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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 3/14/17

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Week 23 of the 2016-17 prospect update saw Brandon Gignac excel in the QMJHL, the college conference playoffs heat up, and Albany have a strong week.

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Brandon Gignac once again put together another solid week.
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This post will recap the 23rd week of Devils prospect action for the 2016-17 season. It's highlighted by Brandon Gignac's play, the Devils get connected to some undrafted free agents out of the NCAA, and Albany continue to get results.

QMJHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Brandon Gignac C 19.36 Shawinigan 57 21 39 60 23 30 13.73% 2.68 1.05 55.25%
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 179 23 44 11 27 38 9 12 21 0 0 0 22

Brandon Gignac had an interesting week for Shawinigan. In their 1st game of the week he had a goal, 3 assists (one of which was on the game winning goal in OT), +3, 3 shots, and won 11/17 faceoffs against Drummondville. In their next game he had an even rating with 2 shots and won just 3/13 faceoffs against Gatineau. He closed out the week with an assist, 3 shots, and won 15/23 faceoffs against Blainville-Boisbriand.

OHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Blake Speers RW 20.20 Sault Ste. Marie 27 14 17 31 13 14 14.00% 3.70 1.15 60.95%
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 183 9 23 8 10 18 2 6 8 3 0 3 28
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colton White D 19.87 Sault Ste. Marie 61 6 24 30 24 41 5.36% 1.84 0.49
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 193 13 19 5 21 26 0 2 2 1 0 1 12
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Michael McLeod C 19.12 Mississauga 53 22 44 66 25 47 13.66% 3.04 1.25 59.94%
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 26 48 15 31 46 5 8 13 2 3 5 31
Pos. Age GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Nathan Bastian RW 19.28 Mississauga 54 15 29 44 14 34 11.36% 2.44 0.81 48.04%
Height: 6'4 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 219 19 34 10 21 31 2 7 9 3 0 3 20
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Evan Cormier 19.36 47 47 22 18 5 2 3.26 0.898 101 -6.89 -0.15
Height: 6'2 Saginaw SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 OHL 2 4.26% 27 57.45% 11 23.40% 3 6.38% 69.80% 29.53% 0.67%

Blake Speers and Colton White both had productive weeks for Sault Ste. Marie. Speers had 3 assists, +4, 4 PIM, 10 shots, and a 71.43 FO% across 3 games. White had a goal, +4, 2 PIM, and 4 shots across 3 games.

Michael McLeod had an assist, even rating, 2 PIM, 6 shots, and 70.83 FO% across 2 games for Mississauga. Nathan Bastian had a goal, +2, 2 PIM, 4 shots, and 42.86 FO% during that stretch.

Evan Cormier nearly helped Saginaw to a perfect week. He made 37 saves on 41 shots in a victory over Flint on Wednesday. He then made 24 saves on 26 shots in a win over Guelph on Friday. The next night he made 23 saves on 27 shots in a loss to Owen Sound that all but crushes their playoff hopes. Saginaw is 6 points behind Sarnia for the final spot, with 3 games left and a game in hand.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Colby Sissons D 19.17 Swift Current 63 6 22 28 11 30 0.44 9
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 190 14 20 4 16 20 2 6 8 0 0 0

Colby Sissons had an assist in 3 straight games along with a +3 and 2 PIM on the week for Swift Current. He now has 6 assists over his last 8 games.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Alex Kerfoot C Harvard 31 16 24 40 20 18 18.39% 2.81 1.29 47.80% 28
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 175 22.61 ECAC 16 32 7 11 18 8 6 14 1 4 5
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
JD Dudek LW Boston College 38 13 7 20 8 28 13.68% 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 21.14 Hockey East 4 17 9 6 15 3 1 4 1 0 1
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Brett Seney C Merrimack 36 10 21 31 10 38 12.35% 2.25 0.86 43.14% 23
Height: 5'9 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 170 21.05 Hockey East 14 24 9 11 20 1 10 11 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Joey Anderson RW Minnesota Duluth 33 9 19 28 6 6 10.98% 2.48 0.85 15.00% 21
Height: 6'0 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 195 18.75 Hockey East 12 21 7 14 21 2 5 7 0 0 0
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP BLK NHLe
Jeremy Davies D Northeastern 38 8 15 23 -5 38 11.11% 1.89 0.61 56 16
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 182 20.29 Hockey East 6 14 4 6 10 4 9 13 0 0 0

Alexander Kerfoot had 2 goals, an assist, even rating, 2 PIM, 3 shots, and a 52.94 FO% as Harvard won their ECAC Quaterfinals series 2-0 over Yale. They will face Quinnipiac in the Semifinals. Kerfoot came in at #98 on SBN College Hockey's Top 100 NHL Prospects. They had this snippet on him from a February report:

A 2012 NHL Draft selection of the New Jersey Devils, he is undersized, but he has above average speed and exceptional vision. He does a good job of creating time and space for his linemates by using his quickness to separate from defenders.

