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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 1/16/18

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Week 15 of the 2017-18 prospect update saw various prospects return from the World Junior Championship and quite a few players step up for their clubs across CHL, NCAA, and SHL play.

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Colby Sissons remains a key member of the Swift Current blue line.
Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

The fifteenth week of the 2017-18 prospect update is here. It’s highlighted by Michael McLeod going on a hot streak for Mississauga, Colby Sissons remaining a key part of the Swift Current offense, and Jesper Boqvist turning in strong performances in SHL action.

QMJHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Jocktan Chainey D 18.36 Halifax 42 5 23 28 17 32 6.25% 1.90 0.67
Height: 6'0 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 12 17 4 10 14 1 11 12 0 1 1 14

Jocktan Chainey had an assist, +2, and 3 shots in 3 games for Halifax this past week. The assist came on the PP with 41 seconds left in Friday’s match against Charlottetwon. The Mooseheads would go on to win that game in overtime.

OHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Michael McLeod C 19.96 Mississauga 13 11 7 18 -1 12 26.19% 3.23 1.38 66.23%
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 4 15 7 6 13 3 1 4 1 0 1 35
Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Marian Studenic RW 19.23 Hamilton 36 13 19 32 19 12 14.13% 2.56 0.89 42.11%
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 170 13 26 9 12 21 3 7 10 1 0 1 23
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Evan Cormier 20.20 36 35 18 13 3 0 2.94 0.908 92 8.50 0.26
Height: 6'3 Team SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 200 Saginaw 2 5.71% 18 51.43% 7 20.00% 5 14.29% 68.37% 29.59% 2.04%

Mississauga opted to not trade Michael McLeod prior to the OHL trade deadline, deciding to make a run at the playoffs rather than rebuild. In his first 2 appearances since returning from the WJC, McLeod was on fire with 3 goals, 2 assists, 2 PIM, 6 shots, and won over 60% of his faceoffs. You can see his assist against the best team in the OHL, Sault Ste. Marie, below:

Marian Studenic had an assist, +1, 2 PIM, and 2 shots in 2 games for Hamilton last week. Hamilton was already the top team in the East but with the recent addition of Robert Thomas, along with the prior acquisitions of Nicholas Caamano and Ryan Moore, Studenic now finds himself as the 3rd line RW as the Bulldogs are going for a championship. He’s still playing with highly skilled players such as center Brandon Saigeon and 2019 draft eligible winger Arthur Kaliyev. I’d still expect him to produce at even strength and on special teams.

Evan Cormier made 24 saves on 28 shots in a loss to Kitchener on Saturday. The following afternoon he made 15 saves on 17 shots and then stopped all 3 Windsor shooters in the shootout for a Saginaw win.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colby Sissons D 20.01 Swift Current 44 9 37 46 34 51 7.50% 2.73 1.05
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 190 24 33 5 18 23 4 17 21 0 2 2 24
Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Nikita Popugaev LW 19.16 Prince George 13 2 5 7 -13 4 4.08% 3.77 0.54
Height: 6'5.5 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 210 1 3 0 1 1 2 4 6 0 0 0 12

Colby Sissons had a goal, assist, +6, 2 PIM, and 2 shots in 2 games for Swift Current last weekend. He now has a goal and 4 assists over his last 3 games and occupies the 3rd spot in defensemen scoring in the WHL.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Brett Seney LW Merrimack 22 6 14 20 -6 34 12.50% 2.18 0.91 41.71% 28
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 180 21.89 Hockey East 9 15 2 4 6 4 10 14 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
JD Dudek RW Boston College 22 3 9 12 -6 18 5.36% 2.55 0.55 48.00% 17
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 21.98 Hockey East 3 6 3 5 8 0 4 4 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Joey Anderson RW Minnesota Duluth 15 4 6 10 7 8 7.27% 3.67 0.67 16.67% 24
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 195 19.59 NCHC 4 8 2 5 7 2 1 3 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Jeremy Davies D Northeastern 21 3 16 19 6 12 6.98% 2.05 0.90 31 28
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 188 21.13 Hockey East 7 10 1 5 6 2 10 12 0 1 1
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Reilly Walsh D Harvard 17 3 7 10 2 14 8.82% 2.00 0.59 11 11
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 18.75 ECAC 3 6 0 3 3 3 4 7 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Matt Hellickson D Notre Dame 22 2 6 8 5 8 8.33% 1.09 0.36 16 10
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 181 19.83 Big Ten 3 5 0 6 6 2 0 2 0 0 0

Brett Seney had a PP assist, 4 shots, and won 2/6 faceoffs in Merrimack’s victory over UConn on Friday. He now has an assist in each of his last 3 games.

