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New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 5/1/18

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Week 30 of the 2017-18 prospect update saw Marian Studenic and Colby Sissons move on to Championship play while Mikhail Maltsev’s club season came to an end in the VHL Finals.

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Mikhail Maltsev’s club season came to an end with a loss in the VHL Finals this past week. He did score a clutch goal in international play for the Russian B team though.
Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes/Getty Images

The thirtieth week of the 2017-18 prospect update is here. It’s highlighted by Marian Studenic winning the OHL Eastern Conference with Hamilton, Colby Sissons and Swift Current winning the WHL Eastern Conference, and Mikhail Maltsev and SKA-Neva falling in the VHL Finals. Just a side note but this will be the penultimate prospect update for the 2017-18 season before we switch over to draft coverage.

QMJHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Jocktan Chainey D 18.65 Halifax 66 7 33 40 21 56 6.31% 1.68 0.61
Height: 6'0 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 15 22 5 18 23 2 13 15 0 1 1 12

OHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Michael McLeod C 20.25 Mississauga 38 16 28 44 -1 34 13.33% 3.16 1.16 64.65%
Height: 6'2 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 195 17 33 9 22 31 5 5 10 2 1 3 29
Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP FO%
Marian Studenic RW 19.52 Hamilton 62 20 28 48 24 14 13.79% 2.34 0.77 38.46%
Height: 6'1 A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts NHLe
Weight: 170 19 39 14 20 34 4 8 12 2 0 2 20
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Evan Cormier 20.49 61 58 24 24 8 0 3.18 0.900 94 11.03 0.19
Height: 6'3 Team SO SO% QS QS% RBS RBS% BO BO% EVG% PPG% SHG%
Weight: 200 Saginaw 3 5.17% 30 51.72% 14 24.14% 7 12.07% 73.08% 23.63% 3.30%

Marian Studenic became an OHL Eastern Conference Champion when the top seeded Hamilton Bulldogs knocked out the third seeded Kingston Frontenacs in 5 games. In the final 2 games of the series last week, Studenic was held off the scoresheet but had an even rating and 3 shots on goal. He has 2 goals, 10 assists, +14, 4 PIM, and 31 shots in 15 playoff games. Hamilton will play the OHL’s top team from the regular season, Sault Ste. Marie, in the OHL Championship which will start on Thursday. Despite cruising through the regular season and opening round of the playoffs, Sault Ste. Marie has had to battle through back-to-back 7 game series to reach the Championship.

WHL

Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Colby Sissons D 20.30 Swift Current 72 13 58 71 46 69 6.37% 2.83 0.99
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 23
Name Pos. Age Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP
Nikita Popugaev LW 19.45 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 helped Swift Current to the WHL Eastern Conference Championship after they defeated Lethbridge in 6 games. Over the final 4 games of the series last week, Sissons had a goal, 3 assists, +3, 6 PIM, and 9 shots. He now has 3 goals, 15 assists, +3, 24 PIM, and 63 shots in 20 playoff games. Sissons is the top scoring defenseman on Swift Current this postseason and is 3rd in assists on the team. They will play the winner of the Everett and Tri-City series which as of this writing is tied 5-5 in overtime of Game 6. Everett leads the series 3-2.

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 22.18 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 36 11 16 27 14 20 9.09% 3.36 0.75 12.00% 26
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 195 19.88 NCHC 11 22 6 9 15 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 36 6 29 35 18 39 7.32% 2.28 0.97 47 30
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 188 21.42 Hockey East 16 22 3 8 11 3 18 21 0 2 2
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Reilly Walsh D Harvard 33 7 13 20 -2 16 9.59% 2.21 0.61 22 13
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 185 19.04 ECAC 6 13 0 4 4 7 9 16 0 0 0
Name Pos. Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SH% SH/GP Pts/GP Blks NHLe
Matt Hellickson D Notre Dame 40 3 9 12 4 12 6.25% 1.20 0.30 28 8
Height: 6'0 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 181 20.12 Big Ten 4 7 0 7 7 3 2 5 0 0 0

WDAZ 8 has this short clip of goaltender Cam Johnson talking about how playing hockey professionally is his dream job. It’s clear that he enjoyed getting his first taste of the pro game in Binghamton.

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 20.15 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 20.01 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 19.45 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 20.15 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 19.45 VHL 1 4 3 1 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 11

Mikhail Maltsev and SKA-Neva fell in the VHL Finals to Dynamo Saint Petersburg in 6 games. Maltsev had an assist, +1, 6 shots, and won 26/52 faceoffs while playing 44:36 in SKA’s Game 5 six overtime win. Ex-Devils prospect Yegor Rykov set a record with 61:19 played in the instant classic. SKA would drop Game 6 though with Maltsev being held off the scoresheet with an even rating, shot, and 19/40 faceoffs in 16:51 of action. He finished the playoffs with 3 goals, 5 assists, +6, 14 PIM, 5.8 SH%, 2.6 SH/GP, 57.2 FO%, with an average ice time of 17:48. I expect him to split time between the KHL and VHL again next season, but hopefully he can earn a more consistent role with the first team.

Maltsev also featured in international play as he helped the Russian B team to the 2018 ALROSA Cup with a 4-3 victory over Austria. You can check out his game winning goal in overtime from Saturday below:

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 19.51 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 18.69 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 18.69 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 44 34 25 59 27 34 225 15.11% 5.11 1.34 52.21% 19:11
Height: 5'11 Age League A1 Pts1 EVG EVA EV Pts PPG PPA PP Pts SHG SHA SH Pts
Weight: 198 19.23 Jr. A SM-liiga 16 50 26 17 43 6 7 13 2 1 3
Name Age GP GS W L OTL SOL GAA SV% GA%- GSAA GSAA/60
Gilles Senn 22.18 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%

Gilles Senn will be one of 3 goaltenders on Switzerland’s roster for the 2018 World Hockey Championship which starts this weekend in Copenhagen. He’ll compete with Reto Berra nad Leonardo Genoni for playing time.

Your Take

How do you feel about Maltsev’s season? Do you think Marian Studenic and Hamilton can overcome Sault Ste. Marie for the OHL Championship? Do you expect big things from Colby Sissons in the WHL Championship? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!