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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 11/6/18

Week 5 of the 2018-19 prospect update saw Ty Smith and Jesper Boqvist continue to produce, Mitchell Hoelscher get on the scoresheet twice, and Akira Schmid receive a call up to the USHL.

2017 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7
Jesper Boqvist is on a nice run of form in the SHL with 4 goals, 5 assists, 26 shots, and an average ice time of 18:01 over his past 9 games.
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The 5th week of the 2018-19 prospect update is here. It’s highlighted by Xavier Bernard and Jeremy Groleau continuing to play well in the QMJHL, Mitchell Hoelscher finding the back of the net twice, Ty Smith and Jesper Boqvist continuing to star in their respective leagues, and Akira Schmid get his first taste of USHL action.


Jocktan Chainey missed both of Halifax’s games last weekend after suffering a “minor injury” in practice according to the Mooseheads website.

Xavier Bernard had 2 PP assists, +3, 4 PIM, and 8 shots in 2 games for Drummondville last week. According to, his 3.61 shots per game rate is 4th among QMJHL defensemen.

Jeremy Groleau had an assist, +4, 2 PIM, and 5 shots in 3 games for Chicoutimi last week. According to Prospect-Stats, his 66.67 Goals For% at 5v5 play ranks 12th among QMJHL defensemen.


Mitchell Hoelscher had 2 goals, +2, 4 shots, and won 43.75% of his faceoffs across 3 games for Ottawa last week. The 2 goals came against Saginaw on Sunday were his first goals since he scored on opening night, snapping a 17 game goal-less streak.


Ty Smith continued to be very productive with 4 assists, -1, 7 PIM, and 2 shots in 2 games last week. The penalty minutes were picked up when he earned his first fighting major, squaring off with Matthew Wedman of Seattle, to defend a teammate that took a charge from Wedman. You can check the fight out over on the Hockey Fights YouTube channel.

Smith continues to be the most productive defensemen in the WHL, being tied for the overall points lead at 22 with 5 less games played than Dawson Davidson whom he shares the lead with. He leads the defensemen with 20 assists which is also tied for 6th overall among all WHL skaters. Regarding Smith’s impressive production, Will Scouch had this tweet highlighting how productive he’s been at even strength using NHLe:

Finally, Ty Smith will be playing for the WHL as they take on Russia in the Canada Russia Series. The first game was late Monday night and the second game will be played tonight. Also, if you haven’t already, check out Mike’s recent post which talks about whether or not Smith should’ve been kept for NHL action this season.


Jeremy Davies had a PP assist, -2, 2 PIM, and 4 shots in 2 games against Boston University over the weekend.

Reilly Walsh had a PP assist, -1, and 8 shots in 2 games last weekend for Harvard. He’s put up an impressive 17 shots in just 3 games this season.

Matt Hellickson had an even rating and 2 shots as Notre Dame split a weekend series with Ohio State.

Aarne Talvitie had an assist, -1, and 4 shots in 2 games for Penn State last weekend. He saw his 5 game point streak (1 goal, 5 assists) come to an end after being held off the scoreboard on Saturday.


Last Friday, Akira Schmid was added to the Omaha Lancers (USHL) roster as an emergency back up. He made his debut in the top flight of junior hockey in America on Saturday in a 3-2 loss to the Sioux City Musketeers. Schmid had 22 saves on 25 shots in 58:36. It’s nice to know that he’s on the radar of USHL teams should they need an emergency netminder.





Mikhail Maltsev made two KHL appearances last week. Against Kunlun on Tuesday he had an even rating, 4 shots, and won 5/9 faceoffs in 10:14. Against Amur on Friday he was a -2, won 3/4 faceoffs, and played 5:36. He was then scratched for SKA’s game against CSKA on Monday.

Yegor Zaitsev didn’t play in either of Dynamo’s games last week. I haven’t been able to track down the exact reason yet.

Nikita Popugaev was a -1 with a shot and average ice time of 8:24 across three KHL games last week.

Sweden & Finland

Jesper Boqvist had a productive week with 2 goals, an assist, even rating, 2 PIM, and 8 shots while averaging 18:39 across 3 games. He has really turned it on as of late with 4 goals, 5 assists, 26 shots, and an average ice time of 18:01 over his past 9 games. Boqvist currently leads Brynas IF in scoring with 11 points. He is also tied with Emil Bemstrom for the lead in U21 scoring for the SHL as both have 11 points in 15 games.

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

Eetu Pakkila continued to put up points in juniors, as he should be at this level, with a goal, assist, -2, 15 shots, and average ice time of 19:11 over 2 games last week. He leads the Karpat U20 team with 23 points in 22 games and is tied for 13th in the Jr. A SM-liiga overall.


Gilles Senn didn’t appear in any of the 3 games HC Davos played last week. In more positive news, Senn was called up to the Swiss team for the Deutschland Cup which is played from 11/5 to 11/11.

Your Take

Which prospects stood out to you this week? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!