New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: Week 19

The Moose is back. For now, at least. - Mike Stobe

Goals were scored from struggling players and there are a lot of injury updates in this weeks Prospect Update.

The Albany Devils both earned a shutout and were shutout last weekend with goals coming from secondary lines. On the college level, we saw players injured, and players come back from injury. Keep reading for stat updates and notes on standout players.

Player Birth Year Team League Position GP G A PTS PPG +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
Joe Whitney 1988 Albany AHL LW 47 17 21 38 0.81 -1 24 5 0 131 13
Mike Sislo 1988 Albany AHL RW 37 13 13 26 0.70 6 16 4 1 88 14.8
Scott Timmins 1989 Albany AHL C 34 10 15 25 0.74 7 16 2 1 71 14.1
Kelly Zajac 1988 Albany AHL C 40 7 20 27 0.68 6 2 2 0 50 14
Reid Boucher 1993 Albany AHL LW 29 11 11 22 0.76 0 8 2 0 82 13.4
Harri Pesonen 1988 Albany AHL LW 47 8 12 20 0.43 7 38 1 0 92 8.7
Tim Sestito 1984 Albany AHL C 35 9 10 19 0.54 -1 53 1 1 50 18
Chris McKelvie 1985 Albany AHL LW 47 7 11 18 0.38 5 72 0 1 75 9.3
Stefan Matteau 1994 Albany AHL LW 40 8 9 17 0.43 2 52 1 0 61 13.1
Mike Hoeffel 1989 Albany AHL LW 41 7 10 17 0.41 4 33 2 0 84 8.3
Reece Scarlett 1993 Albany AHL D 39 4 11 15 0.38 9 16 4 0 48 8.3
Raman Hrabarenka 1992 Albany AHL D 29 3 12 15 0.52 0 20 3 0 44 6.8
Rod Pelley 1984 Albany AHL C 47 9 5 14 0.30 3 32 0 1 82 11
Dan Kelly 1989 Albany AHL D 47 2 12 14 0.30 8 59 0 0 46 4.3
Mattias Tedenby 1990 Albany AHL LW 16 6 6 12 0.75 3 10 1 0 25 24
Artem Demkov (X) 1989 Albany AHL C 22 6 5 11 0.50 6 6 1 0 45 13.3
Brandon Burlon 1990 Albany AHL D 38 3 6 9 0.24 0 29 1 0 53 5.7
Jon Merrill 1992 Albany AHL D 14 2 7 9 0.64 -1 0 2 0 20 10
Adam Larsson 1992 Albany AHL D 14 1 8 9 0.64 0 8 1 0 24 4.2
Seth Helgeson 1990 Albany AHL D 48 1 7 8 0.18 6 72 0 0 42 2.4
Corbin McPherson 1988 Albany AHL D 43 0 7 7 0.16 9 29 0 0 31 0
Eric Gelinas 1990 Albany AHL C 8 1 3 4 0.50 7 4 1 0 29 3.4
David Wohlberg 1991 Albany AHL LW 34 2 0 2 0.06 -1 35 0 0 23 8.7
Riley Boychuk (X) 1984 Albany AHL RW 18 1 1 2 0.11 2 14 0 0 6 16.7
Cam Janssen 1986 Albany AHL C 17 0 2 2 0.12 0 20 0 0 2 0
Darcy Zajac 1990 Albany AHL D 4 0 1 1 0.25 -3 12 0 0 2 0
Alexander Urbom 1989 Albany AHL D 12 0 3 3 0.25 0 8 0 0 9 0
Harry Young (X) 1991 Albany AHL D 10 0 0 0
-1 15 0 0 3 0
















