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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 11/13/18

Week 6 of the 2018-19 prospect update saw Ty Smith represent the WHL against Russia, the Devils college prospects all have productive weekends, and Akira Schmid continue to play in the USHL.

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Reilly Walsh added 2 more PP goals this weekend to raise his season line to 4 goals and an assist through 5 games for Harvard.
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The 6th week of the 2018-19 prospect update is here. It’s highlighted by Jocktan Chainey being named to Team QMJHL in the Canada Russia Series, Ty Smith playing against the Russians as a member of Team WHL, the Devils 4 collegiate prospects all have productive weekends, and Akira Schmid continuing to see action in the USHL.


Jocktan Chainey had an eventful week for Halifax, appearing in 3 games and being named to the QMJHL roster for the Canada Russia Series. In those 3 games he had 2 PP assists, +5, 4 PIM, and 3 shots. He’ll have the chance to represent the QMJHL when they take on Russia tonight and Thursday night to wrap up the Canada Russia Series.

Xavier Bernard had a quiet week for Drummondville, playing in their match against Blainville-Boisbriand on Friday but missing their game against Victoriaville on Saturday.

Jeremy Groleau had 2 assists (1 EV, 1 SH), -1, and 4 shots in 3 games last week.


Mitchell Hoelscher was a +1 with 4 PIM, 3 shots, and a 57.78 FO% in 3 games for Ottawa last week. Ottawa continues to be the league’s best team with a 17-3-2 record.


Ty Smith began his week by playing for the WHL against Russia in the Canada Russia Series. Last Monday he was a +1 in a 2-1 WHL victory. He followed that up with a goal, even rating, and 5 shots in a 3-1 loss to Russia on Tuesday. You can check out his goal below, as well as ESPN’s Chris Peters thoughts on Smith’s game:

On Friday he returned to WHL action for Spokane with an assist, -5, 2 PIM, and 4 shots against Victoria. On Saturday he had 2 assists, +1, and a shot in their second game against Victoria.


Jeremy Davies had another productive weekend for Northeastern as he continues to be one of the top offensive threats from the back end in college hockey. On Friday against UConn he had a PP goal, PP assist, -2, and 2 shots. On Saturday against UMass-Lowell he had a goal, even rating, 2 PIM, and 5 shots. You can see both of his goals from this weekend below:

Reilly Walsh had 2 PP goals, -2, and 3 shots in 2 games last week. You can check out his goal against Brown below:

Matt Hellickson had a goal, 2 assists, +4, and 3 shots in 2 games against Michigan last week. The goal was his first of the season.

Aarne Talvitie had a fun weekend playing 2 games against Robert Morris. He had a goal, 4 assists, +4, 2 PIM, and 2 shots over those games. He’s 3rd in freshman scoring with 11 points in 9 games and 2nd in assists by a freshman with 9.


Akira Schmid has been receiving quite a bit of playing time for an “emergency backup” for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL. Last Tuesday he made 46 saves on 48 shots in a victory over Tri-City. On Friday he made 23 saves on 24 shots in a loss to Tri-City. He played 30:43 of relief in Saturday’s loss to Cedar Rapids, making 15 saves on 17 shots. He started Sunday’s game against Cedar Rapids but made just 16 saves on 20 shots in 36:31. It will be interesting if he can play himself into a permanent USHL job.





Mikhail Maltsev helped Russia to a Deutschland Cup title with an assist, +1, 2 PIM, 4 shots, and a 44.44 FO% in 3 games. On Monday he returned to domestic play with a VHL appearance where he was a +1 with 3 shots and won 9/15 faceoffs in 18:23.

Yegor Zaitsev had an even rating and a shot while averaging 17:04 across 2 VHL appearances last week.

Nikita Popugaev was a -1 in 12:49 against Avangard in KHL action yesterday.

Sweden & Finland

Jesper Boqvist and Brynas IF had last week off. They resume their season today against Malmo.

Fabian Zetterlund continues to be out as he rehabs a right knee injury.

Eetu Pakkila and Karpat U20 had last week off.


Gilles Senn spent the past week on national team duty as the Swiss participated in the Deutschland Cup where they finished in 2nd place. Senn made one start in the 3 game round robin tournament, losing to Russia on Sunday 4-2. Senn made 35 saves on 38 shots in 58:26.

Your Take

Which prospects stood out to you this week? What are your thoughts on Ty Smith’s season so far? How about the production from the NCAA prospects? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!