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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 3/21/17

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Week 24 of the 2016-17 prospect update saw Michael McLeod remain dominant, the CHL playoffs and NCAA tournament take shape, and Albany have a rough week.

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Mackenzie Blackwood has had a rough rookie season with Albany, but put together some nice performances last week.
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This post will recap the 24th week of Devils prospect action for the 2016-17 season. It's highlighted by Michael McLeod producing a lot in the OHL, the CHL playoffs and NCAA tournament taking shape, some prospects seeing their seasons come to an end, and Albany having a tough week.

QMJHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Brandon Gignac C 19.38 Shawinigan 59 23 39 62 23 30 14.29% 2.73 1.05 55.86%
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 179 23 46 12 27 39 10 12 22 0 0 0 22

Brandon Gignac had 2 goals, an even rating, 8 shots, and 75.00 FO% in Shawinigan's final 2 regular season games. Gignac finishes the regular season with 62 points in 59 games after having 61 points in 67 games last season. Shawinigan is the #3 seed in the QMJHL Playoffs and will take on #14 Val-d'Or in the 1st round.

OHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Blake Speers RW 20.22 Sault Ste. Marie 30 15 19 34 14 16 13.76% 3.63 1.13 61.36%
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 183 11 26 9 11 20 2 7 9 3 0 3 28
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colton White D 19.89 Sault Ste. Marie 64 6 25 31 24 41 5.22% 1.80 0.48
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 193 13 19 5 22 27 0 2 2 1 0 1 12
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Michael McLeod C 19.13 Mississauga 56 26 46 72 29 49 15.12% 3.07 1.29 60.88%
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 28 54 19 32 51 5 8 13 2 4 6 32
Pos. Age GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Nathan Bastian RW 19.30 Mississauga 57 16 29 45 14 43 11.35% 2.47 0.79 48.03%
Height: 6'4 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 219 19 35 10 21 31 3 7 10 3 0 3 19
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Evan Cormier 19.38 49 49 23 19 5 2 3.23 0.899 100 -6.75 -0.14
Height: 6'2 Saginaw SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 OHL 2 4.08% 28 57.14% 12 24.49% 3 6.12% 69.48% 29.22% 1.30%

Sault Ste. Marie played their final 3 regular season games. Blake Speers had a goal, 2 assists, +1, 2 PIM, 9 shots, and 64.81 FO% over those 3 games. He also finished 3rd for "Smartest Player" in the Western Conference in the OHL Coaches Poll. Colton White had an assist, even rating, and 3 shots in those 3 games. Sault Ste. Marie is the #2 seed in the Western Conference and will take on #7 Flint in the Quarterfinals.

Michael McLeod continued to be an offensive threat for Mississauga. He added 4 goals, 2 assists, +4, 2 PIM, 11 shots, and a 79.69 FO% in 3 games last week. McLeod finished 2nd for "Hardest Worker" and 2nd for "Best on Face-Offs" in the Eastern Conference in the OHL Coaches Poll. More on him later. Nathan Bastian had a goal, even rating, 9 PIM, 9 shots, and 47.83 FO% in those 3 games. Mississauga still has to play their final regular season game tonight, though they did clinch the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference and will play either Sudbury or Ottawa in the Quarterfinals.

Evan Cormier made his final 2 starts of the season for Saginaw as they were eliminated from playoff contention. He made 26 saves on 27 shots in a win over Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday. On Saturday he made 22 saves on 26 shots in a loss to Windsor. He finishes the season with a 23-19-5-2 record, 3.23 GAA, and .899 SV%. I'll have his final GA%-, GSAA, Quality Starts, etc. metrics in next week's post once the OHL regular season officially ends and I can get the final numbers to work with. Cormier now owns a career .894 SV% in 140 regular season OHL games.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Colby Sissons D 19.19 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 missed Swift Current's final regular season games due to illness. He finishes the season with 28 points in 63 games after notching 22 points in 71 games the prior season. Swift Current is the #E3 seed (East Division) and will take on #E2 Moose Jaw in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Alex Kerfoot C Harvard 33 16 25 41 19 18 17.20% 2.82 1.24 47.84% 26
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 175 22.62 ECAC 16 32 7 11 18 8 7 15 1 4 5
GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
JD Dudek LW Boston College 40 13 9 22 10 28 12.87% 2.53 0.55 0.00% 15
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 21.15 Hockey East 6 19 9 7 16 3 2 5 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 21.07 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 35 10 20 30 6 6 11.36% 2.51 0.86 15.00% 21
Height: 6'0 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 195 18.76 Hockey East 13 23 7 15 22 3 5 8 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 20.30 Hockey East 6 14 4 6 10 4 9 13 0 0 0

