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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 3/13/18

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Week 23 of the 2017-18 prospect update saw Brett Seney’s collegiate career come to an end, Jeremy Davies continue to shine for Northeastern, and the European leagues move into the playoffs.

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Brett Seney has finished his college career with Merrimack and could soon be offered a contract with the Devils organization.
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The twenty-third week of the 2017-18 prospect update is here. It’s highlighted by Brett Seney’s career with Merrimack concluding, Yegor Zaitsev’s season ending, the NCAA prospects stay busy in conference tournament action, and the European prospects continue with playoff action.

QMJHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Jocktan Chainey D 18.52 Halifax 63 7 30 37 18 54 6.36% 1.75 0.59
Height: 6'0 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 13 20 5 15 20 2 13 15 0 1 1 12

Jocktan Chainey had a goal, +1, and a shot in 2 games last week. Halifax has clinched a playoff spot and are currently the 4th seed in the QMJHL with 3 games left in their regular season which concludes on 3/17.

OHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Michael McLeod C 20.12 Mississauga 35 15 26 41 0 30 13.39% 3.20 1.17 64.30%
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 15 30 9 21 30 4 4 8 2 1 3 30
Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Marian Studenic RW 19.38 Hamilton 60 17 26 43 20 14 12.41% 2.28 0.72 38.46%
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 170 18 35 12 18 30 4 8 12 1 0 1 18
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Evan Cormier 20.36 58 55 24 22 7 0 3.12 0.901 99 2.40 0.04
Height: 6'3 Team SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 200 Saginaw 3 5.45% 27 49.09% 13 23.64% 7 12.73% 73.37% 23.67% 2.96%

Michael McLeod had 5 assists, +2, 2 PIM, 6 shots, and won 50% of his faceoffs in 3 games last week. Mississauga has clinched a playoff spot and are currently the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference. They conclude regular season play on 3/18.

Marian Studenic had an assist, -3, and 5 shots in 3 games last week. Hamilton has clinched a playoff spot and are currently hanging onto the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Their regular season concludes on 3/17.

Evan Cormier had a 32 save shutout in a victory over Guelph on Friday. The following night he lasted just 2 periods as he made 19 saves on 23 shots in a loss to Owen Sound. Saginaw has clinched a playoff spot and are currently the 7th seed in the Western Conference.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colby Sissons D 20.16 Swift Current 69 13 58 71 51 67 6.84% 2.75 1.03
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 190 36 49 8 28 36 5 26 31 0 4 4 24
Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Nikita Popugaev LW 19.32 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 3 PP assists, -3, 2 PIM, and 11 shots in 3 games last week. He currently has an assist in each of his past 4 games and is tied-3rd in scoring for WHL defensemen with 71 points in 69 games. Swift Current has clinched a playoff spot and are currently 2nd in the East Division of the Eastern Conference with 3 regular season games left, concluding play on 3/17.

NCAA

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Brett Seney LW Merrimack 37 13 19 32 -4 48 14.77% 2.38 0.86 42.98% 27
Height: 5'10 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 180 22.05 Hockey East 13 26 5 7 12 7 11 18 1 1 2
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% NHLe
Joey Anderson RW Minnesota Duluth 30 10 16 26 14 18 9.26% 3.60 0.87 15.79% 31
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 195 19.74 NCHC 11 21 5 9 14 4 7 11 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Jeremy Davies D Northeastern 34 6 27 33 18 37 7.59% 2.32 0.97 45 30
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 188 21.28 Hockey East 15 21 3 7 10 3 17 20 0 2 2
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Reilly Walsh D Harvard 32 6 12 18 -2 16 8.57% 2.19 0.56 21 13
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 18.90 ECAC 5 11 0 4 4 6 8 14 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Matt Hellickson D Notre Dame 35 2 9 11 5 12 5.00% 1.14 0.31 22 9
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 181 19.99 Big Ten 4 6 0 7 7 2 2 4 0 0 0

Brett Seney saw his season and collegiate career come to an end with Merrimack’s 2 losses to Boston College in the Hockey East Quarterfinals this past weekend. Seney was held without a point and to a -1 with 7 shots and 39.13 FO% across those 2 games. Seney ends his career at Merrimack with 42 goals and 73 assists for 115 points in 139 games. While those numbers may not jump off the page, it’s worth noting that Seney led his team in scoring during all 4 of his seasons as Merrimack was a constant underdog in a tough conference. I hope to see the Devils sign him to an entry level deal as I’m intrigued to see how his speed and skill translate to the professional level. Hopefully he can get into some AHL action with Binghamton before their season ends.

