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.
|Jon Merrill (X)||1992||Albany||AHL||D||11||2||5||7||0.64||0||0||2||0||16||12.5|
|Eric Gelinas (X)||1991||Albany||AHL||D||5||1||2||3||0.60||2||4||1||0||20||5|
|Cam Janssen (X)||1984||Albany||AHL||RW||11||0||1||1||0.09||-2||15||0||0||2||0|
|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)|
|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%|
- After a four game losing streak, the Devils defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scanton Penguins. Mike Sislo had a huge night scoring three goals to help Albany win 6-5. Sislo had an even-strength, shorthanded, and power-play goal. Keith Kinkaid was in net for the first time since October 23 and got the victory by stopping 28 of 33 shots. Reid Boucher, Kelly Zajac, and Rostislav Olesz (in his Albany debut) scored the other goals.
- The Devils had a tough time against the Adirondack Phantoms in a 2-0 loss. The Phantoms are hot right now and got their sixth straight win and second shutout in a row. Scott Wedgewood let in two goals off of strange bounces on 25 shots. The first deflected in off a Devils' stick, and the second deflected off of multiple sticks and in. While Wedgewood's record isn't as impressive as Kinkaid's, head coach Rick Kowalsky was very happy with his effort,
"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.
- 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!