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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 1/2/18

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Week 13 of the 2017-18 prospect update saw the World Junior Championship get underway, the Spengler Cup crown a champion, and the college and junior prospects return to action.

Canada v United States - 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship
Joey Anderson and the USA earned a hard fought victory over Canada in snowy conditions on Friday.
Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images

The thirteenth week of the 2017-18 prospect update is here. It's highlighted by the 7 Devils prospects at the World Junior Championship complete group play, Jeremy Davies help Canada to a Spengler Cup title, and Brett Seney help Merrimack take out Denver in a big upset.

World Junior Championship

Name Pos Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Joey Anderson RW USA 4 2 1 3 2 0 13.33% 3.75 0.75 33.33% 17:56
Michael McLeod C Canada 4 1 2 3 3 2 20.00% 1.25 0.75 56.41% 12:42
Marian Studenic RW Slovakia 4 0 0 0 -1 4 0.00% 2.00 0.00 N/A 15:01
Mikhail Maltsev C Russia 4 0 2 2 -2 6 0.00% 2.25 0.50 68.97% 15:54
Yegor Zaitsev D Russia 4 0 1 1 1 4 0.00% 1.25 0.25 N/A 17:32
Jesper Boqvist LW Sweden 3 1 0 1 3 2 14.29% 2.33 0.33 N/A 12:09
Fabian Zetterlund RW Sweden 4 1 0 1 -1 0 20.00% 1.25 0.25 N/A 12:54

Joey Anderson's tournament didn't start off strong but has quickly turned around. The USA captain has been playing in all situations, finding ways to get pucks on net, competing hard in all three zones, and most recently scored 2 timely goals against Finland to close out group play. That 2 goal, +1, 5 shot performance in 21:37 against Finland even earned him Best Player for the US honors for that match. The US finished 2nd in Group A and will take on Russia (3rd in Group B) in the Quarterfinals, tonight at 8 on NHL Network.

Michael McLeod hasn't been playing top role for Canada like a lot of us expected, but has still found a way to make his presence felt. McLeod has put up 3 points in his limited role while contributing on the PK and in the faceoff circle (56.41%). Canada finished 1st in Group A and will take on Switzerland (4th in Group B) today at 4 PM on NHL Network.

Marian Studenic hasn't found his name on the scoresheet yet, but has had an intersting tournament. He's averaging 2 shots per game and about 15 minutes per contest as a key player for Slovakia. In the opening game of the WJC he was involved in a scary collision with Jake Bean of Canada, where Studenic's cheek was cut by Bean, as the Canadian fell awkwardly into the boards. Fortunately, both players would be ok to continue playing in the WJC. Plus, Studenic was a part of Slovakia's upset of the US on Thursday. Slovakia finished 4th in Group A and will take on Sweden (1st in Group B) this afternoon in the Quarterfinals.

Mikhail Maltsev hasn't found the back of the net for Russia but is still getting his shots on net and making his presence known when he's on the ice. The big center has no problem using his frame to win puck battles or punish the opposition, has shown his offensive vision, and been huge in the faceoff circle (68.97%) for Russia. Yegor Zaitsev has been a calm, steady two-way defender for Russia. The Russian captain is playing over 17.5 minutes per game on average and has now been named Russia's Best Player of the Game twice.

Jesper Boqvist has had a relatively quiet tournament thus far with a goal and average ice time of 12 minutes. He missed Sweden's final group play game against Russia to an undisclosed injury. Fabian Zetterlund has been playing his role well, chipping in a goal, playing a physical game, and trying to create havoc in front of the opposition net on the PP.

Spengler Cup

Name Pos Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP ATOI
Jeremy Davies D Canada 4 0 1 1 -1 0 0.00% 0.50 0.25 14:04
Name Team GP W L GAA SV%
Gilles Senn HC Davos 2 0 2 6.00 0.840

The 91st Spengler Cup featured two Devils prospects, Jeremy Davies for Canada and Gilles Senn for HC Davos. Canada would claim the title over Switzerland, for their third title in a row.

Jeremy Davies made his international debut for Canada, playing in all 4 games with an assist, -1, and 2 shots while averaging a strong 14+ minutes per game. I'd still be shocked to see him crack the Canadian Olympic roster but it's encouraging to see him get himself into the conversation at least. The progress of his two-way game over the past 2.5 years makes him an intriguing prospect.

Gilles Senn didn't enjoy the Spengler Cup as much as Davies. The HC Davos netminder rotated starts with Joren van Pottelberghe as they often do in league play. Senn made one start in group play, a 4-1 loss to Canada where he made 38 saves on 42 shots. Senn then started the Semifinal match against Switzerland, an 8-3 loss for Davos where Senn made 25 saves on 33 shots.

QMJHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Jocktan Chainey D 18.33 Halifax 36 4 20 24 13 32 6.06% 1.83 0.67
Height: 6'0 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 11 15 3 8 11 1 10 11 0 1 1 14

Jocktan Chainey had a PP assist, -2, and 9 shots across 3 games for Halifax last week.

OHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Michael McLeod C 19.92 Mississauga 11 8 5 13 -1 10 22.22% 3.27 1.18 67.05%
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 3 11 4 5 9 3 0 3 1 0 1 30
Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Marian Studenic RW 19.19 Hamilton 32 13 17 30 15 10 16.05% 2.53 0.94 44.44%
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 170 11 24 9 10 19 3 7 10 1 0 1 24
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Evan Cormier 20.17 32 31 16 11 3 0 2.88 0.912 88 11.20 0.38
Height: 6'3 Team SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 200 Saginaw 2 6.45% 17 54.84% 7 22.58% 4 12.90% 66.67% 30.95% 2.38%

Evan Cormier started all 3 games for Saginaw last week. He made 20 saves on 24 shots in a loss to Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday. There's no shame in that given that Sault Ste. Marie currently leads the OHL with 66 points with an impressive 32-3-2-0 record. Cormier rebounded with 29 saves on 31 shots in a victory over Flint on Saturday and 27 saves on 29 shots in a win against Windsor on Sunday.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colby Sissons D 19.98 Swift Current 38 8 33 41 24 44 7.41% 2.84 1.08
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 190 21 29 4 15 19 4 16 20 0 2 2 25
Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Nikita Popugaev LW 19.13 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, 2 assists, -2, and 10 shots across 4 games for Swift Current last week.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Brett Seney LW Merrimack 19 6 11 17 -2 34 15.79% 2.00 0.89 42.31% 28
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 180 21.86 Hockey East 7 13 2 3 5 4 8 12 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
JD Dudek RW Boston College 18 2 7 9 -8 16 4.55% 2.44 0.50 35.71% 16
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 21.94 Hockey East 3 5 2 3 5 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 13 4 5 9 5 6 9.30% 3.31 0.69 18.18% 24
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 195 19.55 NCHC 3 7 2 4 6 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 17 3 13 16 2 12 8.57% 2.06 0.94 28 29
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 188 21.09 Hockey East 5 8 1 4 5 2 8 10 0 1 1
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Reilly Walsh D Harvard 12 3 6 9 0 14 13.04% 1.92 0.75 7 14
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 18.71 ECAC 3 6 0 2 2 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 20 0 6 6 4 8 0.00% 0.90 0.30 13 8
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 181 19.80 Big Ten 3 3 0 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0

Brett Seney had 2 goals, +1, 4 shots, and won 5/13 faceoffs as he led Merrimack to an upset over #2 Denver on Friday. With the 2 goal performance, he reached 100 career NCAA points. Seney was held off the scoresheet the following night against Colorado College with a -1 and won 8/18 faceoffs.

JD Dudek had an even rating, 2 PIM, and 2 shots against UConn on Saturday.

Reilly Walsh had a PP assist, -3, and 2 shots in 2 games for Harvard last week.

Matt Hellickson and Notre Dame had the week off and return to action this Friday against Michigan.

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 44 1 11 12 11 20 37 2.70% 0.84 0.27 25 12:22
Height: 6'2 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 216 20.73 KHL 5 6 1 11 12 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 19.82 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 19.68 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 7 0 1 1 0 2 4 0.00% 0.57 0.14 0.00% 5:10
Height: 6'5.5 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 210 19.13 KHL 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9

VHL

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Mikhail Maltsev C SKA-Neva 11 2 5 7 7 4 18 11.11% 1.64 0.64 59.68% 17:22
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 205 19.82 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 13 3 2 5 1 2 16 0.00% 1.23 0.38 N/A 12:11
Height: 6'5.5 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 210 19.13 VHL 1 4 3 1 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 11

Yegor Rykov had an assist, -1, 2 shots, and a block while averaging around 10:41 per game across 2 games for SKA last week.

Nikita Popugaev made his third MHL (junior) appearance of the season last Wednesday. He was a +1 with 12 PIM, 2 shots, in 8:24.

Europe

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Jesper Boqvist C Brynas IF 4 1 1 2 1 0 6 16.67% 1.50 0.50 N/A 10:50
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 179 19.19 SHL 1 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 25
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 18.37 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 26 19 14 33 15 10 N/A N/A N/A 1.27 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 18.90 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 21.85 19 18 10 6 0 1 2.82 0.906 106 -4.56 -0.25
Height: 6'5 Team SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 192 HC Davos 1 5.56% 9 50.00% 2 11.11% 3 16.67% 86.54% 11.54% 1.92%

Aarne Talvitie had the week off.

Your Take

Which prospects stood out to at the WJC? Have these games changed your opinions on any of these players? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!