Welcome to the final prospect update of the 2012-2013 season! It was an eventful week, but not for the best reasons. Keep reading for a full update on each players stats and a few individual notes including my standouts from the season and more.
|Graham Black||1993||WHL||Swift Current Broncos||C||5||1||3||4||-2||2|
|Reid Boucher||1993||OHL||Sarnia Sting||LW||4||2||3||5||-6||4|
|Artur Gavrus||1994||OHL||Owen Sound Attack||RW||12||3||5||8||-2||2|
|Ben Johnson||1994||OHL||Windsor Spitfires||C||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Reece Scarlett||1993||WHL||Swift Current Broncos||D||5||0||3||3||-2||10|
|Damon Severson||1994||WHL||Kelowna Rockets||D||11||1||9||10||2||18|
|Ben Thomson||1993||OHL||Kitchener Rangers||LW||10||1||2||3||-1||18|
|Jon Merrill||1992||NCAA||University of Michigan||D||4||1||3||4||3|
|Blake Coleman||1991||NCAA||Miami University||C||4||1||2||3||4|
|Curtis Gedig||1991||NCAA||Ohio State||D||3||1||4||5||6|
|Blake Pietila||1993||NCAA||Michigan Tech||LW||2||0||1||1||-6|
|Derek Rodwell||1990||NCAA||University of North Dakota||LW||2||1||0||1||0|
|Seth Helgeson||1990||NCAA||University of Minnesota||D||4||0||0||0||-4|
|Joe Faust||1991||NCAA||University of Wisconsin||D||5||0||0||0||3|
Regular Season Stats:
|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|
|Reece Scarlett||1993||WHL||Swift Current Broncos||D||65||8||39||47||13||0.72||1||0|
|Damon Severson||1994||WHL||Kelowna Rockets||D||71||10||42||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%|
|Joe Whitney||1988||AHL||Albany Devils||LW||66||26||25||51||13||32||6||0||203||12.8|
|Matt Anderson||1982||AHL||Albany Devils||RW||67||13||30||43||2||42||2||1||171||7.6|
|Steve Zalewski||1986||AHL||Albany Devils||C||73||11||30||41||-4||52||1||0||144||7.6|
|Harri Pesonen (X)||1988||AHL||Albany Devils||LW||64||14||17||31||7||24||3||0||120||11.7|
|Jacob Josefson (X)||1991||AHL||Albany Devils||C||38||10||15||25||11||0.66||2||2||92||10.9|
|Mike Sislo (X)||1988||AHL||Albany Devils||RW||61||13||13||26||1||46||2||2||136||9.6|
|Andrei Loktionov (X)||1990||AHL||Albany Devils||C||40||7||15||22||3||0.55||1||2||84||8.3|
|Tim Sestito||1984||AHL||Albany Devils||C||67||7||16||23||-7||106||0||0||104||6.7|
|Eric Gelinas (X)||1991||AHL||Albany Devils||D||57||6||16||22||1||46||3||0||137||4.4|
|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||37||10||9||19||-6||12||3||0||64||15.6|
|Phil DeSimone||1987||AHL||Albany Devils||C||44||9||10||19||-4||30||3||0||81||11.1|
|Brandon Burlon||1990||AHL||Albany Devils||D||53||1||16||17||9||25||0||0||48||2.1|
|Darcy Zajac||1986||AHL||Albany Devils||C||67||9||8||17||1||86||0||1||81||11.1|
|Chad Wiseman||1981||AHL||Albany Devils||LW||36||3||10||13||-8||27||0||0||55||5.5|
|Chris McKelvie||1985||AHL||Albany Devils||LW||47||4||10||14||-4||71||0||2||53||7.5|
|Jay Leach||1979||AHL||Albany Devils||D||60||4||10||14||9||63||0||0||51||7.8|
|Mike Hoeffel||1989||AHL||Albany Devils||LW||52||5||5||10||1||37||0||1||79||6.3|
|Adam Henrique (X)||1990||AHL||Albany Devils||C||16||5||3||8||1||0.50||1||0||40||12.5|
|Dan Kelly||1989||AHL||Albany Devils||D||47||2||6||8||10||62||0||0||34||5.9|
|Alexander Urbom (X)||1990||AHL||Albany Devils||D||68||0||8||8||-3||0.12||0||0||59||0|
|Corbin McPherson||1989||AHL||Albany Devils||D||72||2||5||7||8||43||0||0||70||2.9|
|David Wohlberg||1990||AHL||Albany Devils||C||36||4||5||9||1||26||0||0||51||7.8|
|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||34||1||4||5||1||18||0||0||46||2.2|
|Jon Merrill||1992||AHL||Albany Devils||D||12||1||7||8||-8||4||0||0||20||5|
|Reid Boucher||1993||AHL||Albany Devils||LW||11||3||2||5||-1||6||2||0||33||9.1|
|Kelly Zajac||1988||AHL||Albany Devils||C||14||2||2||4||2||0||0||0||12||16.7|
|Scott Parse (X)||1984||ECHL||Trenton Titans||RW||15||1||3||4||-7||0.27||1||0||18||5.6|