Alexander Kerfoot had an even rating, 6 shots, and won 5/11 faceoffs in Harvard's ECAC Semifinal victory over Quinnipiac on Friday. He had an assist, -1, and won 9/18 faceoffs in their ECAC Finals victory over Cornell on Sunday. Harvard is the #1 seed in the East Regional. They will take on #4 Providence in the 1st round on Friday at 4 PM ET on ESPNU. The full tv schedule can be found here. On TSN's Insider Trading, Darren Dreger mentioned that Kerfoot may not sign with New Jersey and instead opt for free agency on August 15 with potentially a move back home to Vancouver being a possibility.

JD Dudek had a +1 rating and 3 shots in Boston College's Hockey East Semifinal victory over Boston University on Friday. The following night he had 2 assists, +1, and 3 shots as Boston College dropped a close Final to UMass Lowell. The loss ends BC's season, one in which Dudek took a step forward in becoming a solid college player. He had 22 points in 40 games this season as a utility player on the wings after having just 3 points in 34 games last season as a 4th liner.

Brett Seney's season ended a few weeks ago.

Joey Anderson was a -1 with 3 shots in Minnesota Duluth's NCHC Semifinal victory over Western Michigan. He came up big in the NCHC Finals with a goal, assist, +1, and 3 shots in a victory over North Dakota. The goal, on the powerplay, came with 51 seconds left in regulation to break a 3-3 tie and was an "excuse me goal" as his centering try banked in off the defenseman. You can check out the goal here. Minnesota Duluth is the #1 seed in the West Regional and will take on #4 Ohio State on Friday at 6:30 PM ET on ESPNU.

Jeremy Davies' season came to an end last week.

UDFA Update

Tyler Kelleher was heavily linked to the Devils in recent weeks, but ultimately signed an AHL deal for the remainder of the season and all of 2017-18 with the Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville's affiliate.

The Devils were also rumored to be interested in Gavin Bayreuther, but he decided to sign with the Dallas Stars. So far I haven't seen any other reports linking the Devils to other UDFA's.

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 19.94 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 19.03 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 19.03 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 18.65 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 6 0 0 0 1 0 5 0.00% 0.83 0.00 7 11:37
Height: 6'2 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 216 19.95 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 8 2 2 4 2 4 22 9.09% 2.75 0.50 61.32% 14:15
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 205 19.04 VHL 1 3 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Jesper Bratt LW AIK 8 1 1 2 0 0 12 8.33% 1.50 0.25 0.00% 9:52
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 174 18.65 Allsvenskan 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

Yegor Rykov helped SKA St. Petersburg to a 4-1 Western Conference Semifinal series win over Dynamo Moscow. In 2 games last week he had an even rating, 1 block, and averaged over 10 minutes per game. They will take on Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the Conference Finals and it looks like the games will be televised on One World Sports if my tv guide is accurate. The series starts on Thursday.

Mikhail Maltsev and SKA-Neva are currently tied 2-2 in their 2nd round series against Rubin Tyumen. In 3 games last week Maltsev had a goal, assist, -2, 2 PIM, 10 shots, and 58.54 FO% while averaging just under 15 minutes per game.

Jesper Bratt and AIK had an interesting week. He helped AIK to a victory over Almtuna IS with an even rating and 1 shot in 7:16 of icetime as they won their HockeyAllsvenskan Playoff Group. Unfortunately, their season would come to an end in the best of 3 Playoff to the SHL Qualifiers which they lost 2-1 to BIK Karlskoga. He was a -1 with 2 shots in 13:50 in the first game. In the next game he had a goal, +1, and 3 shots in 15:16. He only played 1:18 in the third game, all of it in the opening period, which suggest there may have been an injury. I haven't been able to find anything concrete on that though. He managed to increase his point production by 5 points in 2 less regular season games this year, despite a cold streak in the middle of the season. He doesn't turn 19 until the end of July and I'm excited to see what next year holds for him.

