2-7 Prospect Update: It's Butler's Turn and Boucher Hits 45

New Jersey Devils 2nd Round Draft Pick, 60th Overall - Damon Severson - Jamie Sabau

A weekly recap on all Devils prospects. This week focuses on Damon Severson of the Kelowna Rockets and Butler and Matteau in New Jersey.

This week saw a lot of movement with the New Jersey Devils' prospects. Matt Anderson and Cam Janssen were sent to Albany while Bobby Butler was called up to the big club. Matteau is still watching the Devils from the press box. There was not much scoring from any prospects except for - you guessed it, Reid Boucher. Keep reading for an update on each prospect.

NAME YOB League Team POS GP G A PTS plus/minus PPG PP SHG SOG SH%
Graham Black 1993 WHL Swift Current Broncos C 49 19 18 37 -8 0.76 6 0
Reid Boucher 1993 OHL Sarnia Sting LW 51 45 24 69 9 1.35 16 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 51 14 11 25 -15 0.49 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 48 7 26 33 5 0.69 1 0
Damon Severson 1994 WHL Kelowna Rockets D 53 8 34 42 35 0.79 5 0
Ben Thomson 1993 OHL Kitchener Rangers LW 51 10 13 23 -4 0.45 1 0
Jon Merrill 1992 NCAA University of Michigan D 9 0 3 3 -1 0.33 0 0 10 0.00%
Blake Coleman 1991 NCAA Miami University C 28 6 5 11 5 0.39 2 0 89 6.74%
Curtis Gedig 1991 NCAA Ohio State D 25 2 7 9 3 0.36 2 0 43 4.65%
Blake Pietila 1993 NCAA Michigan Tech LW 23 13 3 16 -3 0.70 3 2 67 19.40%
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 26 1 0 1 0 0.04 0 1 23 4.35%

Player League Team POS GP G A PTS +/- PPG PP SHG SOG SH%
Bobby Butler (X) 1987 AHL Albany Devils RW 37 16 11 27 10 0.73 5 1 105 15.2
Joe Whitney 1988 AHL Albany Devils LW 33 11 14 25 14 0.76 1 0 105 10.5
Matt Anderson 1982 AHL Albany Devils RW 41 8 16 24 8 0.59 1 1 101 7.9
Steve Zalewski 1986 AHL Albany Devils C 41 7 17 24 -5 0.59 1 0 79 8.9
Harri Pesonen 1988 AHL Albany Devils LW 40 9 11 20 2 0.50 3 0 77 11.7
Jacob Josefson (X) 1991 AHL Albany Devils C 30 8 12 20 10 0.67 2 2 82 9.8
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 42 6 11 17 0 0.40 0 0 62 9.7
Eric Gelinas 1991 AHL Albany Devils D 25 4 8 12 0 0.48 3 0 68 5.9
Brandon Burlon 1990 AHL Albany Devils D 27 0 12 12 8 0.44 0 0 28 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 37 5 3 8 1 0.22 0 1 46 10.9
Chad Wiseman 1981 AHL Albany Devils LW 18 3 5 8 -6 0.44 0 0 29 10.3
Mike Sislo 1988 AHL Albany Devils RW 29 2 6 8 -2 0.28 0 1 48 4.2
Chris McKelvie 1985 AHL Albany Devils LW 23 1 6 7 -1 0.30 0 0 26 3.8
Phil DeSimone 1987 AHL Albany Devils C 17 4 2 6 -1 0.35 3 0 27 14.8
Mike Hoeffel 1989 AHL Albany Devils LW 30 2 4 6 0 0.20 0 0 47 4.3
Jay Leach 1979 AHL Albany Devils D 37 2 4 6 9 0.16 0 0 32 6.3
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 20 1 3 4 0 0.20 0 0 36 2.8
Corbin McPherson 1099 AHL Albany Devils D 40 1 3 4 3 0.10 0 0 49 2
Alexander Urbom 1990 AHL Albany Devils D 38 0 4 4 1 0.11 0 0 31 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 28 0 3 3 3 0.11 0 0 12 0
Matthew Corrente (X) 1988 AHL Albany Devils D 11 0 2 2 -1 0.18 0 0 7 0
Scott Parse 1084 AHL Albany Devils RW 12 0 2 2 -7 0.17 0 0 16 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 25 7 6 13 -5 0.52 2 0 65 10.8
Harry Young (X) 1989 ECHL Trenton Titans LW 2 0 0 0 1 0.00 0 0 1 0
Cam Janssen 1984 AHL Albany Devils RW 3 0 0 0 -2 0.00 0 0 0 0
(X indicates player is no longer on active roster)

League Team POS GP Mins W L OTL/SOL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
Maxime Clermont 1991 ECHL Elmira G 23 1298 10 8 2/1 0 76 3.51 675 0.899
Jeff Frazee 1987 AHL Albany G 15 909 3 8 0/4 0 37 2.44 376 0.910
Keith Kinkaid 1989 AHL Albany G 28 1699 15 9 0/4 2 70 2.47 740 0.914
Scott Wedgewood 1992 ECHL Titans G 34 1891 14 16 2/1 0 106 3.36 891

0.894

Notes:

  • Reid Boucher had another huge week for the Sarnia Sting. He hit the 45-goal mark in just 51 games with four power play goals and his third hat trick of the season. He is scoring at a rate of 1.35 points per game.
  • Matteau is still in New Jersey watching the team play from the press box. Coach DeBoer told Tom Gulitti,

"There's all kind of benefits - practicing with NHL players, being around the (Patrik) Elaises and the (Ilya) Kovalchuks, the (Bryce) Salvadors, watching how they prepare, how hard they work. I think it's invaluable for him with his career and where he wants to go to experience what he's experiencing right now."

  • Personally, I'm not sure I agree with DeBoer. I understand that watching the pros play is a good learning experience, but I think it would be more valuable for him to be playing. He is still a young player who needs to develop and he's been sitting for too long. In my opinion, he should be sent back to juniors sooner rather than later.
  • Damon Severson is turning into an awesome prospect. He had four assists last week and is now a plus-35 on the season. I'll have more on him later.

Albany Notes:

  • Matt Anderson was sent back down to Albany and scored in his first game back.
  • Cam Janssen was sent down to Albany. I think that was welcome news for most Devils fans.
  • Bobby Butler was called up to the Devils. He seems to be fitting in pretty well with the club - hopefully he is one of the answers the team is looking for in offensive depth.
  • Albany went 1-2 last week. Their only win came in a shootout against Connecticut.
  • The Devils traded a 5th round draft pick to the LA Kings for Andrei Loktionov who will be playing in Albany for now. To learn more about him, check out John's post from yesterday.

Prospect Spotlight:

The player in the spotlight this week is Damon Severson. He has 34 assists this season, 42 points, and 58 penalty minutes. He has helped the Kelowna Rockets clinch a playoff spot and are currently second in the Western Conference.

That's it for the recap this week. What are your thoughts on Bobby Butler in New Jersey? How do you feel about the acquisition of Loktionov? Do you agree or disagree on keeping Matteau in New Jersey to watch the Devils from the press box? Feel free to discuss this, or any other prospect news below. Thanks for reading

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