New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: Week 9

Reid Boucher scored in the shootout in his first NHL game. - Al Bello

Believe it or not, there is still a team in Albany. Although there are currently five players who started the team in the AHL playing in New Jersey, the Albany Devils had a pretty successful week along with other Devils prospects.

Believe it or not, there is still a team in Albany even with so many players being called up to New Jersey. Keep reading to see how those still in the Albany lineup have performed along with all other Devil prospects.

















Player Birth Year Team League Position GP G A PTS PPG +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
Jon Merrill (X) 1992 Albany AHL D 14 2 7 9 0.64 -1 0 2 0 20 10
Joe Whitney 1988 Albany AHL LW 22 8 15 23 1.05 5 12 2 0 63 12.7
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 17 1 0 1 0.06 -4 8 0 0 11 9.1
Harri Pesonen 1988 Albany AHL LW 22 1 7 8 0.36 0 24 0 0 49 2
Reid Boucher (X) 1993 Albany AHL LW 21 10 8 18 0.86 4 2 2 0 69 14.5
Brandon Burlon 1990 Albany AHL D 21 1 2 3 0.14 -6 12 1 0 27 3.7
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 22 0 3 3 0.14 3 36 0 0 17 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 22 1 9 10 0.45 6 25 0 0 27 3.7
Stefan Matteau 1994 Albany AHL LW 21 6 6 12 0.57 1 29 1 0 35 17.1
Chris McKelvie 1985 Albany AHL LW 22 4 4 8 0.36 -2 33 0 0 33 12.1
Corbin McPherson 1988 Albany AHL D 18 0 3 3 0.17 0 19 0 0 7 0
Rod Pelley 1984 Albany AHL C 22 3 2 5 0.23 -1 15 0 0 29 10.3
Tim Sestito (X) 1984 Albany AHL C 21 5 9 14 0.67 -2 28 1 1 34 14.7
Mike Sislo 1988 Albany AHL RW 18 7 6 13 0.72 3 8 2 1 39 17.9
Darcy Zajac 1986 Albany AHL C 4 0 1 1 0.25 -3 12 0 0 2 0
Reece Scarlett 1993 Albany AHL D 20 3 4 7 0.35 9 12 3 0 31 9.7
Mike Hoeffel 1989 Albany AHL LW 18 3 4 7 0.39 -1 19 0 0 33 9.1
Kelly Zajac 1988 Albany AHL C 16 2 8 10 0.63 2 2 1 0 19 10.5
Riley Boychuk 1991 Albany AHL LW 8 1 0 1 0.13 0 0 0 0 2 50
Harry Young (X) 1989 Elmira ECHL D 2 0 0 0 0.00 -1 0 0 0 0 0
Raman Hrabarenka 1992 Albany AHL D 11 1 6 7 0.64 -4 7 1 0 18 5.6
Artem Demkov 1989 Albany AHL C 1 1 0 1 1.00 1 0 0 0 2 50
















Goalies



GP Mins W L SOL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
Keith Kinkaid 1989 Albany AHL G 12 729:49:00 8 3 1 2 28 2.3 278 0.908
Scott Wedgewood 1992 Albany AHL G 9 510:28:00 5 4 0 0 26 3.06 172 0.869
Maxime Clermont 1991 Elmira ECHL G 5 301:00:00 0 4 0 0 20 3.98 126 0.863
Anthony Brodeur 1995 Gatineau Olympiques QMJHL G 11 602:47:00 7 3 0 0 31 3.09 236 0.884
(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 20 1 2 3 0.15 -2 8 0 0 27 3.70%
Vladimir Zharkov 1988 CSKA Moskva KHL RW 31 2 2 4 0.13 -3 4 0 0 48 4.17%
Graham Black 1993 Swift Current Broncos WHL C 30 16 25 41 1.37 18 29 6 2 - -
Myles Bell 1993 Kelowna Rockets WHL LW 23 9 10 19 0.83 9 23 1 0 - -
Damon Severson 1994 Kelowna Rockets WHL D 23 7 15 22 0.96 13 24 3 0 - -
Ben Johnson 1994 Windsor Spitfires OHL C 21 11 6 17 0.81 3 8 0 2 - -
Ben Thomson (total) 1993 North Bay Battalion OHL LW 16 5 3 8 0.50 -5 38 2 1 - -
Ryan Kujawinski 1995 Kingston Frontenacs OHL C 22 10 8 18 0.82 -3 16 2 0 - -
Blake Coleman 1991 Miami Ohio NCAA C 14 10 6 16 1.14 6 35 2 0 54 18.52%
Alexander Kerfoot 1994 Harvard University NCAA C 8 2 1 3 0.38 4 0 0 0 13 15.38%
Blake Pietila 1993 Michigan Tech NCAA LW 15 1 6 7 0.47 -5 40 1 0 36 2.78%
Derek Rodwell 1990 University of North Dakota NCAA LW 4 1 0 1 0.25 0 8 0 0 11 9.09%
Miles Wood 1995 Brown University NCAA LW - - - - - - - - - - -
Joe Faust 1991 University of Wisconsin NCAA D 10 0 7 7 0.70 5 0 0 0 9 0.00%
Curtis Gedig 1991 Ohio State University NCAA D 14 0 3 3 0.21 5 8 0 0 23 0.00%
Steve Santini 1995 Boston College NCAA D 11 1 3 4 0.36 10 36 - - 15 6.67%

