New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: Week 13

After a solid performance, Santini saw his gold medal hopes at the WJC fall after elimination from the Russians. - Bruce Bennett

Santini and Matteau saw their WJC medal hopes fall short with a loss this morning, but other prospects had a solid week.

The Albany Devils had a long and difficult weekend with three games in three nights, but fought through to get 5 of a possible 6 points. While Matteau and Santini were eliminated from the WJC when the Russians defeated the U.S. this morning, both were impressive throughout the tournament. Keep reading for other prospect updates and statistics from the previous week.

Player Birth Year Team League Position GP G A PTS PPG +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
Joe Whitney 1988 Albany AHL LW 31 12 20 32 2 3 18 4 0 86 14%
Mike Sislo 1988 Albany AHL RW 27 9 11 20 0.74 8 14 3 1 59 15.3
Reid Boucher (X) 1993 Albany AHL LW 21 10 8 18 0.86 4 2 2 0 69 14.5
Scott Timmins 1989 Albany AHL C 17 7 11 18 1.06 7 8 2 1 37 18.9
Tim Sestito 1984 Albany AHL C 23 6 9 15 0.65 -1 33 1 1 35 17.1
Harri Pesonen 1988 Albany AHL LW 31 5 10 15 0.48 6 30 1 0 71 7
Raman Hrabarenka 1992 Albany AHL D 20 3 12 15 0.75 1 9 3 0 35 8.6
Kelly Zajac 1988 Albany AHL C 25 2 13 15 0.60 6 2 1 0 30 6.7
Stefan Matteau (X) 1994 Albany AHL LW 25 6 7 13 0.52 1 35 1 0 40 15
Chris McKelvie 1985 Albany AHL LW 31 6 6 12 0.39 1 40 0 1 50 12
Reece Scarlett 1993 Albany AHL D 29 4 8 12 0.41 12 16 4 0 41 9.8
Mike Hoeffel 1989 Albany AHL LW 27 5 5 10 0.37 0 27 2 0 49 10.2
Dan Kelly 1989 Albany AHL D 31 1 9 10 0.32 9 42 0 0 36 2.8
Jon Merrill (X) 1992 Albany AHL D 14 2 7 9 0.64 -1 0 2 0 20 10
Brandon Burlon 1990 Albany AHL D 30 2 5 7 0.23 -3 25 1 0 39 5.1
Rod Pelley 1984 Albany AHL C 31 4 2 6 0.19 -3 28 0 0 45 8.9
Seth Helgeson 1990 Albany AHL D 31 1 5 6 0.18 5 56 0 0 27 3.7
Artem Demkov 1989 Albany AHL C 10 3 2 5 0.50 2 4 1 0 22 13.6
Mattias Tedenby (X) 1990 Albany AHL LW 2 3 1 4 2.00 2 0 1 0 5 60
Eric Gelinas (X) 1991 Albany AHL D 5 1 2 3 0.60 2 4 1 0 20 5
Corbin McPherson 1988 Albany AHL D 27 0 3 3 0.11 2 25 0 0 13 0
David Wohlberg 1990 Albany AHL C 26 2 0 2 0.08 0 14 0 0 18 11.1
Riley Boychuk 1991 Albany AHL LW 15 1 1 2 0.13 2 12 0 0 6 16.7
Darcy Zajac 1986 Albany AHL C 4 0 1 1 0.25 -3 12 0 0 2 0
Harry Young 1989 Albany AHL D 8 0 1 1 0.13 1 5 0 0 2 0
Cam Janssen (X) 1984 Albany AHL RW 11 0 1 1 0.09 -2 15 0 0 2 0
















