New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: Week 6

Without scoring machine Cam Janssen in the lineup, other Albany Devils have had to step up their game. - Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

While a few Devil prospects were injured this week, there were also many positives including a few Albany wins.

The Albany Devils finally returned to the win column this week after a four-game skid. A few other prospects had great weeks while there are a few disappointing injuries to report, as well. Take a look at the most recent stats in the chart below along with some news on highlights from last week.

















Player Birth Year Team League Position GP G A PTS PPG +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
Jon Merrill (X) 1992 Albany AHL D 11 2 5 7 0.64 0 0 2 0 16 12.5
Joe Whitney 1988 Albany AHL LW 14 6 7 13 0.93 3 12 2 0 38 15.8
Scott Timmins 1989 Albany AHL C 12 5 8 13 1.08 4 6 2 0 29 17.2
David Wohlberg 1990 Albany AHL C 10 1 0 1 0.10 -3 6 0 0 7 14.3
Harri Pesonen 1988 Albany AHL LW 14 0 4 4 0.29 0 12 0 0 34 0
Reid Boucher 1993 Albany AHL LW 14 5 6 11 0.79 3 2 1 0 48 10.4
Brandon Burlon 1990 Albany AHL D 13 0 2 2 0.15 -4 10 0 0 12 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 14 0 2 2 0.14 -1 28 0 0 11 0
Cam Janssen (X) 1984 Albany AHL RW 11 0 1 1 0.09 -2 15 0 0 2 0
Dan Kelly 1989 Albany AHL D 14 1 4 5 0.36 1 19 0 0 19 5.3
Stefan Matteau 1994 Albany AHL LW 13 1 2 3 0.23 -2 8 0 0 16 6.3
Chris McKelvie 1985 Albany AHL LW 14 2 2 4 0.29 -3 18 0 0 13 15.4
Corbin McPherson 1988 Albany AHL D 12 0 1 1 0.08 0 15 0 0 5 0
Rod Pelley 1984 Albany AHL C 14 1 2 3 0.21 0 6 0 0 17 5.9
Tim Sestito 1984 Albany AHL C 14 2 2 4 0.29 -5 16 0 1 21 9.5
Mike Sislo 1988 Albany AHL RW 10 4 1 5 0.50 2 2 1 1 20 20
Darcy Zajac 1986 Albany AHL C 4 0 1 1 0.25 -3 12 0 0 2 0
Reece Scarlett 1993 Albany AHL D 12 0 2 2 0.17 -1 4 0 0 16 0
Mike Hoeffel 1989 Albany AHL LW 10 2 0 2 0.20 -2 13 0 0 23 8.7
Kelly Zajac 1988 Albany AHL C 8 1 1 2 0.25 -1 0 0 0 10 10
Rostislav Olesz
Albany AHL
3 1 2 3 1.00 0 2 0 0 6 16.7
Riley Boychuk 1991 Albany AHL LW 3 0 0 0 0.00 -1 0 0 0 0 0
Harry Young 1989 Elmira ECHL D 4 0 0 0 0.00 -2 2 0 0 2 0
Raman Hrabarenka 1992 Albany AHL D 3 0 2 2 0.67 -1 0 0 0 5 0
