|Cam Janssen||1984||AHL||Albany Devils||RW||36||1||4||5||-2||65||0||0||13||7.7|
|Matthew Corrente (X)||1988||AHL||Albany Devils||D||11||0||2||2||-1||0.18||0||0||7||0|
|Bryan Haczyk (X)||1987||ECHL||Trenton Titans||RW||2||0||1||1||1||0.50||0||0||5||0|
|Jean-Sebastien Berube||1990||AHL||Albany Devils||LW||10||1||1||2||2||16||0||0||9||11.1|
|Stefan Stepanov||1992||AHL||Albany Devils||D||1||0||0||0||-1||0.00||0||0||0||0|
|Harry Young||1989||AHL||Albany Devils||LW||4||0||0||0||-2||0.00||0||0||1||0|
|Seth Helgeson||1990||AHL||Albany Devils||D||4||0||0||0||2||2||0||0||7||0|
|Damon Severson||1994||AHL||Albany Devils||D||2||0||2||2||2||0||0||0||3||0|
- Damon Severson played in two of the three games this weekend and got two assists.
- The team posted a "Thank You Fans" video on the site. You can watch it here.
- Three Albany Devils were called up to New Jersey at the completion of the season. Eric Gelinas, Harri Pesonen, and Mike Sislo were brought up joining Jacob Josefson and Alexander Urbom who were called up earlier.
- Urbom played in the Devils 3-2 win over the Canadians on Tuesday night.
- In their last three games of the season, Albany went 2-1. Here is a brief recap of the contests:
- On April 19, Albany defeated Connecticut 3-2 with two goals from Harri Pesonen and the game winner from Joe Whitney.
- The following evening, Jeff Frazee posted his only shutout of the season in a 2-0 win over Norfolk. David Wohlberg and Mike Sislo scored the two goals for Albany.
- In their final game of the season, Albany fell to Adirondack 4-2. Mike Hoeffel scored a shorthanded goal and Harri Pesonen scored the second tally.
Albany Season in Review:
It was a disappointing season for Albany. They often teased us into thinking they could make a push to the playoffs and then went on a long losing streak. The team went 31-32-13 losing 12 in the shootout. It's amazing what a killer those extra points were for both Albany and New Jersey. They finished fourth in the Northeast Division and twelfth in the East - six points out of the playoffs. Only the Springfield Falcons made the AHL playoffs from the Northeast Division.
It is unknown what the coaching situation may look like in Albany next season. Coach Rich Kowalsky has acknowledged there is pressure on him after going 94-109-29 in his three years as head coach but general manager Chris Lamoriello said he isn't even looking to next season yet - they are still reflecting on the season that just ended.
The team was in a playoff position in mid-March but finished the season 4-12-2 (sound familiar?) dropping out of the postseason for the third straight season. They also had a lot of trouble on the powerplay converting on only 11.3% of their chances. Although the team scored many short handed goals, they also allowed a league leading twelve.
Jay Leach - the 33-year-old is the captain in Albany.
"I do enjoy this organization. The Lamoriellos and I have had a good relationship. At the same time, I'm not an idiot. There are 10 defensemen, young kids, that need to play. ... I'd like to come back. I feel like there's unfinished business"
Chad Wiseman - limited to 36 games after an injury, the 32-year-old said,
"I'd love to get into coaching when my career is done, but I really hope that's not now. I feel like I can still get another two or three years out of this."
Matt Anderson - Anderson is 30-years-old and made his NHL debut this season.
"Fortunately, there is opportunity out there for me. I'll just keep forging ahead, wherever the road might take me."
Tim Sestito - the 28-year-old is an assistant captain for Alabny and is from the area.
"I love it here. This is a great town for myself and my family. We felt really comfortable here the last three years. We'll see what the future holds."
Cam Janssen - the 29-year-old is also an unrestricted free agent.