Albany Notes:


  • On Saturday, the Devils played an over-exciting game. There were fourteen (FOURTEEN) goals scored between the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the Albany Devils, and the Devils came out on the right side of things with an 8-6 win. It may be easier to type out who didn't score a goal, but the tallies were from Reece Scarlett, Reid Boucher, Chris McKelvie, Stefan Matteau (two goals), Tim Sestito, and Mike Sislo (two goals). Scoring eight goals in a game tied an Albany record set in 2008. Scott Wedgewood was in net and held on through the crazy game for the win. Albany went 3-6 on the power play and 2-3 on the penalty kill. Here are the highlights:


  • The Devils got another win last night against the Springfield Falcons by a score of 6-4. Chris McKelvie registered a "Gordie Howe" hat trick with a goal, assist, and fight. Raman Hrabarenka, Rod Pelley, Stefan Matteau, Artem Demkov, and Mike Sislo scored the other five goals. Joe Whitney and Mike Hoeffel had a pair of assists. Keith Kinkaid was in net and made 30 saves for his eighth win of the season. They found themselves trailing twice in the game but found a way to get the win. This was a big win for Albany as the Falcons are the only team ahead of them in the Northeast division. They are now trailing the Falcons by just two points, although Springfield has two games at hand. Here are the highlights:


  • Last season, the Albany Devils had a -32 goal differential. They allowed 225 goals and scored just 193 on the season. So far this season, the Devils have scored 69 goals with just 61 against. They have already scored close to half the amount from last season and have a positive differential.
  • Tim Sestito was called up to New Jersey earlier in the week and played in both games against Montreal.
  • Fan favorite Reid Boucher was called up to New Jersey late Tuesday night and made his NHL debut with the Devils last night. He had an assist and scored the Devils' first shootout goal of the season. He also saw a bit of power play time during the third period. He was a bit flighty in the beginning of the game, but picked it up and had a few great moments especially during the third. Here is a video of his pretty assist setting up Michael Ryder's goal in the third:


  • As I just noted, Reid Boucher had a bit of power play time last night. There was a short time in which Boucher, Merrill, and Gelinas were on the ice with the man advantage.
  • Stefan Matteau is on a hot streak for Albany. He had three goals and two assists this week, which has helped his point streak reach a total of six games. He has nine points in that span.
  • Kelly Zajac had a strong week with five assists. That doubled his point total on the season to 10 (2g, 8a).
  • With all of the call-ups, there was a new face added to the Albany roster yesterday. Artem Demkov was signed to a PTO and scored in his debut with the team. He was previously playing with the Elmira Jackals in the ECHL (the Devils affiliate), and had ten goals and two assists in seventeen games.

Other Notes:

Prospect of the Week:

The honor this week goes to Stefan Matteau. While it took him a while to get going, he is on a six-game point streak with three goals and two assists in that span. He also has eleven points in his last nine games. He has been playing with better players in Albany due to injuries and call-ups, and has taken advantage of that. On top of that, he was invited to the U.S. WJC camp.

Who would you pick as the prospect of the week? Has any player been standing out to you - good or bad? Which player do you think deserves the next call up to New Jersey, if needed? Please discuss your thoughts on the prospects in the comments section below. Thanks for reading!

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