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 20.94 C 53 12 29 41 17 29 -17 51 138 8.70% 2.60 0.77 14.64 0.28 28 5 15 20 7 14 21 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Coleman 5'11 200 25.32 C 49 18 16 34 9 27 16 46 117 15.38% 2.39 0.69 14.37 0.29 25 15 15 30 2 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 0
Ben Sexton 5'11 195 25.80 C 53 19 12 31 3 22 -1 60 102 18.63% 1.92 0.58 13.81 0.26 21 11 6 17 8 6 14 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Gibbons 5'8 175 29.08 LW 61 13 17 30 8 21 -8 34 107 12.15% 1.75 0.49 11.88 0.19 18 9 12 21 4 4 8 0 0 0 0 1 1
Blake Pietila 5'11 200 24.09 LW 42 15 14 29 8 23 -2 29 93 16.13% 2.21 0.69 12.16 0.29 25 8 11 19 5 3 8 0 0 0 2 0 2
Carter Camper 5'9 175 28.72 C 35 5 21 26 11 16 -1 10 62 8.06% 1.77 0.74 8.56 0.24 27 4 9 13 1 12 13 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Blandisi 6'0 200 22.68 C 28 7 16 23 9 16 -2 56 55 12.73% 1.96 0.82 8.29 0.30 30 5 7 12 2 9 11 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reece Scarlett 6'1 185 23.98 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 24.39 RW 24 9 11 20 9 18 -1 6 61 14.75% 2.54 0.83 8.01 0.33 30 6 9 15 2 2 4 0 0 0 1 0 1
Kevin Rooney 6'2 190 23.84 C 60 10 8 18 8 18 -3 39 94 10.64% 1.57 0.30 7.74 0.13 11 8 5 13 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2
Vojtech Mozik 6'3 200 24.24 D 54 8 9 17 5 13 13 46 119 6.72% 2.20 0.31 6.91 0.13 11 1 7 8 7 2 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
Karl Stollery 5'11 180 29.35 D 49 1 14 15 8 9 12 40 60 1.67% 1.22 0.31 4.42 0.09 11 1 11 12 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jacob MacDonald 6'0 208 24.07 D 24 6 8 14 5 11 -5 5 55 10.91% 2.29 0.58 5.53 0.23 21 3 3 6 2 5 7 1 0 1 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 32.57 LW 62 6 7 13 5 11 -3 24 69 8.70% 1.11 0.21 5.25 0.08 8 5 6 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Jan Mandat 6'0 205 21.35 C 40 5 8 13 6 11 7 21 41 12.20% 1.03 0.33 4.97 0.12 12 4 8 12 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Petr Straka 6'0 185 24.78 LW 34 4 9 13 5 9 -4 14 62 6.45% 1.82 0.38 4.70 0.14 14 4 4 8 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Max Novak 5'11 180 25.95 C 54 6 6 12 4 10 -14 19 76 7.89% 1.41 0.22 4.97 0.09 8 3 2 5 1 2 3 1 1 2 1 1 2
Ryan Kujawinski 6'2 200 21.99 C 31 6 6 12 5 11 7 24 40 15.00% 1.29 0.39 4.97 0.16 14 6 4 10 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1
Brandon Gormley 6'2 195 25.10 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 27.66 D 22 3 7 10 2 5 -1 2 61 4.92% 2.77 0.45 3.59 0.16 16 3 4 7 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Thomson 6'3 205 24.19 LW 63 5 4 9 4 9 -11 79 102 4.90% 1.62 0.14 3.87 0.06 5 5 4 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Seth Helgeson 6'4 215 26.46 D 37 2 6 8 3 5 12 41 39 5.13% 1.05 0.22 2.76 0.07 8 2 6 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Jacobs 6'2 200 21.10 D 44 0 8 8 4 4 -5 30 54 0.00% 1.23 0.18 2.21 0.05 7 0 7 7 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miles Wood 6'2 215 21.53 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 27.67 LW 31 1 5 6 4 5 -3 61 28 3.57% 0.90 0.19 1.93 0.06 7 1 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Andrew MacWilliam 6'2 230 27.00 D 56 0 5 5 2 2 -15 90 56 0.00% 1.00 0.09 1.38 0.02 3 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greg Wolfe 5'10 185 26.92 C 5 1 1 2 1 2 3 0 6 16.67% 1.20 0.40 0.83 0.17 14 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Ward 6'1 205 25.11 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 25.07 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 22.05 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 26.46 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 24.23 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 24.35 D 4 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0 4 0.00% 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shane Harper 5'11 193 28.15 LW 7 0 0 0 0 0 -3 2 10 0.00% 1.43 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 20.29 28 27 13 11 1 2 2.72 0.902 109 -5.75 -0.22
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 1567.40 1 3.70% 10 37.04% 4 14.81% 6 22.22% 63.38% 29.58% 7.04%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 24.61 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 21.96 28 28 16 11 1 0 2.43 0.909 101 -0.41 -0.01
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 210 1680.88 0 0.00% 16 57.14% 4 14.29% 2 7.14% 79.41% 16.18% 4.41%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
J.P. Anderson 24.91 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 0-1-2 last week and currently sit 2nd in the North Division with 72 points in 64 games. Their all situation PDO is currently 99.51%. They currently have a Shots For% of 52.42%. The PP is currently operating at 17.69% which is 16th in the league, while the PK is at 84.91% which is 2nd in the league.

