article on McLeod being a key player for Canada at the upcoming WJC. Here are some quotes on McLeod from Team Canada scout Brad McEwen and Mississauga Steelheads GM James Richmond:

“He can fill different roles for us and be a real effective player,” said Team Canada scout Brad McEwen. “His foundation is his skating and his speed. His game is built around that. Mike can be a really big piece in our leadership group and help out everybody.”

“With that type of speed and that type of compete level, he’s going to make things happen,” said Richmond. “They used him in a sparing role last year, but when he was on the ice, you knew that he was on the ice, and the other team knew he was, too. I think it will be more of the same this year.

Marian Studenic had a goal, 2 assists, +2, 2 PIM, and 9 shots across 3 games for Hamilton last week. He'll be a key player for his native Slovakia at the WJC.

Evan Cormier had an inconsistent week. He surrendered 6 goals on 31 shots in 40 minutes in a loss to Hamilton on Saturday. He rebounded nicely with 33 saves on 34 shots in a victory over Oshawa on Sunday.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colby Sissons D 19.92 Swift Current 31 6 31 37 24 38 6.82% 2.84 1.19
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 190 19 25 3 15 18 3 14 17 0 2 2 27
Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Nikita Popugaev LW 19.07 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 had a goal, assist, -2, 4 PIM, and 15 shots over the course of 4 games for Swift Current. Brayden Sullivan of DubNetwork.ca praised Sissons' two-way game after a strong performance on Sunday against Edmonton where he had his goal.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Brett Seney LW Merrimack 16 4 10 14 -3 34 12.12% 2.06 0.88 44.64% 27
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 180 21.80 Hockey East 6 10 1 2 3 3 8 11 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
JD Dudek RW Boston College 17 2 7 9 -8 14 4.76% 2.47 0.53 35.71% 16
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 21.88 Hockey East 3 5 2 3 5 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 13 4 5 9 5 6 9.30% 3.31 0.69 18.18% 24
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 195 19.49 NCHC 3 7 2 4 6 2 1 3 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Jeremy Davies D Northeastern 16 3 12 15 2 12 10.34% 1.81 0.94 27 29
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 188 21.03 Hockey East 5 8 1 4 5 2 7 9 0 1 1
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Reilly Walsh D Harvard 10 3 5 8 3 14 14.29% 2.10 0.80 7 15
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 18.65 ECAC 3 6 0 2 2 3 3 6 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Matt Hellickson D Notre Dame 20 0 6 6 4 8 0.00% 0.90 0.30 13 8
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 181 19.74 Big Ten 3 3 0 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0

Brett Seney had 3 assists, an even rating, 4 shots, and a 57.89 FO% across 2 games for Merrimack. He's currently in a three-way tie on top of the points leaderboard for Merrimack.

JD Dudek missed Boston College's game against Northeastern on Saturday.

Joey Anderson enjoyed his weekend as Minnesota Duluth took on Omaha for a 2 game set. Anderson had 2 goals, 3 assists, +5, and 6 shots. It's been a tough sophomore campaign for Anderson, mainly due to injury, so it's nice to see him have a strong series like this. Hopefully this helps get him back on track and ready to go for the USA at the WJC in a few weeks.

Jeremy Davies had a goal, even rating, and 3 shots in Northeastern's only game of the week against BC on Saturday.

Reilly Walsh and Harvard had the week off. Walsh, like Anderson, was also named to the preliminary list for Team USA ahead of the WJC. Unlike Anderson, Walsh isn't a lock to make the team and will have to overcome some fierce competition to earn a spot.

Matt Hellickson was a -2 with 2 shots over 2 games for Notre Dame as they took on Wisconsin. He continues working to establish himself on the 2nd pair.

KHL/VHL

KHL

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks ATOI
Yegor Rykov D SKA St. Petersburg 40 1 10 11 12 20 32 3.13% 0.80 0.28 22 12:26
Height: 6'2 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 216 20.67 KHL 5 6 1 10 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 17
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Mikhail Maltsev C SKA St. Petersburg 17 0 5 5 6 4 24 0.00% 1.41 0.29 56.25% 8:21
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 205 19.76 KHL 3 3 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 19
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks ATOI
Yegor Zaitsev D Dynamo Moscow 25 0 2 2 -1 26 12 0.00% 0.48 0.08 10 9:14
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 185 19.62 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 CSKA Moscow 6 0 1 1 0 2 4 0.00% 0.67 0.17 0.00% 5:32
Height: 6'5.5 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 210 19.07 KHL 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11

VHL

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Mikhail Maltsev C SKA-Neva 11 2 5 7 7 4 18 11.11% 1.64 0.64 59.68% 17:22
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 205 19.76 VHL 4 6 2 5 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 17
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Nikita Popugaev LW Zvezda Chekhov 8 0 2 2 -3 2 8 0.00% 1.00 0.25 N/A 12:29
Height: 6'5.5 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 210 19.07 VHL 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 7

Yegor Rykov had an even rating and 3 shots while playing between 13-15 minutes per game across 2 games for SKA last week. He was named to represent Russia at the MECA Hockey Games in Norway from Thursday 12/14 to Saturday 12/16.

Mikhail Maltsev and Yegor Zaitsev are currently training with the Russian U20 team ahead of the WJC. Russia will train domestically until 12/17 before traveling over to Rochester for camp and exhibitions matches between 12/18 and 12/24.

Nikita Popugaev had an even rating in 3:05 of KHL play against Dinamo Riga last Tuesday. He was a -1 in 8:22 in his lone VHL appearance last week.

Europe

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Jesper Boqvist C Brynas IF 4 1 1 2 1 0 6 16.67% 1.50 0.50 N/A 10:50
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 179 19.13 SHL 1 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 25
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Fabian Zetterlund F Farjestads BK 26 0 2 2 -2 6 17 0.00% 0.65 0.08 N/A 8:01
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 180 18.31 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 26 19 14 33 12 10 N/A N/A N/A 1.27 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 18.84 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 21.79 15 14 8 4 0 1 2.84 0.905 107 -2.64 -0.18
Height: 6'5 Team SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 192 HC Davos 0 0.00% 7 50.00% 2 14.29% 2 14.29% 87.80% 12.20% 0.00%

Jesper Boqvist had a goal, assist, +1, and 5 shots while averaging 13:24 across 2 games for Brynas IF. This is great to see as he gets ready to fight for a place on Sweden's WJC team. You can cehck out his first SHL goal below, thanks to Patrik Bexell:

Fabian Zetterlund was a -1 with a shot while averaging 8:22 across 3 games for Farjestad last week. He will also be competing for a spot on the Swedish WJC team.

Aarne Talvitie had a goal, an assist, and a -2 last week in 3 games for the Blues U20 team.

Gilles Senn made 32 saves on 34 shots in a victory over EHC Biel-Bienne on Saturday.

Your Take

What prospects stood out to you this week? Which prospects are you most excited to watch in the WJC? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!