Goalies



GP Mins W L SOL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
Keith Kinkaid 1989 Albany AHL G 29 1671:19:00 18 8 2 4 64 2.3 681 0.914
Scott Wedgewood 1992 Albany AHL G 21 1150:30:00 7 10 2 1 52 2.71 440 0.894
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 24 1215:34:00 11 10 1 1 61 3.01 529 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 54 28 45 73 1.35 17 37 9 2 - -
Myles Bell 1993 Kelowna Rockets WHL LW 55 38 28 66 1.20 21 40 9 1 - -
Damon Severson 1994 Kelowna Rockets WHL D 49 12 35 47 0.96 33 38 4 1 - -
Ben Johnson 1994 Windsor Spitfires OHL C 44 21 16 37 0.84 19 22 3 2 - -
Ben Thomson (total) 1993 North Bay Battalion OHL LW 41 20 14 34 0.83 7 70 5 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 18 6 5 11 0.61 3 6 1 0 30 20.00%
Blake Pietila 1993 Michigan Tech NCAA LW 31 8 16 24 0.77 -3 68 7 0 102 7.84%
Derek Rodwell 1990 University of North Dakota NCAA LW 17 5 0 5 0.29 3 14 0 0 40 12.50%
Miles Wood 1995 Brown University NCAA LW - - - - - - - - - - -
Joe Faust 1991 University of Wisconsin NCAA D 26 2 10 12 0.46 9 6 0 0 22 9.09%
Curtis Gedig 1991 Ohio State University NCAA D 22 1 4 5 0.23 5 8 1 0 33 3.03%
Steve Santini 1995 Boston College NCAA D 24 2 6 8 0.33 25 36 0 0 26 7.69%

Albany Notes:



  • Jon Merrill was reassigned to Albany as the NHL Olympic break began. He hasn't played a game yet but is eligible. He will most likely be in the lineup after the AHL All-Star break.
  • While Eric Gelinas was sent down to Albany last week, he cannot play during the Olympic break - he played too many games in the NHL to be eligible.
  • Kinkaid was injured during the Devils shutout over Bridgeport last week. He is considered day-to-day. He has the All-Star break to recover.
  • With Kinkaid injured, Anthony Felice signed a PTO last week. He was Wedgewood's backup for one game before being released.
  • MOOOOOOOOSE. Johan Hedberg was signed to a PTO this morning due to Kinkaid's injury. He may see a game over the weekend, too - the team has a big 3-in-3 coming up.
  • Some have been wondering why Maxime Clermont doesn't come up and play as back-up to Wedgewood. I'm sure he would have been the original choice, but he has been injured for about two weeks, as well.
  • With recent struggles, the Albany Devils find themselves out of the playoff race for the first time this season. They are currently 9th in the Eastern Conference but are just one point behind the eighth seed and have a seven-point lead over the tenth.

Other Notes:

  • Alexander Kerfoot was hurt during the Beanpot consolation game. Harvard won the match 6-2.
  • Curtis Gedig was back playing for Ohio State after missing a few weeks with an injury. He had an assist in his first weekend back.
  • Blake Pietila had a huge week for Michigan Tech. In just two games, he had four goals and two assists. Three of those goals were on the power play.
  • Steve Santini helped Boston College win its 5th straight Beanpot Championship. While he didn't have any points, he had a few major hits to help the team get necessary wins.

Prospect of the Week:

Blake Pietila wins the honor this week. He has had a slow season scoring just eight goals in 31 games, but four of those goals came last weekend. He doubled his goal total and added another two assists to bring his PPG to .77. He has 102 shots this season, so his low goal total is not due to a lack of effort, and he seems to have gotten his penalty issues under control. While he still takes one or two penalties each weekend, he hasn't taken a major penalty since early in the season. Hopefully his four-goal weekend will lead to a somewhat of a streak.

Do you think the Albany Devils can find their way back into playoff contention this weekend? Will Pietila keep scoring after such a strong week last week? With so many players back in Albany after a stint in the NHL (especially on defense), who would you sit in their place? Discuss your thoughts on the Devils prospects in the comments section below. Thanks for reading!

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