New Jersey Devils Prospect College Roundup

Pietila is selected for the US Junior team roster along with other college updates.

Welcome to week nine of the College Prospect roundup. This week saw Pietila and Coleman back in action along with a key win for Wisconsin. Keep reading to see how everyone played.

CCHA

Player

Position

Team

Games Played

Goals

Assists

Points

PMIN

Shots

+/-

Jon Merrill

D

University of Michigan

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Blake Coleman

C

Miami University

2

0

1

1

2

9

+2

Curtis Gedig

D

Ohio State

2

0

1

1

0

5

+3



Jon Merrill:
Merrill is still out with his injury and the Wolverines still miss him dearly - they lost 5-0 and tied 3-3 vs. Ferris State last weekend.

Blake Coleman:
It has been quite a while since Coleman has scored a goal, but he did get an assist this weekend. His scoring drought is not for a lack of trying - he has nine shots in two games this weekend and had two shots ring off the post. It seems as though it will be a matter of time before he finds the back of the net again.
Miami won both games against Alaska. Coleman also received a penalty for cross-checking.

Curtis Gedig:
Ohio State swept Michigan State last weekend. Gedig had an assist on the lone goal Friday night in a 1-0 victory. He had five shots on the weekend.
Gedig has had an assist in two consecutive weekends.

In the CCHA, Miami held onto the number one spot with two wins. Ohio State moved up to third with their successful weekend, but Michigan is still struggling with the seventh seed.

WCHA

Player

Position

Team

Games Played

Goals

Assists

Points

PMIN

Shots

+/-

Blake Pietila

LW

Michigan Tech

2

1

0

1

8

5

+1

Derek Rodwell

LW

University of North Dakota

2

0

0

0

4

2

0

Seth Helgeson

D

University of Minnesota

2

0

0

0

4

0

-1

Joe Faust

D

University of Wisconsin

2

0

0

0

0

1

+1



Blake Pietila:
It was a rough weekend for Michigan Tech. The team really needed two wins and they came out of the weekend with a 7-3 loss and a 4-4 tie.
Pietila did what he could to contribute - he scored a goal and got eight penalty minutes. Four were for roughing, two were for checking from behind, and two were for boarding. All of the penalties tripled his time in the box so far this season.
Pietila was also selected for the U.S. Junior team preliminary roster. If he makes the team, he will compete in the World Junior Championship in Russia. The final team roster will be announced at the end of December.

Derek Rodwell:
Rodwell had another weekend without a point. UND went 1-1 against Colorado College. He got penalties for roughing and goalie interference.

Seth Helgeson:
The Gophers went 1-1 against Omaha this weekend and it seems as though Helgeson had a rough time. He was without a shot or a point and got four penalty minutes for high sticking and roughing.

Joe Faust:
The Badgers stepped up against the number one ranked Denver team. They got a win and a tie in a vital weekend. Faust didn't have much of an impact, he had just one shot and no points.

In the WCHA, Minnesota has the second seed, UND has sixth, Michigan Tech holds the eighth spot and Wisconsin moved up one spot to tenth.

Totals:

Player

Games Played

Goals

Assists

Points

PMIN

Shots

+/-

Jon Merrill

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Blake Coleman

14

4

3

7

19

57

0

Curtis Gedig

12

0

3

3

4

14

+8

Blake Pietila

12

8

2

10

12

36

-3

Derek Rodwell

14

0

0

0

12

19

-1

Seth Helgeson

16

0

3

3

20

16

+2

Joe Faust

12

0

0

0

8

9

0



My stand out this week was Blake Pietila. Michigan is having a tough season, but Pietila is a bright spot in the darkness for them. He had a few too many penalties, but he also got a goal in a very difficult weekend. He is leading his team and all of the prospects in scoring. Being named to the U.S. WJC team was a huge boost, as well.

That's it for the roundup this week. What do you think of the action? Who would you like to see more from? Do you think Pietila has what it takes to make the final roster for the WJC? Sound off below!

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