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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 4/18/17

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Week 28 of the 2016-17 prospect update saw Yegor Rykov win the Gagarin Cup, Mississauga advance in the OHL playoffs, and Albany qualify for the AHL playoffs.

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Blake Coleman is looking to lead Albany on a long playoff run.
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This post will recap the 28th week of Devils prospect action for the 2016-17 season. It's highlighted by Yegor Rykov winning the Gagarin Cup, McLeod and Bastian advancing in the OHL Playoffs, and Albany qualifying for the playoffs.

Just a quick note, but in an effort to keep these posts less cluttered, I'm only going to include stat tables for the prospects that were still active during the week.

OHL

Regular Season

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Blake Speers RW 20.30 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 19.97 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 19.21 Mississauga 57 27 46 73 28 49 15.52% 3.05 1.28 61.23%
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 28 55 20 32 52 5 8 13 2 4 6 32
Pos. Age GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Nathan Bastian RW 19.38 Mississauga 58 16 29 45 13 43 11.11% 2.48 0.78 47.98%
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

Playoffs

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Blake Speers RW 20.30 Sault Ste. Marie 11 1 7 8 5 12 2.27% 4.00 0.73
Height: 5'11 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts FO%
Weight: 183 3 4 0 6 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 51.08%
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colton White D 19.97 Sault Ste. Marie 11 0 3 3 1 8 0.00% 1.64 0.27
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 193 2 2 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Michael McLeod C 19.21 Mississauga 11 6 11 17 11 10 16.22% 3.36 1.55
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts FO%
Weight: 195 8 14 5 7 12 1 3 4 0 0 0 62.75%
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Nathan Bastian RW 19.38 Mississauga 11 6 4 10 5 2 17.14% 3.18 0.91
Height: 6'4 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts FO%
Weight: 219 2 8 6 3 9 0 1 1 0 0 0 48.96%

#2 Sault Ste. Marie saw their season come to an end as they dropped their Western Conference Semifinal series to #3 Owen Sound 4-2. Over the final 3 games of the series last week, Blake Speers had 2 assists, +2, 6 PIM, and 50.0 FO%. I look forward to seeing if he can win a spot on New Jersey's opening roster next season, though I expect some AHL time could do him well. Colton White had an assist, even rating, and 9 shots over those 3 games. I'm interested to see how his game translates to the pro level in the AHL next season.

#2 Mississauga won their Eastern Conference Semifinal series over #3 Oshawa 4-1. They advance to play #1 Peterborough in the Eastern Conference Final. In 3 games last week, Michael McLeod had 3 assists, +3, 8 shots, and a 51.25 FO%. Since the WJC, he now has 27 goals and 36 assists in 42 games (1.50 Pts/GP). Nathan Bastian had a goal, assist, +1, 6 shots, and 40.82 FO% in 3 games last week.

WHL

Regular Season

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pts/GP NHLe
Colby Sissons D 19.27 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

Playoffs

#E3 Swift Current lost their Eastern Conference Semifinal series to #E1 Regina 4-3. Over the last 4 games of the series last week, Colby Sissons had a goal, 2 assists, -3, and 2 PIM. A promising defense prospect that is still very much in development, I'm looking forward to seeing how he builds upon this season going forward in his WHL career.

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 20.02 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 19.11 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 19.11 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 18.73 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 15 0 0 0 -3 7 8 0.00% 0.53 0.00 12 9:29
Height: 6'2 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 216 20.02 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 11 3 2 5 3 4 27 11.11% 2.45 0.45 55.78% 14:49
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 205 19.11 VHL 1 4 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Mikhail Maltsev C SKA-1946 3 1 1 2 -2 2 13 7.69% 4.33 0.666666667 59.38%
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 205 19.07 MHL 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 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 18.73 Allsvenskan 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

