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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 2/21/17

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Week 20 of the 2016-17 prospect update saw Blake Speers continue to spark Sault Ste. Marie, the college prospects keep producing, and Albany have another busy week.

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John Quenneville has continued to have success in the AHL.
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This post will recap the 20th week of Devils prospect action for the 2016-17 season. It's highlighted by Blake Speers and John Quenneville having strong weeks and Albany keep on a busy run of games.

QMJHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Brandon Gignac C 19.30 Shawinigan 48 19 33 52 16 26 14.39% 2.75 1.08 56.24%
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 179 19 38 9 22 31 9 11 20 0 0 0 23

Brandon Gignac had 2 goals, an assist, +1, 12 shots, and won 54.43% of his faceoffs across 3 games for Shawinigan.

OHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Blake Speers RW 20.15 Sault Ste. Marie 19 13 10 23 7 8 17.81% 3.84 1.21 58.92%
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 183 6 19 8 5 13 2 5 7 2 0 2 30
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colton White D 19.82 Sault Ste. Marie 53 5 23 28 18 39 5.10% 1.85 0.53
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 193 12 17 4 20 24 0 2 2 1 0 1 13
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Michael McLeod C 19.06 Mississauga 46 16 37 53 16 45 11.35% 3.07 1.15 60.28%
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 22 38 11 27 38 4 7 11 1 1 2 28
Pos. Age GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Nathan Bastian RW 19.22 Mississauga 47 13 28 41 8 32 11.02% 2.51 0.87 48.06%
Height: 6'4 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 219 18 31 9 20 29 2 7 9 2 0 2 21
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Evan Cormier 19.31 41 41 19 15 5 2 3.31 0.897 102 -7.52 -0.19
Height: 6'2 Saginaw SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 OHL 2 4.88% 23 56.10% 11 26.83% 3 7.32% 69.47% 29.77% 0.76%

Blake Speers had 3 goals, an assist, even rating, 4 PIM, 12 shots, and won 61.22% of his faceoffs in 3 games for Sault Ste. Marie. Colton White had an assist, even rating, 2 PIM, and 6 shots during that stretch.

Michael McLeod had a relatively quiet week with 2 assists, +2, 2 PIM, 8 shots, and won 55.24% of his faceoffs in 4 games for Mississauga. Nathan Bastian returned to the line up, playing in all 4 games, adding a goal, assist, -2, 2 PIM, 7 shots, and won 39.47% of his faceoffs.

Evan Cormier went 1-0-1 last week. He made 27 saves on 28 shots in a victory over Flint on Friday. The following night he made 27 saves on 32 shots in an overtime loss to Kitchener. On Monday he made 27 saves on 32 shots in a victory over Sarnia.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Colby Sissons D 19.11 Swift Current 54 6 16 22 11 24 0.41 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 was a +2 with 4 PIM across 3 games for Swift Current last week. While he's a defense first prospect, he now has 0 points over his last 12 games.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Alex Kerfoot C Harvard 27 12 21 33 17 14 15.58% 2.85 1.22 46.96% 26
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 175 22.55 ECAC 15 27 5 10 15 6 4 10 1 4 5
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
JD Dudek LW Boston College 34 11 7 18 8 18 13.10% 2.47 0.53 0.00% 14
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 21.08 Hockey East 4 15 9 6 15 1 1 2 1 0 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Brett Seney C Merrimack 31 9 19 28 11 28 14.06% 2.06 0.90 44.68% 24
Height: 5'9 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 170 20.99 Hockey East 13 22 8 10 18 1 9 10 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Joey Anderson RW Minnesota Duluth 27 7 17 24 6 2 10.45% 2.48 0.89 15.79% 22
Height: 6'0 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 195 18.69 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 32 6 11 17 -5 34 9.52% 1.97 0.53 48 14
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 182 20.23 Hockey East 4 10 4 3 7 2 8 10 0 0 0

Alexander Kerfoot had a goal, assist, +3, 2 PIM, 4 shots, and won 38.71% of his faceoffs across 2 games for Harvard.

JD Dudek had an assist, even rating, 2 PIM, and 4 shots in 2 games against Vermont for BC last week.

Brett Seney had a goal, 2 assists, +1, 4 PIM, and 8 shots in 3 games for Merrimack.

Joey Anderson was held off the scoresheet with an even rating, 4 shots, and won 1/3 faceoffs in 2 games for Minnesota Duluth.

Jeremy Davies had an assist, +1, 2 PIM, and 2 shots in 2 games for Northeastern.

