New Jersey Devils Prospect College Roundup

A look at the college hockey action from last weekend and an update on the tournaments following the holidays.

Welcome to week eleven of the New Jersey Devils Prospect College Roundup. This week saw Coleman get back to scoring, a first from Rodwell, along with Pietila attending the US World Juniors Camp all before a quiet holiday season for the college teams. Keep reading for an update on each prospect.

CCHA

Player

Position

Team

Games Played

Goals

Assists

Points

PMIN

Shots

+/-

Jon Merrill

D

University of Michigan

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Blake Coleman

C

Miami University

2

1

1

2

2

6

+1

Curtis Gedig

D

Ohio State

2

0

0

0

0

3

-1



Jon Merrill:
Merrill is still out. The Wolverines went 1-1 against Western Michigan, with goalie Adam Janecyk getting Michigan's first shutout of the season (on his first start of the year).

Blake Coleman:
Miami University got a regulation and shootout win last weekend. On Friday night, Coleman took four shots and got a penalty for slashing. That game ended 1-1, but Miami succeeded in the shootout.
On Saturday, Coleman had a much bigger impact. He had an assist on Miami's first goal and scored the second which was the game winner. Miami won 3-1.
Miami is now on a ten day break before heading to the Three Rivers Classic at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on December 28 - 29.

Curtis Gedig:
Gedig did not have a very successful weekend against Miami University. As noted in Coleman's recap, Ohio State lost both games (one in regulation, the other in the shootout) and Gedig was only responsible for three shots.
On a side note, Ohio State rotates captains and Gedig was one of the two this past weekend. He was the first to repeat as team captain this season.
Ohio State will also be participating in the Three Rivers Classic the last weekend in December.

In the CCHA, Miami is in second behind Notre Dame, Ohio State comes in fourth, and Michigan is in seventh.

WCHA

Player

Position

Team

Games Played

Goals

Assists

Points

PMIN

Shots

+/-

Blake Pietila

LW

Michigan Tech

2

1

0

1

0

6

-2

Derek Rodwell

LW

University of North Dakota

2

1

0

1

2

2

+1

Seth Helgeson

D

University of Minnesota

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Joe Faust

D

University of Wisconsin

2

0

0

0

0

4

+2


Blake Pietila:
The Huskies lost both games this weekend against The University of North Dakota. Michigan Tech was outscored 10-2, but Pietila had one of those goals. He also had six shots on the weekend and zero penalty minutes. He must have listened to Coach Pearson's request to stop taking unnecessary penalties.
Pietila has now matched the number of goals he scored during his entire freshman campaign with ten. It took him 39 games reach ten goals last year, this year he hit that mark in just 16 games.
The next action M-Tech will face is the Great Lakes Invitational at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on December 29 - 30 with The University of Michigan and Michigan State.
Pietila attended the US World Junior camp last week and the entire roster will be traveling to Finland for pre-tourney games before they make any cuts. Although Pietila has been filling a scoring role for the Huskies, he will most likely be used as a checking forward for team USA. He is strong on the forecheck and has a great physical aspect to his game, any offense that comes from that will be an added bonus.

Derek Rodwell:
Rodwell finally got his first goal of the season. He scored the sixth and final goal in a 6-1 win for UND against Michigan Tech. This was his first goal in 22 games, dating back to before his injury last season.
North Dakota is off until January 4-5 for the Subway Holiday Classic.

Seth Helgeson:
Helgeson was off last weekend - the Gophers are back for the Mariucci Classic at the end of December in Huntsville, Alabama.

Joe Faust:
The Badgers went 2-0 against Alabama-Huntsville last weekend. Faust was kept off the score sheet, but Wisconsin outscored their opponent 9-1, showing a strong appearance by the defense.
The Badgers are off until the beginning of January when they travel to Alaska-Anchorage.

In the WCHA, North Dakota is in second, Minnesota is in fifth, Wisconsin is in tenth, and Michigan Tech fell to eleventh with the two losses.

Totals:

Player

Games Played

Goals

Assists

Points

PMIN

Shots

+/-

Jon Merrill

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Blake Coleman

18

5

4

9

25

69

+2

Curtis Gedig

16

0

3

3

6

20

+12

Blake Pietila

16

10

2

12

16

49

-6

Derek Rodwell

18

1

0

1

14

22

+1

Seth Helgeson

18

0

3

3

24

17

0

Joe Faust

16

0

0

0

8

14

+2



My stand out this week is Coleman. He found the back of the net again with a goal and an assist in a huge weekend for Miami University.
Everyone is off for the holidays followed by many tournaments. What do you think of the action last week? Do you expect Pietila to make an impact for the US team at World Juniors?
Thanks for reading.

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