SKA St. Petersburg defeated Metallurg Magnitogorsk 4-1 in the Gagarin Cup Finals. Yegor Rykov was a -1 with 2 shots and an average ice time of just under 6 minutes per game over the final 3 games of the series. Congrats to 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 21.02 C 58 14 32 46 20 34 -19 53 158 8.86% 2.72 0.79 16.54 0.29 29 5 16 21 9 16 25 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Coleman 5'11 200 25.41 C 52 19 20 39 11 30 21 56 126 15.08% 2.42 0.75 15.99 0.31 27 15 19 34 2 1 3 2 0 2 0 0 0
Brian Gibbons 5'8 175 29.16 LW 72 16 20 36 11 27 -5 38 120 13.33% 1.67 0.50 14.34 0.20 18 11 12 23 4 6 10 1 1 2 0 1 1
Carter Camper 5'9 175 28.80 C 47 6 29 35 14 20 -3 18 102 5.88% 2.17 0.74 11.30 0.24 27 5 11 16 1 18 19 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Pietila 5'11 200 24.17 LW 49 17 16 33 10 27 -2 38 106 16.04% 2.16 0.67 13.79 0.28 24 8 12 20 7 3 10 0 1 1 2 0 2
Ben Sexton 5'11 195 25.88 C 54 19 12 31 3 22 0 60 107 17.76% 1.98 0.57 13.79 0.26 21 11 6 17 8 6 14 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nick Lappin 6'1 175 24.48 RW 35 14 15 29 12 26 1 14 103 13.59% 2.94 0.83 11.86 0.34 30 8 11 19 4 3 7 1 1 2 1 0 1
Joe Blandisi 6'0 200 22.77 C 31 8 17 25 10 18 -2 60 63 12.70% 2.03 0.81 9.10 0.29 29 6 8 14 2 9 11 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jacob MacDonald 6'0 208 24.16 D 34 8 16 24 9 17 -4 9 75 10.67% 2.21 0.71 8.82 0.26 25 4 5 9 3 11 14 1 0 1 0 0 0
Vojtech Mozik 6'3 200 24.33 D 65 11 11 22 6 17 20 56 150 7.33% 2.31 0.34 9.10 0.14 12 2 9 11 9 2 11 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Rooney 6'2 190 23.93 C 71 13 8 21 8 21 -6 39 111 11.71% 1.56 0.30 9.37 0.13 11 8 5 13 0 1 1 4 1 5 1 1 2
Reece Scarlett 6'1 185 24.07 D 50 4 17 21 6 10 -6 53 85 4.71% 1.70 0.42 6.89 0.14 15 2 8 10 2 9 11 0 0 0 0 0 0
Karl Stollery 5'11 180 29.43 D 59 1 16 17 8 9 13 53 77 1.30% 1.31 0.29 4.96 0.08 10 1 11 12 0 4 4 0 1 1 0 0 0
Max Novak 5'11 180 26.03 C 63 7 8 15 5 12 -15 23 86 8.14% 1.37 0.24 6.07 0.10 9 4 2 6 1 3 4 1 2 3 1 1 2
Jan Mandat 6'0 205 21.43 C 52 6 8 14 6 12 6 25 61 9.84% 1.17 0.27 5.51 0.11 10 5 8 13 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 32.65 LW 71 6 7 13 5 11 -4 34 80 7.50% 1.13 0.18 5.24 0.07 7 5 6 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Petr Straka 6'0 185 24.86 LW 38 4 9 13 5 9 -6 14 64 6.25% 1.68 0.34 4.69 0.12 12 4 4 8 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Yohann Auvitu 5'11 190 27.75 D 29 5 8 13 3 8 -2 2 82 6.10% 2.83 0.45 4.96 0.17 16 3 4 7 1 4 5 1 0 1 0 0 0
Ryan Kujawinski 6'2 200 22.07 C 32 6 6 12 5 11 7 24 41 14.63% 1.28 0.38 4.96 0.16 14 6 4 10 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1
Ben Thomson 6'3 205 24.27 LW 72 6 4 10 4 10 -12 90 113 5.31% 1.57 0.14 4.41 0.06 5 6 4 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Gormley 6'2 195 25.18 D 35 2 8 10 3 5 -14 30 51 3.92% 1.46 0.29 3.31 0.09 10 1 4 5 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Seth Helgeson 6'4 215 26.55 D 48 2 7 9 3 5 11 50 51 3.92% 1.06 0.19 3.03 0.06 7 2 7 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Jacobs 6'2 200 21.19 D 49 0 9 9 4 4 -2 32 62 0.00% 1.27 0.18 2.48 0.05 7 0 8 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miles Wood 6'2 215 21.61 LW 15 4 4 8 4 8 0 34 42 9.52% 2.80 0.53 3.31 0.22 19 3 3 6 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Luke Gadzic 6'4 225 27.75 LW 37 1 6 7 4 5 -2 63 31 3.23% 0.84 0.19 2.21 0.06 7 1 6 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Andrew MacWilliam 6'2 230 27.08 D 63 0 5 5 2 2 -17 100 61 0.00% 0.97 0.08 1.38 0.02 3 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shane Harper 5'11 193 28.23 LW 19 1 2 3 1 2 -5 2 25 4.00% 1.32 0.16 1.10 0.06 6 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
Steve Santini 6'2 210 22.13 D 20 0 2 2 1 1 4 35 23 0.00% 1.15 0.10 0.55 0.03 4 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greg Wolfe 5'10 185 27.00 C 11 1 1 2 1 2 2 2 11 9.09% 1.00 0.18 0.83 0.08 7 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Austin Cangelosi 5'7 170 22.66 C 8 0 2 2 2 2 3 0 7 0.00% 0.88 0.25 0.55 0.07 9 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
Brian Ward 6'1 205 25.19 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 25.15 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
Justin Agosta 6'3 205 26.54 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 24.31 C 3 0 0 0 0 0 -3 4 2 0.00% 0.67 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Viktor Loov 6'3 216 24.44 D 10 0 0 0 0 0 -6 6 9 0.00% 0.90 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sam Kurker 6'3 210 23.04 RW 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
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Mackenzie Blackwood 20.37 36 35 17 14 1 3 2.55 0.907 104 -3.72 -0.12
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 2048.37 3 8.57% 13 37.14% 4 11.43% 8 22.86% 58.62% 32.18% 6.90%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 24.69 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 22.04 32 32 17 14 1 0 2.63 0.903 106 -3.85 -0.12
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 210 1917.47 0 0.00% 16 50.00% 6 18.75% 3 9.38% 77.38% 19.05% 3.57%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
J.P. Anderson 24.99 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%