Europe

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP BLK ATOI
Yegor Rykov D SKA St. Petersburg 47 0 9 9 9 8 41 0.00% 0.87 0.19 39 12:24
Height: 6'2 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 216 19.87 KHL 5 5 0 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 12
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Mikhail Maltsev C SKA-Neva 34 2 12 14 13 21 57 3.51% 1.68 0.41 58.26% 12:07
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 205 18.96 VHL 10 12 2 11 13 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 18.96 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 41 6 13 19 -4 6 56 10.71% 1.37 0.46 0.00% 13:09
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 174 18.58 Allsvenskan 9 15 6 12 18 0 1 1 0 0 0 30

Yegor Rykov was a -2 with 2 PIM, 6 shots, 3 blocks, and averaged 11:26 in ice time across SKA's final 3 regular season games. The playoffs get underway today and SKA is the 2nd seed in the Western Conference and will take on 7th seeded Vityaz.

Mikhail Maltsev had 2 goals, +3, 6 shots, and won 51.43% of his faceoffs while averaging around 15 minutes in ice time per game across SKA-Neva's final 3 regular season games. They are the 2nd seed and will take on the 15th seeded HC Ryazan, starting on Saturday.

Jesper Bratt had 2 goals, -1, 6 shots, and averaged 10:08 in ice time across 3 games for AIK last week. His 2 goals against Almtuna IS on Sunday snapped a 7 game streak without a goal.

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 20.86 C 48 11 26 37 14 25 -14 51 122 9.02% 2.54 0.77 13.29 0.28 28 5 13 18 6 13 19 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Coleman 5'11 200 25.25 C 47 18 15 33 9 27 17 44 110 16.36% 2.34 0.70 14.12 0.30 25 15 14 29 2 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 0
Ben Sexton 5'11 195 25.73 C 53 19 12 31 3 22 -1 60 102 18.63% 1.92 0.58 13.84 0.26 21 11 6 17 8 6 14 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Gibbons 5'8 175 29.01 LW 52 11 17 28 8 19 -4 30 79 13.92% 1.52 0.54 10.80 0.21 19 7 12 19 4 4 8 0 0 0 0 1 1
Blake Pietila 5'11 200 24.02 LW 38 13 12 25 7 20 0 29 82 15.85% 2.16 0.66 10.52 0.28 24 7 10 17 4 2 6 0 0 0 2 0 2
Carter Camper 5'9 175 28.65 C 30 5 19 24 11 16 1 10 46 10.87% 1.53 0.80 8.03 0.27 29 4 9 13 1 10 11 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Blandisi 6'0 200 22.61 C 28 7 16 23 9 16 -2 56 55 12.73% 1.96 0.82 8.31 0.30 30 5 7 12 2 9 11 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reece Scarlett 6'1 185 23.91 D 48 3 16 19 6 9 -8 53 81 3.70% 1.69 0.40 6.09 0.13 14 1 7 8 2 9 11 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nick Lappin 6'1 175 24.32 RW 21 7 11 18 9 16 -1 6 52 13.46% 2.48 0.86 6.92 0.33 31 4 9 13 2 2 4 0 0 0 1 0 1
Vojtech Mozik 6'3 200 24.17 D 48 8 8 16 5 13 13 44 108 7.41% 2.25 0.33 6.64 0.14 12 1 6 7 7 2 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Rooney 6'2 190 23.77 C 55 9 5 14 5 14 -4 39 84 10.71% 1.53 0.25 6.37 0.12 9 7 2 9 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 32.49 LW 53 6 6 12 5 11 -5 16 56 10.71% 1.06 0.23 4.98 0.09 8 5 5 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Jan Mandat 6'0 205 21.27 C 31 5 7 12 6 11 4 19 34 14.71% 1.10 0.39 4.71 0.15 14 4 7 11 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Petr Straka 6'0 185 24.70 LW 25 3 9 12 5 8 -3 10 43 6.98% 1.72 0.48 4.15 0.17 17 3 4 7 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Karl Stollery 5'11 180 29.27 D 40 1 10 11 4 5 12 32 45 2.22% 1.13 0.28 3.32 0.08 10 1 7 8 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Max Novak 5'11 180 25.87 C 45 5 6 11 4 9 -8 19 61 8.20% 1.36 0.24 4.43 0.10 9 2 2 4 1 2 3 1 1 2 1 1 2
Yohann Auvitu 5'11 190 27.59 D 18 3 7 10 2 5 1 2 54 5.56% 3.00 0.56 3.60 0.20 20 3 4 7 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Kujawinski 6'2 200 21.91 C 24 4 5 9 4 8 7 16 29 13.79% 1.21 0.38 3.60 0.15 14 4 3 7 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1
Brandon Gormley 6'2 195 25.02 D 32 2 7 9 3 5 -12 28 47 4.26% 1.47 0.28 3.05 0.10 10 1 3 4 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jacob MacDonald 6'0 208 24.00 D 15 3 6 9 4 7 -4 0 33 9.09% 2.20 0.60 3.32 0.22 22 1 3 4 1 3 4 1 0 1 0 0 0
Josh Jacobs 6'2 200 21.03 D 37 0 7 7 4 4 -5 30 42 0.00% 1.14 0.19 1.94 0.05 7 0 6 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Seth Helgeson 6'4 215 26.39 D 31 2 4 6 3 5 10 39 31 6.45% 1.00 0.19 2.21 0.07 7 2 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Thomson 6'3 205 24.11 LW 54 4 2 6 2 6 -15 77 81 4.94% 1.50 0.11 2.77 0.05 4 4 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miles Wood 6'2 215 21.45 LW 14 3 3 6 3 6 -2 32 41 7.32% 2.93 0.43 2.49 0.18 15 2 2 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Andrew MacWilliam 6'2 230 26.93 D 49 0 4 4 1 1 -13 83 52 0.00% 1.06 0.08 1.11 0.02 3 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Luke Gadzic 6'4 225 27.59 LW 23 0 3 3 2 2 -4 44 17 0.00% 0.74 0.13 0.83 0.04 5 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Ward 6'1 205 25.04 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 24.99 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 21.98 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 26.39 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 24.16 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 20.21 22 21 11 8 1 1 2.85 0.900 111 -5.70 -0.28
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 1200.52 1 4.76% 7 33.33% 3 14.29% 5 23.81% 59.65% 33.33% 7.02%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 24.54 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 21.88 25 25 14 11 0 0 2.45 0.906 104 -2.50 -0.10
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 210 1495.92 0 0.00% 13 52.00% 4 16.00% 2 8.00% 80.33% 14.75% 4.92%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
J.P. Anderson 24.84 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 1st in the North Division by points with 62 points after 55 games. 2nd place Syracuse is a point behind with 3 games in hand. Their all situation PDO is currently 99.78%. They currently have a Shots For% of 52.15%. The PP is currently operating at 18.53% which is 13th in the league, while the PK is at 85.06% which is 4th in the league.

