3/14 Prospect Update: Boucher's ELC and Wedgewood's AHL Shot

Goalie Jeff Frazee saw his first action in the NHL last week. - USA TODAY Sports

This update looks at the Entry Level Contract for Reid Boucher, Scott Wedgewood's games in Albany, and a few other notes from the previous week.

This week was another exciting one for a few Devils' prospects. Reid Boucher got the contract he was hoping for, Artur Gavrus scored a few big goals for the Owen Sound Attack, and Harri Pesonen is getting his chance in the NHL. Keep reading to see updated stats on each prospect and a few individual updates.

NAME YOB League Team POS GP G A PTS +/- PPG PP SHG SOG SH%
Graham Black 1993 WHL Swift Current Broncos C 66 24 26 50 4 0.76 7 0
Reid Boucher 1993 OHL Sarnia Sting LW 65 62 32 94 15 1.45 21 1
Artur Gavrus 1994 OHL Owan Sound Attack RW 18 5 6 11 0 0.61 1 0
Ben Johnson 1994 OHL Windsor Spitfires C 64 20 17 37 -28 0.58 4 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 65 8 39 47 13 0.72 1 0
Damon Severson 1994 WHL Kelowna Rockets D 68 8 40 48 38 0.71 5 0
Ben Thomson 1993 OHL Kitchener Rangers LW 65 13 15 28 -6 0.43 1 1
Jon Merrill 1992 NCAA University of Michigan D 17 2 6 8 2 0.47 2 0 21 9.52%
Blake Coleman 1991 NCAA Miami University C 36 8 8 16 6 0.44 2 0 116 6.90%
Curtis Gedig 1991 NCAA Ohio State D 28 2 8 10 6 0.36 2 0 44 4.55%
Blake Pietila 1993 NCAA Michigan Tech LW 32 14 9 23 -1 0.72 3 0 87 16.09%
Derek Rodwell 1990 NCAA University of North Dakota LW 29 1 1 2 0 0.07 0 0 38 2.63%
Seth Helgeson 1990 NCAA University of Minnesota D 36 0 5 5 -3 0.14 0 0 36 0.00%
Joe Faust 1991 NCAA University of Wisconsin D 36 1 0 1 1 0.03 0 1 27 3.70%
League Team POS GP Mins W L OTL/SOL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
Maxime Clermont 1991 ECHL Elmira G 35 2032 17 11 3/2 0 110 3.25 977 0.899
Jeff Frazee (X) 1987 AHL Albany G 21 1234 7 9 0/4 0 48 2.33 555 0.920
Keith Kinkaid 1989 AHL Albany G 34 2041 17 12 0/5 2 92 2.70 868 0.905
Scott Wedgewood 1992 ECHL Titans G 44 2501 17 21 3/2 1 135 3.24 1194 0.898
Player League Team POS GP G A PTS +/- PPG PP SHG SOG SH%
Matt Anderson 1982 AHL Albany Devils RW 52 11 25 36 9 0.69 1 1 132 8.3
Joe Whitney 1988 AHL Albany Devils LW 47 21 18 39 17 0.83 4 0 151 13.9
Steve Zalewski 1986 AHL Albany Devils C 55 10 25 35 0 0.64 1 0 111 9
Harri Pesonen (x) 1988 AHL Albany Devils LW 54 11 14 25 5 0.46 3 0 101 10.9
Andrei Loktionov (total) (X) 1990 AHL Albany Devils C 40 7 15 22 3 0.55 1 2 84 8.3
Jacob Josefson 1991 AHL Albany Devils C 37 9 15 24 10 0.65 2 2 91 9.9
Tim Sestito 1984 AHL Albany Devils C 54 7 13 20 -2 0.37 0 0 82 8.5
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 31 9 8 17 -5 0.55 2 0 57 15.8
Eric Gelinas 1991 AHL Albany Devils D 39 5 13 18 5 0.46 3 0 111 4.5
Mike Sislo 1988 AHL Albany Devils RW 42 7 9 16 3 0.38 1 1 84 8.3
Phil DeSimone 1987 AHL Albany Devils C 28 8 6 14 4 0.50 3 0 45 17.8
Brandon Burlon 1990 AHL Albany Devils D 39 0 13 13 8 0.33 0 0 36 0
Darcy Zajac 1986 AHL Albany Devils C 51 8 6 14 3 0.27 0 1 67 11.9
Chad Wiseman 1981 AHL Albany Devils LW 30 3 8 11 -8 0.37 0 0 49 6.1
Chris McKelvie 1985 AHL Albany Devils LW 33 3 9 12 -1 0.36 0 1 41 7.3
Adam Henrique (X) 1990 AHL Albany Devils C 16 5 3 8 1 0.50 1 0 40 12.5
Mike Hoeffel 1989 AHL Albany Devils LW 37 3 5 8 2 0.22 0 0 51 5.9
Jay Leach 1979 AHL Albany Devils D 42 2 5 7 8 0.17 0 0 36 5.6
Corbin McPherson 1999 AHL Albany Devils D 54 2 5 7 6 0.13 0 0 60 3.3
Dan Kelly 1989 AHL Albany Devils D 42 1 6 7 9 0.17 0 0 29 3.4
Alexander Urbom 1990 AHL Albany Devils D 52 0 7 7 5 0.13 0 0 48 0
Raman Hrabarenka 1992 AHL Albany Devils D 31 1 4 5 1 0.16 0 0 46 2.2
Kelly Zajac 1988 AHL Albany Devils C 9 2 1 3 1 0.33 0 0 10 20
Scott Parse (X) 1984 AHL Albany Devils RW 15 1 3 4 -7 0.27 1 0 18 5.6
Matthew Corrente (X) 1988 AHL Albany Devils D 11 0 2 2 -1 0.18 0 0 7 0
David Wohlberg 1990 AHL Albany Devils C 21 0 3 3 2 0.14 0 0 25 0
Bryan Haczyk (X) 1987 ECHL Trenton Titans RW 41 15 12 27 -10 0.66 8 0 122 12.3
Harry Young (X) 1989 ECHL Trenton Titans LW 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0
Cam Janssen 1984 AHL Albany Devils RW 17 0 2 2 -1 0.12 0 0 4 0
(X Indicates player is no longer on current roster)

