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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 1/30/18

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Week 17 of the 2017-18 prospect update saw the Devils prospects in Sweden, Finland, and Switzerland enjoy strong performances.

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Jesper Boqvist enjoyed a 2 point week in Sweden.
Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

The seventeenth week of the 2017-18 prospect update is here. It’s highlighted by the play of Jesper Boqvist and Fabian Zetterlund in the SHL, Aarne Talvitie’s quick hat trick in junior play in Finland, and Gilles Senn’s strong start in NLA action.

QMJHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Jocktan Chainey D 18.40 Halifax 47 6 25 31 15 40 6.59% 1.94 0.66
Height: 6'0 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 12 18 4 11 15 2 12 14 0 1 1 14

Jocktan Chainey had 4 PIM and a shot across 2 games against Saint John this past weekend.

OHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Michael McLeod C 20.00 Mississauga 18 12 11 23 -1 16 22.64% 2.94 1.28 67.55%
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 5 17 7 9 16 4 2 6 1 0 1 32
Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Marian Studenic RW 19.27 Hamilton 42 15 21 36 22 12 13.76% 2.60 0.86 42.86%
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 170 15 30 11 14 25 3 7 10 1 0 1 22
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Evan Cormier 20.24 41 39 19 15 4 0 3.14 0.900 100 0.00 0.00
Height: 6'3 Team SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 200 Saginaw 2 5.13% 18 46.15% 10 25.64% 5 15.38% 71.67% 26.67% 1.67%

Michael McLeod had a quiet week by his standards. On Friday against Peterborough he had an assist on his brother’s game winning goal in overtime and finished a -1 with a shot and won 11/18 faceoffs. The assist extended his point streak to 11 games. That streak was snapped on Sunday when he finished with a shot and won 20/22 faceoffs against Sudbury.

Marian Studenic had a goal, +1, and 10 shots across 3 games last week for Hamilton. Lately, he’s mostly played with his early season linemates of Mackenzie Entwistle and Brandon Saigeon for the Bulldogs.

Evan Cormier’s rough January continued but he did finish the week strong. He made 25 saves on 31 shots in a loss to Kitchener on Friday. The following night he made 19 saves on 24 shots in a victory over Windsor. On Sunday he played 53:10 in relief and made 18 saves on 19 shots against Sault Ste. Marie. In 9 games in January he has put up a .855 SV%. Jeanna Trotman has this local news report on Cormier’s time in Saginaw.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colby Sissons D 20.05 Swift Current 51 11 40 51 39 51 7.75% 2.78 1.00
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 190 27 38 7 20 27 4 18 22 0 2 2 23
Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Nikita Popugaev LW 19.20 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 an assist, +1, and 13 shots across 3 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 26 9 15 24 -10 38 14.75% 2.35 0.92 43.64% 29
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 180 21.93 Hockey East 10 19 3 4 7 6 11 17 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
JD Dudek RW Boston College 25 4 10 14 -6 20 6.56% 2.44 0.56 43.75% 17
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 22.01 Hockey East 3 7 4 6 10 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 20 6 12 18 8 14 8.57% 3.50 0.90 15.38% 32
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 195 19.62 NCHC 9 15 3 7 10 3 5 8 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Jeremy Davies D Northeastern 24 4 16 20 5 31 8.89% 1.88 0.83 35 26
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 188 21.16 Hockey East 7 11 1 5 6 3 10 13 0 1 1
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Reilly Walsh D Harvard 21 3 9 12 2 16 6.82% 2.10 0.57 13 13
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 18.79 ECAC 4 7 0 4 4 3 5 8 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Matt Hellickson D Notre Dame 26 2 6 8 4 8 7.14% 1.08 0.31 20 8
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 181 19.87 Big Ten 3 5 0 6 6 2 0 2 0 0 0

Brett Seney remained a threat on the PP for Merrimack with a goal and an assist with the advantage across 2 games against Vermont. He finished a -2 with 2 PIM, 8 shots, and won half of his faceoffs as Merrimack fell twice to Vermont on the weekend. Seney continues to lead Merrimack in goals (9), assists (15), and points (24).