Joey Anderson and Minnesota Duluth knocked out Western Michigan in 2 games in the opening round of the NCHC Playoffs. Anderson had 3 assists, +1, and 7 shots in the series. They’ll take on Denver in the Semifinals on Friday and will either play in the Third Place Game or Championship on Saturday. According to USCHO, Duluth is currently 8th in the Pairwise Rankings which gauges the system the NCAA uses to determine which teams fill out the 16 team field for the NCAA tournament should they not earn an automatic bid by winning their conference tournament.

Jeremy Davies and Northeastern eliminated UMass in 2 games in the Hockey East Quarterfinals. Davies, as usual, played a big role with a goal, 3 assists, +2, and 7 shots in the series. Northeastern will take on Providence in the Semifinals on Friday. Should they win that game the Championship is the next day. Northeastern is 7th in the Pairwise Rankings on USCHO.

Reilly Walsh helped Harvard keep their season alive after dropping their first game against Dartmouth in the ECAC Quarterfinals with a PP assist in each of the final 2 games. In the 3 game series Walsh had 2 assists, -1, and 6 shots. Harvard will take on Clarkson in the Semifinals on Friday. Should they advance, the Championship game is on Saturday. Harvard is 26th in the Pairwise Rankings and needs to win this tournament to keep their season alive.

Matt Hellickson helped Notre Dame advance to the Big Ten Championship with a PP assist, even rating, and 2 shots in a Semifinal victory over Penn State. The title game will be on Saturday against Ohio State. Notre Dame is 2nd in the Pairwise Rankings.

KHL/VHL

KHL

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Mikhail Maltsev C SKA St. Petersburg 18 0 5 5 5 4 24 0.00% 1.33 0.28 55.88% 8:16
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 205 20.01 KHL 3 3 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 18
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 19.87 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 12 0 1 1 0 2 5 0.00% 0.42 0.08 0.00% 4:39
Height: 6'5.5 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 210 19.32 KHL 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5

VHL

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Mikhail Maltsev C SKA-Neva 25 5 12 17 12 10 50 10.00% 2.00 0.68 57.95% 15:33
Height: 6'3 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 205 20.01 VHL 8 13 4 11 15 1 1 2 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 19.32 VHL 1 4 3 1 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 11

Mikhail Maltsev played his 4th VHL playoff game yesterday with 3 shots and won 17/18 faceoffs in 15:13 of SKA-Neva’s victory in their opening game of the second round of the playoffs.

Dynamo Moscow missed the KHL playoffs as well as their MHL affiliate thus ending Yegor Zaitsev’s season.

Nikita Popugaev played 33 seconds in CSKA’s Game 4 victory in the opening round of the KHL playoffs. They swept the series to advance to the next round.

Europe

Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Jesper Boqvist C Brynas IF 23 3 10 13 -1 2 43 6.98% 1.87 0.57 N/A 15:25
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 179 19.38 SHL 8 11 3 10 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 29
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Fabian Zetterlund F Farjestads BK 35 3 4 7 -2 6 32 9.38% 0.91 0.20 N/A 8:51
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 180 18.56 SHL 4 7 3 4 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 10
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Fabian Zetterlund F Timra IK 8 2 3 5 2 0 23 8.70% 2.88 0.63 50.00% 17:28
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 180 18.56 Allsvenskan 2 4 1 2 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 32
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO% ATOI
Aarne Talvitie C Blues U20 41 34 24 58 31 34 216 15.74% 5.27 1.41 51.49% 19:36
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 198 19.09 Jr. A SM-liiga 15 49 26 16 42 6 7 13 2 1 3
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Gilles Senn 22.04 30 28 13 10 1 3 2.92 0.905 107 -5.52 -0.19
Height: 6'5 Team SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 192 HC Davos 1 3.57% 14 50.00% 4 14.29% 5 17.86% 81.18% 17.65% 1.18%

Jesper Boqvist concluded his regular season with 2 assists, -4, and 7 shots while playing 14-15 minutes per game over 3 games. He was a -1 with 4 PIM in 17:26 in Brynas’ 3-2 win over Lulea playoff action yesterday.

Fabian Zetterlund had an assist, +1, and 5 shots in 16:08 on Wednesday in Allsvenskan action. On Saturday he returned to the SHL and had an assist, +1, and 2 shots in 9:31.

Aarne Talvitie had 2 goals, +2, 2 PIM, 5 shots, and won 11/24 faceoffs in 17:15 in his final regular season game a week ago. As Finnish Jr. Hockey on twitter confirmed, Talvitie has been named the best player of the Finnish U20 league.

Gilles Senn helped HC Davos to a 1-0 series lead over EHC Biel-Bienne in the Quarterfinals of the NLA playoffs as he made 26 saves on 28 shots in a victory on Saturday.

Your Take

Which prospects stood out to you this week? Do you expect the Devils to offer Brett Seney a contract? What are your expectations for Seney as a pro? Which prospects do you hope to watch in the NCAA tournament should their team make it? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!