New Jersey Devils Prospect Update Week 3

Bruce Bennett

If the New Jersey Devils are bumming you out, the Albany Devils may be able to cheer you up a bit. They have been quite successful to start the season with a 4-1-0-1 so far.

The Albany Devils have been impressive so far this season. They are sitting at 5th in the Eastern Conference in the AHL and have the 4th lowest goals allowed in the league with 11. While it is still early in the season, they have shown improvements from last season. Outside of the AHL, there was one major standout this season, while a few others have yet to play a game.

Albany Devils














Player Birth Year Team League Position GP G A PTS PPG +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
Jon Merrill 1992 Albany AHL D 6 1 4 5 0.83 2 0 1 0 9 11.1
Joe Whitney 1988 Albany AHL LW 6 5 4 9 1.50 6 6 2 0 16 31.3
Scott Timmins 1989 Albany AHL C 6 3 5 8 1.33 5 4 2 0 15 20
David Wohlberg 1990 Albany AHL C 6 1 0 1 0.17 0 6 0 0 5 20
Harri Pesonen 1988 Albany AHL LW 6 0 1 1 0.17 -1 6 0 0 19 0
Reid Boucher 1993 Albany AHL LW 6 1 4 5 0.83 3 0 0 0 14 7.1
Brandon Burlon 1990 Albany AHL D 5 0 0 0 0.00 -2 4 0 0 3 0
Eric Gelinas (X) 1991 Albany AHL D 5 1 2 3 0.60 2 4 1 0 20 5
Seth Helgeson 1990 Albany AHL D 6 0 1 1 0.17 0 17 0 0 3 0
Cam Janssen 1984 Albany AHL RW 6 0 0 0 0.00 -1 2 0 0 2 0
Dan Kelly 1989 Albany AHL D 6 0 1 1 0.17 0 9 0 0 7 0
Stefan Matteau 1994 Albany AHL LW 6 0 0 0 0.00 0 2 0 0 8 0
Chris McKelvie 1985 Albany AHL LW 6 1 1 2 0.33 0 9 0 0 5 20
Corbin McPherson 1988 Albany AHL D 4 0 0 0 0.00 0 4 0 0 0 0
Rod Pelley 1984 Albany AHL C 6 0 1 1 0.17 0 2 0 0 6 0
Tim Sestito 1984 Albany AHL C 6 2 0 2 0.33 0 7 0 1 12 16.7
Mike Sislo 1988 Albany AHL RW 5 1 0 1 0.20 0 2 0 0 6 16.7
Darcy Zajac 1986 Albany AHL C 4 0 1 1 0.25 -3 12 0 0 2 0
Reece Scarlett 1993 Albany AHL D 4 0 1 1 0.25 3 2 0 0 4 0
Mike Hoeffel 1989 Albany AHL LW 2 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 3 0
Kelly Zajac 1988 Albany AHL C 1 0 1 1 1.00 1 0 0 0 0 0
Harry Young 1989 Elmira ECHL D 1 0 0 0 0.00 -2 0 0 0 3 0
Raman Hrabarenka 1992 Elmira ECHL D 1 0 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0 3 0
Riley Boychuk 1991 Elmira ECHL LW 1 0 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0 3 0
















Goalies Birth Year Team League Position GP Mins W L SOL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
Keith Kinkaid 1989 Albany AHL G 4 243:35:00 2 1 1 0 8 1.97 83 0.961
Scott Wedgewood 1992 Albany AHL G 2 124:47:00 2 0 0 0 2 0.96 49 0.961
Maxime Clermont 1991 Elmira ECHL G 1 59:00:00 0 1 0 0 3 3.07 15 0.833
Anthony Brodeur 1995 Gatineau Olympiques QMJHL G 6 302:33:00 3 2 0 0 16 3.17 105 0.868
(X - not on active roster)














