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New Jersey Devils NCAA Prospects Update: Shlaine Holding Steady

Seamus Casey is still on top, but others like Artem Shlaine are having fine seasons as well. This post covers what has been happening with the Devils prospects in the NCAA.

COLLEGE HOCKEY: OCT 20 Northern Michigan at Arizona State
Overshadowed by the explosive season of Seamus Casey, Artem Shlaine has been very steady this season.
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A shortened month, this post recaps what has happened in the NCAA since mid-November.

The Stats

Winger Samu Salminen struggled since last update posting zero points in three games and sliding to a 0.41 Pts/g average. Salminen is built for a bottom six role in the NHL but he will need to up his production and work on his skating to get there.

Center Artem Shlaine has maintained a pt/g pace this season posting 16 points in 16 games. The 21-year-old senior will likely earn an ELC somewhere after this season though his path to the NHL will still be difficult.

University of Denver’s draft-eligible 18-year-old defenseman Zeev Buium has taken some of the sine off of Casey and now leads all NCAA defensemen with 25 points. That said, Seamus Casey is still having an amazing season and is only six points behind his last season’s totals in 19 less games. Casey also remains tied for 8th in the entire NCAA in points and 2nd behind Buium for NCAA points by a defenseman.

The sudden rise of Zeev Buium aside, Casey is having a fine all-around season.

Here is an interview with Casey regarding the World Juniors:

Viktor Hurtig and Ethan Edwards remain injured.

Defenseman Charlie Leddy added an assist since last update and now sits at 0.25 pts/g, which is not bad for a defense-first defenseman. I would like to see more shots than 7 in 19 games.

Lastly, Goaltender Cole Brady won his last two starts inching his numbers back to respectability, but he still sits as the backup behind Michael Hrabal. A senior who will be looking for a contract this summer, it is hard to envision a future for Cole Brady in New Jersey.

Around the Pool

  • Hameenaho is official.
  • Speaking of Hameenaho:
  • Scoring only one goal this weekend, the Utica Comets have dropped two straight. Nico Daws and Isaac Poulter earned the losses in what were both low-scoring affairs. Utica now sits second to last in the North, one point behind Belleville.

Final Thoughts

Now it is time to tell us what you think. Post your comments below.