New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: Week 17

Joe Whitney in his NHL debut - Elsa

It was a tough week for the Albany Devils. In fact, it wasn't a particularly outstanding week for any of the prospects.

After a successful 3-in-3 last week, the Albany Devils saw very different results this week. There weren't any major standouts on the prospect list this week, but there were some noteworthy moments. Keep reading for an update on stats and any major news throughout the Devils system.

Player Birth Year Team League Position GP G A PTS PPG +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
Joe Whitney 1988 Albany AHL LW 42 16 21 37 0.88 -1 22 5 0 124 12.9
Mike Sislo 1988 Albany AHL RW 33 12 13 25 0.76 8 16 4 1 79 15.2
Reid Boucher 1993 Albany AHL LW 24 10 10 20 0.83 1 4 2 0 73 13.7
Scott Timmins 1989 Albany AHL C 29 10 15 25 0.86 7 12 2 1 64 15.6
Tim Sestito 1984 Albany AHL C 30 8 10 18 0.60 0 49 1 1 47 17
Harri Pesonen 1988 Albany AHL LW 42 7 11 18 0.43 7 38 1 0 87 8
Raman Hrabarenka 1992 Albany AHL D 29 3 12 15 0.52 0 20 3 0 44 6.8
Kelly Zajac 1988 Albany AHL C 35 6 17 23 0.66 6 2 1 0 42 14.3
Stefan Matteau 1994 Albany AHL LW 35 7 9 16 0.46 1 48 1 0 53 13.2
Chris McKelvie 1985 Albany AHL LW 42 6 11 17 0.40 6 56 0 1 68 8.8
Reece Scarlett 1993 Albany AHL D 37 4 11 15 0.41 9 16 4 0 47 8.5
Mike Hoeffel 1989 Albany AHL LW 37 7 9 16 0.43 3 29 2 0 76 9.2
Dan Kelly 1989 Albany AHL D 42 2 12 14 0.33 11 55 0 0 43 4.7
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 38 3 6 9 0.24 0 29 1 0 53 5.7
Rod Pelley 1984 Albany AHL C 42 9 4 13 0.31 3 30 0 1 74 12.2
Seth Helgeson 1990 Albany AHL D 43 1 7 8 0.18 8 65 0 0 40 2.5
Artem Demkov (X) 1989 Albany AHL C 22 6 5 11 0.50 6 6 1 0 45 13.3
Mattias Tedenby 1990 Albany AHL LW 13 6 5 11 0.85 3 6 1 0 24 25
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 38 0 7 7 0.18 10 29 0 0 29 0
David Wohlberg 1990 Albany AHL C 34 2 0 2 0.06 -1 35 0 0 23 8.7
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 13 0 1 1 0.08 -1 20 0 0 2 0
Alexander Urbom 1990 Albany AHL D 7 0 1 1 0.14 0 4 0 0 6 0
Adam Larsson 1992 Albany AHL D 9 1 6 7 0.78 1 6 1 0 14 7.1
















Goalies



GP Mins W L SOL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
Keith Kinkaid 1989 Albany AHL G 26 1507:38:00 16 8 1 4 60 2.39 605 0.91
Scott Wedgewood 1992 Albany AHL G 18 1009:18:00 7 8 2 1 45 2.68 375 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 23 1155:34:00 10 10 1 1 59 3.06 512 0.885
(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 48 23 42 65 1.35 18 37 8 2 - -
Myles Bell 1993 Kelowna Rockets WHL LW 47 29 23 52 1.11 21 38 4 1 - -
Damon Severson 1994 Kelowna Rockets WHL D 42 11 27 38 0.90 29 30 4 1 - -
Ben Johnson 1994 Windsor Spitfires OHL C 39 18 13 31 0.79 14 18 2 2 - -
Ben Thomson (total) 1993 North Bay Battalion OHL LW 35 15 11 26 0.74 5 66 4 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 16 5 5 10 0.63 2 2 1 0 24 20.83%
Blake Pietila 1993 Michigan Tech NCAA LW 27 3 12 15 0.56 -7 64 3 0 84 3.57%
Derek Rodwell 1990 University of North Dakota NCAA LW 14 4 0 4 0.29 3 12 0 0 32 12.50%
Miles Wood 1995 Brown University NCAA LW - - - - - - - - - - -
Joe Faust 1991 University of Wisconsin NCAA D 22 2 9 11 0.50 10 6 0 0 18 11.11%
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 20 2 5 7 0.35 18 36 0 0 19 10.53%

Albany Notes:

  • In their first game in three nights, the Devils fell 5-2 to the Binghamton Senators. It started off great with Stefan Matteau scoring just over one minute into the game, but it wasn't until the game was out of hand when Scott Timmins scored with just under three minutes to play in regulation. Keith Kinkaid was in net and faced 40 shots while the Devils had 29 shots.
  • On Saturday, the Devils lost again. This time it was a 2-1 defeat to the Adirondack Phantoms. It looked like the game was destined for overtime until the Phantoms got the game winner with 20.5 seconds remaining in regulation. It was a tough game from the start - puck drop was at 2 pm after a game the night before.
  • On Sunday, it was yet another tough loss. The Devils fell to the Binghamton Senators again; this time the score was 6-3. It was a 3-3 tie early in the second, but things got out of hand from there. The Albany goals were scored by Mike Hoeffel, Adam Larsson, and Dan Kelly while Keith Kinkaid and Scott Wedgewood split the game in net. Kinkaid played just 9:21 and let in three goals. Then, Wedgewood came in and made 13 saves.
  • Joe Whitney got his shot in the NHL, but it was a short stint. He played on the top line with Jaromir Jagr and Travis Zajac for one game - a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals. He had just one hit in eight minutes of ice time.
  • Reid Boucher had two assists in his first three games back in Albany after 23 games with New Jersey. He had two goals and five assists during his stint in the NHL.
  • Artem Demkov was loaned to the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL from the Albany Devils.
  • Adam Larsson had a goal and two assists in three games last week. He now has seven points (1g, 6a) in nine games played in Albany.

Other Notes:

Prospect of the Week:

There weren't any major standouts this week, so instead I'm going to do a mini-profile on the current Albany Iron Man, Seth Helgeson.

While he may only have eight points in 43 games this season (1g, 7a), Seth Helgeson has been a huge asset (both literally and figuratively) to the Albany Devils. At 6'5" an 215 lbs, he leads the team in 65 penalty minutes and is the only player on the team to appear in every game so far this season. His iron man streak goes back to his college days - he played in 121-straight games for the Minnesota Gophers dating back to his freshman season.

He has never been a major goal scorer - going back to his days at the University of Minnesota, his highest scoring season was his junior year, in which he scored 14 points (5g, 9a). He doesn't play a flashy game, but he is solid on defense and can play a strong, physical game. He is great along the boards and behind the net and he has a long reach, which he uses to his advantage.

He was called up to New Jersey as an emergency recall earlier this season, but didn't get into a game. I wouldn't be shocked if we saw him play in the NHL sooner rather than later. While there are more qualified players ahead of him on the prospect list, he brings a different element to the game than Gelinas, Merrill, or even Larsson.

What do you think the Albany Devils need to do to get out of their losing streak? Which prospect would you like to see called up to New Jersey next? What are your thoughts on Seth Helgeson? Do you think we'll be seeing him in the NHL this season? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks for reading!

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