Injury Update: Scott Wedgewood (shoulder), Jan Mandat (illness), Brandon Gormley (illness), and Blake Pietila (upper body injury) all remain sidelined.

Transactions: Sergey Kalinin cleared waivers and was assigned to Albany on 2/18 before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. Viktor Loov came back the other way and is now with Albany.

Wednesday 2/15: Albany defeated Syracuse 6-1. Blake Coleman, Brian Gibbons, Ben Sexton, and John Quenneville had a goal and an assist each. The other goal scorers for Albany were Kevin Rooney and Vojtech Mozik. Andrew MacWilliam and Reece Scarlett had 2 assists followed by Max Novak, Ryan Kujawinski, Petr Straka, and Yohann Auvitu with one each. Quenneville had 7 shots followed by Sexton with 5 as the Devils outshot the Crunch 35-27. Mackenzie Blackwood made 26 saves. Albany went 3/8 on the PP and 7/7 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Friday 2/17: Albany defeated Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4-0. Blake Coleman, Ben Sexton, Max Novak, and Nick Lappin had the goals. Brian Gibbons and Yohann Auvitu had 2 assists followed by John Quenneville, Carter Camper, Lappin, and Rod Pelley with an assist each. Coleman had 5 shots as the Devils outshot the Penguins 34-24. Mackenzie Blackwood earned the 24 save shutout. Albany went 0/3 on the PP and 1/1 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Saturday 2/18: Albany lost to Bridgeport 3-2. Carter Camper and Nick Lappin had the goals. Lappin, John Quenneville, Camper, and Jacob MacDonald had an assist each. Karl Stollery and Brian Gibbons had 4 shots each as the Devils outshot the Sound Tigers 33-28. Ken Appleby made 25 saves. Albany went 2/2 on the PP and 3/3 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Monday 2/20: Albany lost to Utica 3-2. Carter Camper and Ryan Kujawinski had the goals. Petr Straka, Josh Jacobs, and Kevin Rooney had an assist each. Reece Scarlett and Nick Lappin had 4 shots as the Devils and Comets each had 35 shots. Mackenzie Blackwood made 32 saves. Albany went 0/6 on the PP and 5/6 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Coming Up: Albany takes on St. John's on Friday and 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 21.92 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 21.03 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 21.88 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 missed all 4 of Adirondack's games last week due to injury.

Prospect of the Week

Blake Speers earns this week's honors after adding 3 goals, an assist, 12 shots, and winning 61.22% of his faceoffs in 3 games. Averaging 1.21 Pts/GP, 3.84 SH/GP, and a 58.92 FO%, it's clear he's enjoying his final season in the OHL.

ADevil of the Week

I'm going to give this week's honors to John Quenneville. The playmaking center had a goal, 3 assists, and 12 shots in 4 games last week for Albany and continues to be a force for the Devils. Hopefully he can keep it up for the remainder of the season and perhaps earn another call-up to New Jersey.

Your Take

How do you feel about the seasons that Speers and Quenneville are having? What about Albany's recent run of games? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!