JD Dudek had 2 goals, +1, 6 PIM, and 6 shots as Boston College defeated Vermont 2-0 in their Hockey East Quaterfinals series. They will take on Boston University in the Semifinals.

Brett Seney's season ended last week.

Joey Anderson had 2 assists, +3, 2 PIM, and 7 shots as Minnesota Duluth won their NCHC Quaterfinals series over Miami. They will take on Western Michigan in the Semifinals.

Jeremy Davies had 2 assists, +2, 4 PIM, and a shot as Northeastern's season came to an end after losing both of their Hockey East Quarterfinal games to Boston University. He finishes his freshman season 6th on the team in scoring and 2nd among defensemen. Davies came in at #88 on SBN College Hockey's Top 100 NHL Prospects list. They included this quote from his coach in the post:

“He’s a smart offensive player. He has real good hockey sense,” explained Northeastern coach Jim Madigan. “He’s defending better. He’s defending quickly. He’s come a long way. He and [Chicago Blackhawks prospect] Ryan Shea are playing 20-22 minutes a game. For freshman defensemen, that says something about the confidence and comfort level we have in them.”

Insight Into the Hockey East Prospects

We were fortunate to have Mike Davis, a longtime reader of this blog and someone who follows Hockey East closely, especially Northeastern, reach out to us to provide some insights into the 3 Devils prospects that call Hockey East home. You can check out his blog on Northeastern hockey here. Below in the quoted section is what he had to say on these players. Starting with JD Dudek of Boston College:

From my BC friend who used to be editor of BC Interruption: "Dudek has arguably been BC's most improved player this year. He was always a good skater who played hard. This year he was given a bigger role with more playing time and his scoring increased to go along with it. He's not a finisher but his skating ability has made him a threat. 2nd unit power play. Don't think he plays much on the PK."

Moving on to Brett Seney:

Seney continues to be Merrimack's best player, both in points and presence on the ice. He is lightning fast as a skater, and has a good wrist shot that he gets off quickly. His size is the biggest thing that is an obstacle to him, as he gets knocked off the puck easily, but it's hard to hit what you can't catch, and Seney is good at evading opposing players. One flaw though is penalties- he took 19 penalties this year in 36 games, which is not a very good rate. They were all minors too, which can point to issues with positioning.

Seney is one of those under the radar prospects that has quietly produced on some offensively challenged Merrimack teams. I certainly find this report to be encouraging and hope to see him cut down on the penalties next year as a senior. Merrimack is going to have to rely on him to be the main man once again next year. Moving on to Davies now:

I have seen Davies play in nearly every game for Northeastern this season, and he has been a major contributor from day 1. He plays in the top 4 in the defensive corps, and has a very active stick in the defensive zone. He is not the biggest body, but is strong on the boards and fending off forecheckers. Davies' best asset is his offensive IQ, allowing him to see the ice incredibly well, and join the rush when appropriate. He has 21 points this year (note: now 23), not easy to do as a freshman defenseman in Hockey East. He has scored goals via slap shot, wraparound, and rebounds at the crease; he has score on the powerplay and at even strength as well, so he is not just a one trick pony. In the preseason, Head Coach Jim Madigan said that Davies will remind fans of the way Jim Fahey played- Fahey put up over 40 points his senior year at NU, and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. Davies has a very good shot at making the All-Rookie team for Hockey East this year.

I think it would be fair to say that Davies freshman season was a big success. As Mike noted he came in and contributed from day 1 earning himself an important role in the top 4. His offensive game is certainly something to look forward to and it seems like his defensive game is also coming along nicely. A big thanks to Mike Davis for passing along these insights. Be sure to check out The Northeastern Hockey Blog and give them a follow on twitter.