Notes:

  • Reid Boucher was rewarded for his record setting season by getting a three year Entry Level Contract with the Devils. Although he cannot play with New Jersey this season, when his season ends with Sarnia (three regular season games and the playoffs) he can sign a tryout contract with Albany to finish the season in the AHL. I know many readers were curious about his future with New Jersey - this doesn't mean he will make the NHL any time soon, but it does show a certain level of confidence in his development. Boucher also had another three-goal week - nothing new.
  • Artur Gavrus had a hat trick for Owen Sound Attack and was named Attacker of the Week. It is exciting to see him produce more since coming back from a few injuries this season. He's had two strong weeks in a row.
  • Harri Pesonen was called up to New Jersey after Henrik Tallinder was put on injured reserve. He hasn't had the opportunity to play yet, but he is hoping for that chance soon.

Playoff Picture:

  • WHL:
    • The Swift Current Broncos are in 6th place in the Eastern Conference while the Kelowna Rockets are in 2nd in the West.
  • OHL:
    • In the West, the Owen Sound Attack hold 3rd, the Kitchener Rangers have 4th and the Sarnia Sting clinched 7th.

College Playoffs:

  • CCHA:
    • Miami clinched 1st, Ohio State placed 4th, and Michigan is in 7th.
  • WCHA
    • Minnesota placed 2nd, North Dakota got 3rd, Wisconsin is in 4th, and Michigan Tech clinched 10th

Albany Notes:

  • Scott Wedgewood got his first starts in the AHL last weekend - he is the first Albany goalie to win his first two starts for Albany in team history. He only let in 3 goals in 2 games. This gives a small sample of what the goaltender can do with a more solid team in front of him in contrast to what he sees in Trenton.
  • Jeff Frazee got his first taste of the NHL. He replaced Hedberg in the blowout game against the Hurricanes. When he entered the game, the score was 6-1 in favor of Carolina and the Devils started a comeback with the game ending with a score of 6-3.
  • The Albany Devils went 2-1 last week:
    • They lost 4-2 to Bridgeport with Kinkaid in goal. The Devils saw goals from Joe Whitney and Harri Pesonen.
    • In Wedgewood's first start, Albany won 4-1. Joe Whitney scored two goals. Whitney, Josefson, Anderson and Gelinas each had multi-point games.
    • In Wedgewood's second start, the team won 3-2 in the shootout. Joe Whitney extended his point streak to three games, as well.

That's it for the recap this week. Which prospect stood out to you the most? What are your thoughts on Boucher's contract? Which goalie has stood out to you the most this season? Feel free to discuss anything prospect related in the comment section below. Thanks for reading!

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