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

Transactions: John Quenneville was returned to Albany on 3/14 and recalled by New Jersey the next day.

Friday 3/17: Albany lost a 2-1 shootout decision to Springfield. Jacob MacDonald had the goal with Kevin Rooney and Seth Helgeson earning the assists. MacDonald also had 6 shots as the Devils and Thunderbirds each had 29 shots. Brian Gibbons, Shane Harper, MacDonald, Carter Camper, Rod Pelley, and Max Novak all failed to convert in the shootout. Mackenzie Blackwood made 28 saves in the game and stopped 5/6 in the shootout. Albany went 0/2 on the PP and 1/2 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Saturday 3/18: Albany lost to Syracuse 2-1 in overtime. Brian Gibbons had the goal with Karl Stollery and Seth Helgeson earning the assists. Carter Camper had 6 shots followed by Gibbons and Jacob MacDonald with 5 each as the Devils outshot the Crunch 42-28. Ken Appleby made 26 saves. Albany went 0/3 on the PP and 3/4 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Sunday 3/19: Albany lost to Springfield 3-0. Carter Camper had 5 shots as the Devils outshot the Thunderbirds 34-25. Mackenzie Blackwood made 22 saves on 24 shots. Albany went 0/3 on the PP and 2/2 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Coming Up: Albany will take on Bridgeport tomorrow, Utica on Friday, and Providence on 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 21.99 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 21.11 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 21.96 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

The red hot Michael McLeod picks up another prospect of the week honor after adding 4 goals, 2 assists, 11 shots, and 79.69 FO% in 3 games last week. A man possessed, he now has 10 goals, 12 assists, and 31 shots over his last 11 games. I'm really hoping he can translate this into some big playoff performances to further his development.

ADevil of the Week

It was a rough week for Albany with no real standout player so I'm going to highlight two ADevils this week. First, we have Jacob MacDonald who has turned into a really solid contributor from the blue line since joining the team in January. Last week he had a goal and 12 shots over the course of 3 games. The 24 year old was never much of a point producer in college with Cornell (0.20 Pts/GP in 104 games) but has found his scoring touch at the professional level. He has a 0.60 Pts/GP in 110 ECHL games and now has 0.58 Pts/GP in 24 games with Albany as a threat at even strength and on the powerplay. While his 10.91 SH% is higher than what I would expect him to be able to repeat, he may prove to be a nice find as a solid back end defenseman.

The other ADevil I want to highlight is rookie goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood. So far his rookie season in the AHL has been a disappointment with a .902 SV% in 28 games. A far cry from what he was able to accomplish as the top goaltender in the OHL last season. Albany lost both of his starts last week but Blackwood was solid with a .943 SV%. He has put together 3 nice starts in a row now with a .949 SV% in that stretch. It's been an inconsistent season for very young netminder but he certainly has a lot of time on his side as he doesn't turn 21 until next December. Hopefully he can use the experience he gained this season, along with his natural ability, to develop into a solid goaltender at the professional level.

Your Take

What are your thoughts on the seasons that Cormier, Dudek, Davies, and Bratt had? What do you expect from McLeod going forward? Leave your thoughts below and thank you for reading!