1-24 Prospect Update: Matteau Makes it, Boucher and Pietila Shine

Stefan Matteau in his NHL debut against the Islanders - Andy Marlin

Take a look at updates on Devil prospects in the OHL, AHL and NCAA. Boucher and Pietila had successful weeks and Matteau makes his debut has a Devil.

Welcome to the New Jersey Devils prospect roundup. This week saw success from Boucher and Pietila and some surprising additions and cuts to the Devils' opening roster. Keep reading to see how everyone did in the most recent games.

NAME League Team POS GP G A PTS plus/minus PPG PP SHG SOG SH%
Graham Black WHL Swift Current Broncos C 46 19 17 36 -4 0.78 6 0
Reid Boucher OHL Sarnia Sting LW 45 38 23 61 13 1.36 12 1
Artur Gavrus OHL Owan Sound Attack RW 3 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0
Ben Johnson OHL Windsor Spitfires C 45 12 10 22 -12 0.49 3 0
Alexander Kerfoot BCHL Coquitlam Express C 16 8 11 19 1.19
Stefan Matteau (X) QMJHL Armada C 35 18 10 28 19 0.80 7 1 121 14.88%
Reece Scarlett WHL Swift Current Broncos D 43 6 21 27 6 0.63 1 0
Damon Severson WHL Kelowna Rockets D 46 6 27 33 23 0.72 4 0
Ben Thomson OHL Kitchener Rangers LW 45 9 8 17 -10 0.38 1 0
Jon Merrill NCAA University of Michigan D 5 0 3 3 -1 0.60 0 0 5 0.00%
Blake Coleman NCAA Miami University C 24 5 4 9 2 0.38 2 0 82 6.10%
Curtis Gedig NCAA Ohio State D 22 1 4 5 4 0.23 1 0 36 2.78%
Blake Pietila NCAA Michigan Tech LW 21 13 3 16 -3 0.76 3 2 62 20.97%
Derek Rodwell NCAA University of North Dakota LW 20 1 1 2 0 0.10 0 0 28 3.57%
Seth Helgeson NCAA University of Minnesota D 24 0 3 3 0 0.13 0 0 22 0.00%
Joe Faust NCAA University of Wisconsin D 22 1 0 1 3 0.05 0 1 19 5.26%

Name League Team Position GP G A PTS plus/minus PPG PP SHG SOG SH%
Bobby Butler AHL Albany RW 34 15 9 24 7 0.71 5 1 99 15.15%
Joe Whitney AHL Albany LW 28 9 12 21 11 0.75 1 0 94 9.57%
Steve Zalewski AHL Albany C 36 6 13 19 -8 0.53 1 0 72 8.33%
Matt Anderson AHL Albany RW 37 6 13 19 6 0.51 1 1 93 6.45%
Harri Pesonen AHL Albany LW 35 7 9 16 0 0.46 2 0 70 10.00%
Tim Sestito AHL Albany C 37 5 9 14 0 0.38 0 0 50 10.00%
Eric Gelinas AHL Albany D 21 4 6 10 1 0.48 3 0 59 6.78%
Adam Henrique AHL Albany C 16 5 3 8 1 0.50 1 0 40 12.50%
Chad Wiseman AHL Albany LW 16 3 5 8 -4 0.50 0 0 25 12.00%
Brandon Burlon AHL Albany D 22 0 8 8 6 0.36 0 0 22 0.00%
Darcy Zajac AHL Albany C 32 4 3 7 3 0.22 0 0 41 9.76%
Mike Sislo AHL Albany RW 24 2 5 7 -1 0.29 0 1 40 5.00%
Mike Hoeffel AHL Albany LW 27 2 4 6 1 0.22 0 0 41 4.88%
Jay Leach AHL Albany D 32 2 4 6 5 0.19 0 0 26 7.69%
Chris McKelvie ECHL Trenton LW 2 1 1 2 1 1.00 0 0 5 20.00%
Raman Hrabarenka AHL Albany D 19 1 3 4 0 0.21 0 0 35 2.86%
Alexander Urbom AHL Albany D 33 0 4 4 1 0.12 0 0 28 0.00%
Phil DeSimone ECHL Trenton C 3 3 2 5 1 1.67 1 0 13 23.08%
Dan Kelly AHL Albany D 23 0 3 3 4 0.13 0 0 10 0.00%
Corbin McPherson AHL Albany D 35 0 3 3 2 0.09 0 0 44 0.00%
Kelly Zajac ECHL Trenton C 12 4 5 9 -4 0.75 0 0 21 19.05%
Scott Parse AHL Albany RW 9 0 2 2 -5 0.22 0 0 12 0.00%
Matthew Corrente (X) AHL Albany D 11 0 2 2 -1 0.18 0 0 7 0.00%
David Wohlberg AHL Albany C 16 0 2 2 2 0.13 0 0 21 0.00%
Bryan Haczyk ECHL Trenton RW 18 5 1 6 -2 0.33 1 0 38 13.16%
Harry Young AHL Albany LW 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0.00%