The restricted free agents are Jeff Frazee, Keith Kinkaid, and Joe Whitney. Each of these men was important to Albany during their time with the team so far. Jeff Frazee seems to be the odd man out in the goalie situation after playing his fifth season in the AHL. It seems that most agree Kinkaid and Wedgewood are the future in net. Joe Whitney was the team's scoring leader for the last two season and seems to be happy in the organization.
As many of you have heard, Stefan Matteau was released from his team in the QMJHL. During the second period of a 2-1 loss to Baie-Comeau Drakkar, Matteau took an irresponsible penalty after the whistle and was benched for the entire third period. After the game, Matteau rode the bus home with the fans instead of his teammates. News came out the next day that the team has decided to release him for the remainder of the season. The General Manager of Blainville-Boisbriand, Joel Bouchard said,
"We demand two things from all our players – to play with effort in the team system and to be a good, respectful teammate. We’ve told him several times that his behavior was unacceptable in our organization and we often had to call him on the carpet this season."
While this is not the best news to read about a top New Jersey prospect who was selected in a year many thought was the time for the Devils to give up their pick from the Kovalchuk contract fiasco, it isn't the end of the world. Matteau is 19-years-old. He is very young and has a lot of growing up to do. This is somewhat comparable to when Merrill was suspended for part of the season last year in Michigan - he has grown up a lot since and his play has improved. Hopefully we will see some maturity from Matteau in the future. Lou Lamoriello has said he will have the opportunity to play in the New Jersey system next year, and if the Albany Devils were still in season, he would have had the opportunity to join them.
Another newsworthy story from the past week is the cease of operations of the Trenton Titans. The Albany Devils have sent prospects down to the Flyers ECHL affiliate in the past when there was no room on the AHL roster. The team is not being shut down altogether, just yet. They will not participate in the 2013-2014 season and will figure it out from there. Any Devils contracted to the organization are still in the system.
It was a pretty exciting season for most of the New Jersey Devils prospects. With the lockout, it gave many fans the opportunity to learn more about the future of the Devils, and it was a great year for that. Some names that stood out the most in the write-ups were Stefan Matteau, Reid Boucher, and Jon Merrill. Each of them had a huge year for development. Perhaps the biggest moment for the prospects was following Reid Boucher as he broke the single season scoring record for the Sarnia Sting. On top of that, each goalie in the system got the chance to move up in the organization, whether that was Jeff Frazee and Keith Kinkaid making their NHL debuts or Scott Wedgewood and Maxime Clermont getting minutes in Albany.
Let's take a look at the top players in the system:
It's pretty obvious that Reid Boucher was the best forward prospect this season. He broke the single season goal scoring record of 58 goals set by Steven Stamkos. He finished his season in Sarnia with 62 goals and 32 assists in 65 games. After a short stint in the playoffs in which he scored two goals and three assists in four games, he made his season debut in Albany. He only got to play eleven games with the Devils, but he made an impact by scoring three goals and two assists. Before starting with Albany, he signed an entry-level contract with New Jersey, so we could see him in a Devils uniform sooner rather than later.
This pick wasn't as obvious as Boucher was for forward. I went with Damon Severson of the Kelowna Rockets. Severson had an impressive season in the WHL scoring 10 goals and 42 assists in 71 games. He was a part of Kelowna's record-breaking season in which the team won 52 games out of 72 (the most in team history) and winning first place in the B.C. Division of the WHL. The Rockets also came back from a 3-0 deficit in the playoffs to win their first series in overtime in game seven. Severson signed an entry-level contract with the Devils last September and played in the final weekend of the season with Albany. Although he only participated in two AHL games this season, he had two assists.
This was a tough category, as well. I will give the award to Keith Kinkaid. In 43 games with Albany, Kinkaid had 20 wins, 16 losses, and 6 shootout losses. With two shutouts, he had the most of the goalie prospects for New Jersey. While his numbers are not that impressive, he performed the best out of the four goalies in the system with his workload. He was also given the opportunity to play in his first NHL game and while he didn't play long, he played well and got this sweet save against Steven Stamkos:
I would also like to give props to Scott Wedgewood. He played 48 games for the Trenton Titans (32 more than any other goalie in Trenton) and posted a 20-22-5 record with one shutout. Although his numbers aren't impressive, neither was the team. He did all he could and was constantly complimented on his play by writers in the area.
That's it for the update this week and this season! Which prospects are you most excited to see next season? Are there any you hope to see make the jump to New Jersey? Who were your top players in each position this year? Feel free to discuss anything prospect related in the comment section below. Thanks so much for following the prospects with me this season! Now on to the draft!