1-31 Prospect Update - Anderson gets a shot, Butler hits the All-Star Game

Matt Anderson making his NHL Debut as a 30-year-old rookie. - Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

This week saw Tedenby sent down, Anderson brought up, Butler in the AHL All-Star Game, and much more!

This week saw some movement with the Devils current prospects - Mattias Tedenby was sent back to Albany while Matt Anderson was called up for his shot with the big club. There is still no final decision on where Stefan Matteau will end up now that he has played his five trial games - that will hopefully be cleared up soon. Keep reading to see the stats for each prospect along with some notes and highlights from the previous week of play.

NAME YOB League Team POS GP G A PTS plus/minus PPG PP SHG SOG SH%
Graham Black 1993 WHL Swift Current Broncos C 48 19 18 37 -4 0.77 6 0
Reid Boucher 1993 OHL Sarnia Sting LW 48 40 24 64 8 1.33 12 1
Artur Gavrus 1994 OHL Owan Sound Attack RW 7 0 0 0 -1 0.00 0 0
Ben Johnson 1994 OHL Windsor Spitfires C 48 13 10 23 -17 0.48 3 0
Alexander Kerfoot 1994 BCHL Coquitlam Express C 16 8 11 19 1.19
Stefan Matteau (X) 1994 QMJHL Armada C 35 18 10 28 19 0.80 7 1 121 14.88%
Reece Scarlett 1993 WHL Swift Current Broncos D 46 7 25 32 7 0.70 1 0
Damon Severson 1994 WHL Kelowna Rockets D 50 8 30 38 30 0.76 5 0
Ben Thomson 1993 OHL Kitchener Rangers LW 48 9 10 19 -7 0.40 1 0
Jon Merrill 1992 NCAA University of Michigan D 7 0 3 3 -2 0.43 0 0 7 0.00%
Blake Coleman 1991 NCAA Miami University C 26 5 5 10 3 0.38 2 0 85 5.88%
Curtis Gedig 1991 NCAA Ohio State D 24 2 5 7 5 0.29 2 0 40 5.00%
Blake Pietila 1993 NCAA Michigan Tech LW 21 13 3 16 -3 0.76 3 2 62 20.97%
Derek Rodwell 1990 NCAA University of North Dakota LW 21 1 1 2 0 0.10 0 0 28 3.57%
Seth Helgeson 1990 NCAA University of Minnesota D 26 0 3 3 -2 0.12 0 0 22 0.00%
Joe Faust 1991 NCAA University of Wisconsin D 24 1 0 1 2 0.04 0 1 21 4.76%

Player

YOB

League Team POS GP G A PTS +/- PPG PP SHG SOG SH%
Bobby Butler 1987 AHL Albany Devils RW 36 16 10 26 11 0.72 5 1 104 15.4
Joe Whitney 1988 AHL Albany Devils LW 30 11 13 24 14 0.80 1 0 98 11.2
Steve Zalewski 1986 AHL Albany Devils C 38 7 15 22 -5 0.58 1 0 75 9.3
Jacob Josefson (X) 1991 AHL Albany Devils C 30 8 12 20 10 0.67 2 2 82 9.8
Matt Anderson (X) 1982 AHL Albany Devils RW 39 7 13 20 8 0.51 1 1 96 7.3
Harri Pesonen 1988 AHL Albany Devils LW 37 9 10 19 2 0.51 3 0 75 12
Adam Larsson (X) 1992 AHL Albany Devils D 33 4 15 19 -1 0.58 2 0 46 8.7
Mattias Tedenby 1990 AHL Albany Devils LW 30 9 8 17 -5 0.57 2 0 56 16.1
Tim Sestito 1984 AHL Albany Devils C 39 5 11 16 2 0.41 0 0 52 9.6
Eric Gelinas 1991 AHL Albany Devils D 23 4 8 12 4 0.52 3 0 63 6.3
Brandon Burlon 1990 AHL Albany Devils D 24 0 10 10 9 0.42 0 0 24 0
Adam Henrique (X) 1990 AHL Albany Devils C 16 5 3 8 1 0.50 1 0 40 12.5
Darcy Zajac 1986 AHL Albany Devils C 34 5 3 8 4 0.24 0 1 43 11.6
Chad Wiseman 1981 AHL Albany Devils LW 16 3 5 8 -4 0.50 0 0 25 12
Mike Sislo 1988 AHL Albany Devils RW 26 2 6 8 0 0.31 0 1 44 4.5
Chris McKelvie 1985 AHL Albany Devils LW 20 1 6 7 2 0.35 0 0 21 4.8
Mike Hoeffel 1989 AHL Albany Devils LW 29 2 4 6 1 0.21 0 0 46 4.3
Jay Leach 1979 AHL Albany Devils D 34 2 4 6 8 0.18 0 0 27 7.4
Phil DeSimone 1987 AHL Albany Devils C 14 3 2 5 0 0.36 2 0 21 14.3
Stephen Gionta (X) 1983 AHL Albany Devils C 11 2 3 5 -2 0.45 0 0 22 9.1
Raman Hrabarenka 1992 AHL Albany Devils D 19 1 3 4 0 0.21 0 0 35 2.9
Alexander Urbom 1990 AHL Albany Devils D 35 0 4 4 3 0.11 0 0 28 0
Kelly Zajac 1988 AHL Albany Devils C 6 2 1 3 2 0.50 0 0 7 28.6
Dan Kelly 1989 AHL Albany Devils D 25 0 3 3 6 0.12 0 0 11 0
Corbin McPherson 1099 AHL Albany Devils D 37 0 3 3 5 0.08 0 0 46 0
Scott Parse 1084 AHL Albany Devils RW 9 0 2 2 -5 0.22 0 0 12 0
Matthew Corrente (X) 1988 AHL Albany Devils D 11 0 2 2 -1 0.18 0 0 7 0
David Wohlberg 1990 AHL Albany Devils C 16 0 2 2 2 0.13 0 0 21 0
Bryan Haczyk (X) 1987 ECHL Trenton Titans RW 22 6 4 10 0 0.45 0 0 56 10.7
Harry Young (X) 1989 ECHL Trenton Titans LW 2 0 0 0 1 0.00 0 0 1 0

