New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: Week 16

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It was a busy week for many of the New Jersey Devils' prospects and many found success.

With a tough three-in-three schedule for the Albany Devils, they fared quite well. It was a busy week for all of the prospects, so keep reading for updates and stats on each New Jersey prospect.

















Player Birth Year Team League Position GP G A PTS PPG +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
Joe Whitney 1988 Albany AHL LW 40 16 20 36 0.90 2 22 5 0 116 13.8
Mike Sislo 1988 Albany AHL RW 30 11 12 23 0.77 10 14 3 1 70 15.7
Reid Boucher 1993 Albany AHL LW 21 10 8 18 0.86 4 2 2 0 69 14.5
Scott Timmins 1989 Albany AHL C 26 9 15 24 0.92 9 10 2 1 57 15.8
Tim Sestito 1984 Albany AHL C 27 8 10 18 0.67 3 47 1 1 41 19.5
Harri Pesonen 1988 Albany AHL LW 40 7 11 18 0.45 9 38 1 0 83 8.4
Raman Hrabarenka 1992 Albany AHL D 27 3 12 15 0.56 1 20 3 0 44 6.8
Kelly Zajac 1988 Albany AHL C 33 6 17 23 0.70 9 2 1 0 39 15.4
Stefan Matteau 1994 Albany AHL LW 33 6 9 15 0.45 2 46 1 0 50 12
Chris McKelvie 1985 Albany AHL LW 40 6 11 17 0.43 7 54 0 1 65 9.2
Reece Scarlett 1993 Albany AHL D 36 4 9 13 0.36 11 16 4 0 47 8.5
Mike Hoeffel 1989 Albany AHL LW 35 6 9 15 0.43 2 29 2 0 69 8.7
Dan Kelly 1989 Albany AHL D 39 1 12 13 0.33 14 53 0 0 38 2.6
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 37 3 6 9 0.24 2 29 1 0 53 5.7
Rod Pelley 1984 Albany AHL C 39 9 3 12 0.31 2 28 0 1 66 13.6
Seth Helgeson 1990 Albany AHL D 40 1 7 8 0.18 9 63 0 0 38 2.6
Artem Demkov 1989 Albany AHL C 19 6 4 10 0.53 9 4 1 0 41 14.6
Mattias Tedenby 1990 Albany AHL LW 10 6 4 10 1.00 5 6 1 0 17 35.3
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 36 0 7 7 0.19 10 29 0 0 29 0
David Wohlberg 1990 Albany AHL C 33 2 0 2 0.06 0 35 0 0 22 9.1
Riley Boychuk (X) 1991 Albany AHL LW 18 1 1 2 0.11 2 14 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 (X) 1989 Albany AHL D 10 0 0 0 0.00 1 15 0 0 3 0
Cam Janssen 1984 Albany AHL RW 11 0 1 1 0.09 -2 15 0 0 2 0
Alexander Urbom 1990 Albany AHL D 4 0 0 0 0.00 4 0 0 2 0 0
Adam Larsson 1992 Albany AHL D 6 0 4 4 0.67 0 0 0 6 0 0
