Goalies



GP Mins W L SOL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
Keith Kinkaid 1989 Albany AHL G 6 363:32:00 4 1 1 0 15 2.48 136 0.901
Scott Wedgewood 1992 Albany AHL G 7 390:28:00 3 4 0 0 17 2.61 139 0.891
Maxime Clermont 1991 Elmira ECHL G 3 178:00:00 0 3 0 0 10 3.38 72 8.787
Anthony Brodeur 1995 Gatineau Olympiques QMJHL G 8 427:09:00 5 2 0 0 22 3.09 173 0.887
(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 13 1 2 3 0.23 2 4 0 0 14 7.14%
Vladimir Zharkov 1988 CSKA Moskva KHL RW 25 2 2 4 0.16 -3 4 0 0 42 4.76%
Graham Black 1993 Swift Current Broncos WHL C 23 13 16 22 0.96 9 22 5 2 - -
Myles Bell 1993 Kelowna Rockets WHL LW 16 8 6 14 0.88 7 23 1 0 - -
Damon Severson 1994 Kelowna Rockets WHL D 16 5 13 18 1.13 4 20 2 0 - -
Ben Johnson 1994 Windsor Spitfires OHL C 15 8 6 14 0.93 3 4 0 2 - -
Ben Thomson 1993 Kitchener Rangers OHL LW 11 2 3 5 0.45 -5 34 0 0 - -
Ryan Kujawinski 1995 Kingston Frontenacs OHL C 15 6 4 10 0.67 -4 16 2 0 - -
Blake Coleman 1991 Miami Ohio NCAA C 10 6 4 10 1.00 7 31 1 0 42 14.29%
Alexander Kerfoot 1994 Harvard University NCAA C 5 1 1 2 0.40 2 0 0 0 8 12.50%
Blake Pietila 1993 Michigan Tech NCAA LW 9 1 5 6 0.67 -2 25 1 0 21 4.76%
Derek Rodwell 1990 University of North Dakota NCAA LW 2 1 0 1 0.50 1 4 0 0 7 14.29%
Miles Wood 1995 Brown University NCAA LW - - - - - - - - - - -
Joe Faust 1991 University of Wisconsin NCAA D 6 0 6 6 1.00 6 0 0 0 5 0.00%
Curtis Gedig 1991 Ohio State University NCAA D 10 0 2 2 0.20 3 4 0 0 16 0.00%
Steve Santini 1995 Boston College NCAA D 9 1 3 4 0.44 10 21 - - 12 8.33%

Albany Notes:

"In my opinion, he didn't give up a goal tonight. You can't ask for any more from him. You wish you could get him a little more offensive support, so [the goaltenders] don't have to be outstanding every night."

  • The Albany Devils needed to break out and get a big win after a frustrating loss to the Phantoms. That's exactly what they did against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The team won 5-2 and saw multi-point nights from six different players. Reid Boucher, Dan Kelly, and Rod Pelley each had a goal and assist while Raman Hrabarenka, Stefan Matteau, and Harri Pesonen had two assists each. Joe Whitney and Chris McKelvie had the other goals while Keith Kinkaid allowed just two goals on 27 shots. Kinkaid is 4-1-1 on the season. Here are the highlights:


  • Scott Timmins, one of the most consistent Devils was injured last week. They are calling it a lower-body injury and is out indefinitely. A few other Devils stepped up in his absence (of the eleven goals scored over the weekend, seven different players put the puck in the back of the net), and that will need to continue, as he is one of the team's best scorers.

Other Notes:

  • Maxime Clermont has played just three games for the Elmira Jackals, but he has yet to get a win for the team. Granted, the team only has three wins in their eight games played this season and he spent part of it in Albany while Kinkaid was with New Jersey.
  • Artur Gavrus played his first game in weeks for Dinamo Minsk. He didn't produce or get a shot on net, but he was out for quite a while.
  • Graham Black had another strong week. He scored four goals and three assists in four games played. Two of his goals were on the power-play and another was shorthanded.
  • Ben Johnson played only one game last week after sustaining a knee injury. He is expected to play again tonight.
  • While Ben Thomson is travelling with the team, he hasn't played since last Sunday due to an ankle injury.
  • Alexander Kerfoot who has been playing on Harvard's top line as a freshman dislocated his shoulder in their first game of the weekend. He sat out Saturday's game and there is no timetable for his return.
  • While Blake Pietila is still sitting on his first goal of the season, he had four assists last weekend.
  • Derek Rodwell played for the first time this season this weekend for the University of North Dakota. He scored a goal, hopefully earning him a few more games in the lineup.

Prospect of the Week:

Graham Black has been a stud so far this season. The Swift Current Broncos are on a nine-game win streak with the help of Black who is keeping pace with the team with his nine-game point streak. He is second on the team in scoring and has eight goals and nine assists in that span. He was shaken up in a game last night after crashing into the net, but returned to game and was named the first star of the contest. He is proving himself to be quite valuable to a very good team and has been doing so constantly so far this season.

A cool side note about Black - for each regular season goal he scores for the Swift Current Broncos, $100 will be donated to one of four charities thanks to Paterson Grain.

Which prospect is catching your eye so far this season? Which goalie prospects impress you the most? Do you think Graham Black can keep up his scoring streak for another week? Please discuss your thoughts on the prospects in the comments. Thanks for reading!

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