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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 2/14/17

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Week 19 of the 2016-17 prospect update saw Michael McLeod continue to standout in OHL play, Alexander Kerfoot help lead Harvard to the Beanpot title, and Albany have a very busy week with mixed results.

Barrie Colts v Mississauga Steelheads
Michael McLeod has continued to produce for Mississauga.
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This post will recap the 19th week of Devils prospect action for the 2016-17 season. It's highlighted by Michael McLeod's strong play, Alexander Kerfoot and Harvard capturing the Beanpot, and Albany's crazy week.

QMJHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Brandon Gignac C 19.28 Shawinigan 45 17 32 49 15 26 14.17% 2.67 1.09 56.41%
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 179 18 35 7 22 29 9 10 19 0 0 0 23

Brandon Gignac had 2 goals, an even rating, 4 PIM, 5 shots, and won 57.45% 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 20.13 Sault Ste. Marie 16 10 9 19 7 4 16.39% 3.81 1.19 58.49%
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 183 5 15 7 5 12 1 4 5 1 0 1 29
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colton White D 19.80 Sault Ste. Marie 50 5 22 27 18 37 5.43% 1.84 0.54
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 193 12 17 4 19 23 0 2 2 1 0 1 13
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Michael McLeod C 19.04 Mississauga 42 16 35 51 14 43 12.03% 3.17 1.21 60.79%
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 21 37 11 26 37 4 7 11 1 1 2 30
Pos. Age GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Nathan Bastian RW 19.21 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 19.29 38 38 17 15 4 2 3.28 0.898 101 -5.44 -0.15
Height: 6'2 Saginaw SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 OHL 2 5.26% 22 57.89% 9 23.68% 2 5.26% 69.17% 30.00% 0.83%

Blake Speers had 3 goals, an assist, +3, 11 shots, and won 58.82% of his faceoffs across 3 games for Sault Ste. Marie. His teammate, Colton White, had a goal, 2 assists, +2, and 5 shots during that stretch.

Michael McLeod had 2 goals, 4 assists, +1, 5 shots, and won 67.57% of his faceoffs over the course of 3 games for Mississauga last week. Nathan Bastian is expected to return from his knee injury this week.

Evan Cormier lost both of his starts last week for Saginaw. He made 21 saves on 24 shots against Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday and then made 28 saves on 31 shots against Mississauga on Sunday.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Colby Sissons D 19.10 Swift Current 51 6 16 22 9 20 0.43 9
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 had a +2 rating across 3 games for Swift Current last week.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Alex Kerfoot C Harvard 25 11 20 31 14 12 15.07% 2.92 1.24 47.92% 26
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 175 22.53 ECAC 15 26 4 9 13 6 4 10 1 4 5
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
JD Dudek LW Boston College 32 11 6 17 8 16 13.75% 2.50 0.53 0.00% 14
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 21.06 Hockey East 4 15 9 5 14 1 1 2 1 0 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Brett Seney C Merrimack 28 8 17 25 10 24 14.29% 2.00 0.89 44.44% 24
Height: 5'9 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 170 20.98 Hockey East 11 19 7 9 16 1 8 9 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Joey Anderson RW Minnesota Duluth 25 7 17 24 6 2 11.11% 2.52 0.96 12.50% 24
Height: 6'0 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 195 18.67 Hockey East 10 17 6 12 18 1 5 6 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP BLK NHLe
Jeremy Davies D Northeastern 30 6 10 16 -6 32 9.84% 2.03 0.53 48 14
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 182 20.21 Hockey East 3 9 4 2 6 2 8 10 0 0 0

Alexander Kerfoot had an assist, +3, 4 shots, and won 4/16 faceoffs against Union on Friday. He led Harvard to a Beanpot Championship against Boston University on Monday with a goal, +2, 7 shots, and won 9/19 faceoffs.

JD Dudek was a -1 with 2 PIM and 4 shots across 2 games for Boston College last week.

Brett Seney had 3 assists with a +3 and 2 shots in Merrimack's victory over Boston College on Friday.

Joey Anderson and Minnesota Duluth were off this past week.

Jeremy Davies was a -1 with 2 PIM and 2 shots in 2 games for Northeastern last week.

Europe

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP BLK ATOI
Yegor Rykov D SKA St. Petersburg 44 0 9 9 11 6 35 0.00% 0.80 0.20 36 12:28
Height: 6'2 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 216 19.85 KHL 5 5 0 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 13
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Mikhail Maltsev C SKA-Neva 31 0 12 12 10 21 51 0.00% 1.65 0.39 59.09% 11:50
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 205 18.94 VHL 10 10 0 11 11 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 18.94 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 38 4 13 17 -3 6 50 8.00% 1.32 0.45 0.00% 13:23
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 174 18.56 Allsvenskan 9 13 4 12 16 0 1 1 0 0 0 33

Yegor Rykov represented Russia at the 2017 Sweden Hockey Games from 2/9-2/12. According to Mike Morreale, he was named the Best Defenseman of the tournament.