Goalies



GP Mins W L SOL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
Keith Kinkaid 1989 Albany AHL G 24 1438:17:00 16 7 1 4 52 2.17 570 0.916
Scott Wedgewood 1992 Albany AHL G 16 900:03:00 7 6 2 1 41 2.73 341 0.893
Maxime Clermont 1991 Elmira ECHL G 17 915:00:00 6 9 1 0 51 3.35 474 0.892
Anthony Brodeur 1995 Gatineau Olympiques QMJHL G 22 1095:34:00 10 10 0 1 53 2.9 424 0.889
(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 28 1 2 3 0.11 -9 8 1 0 34 2.94%
Vladimir Zharkov 1988 CSKA Moskva KHL RW 45 2 4 6 0.13 0 4 0 0 69 2.90%
Graham Black 1993 Swift Current Broncos WHL C 46 22 40 62 1.35 11 37 8 2 - -
Myles Bell 1993 Kelowna Rockets WHL LW 44 27 21 48 1.09 18 36 4 1 - -
Damon Severson 1994 Kelowna Rockets WHL D 39 11 26 37 0.95 26 30 4 1 - -
Ben Johnson 1994 Windsor Spitfires OHL C 37 17 11 28 0.76 13 18 2 2 - -
Ben Thomson (total) 1993 North Bay Battalion OHL LW 33 14 1 25 0.76 5 66 3 2 - -
Ryan Kujawinski 1995 Kingston Frontenacs OHL C 35 16 13 29 0.83 0 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 15 4 5 9 0.60 3 2 1 0 23 17.39%
Blake Pietila 1993 Michigan Tech NCAA LW 25 3 9 12 0.48 -8 58 3 0 79 3.80%
Derek Rodwell 1990 University of North Dakota NCAA LW 13 4 0 4 0.31 3 10 0 0 30 13.33%
Miles Wood 1995 Brown University NCAA LW - - - - - - - - - - -
Joe Faust 1991 University of Wisconsin NCAA D 20 1 9 10 0.50 10 4 0 0 17 5.88%
Curtis Gedig 1991 Ohio State University NCAA D 20 1 3 4 0.20 5 8 1 0 28 3.57%
Steve Santini 1995 Boston College NCAA D 19 2 5 7 0.37 17 36 0 0 19 10.53%

Albany Notes:

  • The Devils had another three-in-three weekend, and it was a successful one.
  • On Friday, the Devils had an incredible 8-3 victory over the Utica Comets. Seven different Devils scored and the eight goals tied the Albany franchise record. Joe Whitney scored twice while Mike Sislo, Mattias Tedenby, Mike Hoeffel, Harri Pesonen, Rod Pelley, and Kelly Zajac each had one. Keith Kinkaid got his 15th victory this season with 31 saves.
  • In the second game of the weekend, the Devils defeated the Adirondack Phantoms 4-1. Rod Pelley, Kelly Zajac, Artem Demkov and Tim Sestito scored the goals. Dan Kelley had his fourth multi-point game of the season while playing in his 200th career AHL game with two assists. Keith Kinkaid got the win in his fourth straight start and faced 22 shots.
  • In their third game in as many nights, the Devils fell to the Hershey Bears in the shootout. They had the lead through the first two periods, but took too many penalties and fell 4-3. Scott Wedgewood was in net and made 32 saves - a season high. Rod Pelley, Mike Sislo, and Tim Sestito all found the back of the net.
  • Mike Sislo was sent back down to Albany after a solid stint in New Jersey. He had two goals and an assist in his first three games back in the AHL.
  • Cam Janssen was also sent to the AHL this week to make room for Damien Brunner on the NHL roster.
  • Reid Boucher was sent back down to Albany yesterday. He had two goals and four assists in his 22 NHL games. This was most likely to get him down in time to play in Albany during the Olympic break among other things. If the Devils want to have Gelinas or Merrill play in the AHL during the Olympic break, they will have to be sent down by Friday evening.
  • Riley Boychuk and Harry Young were sent back to the Elmira Jackals in the ECHL.
  • Kelly Zajac has been making an impact on the Albany Devils this season. Last year he played just 14 games and had four points in that span. In 2013-2014, he has 23 points (6g, 17a) in 33 games and is fourth on the team in scoring.
  • Rod Pelley had three goals over the three-in-three.

Other Notes:

  • Graham Black had three goals and two assists in four games. He now has 62 points in 46 games this season.
  • Ben Thomson had a four goal week with five points overall. In his 21 games with the North Bay Battalion, Thomson has 19 points (11g, 8a).

Prospect of the Week:

Ben Thomson is the star this week. He has been a major factor for the North Bay Battalion, who were struggling mightily before he got there. They are now second in the Central Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference in the OHL with a 23-17-4-2 record. As noted above, his point total has increased greatly since the trade, so it has been great for both parties.

Were you satisfied with the Albany Devils' 2-0-1 record in the three-in-three weekend? What do you think about the transactions sending Sislo, Janssen, and Boucher back to the AHL? Who do you think is the next player to be called up to the NHL? Please discuss your thoughts in the comments section below. As always, thanks for reading!

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