UDFA Rumors

It's that time of year again, when undrafted college and junior players sign with NHL organizations to further their hockey careers. While a few names have come off the board, we are just starting to get some rumors about what the Devils may be up to. Jeff Cox, a hockey scout and writer for ESPN Boston and SBN College Hockey had this tweet yesterday:

I'm a fan of signing Kelleher. Everyone's going to talk about his size, understandably, but being able to add a playmaking prospect that has produced at the NCAA level (1.09 Pts/GP) since being a natural freshman is awesome. I've been hoping the Devils would be able to sign him eventually since he attended the 2015 prospect camp. Still a longshot to make it, but at least there is some potential there.

Here's some of what SBN College Hockey had to say on Kelleher recently as one of the top UDFA's out of the NCAA:

When focusing on Kelleher, it doesn't take long to realize what his game is all about. He has a quick stick and is relatively shifty, but he doesn't have elite NHL speed. He's undersized as well. He makes up for that with elite hockey sense. He knows where to be in the offensive zone at all times. He's always one step ahead of the defensemen at this level. He finds seams and he knows where he's going with the puck before he gets it on his stick.

His size is less the reason he's behind Vecchione and Aston-Reese than his play in his own zone. He's struggled for whatever reasons to engage and be a purposeful player when defending.

Strengths: Elite hockey sense, quick stick, makes linemates better

Weaknesses: Lack of size, NHL speed, defensive zone responsibility

TSN's Bob McKenzie tweeted that the Devils are one of the teams interested in defenseman Gavin Bayreuther:

Bayreuther is a guy I've kept tabs on this season since I found him to be one of the more interesting invites to last summer's prospect camp. Offensive producer from the back end (0.78 Pts/GP in his NCAA career) and solid in his own end. He's been one of the top players for St. Lawrence for the past 4 seasons. He also happens to be Ben Lovejoy's cousin so we'll see if that helps the Devils case at all. I hope they can get a deal done. Here's what Last Word on Sports had to say on him recently:

He has an outstanding slap shot, with excellent power and accuracy. He shows the ability to be a power play quarterback with solid puckhandling skill, good vision, and strong passing ability. Bayreuther is also a very good skater showing good speed and the agility to walk the line and open up shooting and passing lanes. He was given offers last year, but opted to return to school. He has added strength which has helped him along the boards and in his own end of the ice. Bayreuther could still use a bit of time in the AHL and to get even stronger though.

Europe

Regular Season

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 19.93 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 19.02 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 19.02 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 46 6 16 22 -2 6 64 9.38% 1.39 0.48 0.00% 13:21
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 174 18.64 Allsvenskan 11 17 6 14 20 0 2 2 0 0 0 31

Playoffs

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP BLK ATOI
Yegor Rykov D SKA St. Petersburg 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0.00% 1.25 0.00 6 12:16
Height: 6'2 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 216 19.93 KHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Mikhail Maltsev C SKA-Neva 5 1 1 2 4 2 12 8.33% 2.40 0.40 63.08% 13:54
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 205 19.02 VHL 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Jesper Bratt LW AIK 4 0 1 1 0 0 6 0.00% 1.50 0.25 0.00% 10:19
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 174 18.64 Allsvenskan 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

Yegor Rykov has helped SKA to a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference Semifinals of the Gagarin Cup Playoffs. In 3 games last week he had an even rating, 3 shots, and 4 blocks while averaging about 11:45 per game.

Mikhail Maltsev had an even rating, 2 shots, and won 7/15 faceoffs in 14:30 as SKA-Neva won their opening game of their 2nd round series against Rubin Tyumen.

Jesper Bratt helped AIK to the top of the HockeyAllsvenskan Playoff table as they now have 11 points after 4 games in the 5 game round robin group. They have 3 wins and 1 overtime loss, which coupled with their bonus points for their regular season finish put them tied in points with Västerviks IK heading into the final day of group play. Should they win the group, they'll play BIK Karlskoga, who lost the HockeyAllsvenskan Finals to Mora IK, in the Playoff to the SHL qualifiers. Interesting Pro/Rel set up they have in Swedish hockey. Anyways, Bratt has an assist and 6 shots with an average ice time of 10:19 in 4 playoff games.

