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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 4/25/17

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Week 29 of the 2016-17 prospect update saw Michael McLeod continue to lead Mississauga towards playoff glory and Albany start their playoff quest.

Niagara IceDogs v Mississauga Steelheads
Rushing the puck up ice with blazing speed, creating plays, setting up goals for teammates, or scoring his own - Michael McLeod has been doing it all for Mississauga.
Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images

This post will recap the 29th week of Devils prospect action for the 2016-17 season. It's highlighted by Michael McLeod and Mississauga getting closer to OHL glory and Albany split games in their opening playoff series.

OHL

Regular Season

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Blake Speers RW 20.32 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 19.99 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 19.24 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 19.40 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 20.32 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 19.99 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 19.24 Mississauga 14 8 15 23 16 12 13.56% 4.21 1.64
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts FO%
Weight: 195 10 18 7 10 17 1 4 5 0 0 0 60.91%
Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Nathan Bastian RW 19.40 Mississauga 14 6 6 12 6 4 13.33% 3.21 0.86
Height: 6'4 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts FO%
Weight: 219 2 8 6 5 11 0 1 1 0 0 0 47.83%

#2 Mississauga has jumped out to a commanding 3-0 Eastern Conference Final series lead over #1 Peterborough. The Petes swept their first 2 playoff series which makes this even more impressive for the Steelheads. Over the course of those 3 games, Michael McLeod has 2 goals (including a double OT winner in Game 3 last night), 4 assists, +5, 2 PIM, 22 shots, and 54.67 FO%. Nathan Bastian has 2 assists (both in Game 2), +1, 2 PIM, 10 shots, and 44.26 FO%. Mississauga will look to put the series away tomorrow night.

AHL

Regular Season

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 21.04 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 25.42 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 29.18 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 28.82 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 24.19 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 25.90 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 24.49 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 22.78 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 24.17 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 24.34 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 23.94 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 24.08 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 29.44 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 26.04 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 21.45 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 32.67 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 24.87 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 27.76 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 22.08 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 24.28 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 25.20 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 26.56 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 21.20 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 21.63 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 27.77 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 27.10 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 28.24 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 22.15 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 27.02 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 22.67 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 25.21 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 25.16 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 26.56 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 24.33 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 24.45 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 23.06 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
Brandon Gignac 5'11 179 19.47 C 2 0 0 0 0 0 -1 2 2 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 20.39 36 35 17 14 1 3 2.55 0.907 101 -0.98 -0.03
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 2048.37 3 8.57% 14 40.00% 4 11.43% 7 20.00% 58.62% 32.18% 6.90%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 24.71 10 8 5 3 0 0 2.18 0.912 96 0.88 0.10
Height: 6'2 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 190 549.87 0 0.00% 3 37.50% 1 12.50% 2 25.00% 60.00% 30.00% 10.00%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Ken Appleby 22.05 32 32 17 14 1 0 2.63 0.903 105 -4.33 -0.14
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 210 1917.47 0 0.00% 18 56.25% 6 18.75% 1 3.13% 77.38% 19.05% 3.57%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
J.P. Anderson 25.01 1 1 0 1 0 0 4.07 0.857 155 -1.42 -1.45
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%

