Welcome to the New Jersey Devils prospect update. This week saw many more prospects in the OHL and WHL eliminated from the playoffs along with the debut of Jon Merrill and Reid Boucher in the AHL. Keep reading to see updated statistics from the previous week along with a few individual notes on the standouts.
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||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%|
|Joe Whitney||1988||AHL||Albany Devils||LW||57||25||23||48||15||0.84||6||0||176||14.2|
|Matt Anderson||1982||AHL||Albany Devils||RW||62||13||28||41||5||0.66||2||1||159||8.2|
|Steve Zalewski||1986||AHL||Albany Devils||C||65||10||28||38||-1||0.58||1||0||135||7.4|
|Harri Pesonen||1988||AHL||Albany Devils||LW||56||12||14||26||5||0.46||3||0||106||11.3|
|Jacob Josefson||1991||AHL||Albany Devils||C||38||10||15||25||11||0.66||2||2||92||10.9|
|Mike Sislo||1988||AHL||Albany Devils||RW||52||11||12||23||4||0.44||1||2||111||9.9|
|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||58||7||14||21||-1||0.36||0||0||92||7.6|
|Eric Gelinas||1991||AHL||Albany Devils||D||49||5||14||19||3||0.39||3||0||125||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||33||9||9||18||-4||0.55||2||0||60||15|
|Phil DeSimone||1987||AHL||Albany Devils||C||37||9||9||18||-1||0.49||3||0||66||13.6|
|Brandon Burlon||1990||AHL||Albany Devils||D||49||1||16||17||9||0.35||0||0||42||2.4|
|Darcy Zajac||1986||AHL||Albany Devils||C||61||9||7||16||3||0.26||0||1||76||11.8|
|Chad Wiseman||1981||AHL||Albany Devils||LW||36||3||10||13||-8||0.36||0||0||55||5.5|
|Chris McKelvie||1985||AHL||Albany Devils||LW||39||3||9||12||-3||0.31||0||1||44||6.8|
|Jay Leach||1979||AHL||Albany Devils||D||52||4||7||11||7||0.21||0||0||44||9.1|
|Mike Hoeffel||1989||AHL||Albany Devils||LW||46||4||5||9||-1||0.20||0||0||68||5.9|
|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||44||2||6||8||10||0.18||0||0||30||6.7|
|Alexander Urbom||1990||AHL||Albany Devils||D||62||0||8||8||6||0.13||0||0||53||0|
|Corbin McPherson||1989||AHL||Albany Devils||D||64||2||5||7||6||0.11||0||0||64||3.1|
|David Wohlberg||1990||AHL||Albany Devils||C||29||2||4||6||0||0.21||0||0||35||5.7|
|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||32||1||4||5||1||0.16||0||0||46||2.2|
|Jon Merrill||1992||AHL||Albany Devils||D||3||0||5||5||3||1.67||0||0||4||0|
|Reid Boucher||1993||AHL||Albany Devils||LW||2||2||2||4||1||2.00||2||0||5||40|
|Kelly Zajac||1988||AHL||Albany Devils||C||14||2||2||4||1||0.29||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||27||1||3||4||0||0.15||0||0||9||11.1|
|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||6||0||1||1||2||0.17||0||0||6||0|
|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|
|(X Indicates player is no longer on current roster)|
|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||6||2||3||5||3||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||7||1||7||8||4||8|
|Ben Thomson||1993||OHL||Kitchener Rangers||LW||5||1||0||1||1||8|
|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|
- Although Swift Current Broncos were eliminated from the playoffs in five games, both Graham Black and Reece Scarlett were vital to the Broncos' season.
- Only four prospects are still playing in the playoffs for their respective teams. Artur Gavrus, Stefan Matteau, Damon Severson and Ben Thomson are still competing, all moving on to the quarterfinals. There are more details on the results and matchups for the next round below.
- Artur Gavrus and the Owen Sound Attack will be facing the Plymouth Whalers in the second round of the OHL playoffs. The Whalers were responsible for knocking the Sarnia Sting out in four games. The series will begin on April 5.
- Ben Thomson and the Kitchener Rangers have moved on in the playoffs after taking out the Guelph Storm in five games. They will be facing the London Knights next.
- Damon Severson and the Kelowna Rockets came back from a three game deficit to defeat to the Seattle Thunderbirds. Damon Severson was vital in the series getting a goal and seven assists in the seven games. The Rockets are only the second team in WHL history to complete a three game deficit comeback. The series went to overtime five times. I guess you can say they earned their trip to the next round against the Kamloops.
- Blainville-Boisbriand Armada defeated Acadie-Bathurst in six games to move on to the quarterfinals against Val-D'or with the help of Stefan Matteau.
- There will be no college prospects playing in the NCAA Frozen Four competition. There were many upsets seeing Blake Coleman from Miami (Ohio), Derek Rodwell and the University of North Dakota, Seth Helgeson and the University of Minnesota and Joe Faust and the University of Wisconsin taken out in the first and second rounds.
- In two games with Albany, Reid Boucher already has four points - two goals and two assists. Although it is a small sample size of games, he is showing what a special player he is, even at the AHL level.
- Jon Merrill is also shining in Albany. In three games, he has five points - all assists.
- Jacob Josefson and Mattias Tedenby both returned to the Albany lineup last week after missing significant time with injury. Both found the back of the net in their return.
- After his season ending in Trenton, Scott Wedgewood was called up to Albany as a third goalie. He will get to practice with the team and hopefully get a few starts with the team as they make a push for the playoffs.
- Speaking of the playoffs, Albany is three points out of the eighth seed after a successful weekend. They really needed to turn things around after a long losing streak, and they did just that. Every game counts with such a tight race. They have eight games remaining - three this weekend.
- Albany went 2-0-1 last week:
- On March 29, Albany beat Hershey 5-3. The Devils saw two goals from Jay Leach and a goal and assist from... wait for it... Cam Janssen. Jon Merrill also posted an assist in his Albany debut.
- The following night, the Devils lost in the shootout to Portland 5-4. Mike Sislo scored twice and had three assists. Joe Whitney extended his point streak to six games while Reid Boucher had a goal and two assists in his Albany debut.
- On April 2, the Devils beat Springfield 3-1 getting goals from Reid Boucher, Harri Pesonen and Jacob Josefson. Jon Merrill had two assists and Keith Kinkaid made 35 saves.
This week has two standouts - Jon Merrill and Reid Boucher. Both made their Albany debuts this week, and both made the most of it. Jon Merrill has five points in three games and Reid Boucher has four points in two games. Neither has lost with the Albany Devils in regulation and they have been major factors in the success of the team last weekend. They could be the pieces needed to make a push for the playoffs in the final three weeks of the season. It is really exciting to see them succeed at this level.
That's it for the update this week. What are your thoughts on Merrill and Boucher in the AHL? How far do you see the remaining prospects getting in the playoffs? Do you think Wedgewood deserves a few starts in Albany after an upsetting season in Trenton? Is there anyone you would like to see in the NHL as the Devils make a push for the playoffs? Do you think Albany has what it takes to catch up and make the AHL playoffs? Feel free to answer these questions or discuss anything prospect related in the comments below. Thanks for reading!