Player League Team POS GP Mins W L OTL/SOL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
Maxime Clermont 1991 ECHL Elmira G 21 1215 10 7 2/1 0 71 3.51 636 0.9
Jeff Frazee AHL Albany G 14 850 3 7 0/4 0 35 2.47 349 0.909
Keith Kinkaid 1989 AHL Albany G 26 1574 14 8 0/4 2 62 2.47 687 0.917
Scott Wedgewood 1992 ECHL Titans G 32 1767 13 15 2/1 0 99 3.36 824 0.893

(X indicates player is not on current roster)

Albany notes:

  • As noted earlier, Mattias Tedenby was sent back down to Albany after being given more than enough chances to prove his worth. He was given plenty of time on the top line and was unable to produce.
  • Matt Anderson called up from Albany. His first game was in the shootout loss to Boston.
  • Bobby Butler took part in the AHL All-Star game last week. Here is a recap of his performance:
    • He was named a starter for the Eastern Conference Team.
    • He competed in Rapid Fire, Accuracy Shooting, and Breakaway Relay in the skills competition.
    • He had an assist and three shots in the East vs. West game.
  • Albany played two games last week. They won both games 4-1 and 5-2 against Adirondack.
    • In the first game, Joe Whitney had two goals and Steve Zalewski had two assists.
    • January 26th saw record crowds for Albany (10,218). The team won the Time Warner Cable Cup with goals by Harri Pesonen (2), Steve Zalewski (1), Bobby Buttler (1), and Darcy Zajac (1).

Other Notes:

  • Last week, Hockey Prospect Radio (part of the NHL Network Radio) did an hour-long segment on the New Jersey Devils' prospects. It gives a lot of incite to the top prospects. Give it a listen - it has a few interviews including David Conte (Director of Amateur Scouting), Ryan Yessie (head scout for hockeyprospect.com), and Kevin Thacker (AHL scout). It takes an in depth look at players such as Alexander Urbom, Reid Boucher, Stefan Matteau, Jacob Josefson and more.
  • Reid Boucher hit the 40-goal mark. It has only taken him 48 games to reach this achievement. He also had his first fight of the season - and let me just say, he should stick to scoring.
  • Damon Severson had a five-point week (2G, 3A). He now has 38 points this season. He, along with Reece Scarlett are the two defensive prospects who have been able to find the back of the net on a semi-regular basis. They have seven and eight goals, respectively.

Prospect Spotlight:

The star this week is Bobby Butler. He was given the opportunity to play at the AHL All-Star game and had some success there along with a goal for Albany against Adirondack. Maybe he will get some time in the NHL if Matteau is sent back to juniors or any other roster changes are made.


That's it for the roundup this week. What are your thoughts on Matteau staying in New Jersey? How do you think Anderson has been performing? Feel free to discuss any prospects news below, and thanks for reading!

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