Player Birth Year Team League Position GP G A PTS PPG +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
Artur Gavrus 1994 Dinamo Minsk KHL C 12 1 2 3 0.25 2 4 0 0 14 7.14%
Vladimir Zharkov 1988 CSKA Moskva KHL RW 20 2 2 4 0.20 0 4 0 0 37 5.41%
Graham Black 1993 Swift Current Broncos WHL C 14 5 7 12 0.86 1 14 3 0 - -
Myles Bell 1993 Kelowna Rockets WHL LW 9 5 3 8 0.89 5 17 1 0 - -
Damon Severson 1994 Kelowna Rockets WHL D 9 4 6 10 1.11 -1 12 2 0 - -
Ben Johnson 1994 Windsor Spitfires OHL C 10 6 2 8 0.80 2 4 0 1 - -
Ben Thomson 1993 Kitchener Rangers OHL LW 7 0 2 2 0.29 -2 30 0 0 - -
Ryan Kujawinski 1995 Kingston Frontenacs OHL C 10 5 3 8 0.80 4 12 1 0 - -
Blake Coleman 1991 Miami Ohio NCAA C 4 4 0 4 1.00 3 19 0 0 12 33.33%
Alexander Kerfoot 1994 Harvard University NCAA C - - - - - - - - - - -
Blake Pietila 1993 Michigan Tech NCAA LW 3 0 1 1 0.33 -2 21 0 0 2 0.00%
Derek Rodwell 1990 University of North Dakota NCAA LW - - - - - - - - - - -
Miles Wood 1995 Brown University NCAA LW - - - - - - - - - - -
Joe Faust 1991 University of Wisconsin NCAA D 4 0 2 2 0.50 1 0 0 0 5 0.00%
Curtis Gedig 1991 Ohio State University NCAA D 3 0 0 0 0.00 0 2 0 0 1 0.00%
Steve Santini 1995 Boston College NCAA D 3 1 1 2 0.67 4 4 - - 4 25.00%

Albany Notes:



  • With the victory against the Admirals, the Devils were set to their best start in Albany Devils history going 3-1-0-1.
  • The Devils faced the Utica Comets last night and won 4-1. Keith Kinkaid was in net and made 22 saves for his 40th career win. Joe Whitney, Scott Timmins, Chris McKelvie, and Jon Merrill each scored a goal. With a power play goal, the Devils have scored six goals with the man advantage in as many games.
  • With a six game point streak, Scott Timmins is off to the best start by a Devil in franchise history.
  • Eric Gelinas was called-up to New Jersey yesterday after Bryce Salvador was moved to non-roster due to a death in the family. He may be in the NHL lineup tonight when the Devils face the Canucks at home.
  • Speaking of Gelinas, he has been working quite well with Jon Merrill. Coach Rick Kowalsky said of the pair,

"We wanted to see how they would be together. We were wondering if there was enough puck for both of them. So far, it’s worked out and we are going to continue along that path."

Other Notes:

  • Artur Gavrus hasn't played in a while for the Dinamo Minsk. I haven't found any details on his absence, but he hasn't played in the last two weeks.
  • Blake Coleman got his first career hat trick against the University of North Dakota on Saturday in a 6-2 win for Miami. His line has been clicking well to start the season and he was rewarded with a strong night.
  • After a strong season for Michigan Tech and earning a roster spot on the US World Junior Team which won gold at the WJC last year, I'm not really sure what Blake Pietila is doing this season. He is racking up the penalty minutes, was suspended for a game due to game misconduct and major cross-checking penalty, and has no points in three games played. His coaches were expecting a big sesason from him, so hopefully he steps up his game sooner, rather than later.
  • Derek Rodwell has yet to make an appearance for the University of North Dakota Huskies.
  • Miles Wood will be at the Rock this weekend playing against Yale and Dartmoth with Brown University for the Liberty Hockey Invitational.

Prospect of the Week:

The honors this week go to Blake Coleman. He had a hot start to the 2012-2013 season as a sophomore and then cooled down as the season progressed. He is off to another hot start as a junior and earned his first career hat trick. Hopefully he can keep it up this season. What's interesting about his successful night was that it came just one day after a disappointing one - he was ejected from the game the night before. He was ejected for hitting from behind, but did not receive a suspension. Coleman's coach, Enrico Blasi was pleased to see him bounce back and prove himself following a rough outing,

"I thought it was important for him to come back and play well, and Blake is that type of player where he plays hard and goes to the tough areas of the ice. He plays a very intense game and sometimes he gets called for some penalties, but we know he’s going to play hard every night."

Which prospects are standing out to you? How much do you read into the hot start for Albany? Are you excited to see Gelinas called up to New Jersey? What do you think about the Pietila suspension and Coleman's bounce back performance after being ejected from the game just one night earlier? Please post your thoughts below. Thanks for reading!

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