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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 11/27/18

Week 8 of the 2018-19 prospect update saw Ty Smith and Jesper Boqvist continue to be standout players in their respective leagues, while the collegiate prospects continued to produce points, and Fabian Zetterlund return to training in Sweden following a knee injury that kept him out for a few weeks.

2017 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7
Jesper Boqvist is looking like a great draft pick by Ray Shero as the young forward continues to produce in the SHL.
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The 8th week of the 2018-19 prospect update is here. It’s highlighted by Ty Smith maintaining his lead in most offensive categories for WHL defensemen, the NCAA prospects such as Jeremy Davies, Reilly Walsh, and Aarne Talvitie each have strong performances, and Fabian Zetterlund return to training after rehabilitating a knee injury for a few weeks.

QMJHL

Jocktan Chainey had an assist, -1, 2 PIM, and 4 shots in 3 games for Halifax last week.

Xavier Bernard had an even rating, 8 PIM, and 5 shots in 3 games for Drummondville last week. He’s hit a bit of a rough patch in terms of production with just 2 assists over last 9 games. Prior to that he had a 4 game streak with 2 goals and 3 assists. His shots per game rate during that 4 game streak was 4.25 while it’s 2.11 over his past 9 games.

Jeremy Groleau was a -2 with 2 PIM and 4 shots in 3 games last week for Chicoutimi.

OHL

Mitchell Hoelscher was a -1 with 2 PIM, 3 shots, and won just 44.44% of his faceoffs over 2 games last week. Heading into Sunday’s action, he currently has a 54.05 FO% which ranks 16th in the OHL according to Prospect-Stats (minimum 20+ GP, 300+ FO).

WHL

Ty Smith had a SH assist, +2, and 2 PIM in Spokane’s only game of the week against Kamloops on Saturday. Smith continues to lead WHL defensemen in assists (29), points (32), and points per game (1.52).

NCAA

Jeremy Davies had 2 assists, +1, and 5 shots as Northeastern defeated RIT on Saturday. Davies is second on Northeastern in points (12) and leads the team in assists (9).

Reilly Walsh had an assist, +2, and 2 shots in a Harvard victory over Cornell on Saturday. He has now recorded at least one point in 7 of the 8 games he has played in this season.

Matt Hellickson and Notre Dame had this past week off. They will be busy with 3 games this upcoming week, taking on Northern Michigan tonight and RPI on Friday and Saturday. The Friday game is on NBCSN at 7 PM ET and the Saturday game is on SNY at 7 PM ET.

Aarne Talvitie had a goal, assist, -2, and 9 shots in 2 games against Ohio State this past weekend. Talvitie has put up at least a point in all but 3 of the 13 games he has played this season. You can check out his goal from this past Saturday below:

USHL/NAHL

Akira Schmid has continued to play in the USHL for Omaha but it hasn’t been easy. He made 17 saves on 19 shots in a loss to Tri-City on Friday. He came off the bench to play 17:52 of third period action on Saturday but picked up a loss after making 3 saves on 4 shots against Fargo. It is worth noting that Omaha ranks 15th out of 17 teams in the USHL with 14 points in 19 games. They have also surrendered a league high 76 goals while being tied for second to last in the league with 49 goals scored. Schmid’s .886 SV% actually ranks the highest among the 5 goaltenders that Omaha has used this season. Certainly, Schmid needs to perform better and so does the team in front of him.

Russia

KHL

VHL

MHL

Mikhail Maltsev had a goal, assist, +3, 4 PIM, 10 shots, and a 40.0 FO% while averaging 19:09 across 3 games in the VHL this past week.

Yegor Zaitsev had an even rating and a shot while averaging 9:50 per game in 3 KHL games last week.

Nikita Popugaev had an even rating and 4 shots while averaging 6:25 in 2 KHL games last week.

Sweden & Finland

Jesper Boqvist began his week with a goal, assist, +1, and 5 shots in 16:15 against HV71 on Thursday. He followed that up with a +1 and 2 shots in 21:07 against Lulea on Saturday. He has really settled in nicely the past few weeks of the season with 6 goals and 7 assists over his past 14 games after opening the season with 2 assists over his first 6 games. Boqvist is tied for the team lead in scoring with 15 points in 20 games and he is tied for 14th place in the SHL. Among U21 players in the SHL, he is tied with Emil Bemstrom for the scoring lead.

According to this report from Hockeymagasinet this past Thursday, Fabian Zetterlund is back in training for Farjestad after recovering from a knee injury. According to a rough translation by Google, it seems he’s hopeful to return to action on this Saturday against Djurgarden. Returning for that game is important since it would be the only action he would get before the Swede’s name their camp roster for the upcoming WJC and he figures to be an important player for that team, if healthy.

Eetu Pakkila had 4 goals, +1, 2 PIM, and 18 shots while averaging 17:26 across 3 games last week. He had a hat trick in his game on Sunday. He ranks tied for 11th in scoring in the league with 30 points.

Switzerland

Gilles Senn continues to sit on the bench for HC Davos as he hasn’t appeared in a league game since 10/27. With the season nearing the halfway mark, it would be ideal for Senn to find playing time elsewhere. I have to imagine that HC Davos wouldn’t want to let him go unless they already had a move lined up to bring in another goaltender to replace him though.

Your Take

Which prospects stood out to you this week? Do you expect Smith and Boqvist to make their mark in New Jersey next season? What other prospects are you hopeful about? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!