Name League Team POS GP Mins W L OTL/SOL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
Maxime Clermont ECHL Elmira G 17 979 7 6 4/1 0 58 3.41 483 0.893
Jeff Frazee AHL Albany G 12 727 3 6 0/3 0 30 2.50 297 0.908
Keith Kinkaid AHL Albany G 22 1329 11 8 0/3 2 54 2.45 580 0.915
Scott Wedgewood ECHL Titans G 25 1388 11 11 2/1 0 71 3.07 628 0.899

Notes:

Reid Boucher had three goals this week including a two-goal outing (scored less than three minutes apart) against the Erie Otters. He has been going strong all season and has not shown any signs of slowing down. He now has a league leading 38 goals.

Cutis Gedig had his first goal on the season for Ohio State. He has been a solid defender for the struggling team, so it was nice to see him rewarded with a powerplay goal. The goal was scored in a 3-2 loss to Northern Michigan.

Speaking of college hockey, Blake Pietila seems to have found his scoring touch for Michigan Tech once again. He had three goals and one assist last weekend against Bimidji State.

There were a few surprises with the Devils roster for the start of the regular season - the first round pick from the draft last year, Stefan Matteau made the final cut for at least the start of the season. He still has three more games he can play before a year would be taken off of his entry level contract, so it will be interesting to see what Lou decides to do with him after that. Here are his stats from this first two NHL games:

Game

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

PP

SH

S

S%

Shifts

TOI

Jan 22 '13 PHI @ NJD

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

3

0.0

13

10:37

Jan 19 '13 NJD @ NYI

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0.0

12

7:26

Another surprise was seeing Bobby Butler sent back to Albany. He may get another shot if there are injuries or changes in the roster, but he was expected by many to make the roster for opening night.

Prospect Spotlight:

It's hard to highlight anyone but Reid Boucher with the way he has been playing all season. As noted above, he has a league leading 38 goals along with 23 assists in just 46 games. The Sarnia Sting is leading the West Division of the OHL, which has much to do with Boucher's success.

Other note-worthy news:

  • Jon Merrill got his first win since returning from injury two weeks ago. He was part of a 6-4 win over Lake Superior State and got two assists in that game.
  • Albany went 1-1-2 last week with their only win coming against Adirondack on January 18. In that game, Joe Whitney got a season high three point game with two goals and an assist. That was the sixth straight game in which Albany scored four or more goals.
  • Two of the losses for Albany came in the shootout, which has been a struggle for the team all season.
  • In a 4-2 loss to Springfield, Mike Sislo scored Albany's fifth shorthanded goal of the season.

That's it for the roundup this week. What are your thoughts on Matteau making the Devils' roster instead of going back to juniors? Were you surprised to see Butler sent back to Albany? Feel free to discuss, and thanks for reading!

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