Mikhail Maltsev helped SKA-Neva to a 3-0 win over Sokol with an assist, +2, 4 shots, and won 8/11 faceoffs in 13:19.

Jesper Bratt represented Sweden at the U19 5 Nations Tournament in Switzerland from 2/7-2/11. He played in 4 games and had 2 goals, 3 assists, -1, 0 PIM, and 16 shots.

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 20.85 C 44 10 23 33 12 22 -12 46 110 9.09% 2.50 0.75 12.01 0.27 27 5 12 17 5 11 16 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Coleman 5'11 200 25.23 C 43 16 14 30 8 24 15 44 101 15.84% 2.35 0.70 12.85 0.30 25 13 13 26 2 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 0
Ben Sexton 5'11 195 25.71 C 49 17 11 28 2 19 1 51 90 18.89% 1.84 0.57 12.57 0.26 21 10 6 16 7 5 12 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Pietila 5'11 200 24.00 LW 38 13 12 25 7 20 0 29 82 15.85% 2.16 0.66 10.62 0.28 24 7 10 17 4 2 6 0 0 0 2 0 2
Brian Gibbons 5'8 175 28.99 LW 48 10 14 24 6 16 -5 26 68 14.71% 1.42 0.50 9.50 0.20 18 6 11 17 4 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Blandisi 6'0 200 22.59 C 28 7 16 23 9 16 -2 56 55 12.73% 1.96 0.82 8.38 0.30 30 5 7 12 2 9 11 0 0 0 0 0 0
Carter Camper 5'9 175 28.63 C 26 3 17 20 10 13 2 10 41 7.32% 1.58 0.77 6.43 0.25 28 3 8 11 0 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reece Scarlett 6'1 185 23.89 D 44 3 14 17 6 9 -12 51 72 4.17% 1.64 0.39 5.59 0.13 14 1 6 7 2 8 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vojtech Mozik 6'3 200 24.15 D 44 7 8 15 5 12 15 42 102 6.86% 2.32 0.34 6.15 0.14 12 1 6 7 6 2 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nick Lappin 6'1 175 24.30 RW 18 5 9 14 7 12 -2 4 42 11.90% 2.33 0.78 5.31 0.29 28 4 8 12 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jan Mandat 6'0 205 21.26 C 31 5 7 12 6 11 4 19 34 14.71% 1.10 0.39 4.75 0.15 14 4 7 11 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Rooney 6'2 190 23.75 C 51 8 4 12 4 12 -5 37 78 10.26% 1.53 0.24 5.59 0.11 8 6 1 7 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2
Karl Stollery 5'11 180 29.25 D 36 1 10 11 4 5 12 24 38 2.63% 1.06 0.31 3.35 0.09 11 1 7 8 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 32.48 LW 49 6 5 11 5 11 -6 16 52 11.54% 1.06 0.22 4.75 0.10 8 5 5 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Petr Straka 6'0 185 24.68 LW 21 3 7 10 3 6 -4 10 35 8.57% 1.67 0.48 3.63 0.17 17 3 3 6 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Max Novak 5'11 180 25.85 C 42 4 5 9 3 7 -10 17 59 6.78% 1.40 0.21 3.63 0.09 8 1 1 2 1 2 3 1 1 2 1 1 2
Brandon Gormley 6'2 195 25.01 D 32 2 7 9 3 5 -12 28 47 4.26% 1.47 0.28 3.07 0.10 10 1 3 4 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jacob MacDonald 6'0 208 23.98 D 14 3 5 8 4 7 -3 0 30 10.00% 2.14 0.57 3.07 0.22 21 1 3 4 1 2 3 1 0 1 0 0 0
Ryan Kujawinski 6'2 200 21.90 C 22 3 4 7 3 6 5 16 26 11.54% 1.18 0.32 2.79 0.13 11 3 2 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1
Yohann Auvitu 5'11 190 27.57 D 15 3 4 7 2 5 -2 2 46 6.52% 3.07 0.47 2.79 0.19 17 3 2 5 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Seth Helgeson 6'4 215 26.37 D 31 2 4 6 3 5 10 39 31 6.45% 1.00 0.19 2.23 0.07 7 2 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Jacobs 6'2 200 21.01 D 33 0 6 6 4 4 -6 28 38 0.00% 1.15 0.18 1.68 0.05 7 0 5 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Thomson 6'3 205 24.10 LW 50 4 2 6 2 6 -15 70 73 5.48% 1.46 0.12 2.79 0.06 4 4 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miles Wood 6'2 215 21.44 LW 14 3 3 6 3 6 -2 32 41 7.32% 2.93 0.43 2.51 0.18 15 2 2 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Luke Gadzic 6'4 225 27.58 LW 19 0 3 3 2 2 -5 37 14 0.00% 0.74 0.16 0.84 0.04 6 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Andrew MacWilliam 6'2 230 26.91 D 45 0 2 2 1 1 -15 79 45 0.00% 1.00 0.04 0.56 0.01 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Ward 6'1 205 25.02 LW 8 0 1 1 0 0 -2 0 4 0.00% 0.50 0.13 0.28 0.03 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ty Loney 6'3 205 24.98 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 21.96 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 26.37 D 1 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 1 0.00% 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tylor Spink 5'10 180 24.14 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 20.20 19 18 9 7 1 1 3.11 0.890 122 -8.77 -0.55
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 1022.45 0 0.00% 4 22.22% 3 16.67% 5 27.78% 60.38% 33.96% 5.66%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 24.52 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 21.87 24 24 14 10 0 0 2.42 0.907 98 1.24 0.06
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 210 1437.67 0 0.00% 13 54.17% 4 16.67% 2 8.33% 79.31% 15.52% 5.17%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
J.P. Anderson 24.82 1 1 0 1 0 0 4.07 0.857 159 -1.48 -1.51
Height: 5'11 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 185 58.95 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 75.00% 25.00% 0.00%