I'll have the final goaltending stats (GA%-, GSAA, Quality Starts, etc.) next week.

Albany went 2-1 last week and finished 3rd in the North Division with 83 points. Their all situation PDO was 99.27%. They had a Shots For% of 52.67%. The PP finished at 17.95% which was 15th in the league, while the PK was at 84.10% which was 6th in the league. Albany will be the #N3 seed in the Eastern Conference Divisional Semifinal and will take on #N2 Toronto in a best of 5 series.

Injury Update: Scott Wedgewood (shoulder) continued to be sidelined. Ben Sexton (concussion) made his return to the line up for the first time in about 2 months.

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Wednesday 4/12: Albany defeated Hartford 6-3. Jacob MacDonald had a goal, 2 assists followed by Miles Wood with a goal, assist, and then Blake Coleman with 2 assists. John Quenneville, Kevin Rooney, Vojtech Mozik, and Ben Thomson had the other goals. Karl Stollery, Brian Gibbons, Blake Pietila, Carter Camper, and Shane Harper each had an assist. Coleman had 5 shots as the Devils outshot the Wolf Pack 31-26. Mackenzie Blackwood made 23 saves. Albany went 2/5 on the PP and 6/7 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Friday 4/14: Albany lost to Rochester 5-4. Carter Camper had a goal and 2 assists followed by Joe Blandisi and Nick Lappin with a goal and an assist each. Jan Mandat had the other goal. Steve Santini, Luke Gazdic, Vojtech Mozik, and Austin Cangelosi had an assist each. Brandon Gignac made his AHL debut. Lappin had 6 shots followed by Yohann Auvitu with 5 as the Devils outshot the Americans 34-31. Ken Appleby made 26 saves. Albany went 0/3 on the PP and 6/8 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Saturday 4/15: Albany shutout Rochester 3-0. Blake Coleman had a goal and 2 assists. Brian Gibbons and Vojtech Mozik had the other goals. Nick Lappin had an assist. Ben Sexton had 5 shots as the Devils outshot the Americans 34-17. Mackenzie Blackwood earned the shutout. Albany went 0/3 on the PP and 4/4 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Coming Up: Albany opens their series against Toronto on Thursday. Game 2 is on Saturday. The full schedule can be found here.

ECHL

Regular Season

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 22.07 F 21 0 4 4 2 2 1 15 26 0.00% 1.24 0.19 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Jacobs 6'2 200 21.19 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

Playoffs

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 22.07 F 2 0 0 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0.00% 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

#N1 Adirondack is down 2-0 to #N4 Manchester in their Eastern Conference Divisional Semifinal. Brandon Baddock was a -1 with 2 PIM over both games.

Prospect of the Week

Gagarin Cup Champion, Yegor Rykov is my choice for prospect of the week. The all-around steady defenseman just turned 20 a few days ago and had an impressive season both in the KHL and in international play. This past season saw him carve out a full time role as a rookie on a deep SKA team as averaged 12:24 per game in the regular season and 9:29 in the playoffs. He displayed the ability to effectively move the puck out of danger or up ice, was aware in his own zone, and has a physical element to his game when needed. He earned KHL Rookie of the Week honors 3 times, once in the regular season and twice in the playoffs. He helped lead Russia to a Bronze Medal at the most recent WJC as their top defenseman and was tied for the tournament lead in assists by a defenseman thanks to his passing ability. I really want to see him continue on this upward trend by earning an even bigger role with SKA next season.

ADevil of the Week

Blake Coleman earns this week's honors after adding a goal, 4 assists, and 9 shots over 3 games last week. He finished near the top in most offensive categories for Albany this season including being tied for 1st in goals (19), 2nd in points (39), and 2nd in Goals Created per Game (0.31). Hopefully he can keep this up in the playoffs for Albany.

Your Take

What are your thoughts on the seasons that Speers, White, Sissons, and Rykov had? How do you expect Albany to fare in the playoffs? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!