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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 12/26/17

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Week 12 of the 2017-18 prospect update saw various Devils prospects gear up for international competition while European based prospects continued regular season action.

USA v Canada - 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship
It’s nearly time for Joey Anderson and the US to take on Canada again at the World Junior Chamionship.

The twelfth week of the 2017-18 prospect update is here. It's highlighted by Yegor Zaitsev being named captain of Russia's WJC team, Reilly Walsh being cut from the US WJC team, and Jeremy Davies being named to Canada's Spengler Cup team. This upcoming week is jam packed with Devils prospect action, especially at the World Junior Championship where the Devils will have a NHL high 7 prospects in action: Joey Anderson (USA), Michael McLeod (CAN), Jesper Boqvist and Fabian Zetterlund (SWE), Mikhail Maltsev and Yegor Zaitsev (RUS), and Marian Studenic (SVK). Here is the full schedule of group play and a quick reminder that the NHL Network will have a lot of action for those of us in the USA.

QMJHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Jocktan Chainey D 18.31 Halifax 33 4 19 23 15 32 7.02% 1.73 0.70
Height: 6'0 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 10 14 3 8 11 1 9 10 0 1 1 14

Jocktan Chainey and Halifax had the week off for the holiday break.

OHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Michael McLeod C 19.90 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 19.17 Hamilton 32 13 17 30 15 10 16.05% 2.53 0.94 44.44%
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 170 11 24 9 10 19 3 7 10 1 0 1 24
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Evan Cormier 20.15 29 28 14 10 3 0 2.90 0.912 86 12.54 0.48
Height: 6'3 Team SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 200 Saginaw 2 7.14% 15 53.57% 6 21.43% 4 14.29% 65.79% 32.89% 1.32%

Michael McLeod had 4 assists as Canada dominated their 2 pre-tournament games over the Czech Republic and Switzerland. They open up their WJC play later today with a game against Finland at 4 PM EST on NHL Network.

Marian Studenic had 2 goals for Slovakia as they defeated Belarus in a pre-tournament match. Slovakia will take on Canada at 7 PM EST on Wednesday on NHL Network to start their WJC.

Evan Cormier and Saginaw had the week off.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colby Sissons D 19.96 Swift Current 34 7 31 38 26 44 7.14% 2.88 1.12
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 190 19 26 3 15 18 4 14 18 0 2 2 26
Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Nikita Popugaev LW 19.11 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 and Swift Current had the week off for the holiday break.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Brett Seney LW Merrimack 17 4 11 15 -2 34 11.76% 2.00 0.88 42.40% 27
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 180 21.84 Hockey East 7 11 1 3 4 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 21.92 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 19.53 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 17 3 13 16 2 12 8.57% 2.06 0.94 28 29
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 188 21.07 Hockey East 5 8 1 4 5 2 8 10 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 18.69 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 19.78 Big Ten 3 3 0 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0

Brett Seney, JD Dudek, and Matt Hellickson had the week off.

Joey Anderson played RW on the US top line with Patrick Harper and Ryan Poehling in their final pre-tournament game on Friday. The US opens up their WJC play tonight with a match against Denmark at 8 PM EST on NHL Network.

Reilly Walsh was cut from the US team on Thursday but it's still encouraging to see how close he came to breaking through this year. If he keeps up his current development, he should have no problem making next year's team. Prior to being cut, Walsh had a goal as the US defeated Belarus 14-0 on Wednesday night.

Last Tuesday, Jeremy Davies was named to Team Canada for the Spengler Cup. The tournament will run from 12/26 to 12/31 in Davos, Switzerland and will represent a chance for him to make his case for being selected to the Olympic team. Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan had this to say about Davies:

"Jeremy has been one of our most dependable defensemen from the moment he stepped on campus last season," said Madigan. "His steady play in his own zone while also being an offensive threat at the other end of the ice is something we've come to rely on, and he has emerged as one of the best puck-moving blueliners in the NCAA."

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 42 1 10 11 12 20 35 2.86% 0.83 0.26 24 12:27
Height: 6'2 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 216 20.71 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 19.80 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 19.66 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 7 0 1 1 0 2 4 0.00% 0.57 0.14 0.00% 5:10
Height: 6'5.5 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 210 19.11 KHL 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9

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 19.80 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 13 3 2 5 1 2 16 0.00% 1.23 0.38 N/A 12:11
Height: 6'5.5 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 210 19.11 VHL 1 4 3 1 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 11

Yegor Rykov had an even rating, 3 shots, and 2 blocks while averaging around 13 minutes per game across 2 games last week for SKA.

As expected, both Mikhail Maltsev and Yegor Zaitsev were named to Russia's team for the WJC. Zaitsev will captain the squad with Maltsev serving as one of the alternates. Russia takes on the Czech Republic at 12 PM EST today on NHL Network.

Nikita Popugaev played 3:03 for CSKA in KHL action last Tuesday. He did have a goal, +1, and a shot in 8:25 of action in a VHL game on Saturday. He now has scored in 3 straight VHL matches.

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 19.17 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 18.35 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 15 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 18.88 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 21.83 19 18 10 6 0 1 2.82 0.906 106 -4.56 -0.25
Height: 6'5 Team SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 192 HC Davos 1 5.56% 9 50.00% 2 11.11% 3 16.67% 86.54% 11.54% 1.92%

Jesper Boqvist and Fabian Zetterlund both officially made the Swedish team for the WJC. Boqvist should be on a top line with Lias Anderson and Fredrik Karlstrom. Zetterlund will be in a more complementary role. Sweden opens up the tournament with a game against Belarus at 2 PM EST today.

Aarne Talvitie had the week off.

Gilles Senn had a solid week for HC Davos with 2 victories. He made 20 saves on 23 shots against HC Lugano on Tuesday and followed that up with a 20 save shutout over SCL Tigers on Friday.

Your Take

What are your thoughts on Jeremy Davies making Canada's Spengler Cup roster? What about Reilly Walsh being cut from the US team for the WJC? What expectations do you have for the WJC? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!