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 20.92 C 53 12 29 41 17 29 -17 51 138 8.70% 2.60 0.77 14.66 0.28 28 5 15 20 7 14 21 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Coleman 5'11 200 25.30 C 49 18 16 34 9 27 16 46 117 15.38% 2.39 0.69 14.38 0.29 25 15 15 30 2 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 0
Ben Sexton 5'11 195 25.78 C 53 19 12 31 3 22 -1 60 102 18.63% 1.92 0.58 13.83 0.26 21 11 6 17 8 6 14 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Gibbons 5'8 175 29.06 LW 58 12 17 29 8 20 -7 34 99 12.12% 1.71 0.50 11.34 0.20 18 8 12 20 4 4 8 0 0 0 0 1 1
Blake Pietila 5'11 200 24.07 LW 42 15 14 29 8 23 -2 29 93 16.13% 2.21 0.69 12.17 0.29 25 8 11 19 5 3 8 0 0 0 2 0 2
Carter Camper 5'9 175 28.70 C 32 5 21 26 11 16 0 10 50 10.00% 1.56 0.81 8.57 0.27 29 4 9 13 1 12 13 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Blandisi 6'0 200 22.67 C 28 7 16 23 9 16 -2 56 55 12.73% 1.96 0.82 8.30 0.30 30 5 7 12 2 9 11 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reece Scarlett 6'1 185 23.96 D 50 4 17 21 6 10 -6 53 85 4.71% 1.70 0.42 6.91 0.14 15 2 8 10 2 9 11 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nick Lappin 6'1 175 24.38 RW 24 9 11 20 9 18 -1 6 61 14.75% 2.54 0.83 8.02 0.33 30 6 9 15 2 2 4 0 0 0 1 0 1
Kevin Rooney 6'2 190 23.82 C 57 10 7 17 7 17 -3 39 88 11.36% 1.54 0.30 7.47 0.13 11 8 4 12 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2
Vojtech Mozik 6'3 200 24.22 D 52 8 9 17 5 13 13 46 115 6.96% 2.21 0.33 6.91 0.13 12 1 7 8 7 2 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
Karl Stollery 5'11 180 29.33 D 46 1 13 14 7 8 12 38 52 1.92% 1.13 0.30 4.15 0.09 11 1 10 11 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 32.55 LW 59 6 7 13 5 11 -2 20 62 9.68% 1.05 0.22 5.26 0.09 8 5 6 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Jan Mandat 6'0 205 21.33 C 37 5 8 13 6 11 8 19 38 13.16% 1.03 0.35 4.98 0.13 13 4 8 12 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Petr Straka 6'0 185 24.76 LW 31 4 9 13 5 9 -4 12 58 6.90% 1.87 0.42 4.70 0.15 15 4 4 8 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jacob MacDonald 6'0 208 24.05 D 21 5 8 13 5 10 -3 5 43 11.63% 2.05 0.62 4.98 0.24 22 2 3 5 2 5 7 1 0 1 0 0 0
Max Novak 5'11 180 25.93 C 51 6 6 12 4 10 -11 19 69 8.70% 1.35 0.24 4.98 0.10 8 3 2 5 1 2 3 1 1 2 1 1 2
Ryan Kujawinski 6'2 200 21.97 C 28 6 6 12 5 11 8 18 33 18.18% 1.18 0.43 4.98 0.18 15 6 4 10 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1
Brandon Gormley 6'2 195 25.08 D 35 2 8 10 3 5 -14 30 51 3.92% 1.46 0.29 3.32 0.09 10 1 4 5 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Yohann Auvitu 5'11 190 27.64 D 21 3 7 10 2 5 0 2 59 5.08% 2.81 0.48 3.60 0.17 17 3 4 7 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Jacobs 6'2 200 21.08 D 42 0 9 9 5 5 -5 30 50 0.00% 1.19 0.21 2.49 0.06 8 0 8 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Thomson 6'3 205 24.17 LW 60 5 3 8 3 8 -11 79 97 5.15% 1.62 0.13 3.60 0.06 5 5 3 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Seth Helgeson 6'4 215 26.44 D 35 2 4 6 3 5 10 41 35 5.71% 1.00 0.17 2.21 0.06 6 2 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miles Wood 6'2 215 21.51 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
Luke Gadzic 6'4 225 27.65 LW 28 1 5 6 4 5 -2 59 26 3.85% 0.93 0.21 1.94 0.07 8 1 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Andrew MacWilliam 6'2 230 26.98 D 54 0 5 5 2 2 -15 85 55 0.00% 1.02 0.09 1.38 0.03 3 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greg Wolfe 5'10 185 26.90 C 2 1 1 2 1 2 2 0 4 25.00% 2.00 1.00 0.83 0.41 36 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Ward 6'1 205 25.09 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 25.05 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 22.03 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 26.44 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 24.21 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
Viktor Loov 6'3 216 24.33 D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shane Harper 5'11 193 28.13 LW 4 0 0 0 0 0 -3 0 7 0.00% 1.75 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 20.27 26 25 13 10 1 1 2.83 0.899 112 -7.52 -0.31
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 1443.37 1 4.00% 8 32.00% 4 16.00% 6 24.00% 64.71% 29.41% 5.88%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 24.59 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 21.94 27 27 16 11 0 0 2.44 0.909 101 -0.93 -0.03
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 210 1619.67 0 0.00% 15 55.56% 4 14.81% 2 7.41% 80.30% 15.15% 4.55%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
J.P. Anderson 24.89 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 won both of their games last week and currently sit 2nd in the North Division with 70 points in 61 games. Their all situation PDO is currently 99.76%. They currently have a Shots For% of 52.22%. The PP is currently operating at 18.25% which is 12th in the league, while the PK is at 85.21% which is 2nd in the league.