Goalies



GP Mins W L SOL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
Keith Kinkaid 1989 Albany AHL G 18 1095:57:00 13 4 1 4 35 1.92 443 0.927
Scott Wedgewood 1992 Albany AHL G 12 695:07:00 6 5 1 0 34 2.93 252 0.881
Maxime Clermont 1991 Elmira ECHL G 13 718:00:00 4 8 1 0 41 3.42 339 0.892
Anthony Brodeur 1995 Gatineau Olympiques QMJHL G 16 778:18:00 7 7 0 0 43 3.31 296 0.873
(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 22 1 2 3 0.14 -2 8 0 0 30 3.33%
Vladimir Zharkov 1988 CSKA Moskva KHL RW 36 2 2 4 0.11 -1 4 0 0 54 3.70%
Graham Black 1993 Swift Current Broncos WHL C 38 18 34 52 1.37 12 31 7 2 - -
Myles Bell 1993 Kelowna Rockets WHL LW 34 19 17 35 1.03 14 25 1 1 - -
Damon Severson 1994 Kelowna Rockets WHL D 29 10 20 30 1.03 17 26 4 1 - -
Ben Johnson 1994 Windsor Spitfires OHL C 31 17 10 27 0.87 13 10 2 2 - -
Ben Thomson (total) 1993 North Bay Battalion OHL LW 26 8 9 17 0.65 -3 62 3 1 - -
Ryan Kujawinski 1995 Kingston Frontenacs OHL C 31 16 11 27 0.87 2 27 6 0 - -
Blake Coleman 1991 Miami Ohio NCAA C 17 10 6 16 0.94 8 39 3 0 64 15.63%
Alexander Kerfoot 1994 Harvard University NCAA C 10 3 1 4 0.40 5 2 1 0 17 17.65%
Blake Pietila 1993 Michigan Tech NCAA LW 21 2 7 9 0.43 -6 56 2 0 63 3.17%
Derek Rodwell 1990 University of North Dakota NCAA LW 9 3 0 3 0.33 3 8 0 0 18 16.67%
Miles Wood 1995 Brown University NCAA LW - - - - - - - - - - -
Joe Faust 1991 University of Wisconsin NCAA D 16 1 8 9 0.56 9 2 0 0 16 6.25%
Curtis Gedig 1991 Ohio State University NCAA D 16 1 3 4 0.25 5 8 1 0 27 3.70%
Steve Santini 1995 Boston College NCAA D 13 2 5 7 0.54 13 36 0 0 16

12.5

Albany Notes:

  • The Albany Devils played three games in three nights last weekend and won two out of three.
  • The first game was a 2-0 victory over the Adirondack Phantoms on Friday night. It was Kinkaid's fourth shutout of the season, typing Jeff Frazee's single season shutout record. He made 19 saves for the win. Scott Timmins and Chris McKelvie scored the goals. Here are the highlights:



  • In their third game in three nights, the Devils fell to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3-2 in the shootout. Scott Wedgewood was in net and made 32 saves during regulation and overtime plus five more during the shootout. Tim Sesito and Joe Whitney scored the two goals. It was Albany's first loss of the season when leading after the second period.
  • Tim Sestito was returned to Albany after playing in New Jersey for nine games. In the two games played since returning, he has one goal.
  • Stefan Matteu has been playing well for the U.S. at the WJC in Sweden. In five games played, he has three goals and an assist along with eight shots and ten penalty minutes.

Name

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PPG

PIM

Shots

Stefan Matteau

USA

5

3

1

4

4

0

10

8

  • Seth Helgeson scored his first professional goal over the weekend. He has been a solid stay-at-home defenseman for the Albany Devils and isn't expected to contribute often on the score sheet, so this was a bonus and a well-earned contribution from him. He and Dan Kelly are the only two defensemen to play in every game for Albany so far this season.
  • Leo Scaglione Jr. of The Hockey Writers wrote an interesting piece on the Albany players who have stepped up since so many of their strongest players have been brought to New Jersey due to injuries. Without Boucher, Merrill, Gelinas, Sestito, and now Matteau due to the WJC, Scaglione writes about five players who have emerged to keep the team on track.
  • The Albany Devils are currently sitting at 4th in the Eastern Conference with 42 points on the season.

Other Notes:

"It's a short tournament. You can't take stick penalties. Any time you don't stick to your system, it's going to come back and bite you. It's not a 62-game season. It's really a seven-game season."

Name

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PPG

PIM

Shots

Steve Santini

USA

5

1

0

1

0

1

4

3

Prospect of the Week:

Keith Kinkaid get's the honors again this week. With another win and shutout from to goalie over the weekend, he leads the AHL in shutouts and goals-against average (1.92). He has won six of his last seven starts and has 13 wins on the season. He has 51 career wins in the AHL. After his record tying shutout and 50th win he said,

"I didn't even know about that. Its just another team win and we want to get as many wins as possible and try to solidify a playoff spot early if we can."

What do you think of Matteau and Santini's game in their short-lived WJC performances? Do you think Kinkaid will keep getting better and keep dominating in the AHL? Feel free to discuss your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks for reading, and Happy New Year!

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