Playoffs

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 21.04 C 2 2 0 2 0 2 0 2 7 28.57% 3.50 1.00 1.33 0.67 36 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Seth Helgeson 6'4 215 26.56 D 2 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 3 0.00% 1.50 0.50 0.33 0.17 18 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Coleman 5'11 200 25.42 C 2 0 1 1 1 1 2 6 4 0.00% 2.00 0.50 0.33 0.17 18 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Gibbons 5'8 175 29.18 LW 2 1 0 1 0 1 -1 2 2 50.00% 1.00 0.50 0.67 0.33 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Blake Pietila 5'11 200 24.19 LW 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 5 0.00% 2.50 0.50 0.33 0.17 18 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Rooney 6'2 190 23.94 C 2 1 0 1 0 1 -1 2 2 50.00% 1.00 0.50 0.67 0.33 18 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nick Lappin 6'1 175 24.49 RW 2 0 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 0.00% 0.50 0.50 0.33 0.17 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Ben Thomson 6'3 205 24.28 LW 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 3 33.33% 1.50 0.50 0.67 0.33 18 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Steve Santini 6'2 210 22.15 D 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% 0.00 0.50 0.33 0.17 18 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Karl Stollery 5'11 180 29.44 D 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0.00% 1.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Jacobs 6'2 200 21.20 D 2 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 2 0.00% 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Blandisi 6'0 200 22.78 C 2 0 0 0 0 0 -1 6 2 0.00% 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 6'0 205 32.67 LW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00% 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Sexton 5'11 195 25.90 C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.00% 1.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Carter Camper 5'9 175 28.82 C 2 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 3 0.00% 1.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vojtech Mozik 6'3 200 24.34 D 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 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
Miles Wood 6'2 215 21.63 LW 2 0 0 0 0 0 -1 10 2 0.00% 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jacob MacDonald 6'0 208 24.17 D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 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
Viktor Loov 6'3 216 24.45 D 1 0 0 0 0 0 -1 2 1 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 20.39 2 2 1 1 0 0 2.77 0.900 N/A N/A N/A
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 215 86.63 1 50.00% 1 50.00% 1 50.00% 0 0.00% 75.00% 25.00% 0.00%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Scott Wedgewood 24.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.000 N/A N/A N/A
Height: 6'2 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 190 0.00 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Ken Appleby 22.05 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.61 0.800 N/A N/A N/A
Height: 6'4 MIN SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 210 33.20 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 50.00% 50.00% 0.00%

#N3 Albany is currently tied 1-1 in their best of 5 opening series against #N2 Toronto in the Divisional Semifinals.

Injury Update: Scott Wedgewood (shoulder) is on the verge of being cleared to return to action. Joe Blandisi (upper body) is doubtful to return in this series. He suffered the injury in Game 2 of their series against Toronto.

Transactions: Blake Speers and Colton White were reassigned to Albany by New Jersey on 4/18 and 4/19 respectively after their OHL season with Sault Ste. Marie ended.

Thursday 4/20 (Game 1): Albany defeated Toronto 3-0. Ben Thomson, John Quenneville, and Brian Gibbons had the goals with Seth Helgeson and Nick Lappin earning an assist each. Quenneville had 4 shots as the Devils were outshot by the Marlies 27-23. Mackenzie Blackwood earned the shutout in his first playoff game as a professional. Albany went 1/5 on the PP and 4/4 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Saturday 4/22 (Game 2): Albany lost to Toronto 6-2. Kevin Rooney and John Quenneville had the goals for Albany. Blake Pietila, Steve Santini, and Blake Coleman had an assist each. Quenneville, Pietila, and Seth Helgeson had 3 shots each as the Devils were outshot 23-21. Mackenzie Blackwood started the game and made 9 saves on 13 shots in 26:38 before being pulled. Ken Appleby finished the game with 8 saves on 10 shots in 33:12. Albany went 0/5 on the PP and 5/7 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet.

Coming Up: The best of 5 series continues with Game 3 tomorrow night and Game 4 Friday night. Game 5, if necessary, will be on Saturday night.

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 22.09 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 21.20 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 22.09 F 3 0 0 0 0 0 -1 2 0 #DIV/0! 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

#N1 Adirondack is trailing #N4 Manchester 3-2 in their Divisional Semifinal in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Brandon Baddock appeared in one game last week and didn't register anything on the scoresheet. The series continues tonight.

Prospect of the Week

Once again it has to be Michael McLeod. Sure this section is essentially down to just him and Nathan Bastian as the only prospects not currently playing in a professional league that are still active. But McLeod has just continued his torrid pace, adding 2 goals, 4 assists, and 22 shots in 3 games last week. In his 45 games since returning from the WJC he now has 29 goals and 40 assists for a 1.53 Pts/GP rate while averaging 3.09 SH/GP. He currently ranks 3rd in scoring in the OHL Playoffs with 23 points in 14 games. He's also in the top 3 in assists (15) and game winning goals (3). Keep it up!

ADevil of the Week

Despite being a rookie, John Quenneville has been a consistent force for Albany all season. The young forward has carried that into the playoffs. Quenneville had a goal in both games Albany has played thus far and 7 shots in that span. The pressure of being the "go to guy" seems to be a role that he embraces. Hopefully he can help lead them through to the next round.

Your Take

Do you expect Albany to advance to the next round? How excited are you about the way McLeod has been playing the last few months? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!