Injury Update: Scott Wedgewood (shoulder) and Ben Sexton (upper body) were sidelined.

Transactions: Karl Stollery was returned to Albany on 3/7. Kevin Rooney was returned to Albany on 3/7, recalled to New Jersey on 3/8, returned again on 3/9, and recalled again on 3/10. Ken Appleby was recalled to New Jersey on 3/8 and returned to Albany on 3/11. Andrew Iles was signed to a PTO on 3/9 after Appleby went up to NJ and then Iles was released on 3/12 after Appleby was returned. Blake Pietila was recalled by New Jersey on 3/11.

Friday 3/10: Albany defeated Binghamton 3-2 (SO). The Devils fell behind 2-0 in the 1st period but rallied in the 2nd period with goals from Ryan Kujawinski and Jacob MacDonald to tie the game. Andrew MacWilliam, Josh Jacobs, Blake Pietila, and Carter Camper had an assist each. John Quenneville and Petr Straka each had 6 shots as the Devils outshot the Senators 43-16. Mackenzie Blackwood made 14 saves in the game. Quenneville scored in the shootout after Camper and Shane Harper were stopped. Blackwood stopped all 3 shooters he faced. Albany went 1/4 on the PP and 1/1 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Saturday 3/11: Albany defeated Bridgeport 4-1. John Quenneville, Petr Straka, Greg Wolfe, and Brian Gibbons had the goals. Jacob MacDonald, Carter Camper, Josh Jacobs, Ryan Kujawinski, Rod Pelley, and Wolfe had an assist each. Quenneville and Ben Thomson had 3 shots each as the Devils were outshot 26-21. Mackenzie Blackwood made 25 saves. Albany went 1/3 on the PP and 3/4 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Coming Up: Albany will take on Springfield on Friday, Syracuse on Saturday, and Springfield on Sunday.

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 21.97 F 18 0 3 3 2 2 2 11 21 0.00% 1.17 0.17 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Jacobs 6'2 200 21.08 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 21.94 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 didn't make any appearances last week.

Prospect of the Week

Brandon Gignac earns this week's honors after posting a goal, 4 assists, +4, 8 shots, and 54.72 FO% in 3 games for Shawinigan. He's steadily gone about his business this season at just over a point per game pace while averaging 2.68 shots per game as center with a 55.25 FO%. He's been a duel threat at even strength (38 points) and on the power play (21) which has been encouraging. Hopefully he keeps it up through the home stretch and into the playoffs.

ADevil of the Week

I'm going to give this week's honors to John Quenneville who has just been solid throughout his rookie campaign. He added a goal, shootout winner, and 9 shots across 2 games last week. He leads Albany regulars in numerous categories including but not limited to assists (29), points (41), primary assists (17), primary points (29), shots per game (2.60), points per game (0.77), and goals created (14.66). I'm interested in seeing how he does in the playoffs since he seems to have no problem shouldering this much responsibility.

Your Take

How do you feel about the season Jeremy Davies had? What are your thoughts on the Hockey East prospects are any of the Devils prospects for that matter? Do you want to see the Devils sign Kelleher or Bayreuther? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!