JD Dudek had a goal, assist, 2 PIM, 5 shots, and won 16/39 faceoffs across 3 games for Boston College last week.

Joey Anderson had a goal, assist, +1, 4 PIM, and 7 shots over 3 games for Minnesota Duluth. He is currently 4th in scoring for Minnesota Duluth with 18 points in 20 games, with those ahead of him having played 6-8 extra games. He is 6 points back of the leader Scott Perunovich.

Jeremy Davies had a goal, 2 PIM, and 2 shots in 2 games against Providence last weekend. He is currently 4th in scoring on Northeastern with 20 points in 24 games which leads the defensemen.

Reilly Walsh was a -2 with 2 PIM and 3 shots over the course of 2 games against Cornell and Colgate last weekend for Harvard. He started the season with 10 points in his first 13 games but has just 2 points over his last 8 games. The good news is he’s still getting his shots on goal as he had 2.36 per game over those first 13 games compared to 2.25 over the last 8 games.

Matt Hellickson had an even rating and a shot as Notre Dame split a weekend series against Minnesota.

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 51 2 12 14 13 20 44 4.55% 0.86 0.27 30 12:24
Height: 6'2 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 216 20.81 KHL 5 7 2 12 14 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 19.90 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 28 0 2 2 0 30 14 0.00% 0.50 0.07 11 9:32
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 185 19.76 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 11 0 1 1 1 2 4 0.00% 0.36 0.09 0.00% 4:11
Height: 6'5.5 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 210 19.21 KHL 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6

VHL

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Mikhail Maltsev C SKA-Neva 17 3 9 12 10 8 30 10.00% 1.76 0.71 58.36% 16:05
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 205 19.90 VHL 6 9 3 8 11 0 1 1 0 0 0 21
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 19.21 VHL 1 4 3 1 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 11

Yegor Rykov and SKA are currently on an Olympic break until resuming their season with their final regular season games on February 27 and March 1. SKA has already clinched 1st place in the Western Conference.

Mikhail Maltsev appeared in 2 VHL games last week with a goal, assist, +4, 6 shots, and a 61.11 FO% while averaging about 15:35 in ice time per game.

Yegor Zaitsev appeared in 2 MHL games last week with a -2 rating and 4 PIM, and 4 shots while playing over 20 minutes per game.

Nikita Popugaev played 43 seconds in a KHL game last Tuesday.

Europe

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Jesper Boqvist C Brynas IF 10 2 4 6 0 2 13 15.38% 1.30 0.60 N/A 13:27
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 179 19.26 SHL 3 5 2 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 31
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Fabian Zetterlund F Farjestads BK 31 2 3 5 -2 6 27 7.41% 0.87 0.16 N/A 8:52
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 180 18.44 SHL 3 5 2 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Aarne Talvitie C Blues U20 34 26 20 46 22 20 178 14.61% 5.24 1.35 51.32% 19:40
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 198 18.98 Jr. A SM-liiga 12 38 18 14 32 6 5 11 2 1 3
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Gilles Senn 21.93 25 23 12 7 1 2 2.96 0.902 110 -6.67 -0.27
Height: 6'5 Team SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 192 HC Davos 1 4.35% 11 47.83% 4 17.39% 4 17.39% 81.94% 16.67% 1.39%

Jesper Boqvist had 2 assists, +1, and 2 shots while playing around 15 minutes per game across 2 matches for Brynas IF last weekend.

Fabian Zetterlund had 2 goals and 7 shots while averaging about 13:25 across 3 games for Farjestads BK last week.

Aarne Talvitie had an assist, +1, 2 shots, and a 56.52 FO% in 18:36 against KalPa on Friday. He followed that up with 3 goals, an assist, +5, 5 shots, and a 72.73 FO% in 13:52 against Lukko on Saturday. He accomplished the hat trick in the 2nd period in an under 8 minute stretch. He’s currently tied for the lead league in goals with 26.

Gilles Senn put together his strongest outing in weeks with 39 saves on 40 shots against ZSC Lions on Sunday as he guided HC Davos to victory.

Your Take

Which prospects caught your eye this week? How do you feel about the production by the European based prospects? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!