JD Dudek had a goal, assist, +1, 2 PIM, 6 shots, and won 7/11 faceoffs in 2 games for Boston College this past weekend.

Joey Anderson had an assist, +2, 2 PIM, and 12 shots in 2 games against Colorado College for Minnesota Duluth last weekend.

Jeremy Davies had an assist, +2, and 4 shots in 2 games against Maine for Northeastern over the weekend.

Reilly Walsh was a +2 with 5 shots in 2 games for Harvard.

Matt Hellickson and Notre Dame had the weekend off.

KHL/VHL

KHL

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks ATOI
Yegor Rykov D SKA St. Petersburg 47 1 12 13 11 20 39 2.56% 0.83 0.28 27 12:16
Height: 6'2 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 216 20.77 KHL 5 6 1 12 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 17
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Mikhail Maltsev C SKA St. Petersburg 17 0 5 5 6 4 24 0.00% 1.41 0.29 56.25% 8:21
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 205 19.86 KHL 3 3 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 19
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks ATOI
Yegor Zaitsev D Dynamo Moscow 25 0 2 2 -1 26 12 0.00% 0.48 0.08 10 9:14
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 185 19.72 KHL 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Nikita Popugaev LW CSKA Moscow 9 0 1 1 1 2 4 0.00% 0.44 0.11 0.00% 4:37
Height: 6'5.5 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 210 19.17 KHL 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7

VHL

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Mikhail Maltsev C SKA-Neva 13 2 5 7 4 4 20 10.00% 1.54 0.54 58.65% 16:30
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 205 19.86 VHL 4 6 2 5 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 17
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Nikita Popugaev LW Zvezda Chekhov 14 3 2 5 0 2 18 0.00% 1.29 0.36 N/A 11:39
Height: 6'5.5 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 210 19.17 VHL 1 4 3 1 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 11

Yegor Rykov was a -2 with a shot, block, and average ice time around 10:30 across 2 games for SKA last week.

Mikhail Maltsev was a -3 with 2 shots, 50 FO%, and average ice time just under 12 minutes per game across 2 games for SKA-Neva in VHL action.

Yegor Zaitsev returned to Dynamo Moscow but had the week off.

Nikita Popugaev was a +1 across 2 KHL games last week where he played a total of 5:24.

Europe

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Jesper Boqvist C Brynas IF 6 2 2 4 1 0 8 25.00% 1.33 0.67 N/A 12:22
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 179 19.22 SHL 2 4 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 34
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Fabian Zetterlund F Farjestads BK 26 0 2 2 -2 6 17 0.00% 0.65 0.08 N/A 8:01
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 180 18.41 SHL 2 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Aarne Talvitie C Blues U20 30 21 18 39 16 18 N/A N/A N/A 1.30 N/A N/A
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 198 18.94 Jr. A SM-liiga N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Gilles Senn 21.89 22 20 10 6 1 2 2.86 0.905 107 -4.13 -0.19
Height: 6'5 Team SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 192 HC Davos 1 5.00% 10 50.00% 2 10.00% 3 15.00% 83.61% 14.75% 1.64%

Jesper Boqvist was a -1 with a shot in 16:09 against Rogle BK on Thursday. He then had a goal, assist, +1, and a shot in 14:45 against Frolunda on Saturday.

Fabian Zetterlund missed 3 games this week as he is recovering from a minor injury sustained in the WJC.

Aarne Talvitie had 2 assists and 4 PIM across 2 games last week.

Gilles Senn made 38 saves on 44 shots in an overtime loss to Geneve-Servette HC on Friday. The following night he played 49:17 in relief, stopping 19 of the 21 shots he faced against EHC Kloten.

Your Take

Which players stood out to you this week? What are your expectations for Boqvist now that he’s back with his club team? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!