Albany went 2-2 last week and currently sit 2nd in the North Division with 58 points after 51 games. Their all situation PDO is currently 99.42%. They currently have a Shots For% of 51.93%. The PP is currently operating at 17.84% which is 15th in the league, while the PK is at 84.38% which is 7th in the league.

Injury Update: Scott Wedgewood (shoulder) remains sidelined.

Transactions: Karl Stollery and Joe Blandisi were returned to Albany on 2/7. J.P. Anderson was released from his PTO on 2/8. Joe Blandisi was recalled by New Jersey on 2/11.

Tuesday 2/7: Albany lost to Providence 4-1. Vojtech Mozik the Devils goal on the PP with Nick Lappin and Carter Camper earning an assist each. Mozik had 4 shots as the Devils were outshot 26-20 by the Bruins. Ken Appleby made 22 saves on 25 shots. Albany went 1/3 on the PP and 1/3 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Friday 2/10: Albany defeated Rochester 3-2. Ben Thomson, Karl Stollery, and Nick Lappin had the goals. John Quenneville had 2 assists while Luke Gazdic, Stollery, Vojtech Mozik, and Carter Camper had an assist each. Blake Coleman had 6 shots as the Devils outshot the Americans 35-30. Ken Appleby made 28 saves. Albany went 1/3 on the PP and 5/5 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Saturday 2/11: Albany defeated Toronto 5-4 in overtime. Jan Mandat and Ben Sexton had 2 goals followed by Petr Straka with the other one in regulation. Yohann Auvitu had the game winning goal in overtime. Blake Coleman and Nick Lappin had 2 assists followed by John Quenneville, Kevin Rooney, Vojtech Mozik, Straka, and Jacob MacDonald with one each. Auvitu had 6 shots followed by Sexton with 5 as the Devils outshot the Marlies 45-37. Albany went 1/6 on the PP and 3/3 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Sunday 2/12: Albany lost to Toronto 6-2. Carter Camper and Reece Scarlett had the goals for Albany. Josh Jacobs, Nick Lappin, and Jacob MacDonald earned an assist each. Blake Coleman and Brian Gibbons had 5 shots each as the Devils outshot the Marlies 33-31. Ken Appleby made 25 saves. Albany went 1/7 on the PP and 5/6 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Coming Up: Albany has another busy week coming up, taking on Syracuse tomorrow, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday, Bridgeport on Saturday, and Utica on Monday.

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 21.90 F 17 0 3 3 2 2 2 11 21 0.00% 1.24 0.18 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Jacobs 6'2 200 21.01 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 21.87 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 and 6 shots in his only appearance for Adirondack last week.

Prospect of the Week

Michael McLeod earns this week's honors after posting 2 goals, 4 assists, 5 shots, and winning 67.57% of his faceoffs in 3 games last week. He now has 17 points over his last 9 games and is 2nd on Mississauga in scoring with 51 points in 42 games. He leads his team in assists with 35 which ranks him tied for 21st in the OHL. He's continued to impress with his blazing speed which he uses to exit and enter zones effectively and his quality vision which helps him create plays for his teammates. One concern I do have about his game is how will it translate to the professional level when he's facing stronger, faster defenders. Regardless, he's a high quality prospect and will have plenty of time to keep rounding out his overall game to compliment his standout skills.

ADevil of the Week

Vojtech Mozik earns this week's honors after adding a goal, 2 assists, +1, and 11 shots over the course of 4 games last week. He now has 1 point in 4 of his past 5 games and has been consistently getting involved at both ends of the rink.

Your Take

Which players stood out to you this past week? What are your thoughts on Kerfoot as a prospect? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!