New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: Week 20

Myles Bell has been a star for the Kelowna Rockets since switching from defense to forward. - Marissa Baecker

There was a Moose sighting in Albany while the team went 1-1-1 in a 3-in-3. There are a few injury updates along with a new feature in the Prospect Update.

It was another week with no major standouts, but there are many players returning from injury and some made an immediate impact. Keep reading for stat and player updates.

Player Birth Year Team League Position GP G A PTS PPG +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
Joe Whitney 1988 Albany AHL LW 49 19 23 42 0.86 1 26 5 0 141 13.5
Mike Sislo 1988 Albany AHL RW 40 13 13 26 0.65 4 18 4 1 95 13.7
Scott Timmins 1989 Albany AHL C 37 10 18 28 0.76 9 16 2 1 77 13
Kelly Zajac 1988 Albany AHL C 43 7 21 28 0.65 2 2 2 0 52 13.5
Reid Boucher 1993 Albany AHL LW 32 12 12 24 0.75 -2 8 3 0 94 12.8
Harri Pesonen 1988 Albany AHL LW 50 8 13 21 0.42 6 38 1 0 98 8.2
Tim Sestito 1984 Albany AHL C 38 10 11 21 0.55 -3 60 1 1 54 18.5
Chris McKelvie 1985 Albany AHL LW 48 7 11 18 0.38 4 72 0 1 78 9
Stefan Matteau 1994 Albany AHL LW 43 9 10 19 0.44 3 52 1 0 66 13.6
Mike Hoeffel 1989 Albany AHL LW 44 7 12 19 0.43 5 33 2 0 87 8
Reece Scarlett 1993 Albany AHL D 42 4 12 16 0.38 8 16 4 0 49 8.2
Raman Hrabarenka 1992 Albany AHL D 30 5 12 17 0.57 -1 20 4 0 48 10.4
Rod Pelley 1984 Albany AHL C 50 10 5 15 0.30 4 34 0 1 91 11
Dan Kelly 1989 Albany AHL D 50 2 12 14 0.28 5 61 0 0 51 3.9
Mattias Tedenby 1990 Albany AHL LW 19 7 6 13 0.68 -1 14 1 0 32 21.9
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 41 3 6 9 0.22 2 29 1 0 57 5.3
Jon Merrill (X) 1992 Albany AHL D 14 2 7 9 0.64 -1 0 2 0 20 10
Adam Larsson 1992 Albany AHL D 17 1 8 9 0.53 -3 8 1 0 30 3.3
Seth Helgeson 1990 Albany AHL D 51 1 7 8 0.18 6 74 0 0 45 2.2
Corbin McPherson 1988 Albany AHL D 45 0 7 7 0.16 9 31 0 0 35 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 37 2 2 4 0.11 -1 35 0 0 24 8.3
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 24 1297:49:00 8 11 3 1 60 2.77 481 0.889
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 26 1255:51:00 11 10 1 1 64 3.06 546 0.883
(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 57 29 47 76 1.33 17 37 9 2 - -
Myles Bell 1993 Kelowna Rockets WHL LW 56 38 28 66 1.18 22 40 9 1 - -
Damon Severson 1994 Kelowna Rockets WHL D 51 12 37 49 0.96 37 44 4 1 - -
Ben Johnson 1994 Windsor Spitfires OHL C 48 22 22 44 0.92 20 26 4 2 - -
Ben Thomson (total) 1993 North Bay Battalion OHL LW 44 22 15 34 0.77 8 74 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 20 6 6 12 0.60 3 6 1 0 31 19.35%
Blake Pietila 1993 Michigan Tech NCAA LW 33 8 16 24 0.73 -5 70 7 0 106 7.55%
Derek Rodwell 1990 University of North Dakota NCAA LW 19 5 1 6 0.32 4 14 0 0 41 12.20%
Miles Wood 1995 Brown University NCAA LW - - - - - - - - - - -
Joe Faust 1991 University of Wisconsin NCAA D 28 2 10 12 0.43 9 6 0 0 22 9.09%
Curtis Gedig 1991 Ohio State University NCAA D 22 1 4 5 0.23 2 8 1 0 34 2.94%
Steve Santini 1995 Boston College NCAA D 26 2 7 9 0.35 27 38 0 0 27 7.41%

Albany Notes:


  • In their final game of the weekend, the Devils were embarrassed with a 7-3 loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In Wedgewood's fifth-straight start and third in three days, he made just six saves on eleven shots in the first period and was replaced by Hedberg who made 11 saves on 13 shots. Raman Hrabarenka scored two goals in his first game since January 26, and Joe Whitney scored one goal, giving him 19 on the season.
  • Joe Whitney had two goals and two assists in two games this weekend. His scoring had slowed down a bit in recent weeks, but he seems to have gotten it back this weekend.
  • David Wohlberg made his way back from injury this weekend. Before playing last week, he missed a total of seven games and had two assists in his first three games back.
  • While Jon Merrill was assigned to Albany during the Olympic break, he didn't play a game with the team. He was reassigned to New Jersey yesterday afternoon.
  • Rany Miller of NJ.com caught up with Adam Larsson to talk about his feeling about being stuck in the AHL since recovering from his injury. He talks discusses his frustration with his situation along with his feelings on how the Devils are handling his development. You can read it here.
  • Miller also spoke to Stefan Matteau and Albany coach Rick Kowalsky about his play this season. He has quotes from both about his issues with previous teams and his play for the Devils this season. Here is the link for that article.
  • Keith Kinkaid returned to practice after missing four games with a groin strain. Johan Hedberg was released from his PTO.
  • I've had this link for about two weeks and forgot to post it in my updates, but here is an interview with the New Jersey Devils Director of Scouting, David Conte. He was on the NHL Network Radio's Hockey Prospects show and discusses his thoughts on the prospects in the Devils' system, mainly Santini, Kujawinski, Matteau, Severson, Boucher, Coleman, Johnson, and Scarlett. Give that a listen here.

Other Notes:

  • While Anthony Brodeur played in two games last week, he wasn't counted with a loss in either. He came in as relief in the first and made seven saves on seven shots and was pulled in the following game, but wasn't responsible for the lost.
  • While Miami has been struggling mightily as of late, scoring more than two goals just once in it's last nine games, the return of Blake Coleman may be on the horizon. He travelled with the team last weekend, and while he didn't play, it is a major step in the right direction. He may be back in the lineup this weekend or next.

Prospect Profile:

There wasn't a major standout this week, so I am going to do another prospect profile. I may make this a weekly addition, as well. This week will be focusing on Myles Bell.

The 160th overall pick for the Devils has had a lot of success for an older draft pick and he seems to have put his troubled past behind him. At 6" and 210 lbs, he sat through two full drafts before being selected by the Devils in the sixth round of 2013 partly due to a fatal car accident in which he was the driver. He hasn't forgotten what has happened nor does he take it lightly, but he is trying to make his life more positive, and his game is a huge part of that.

He originally played defense and switched to forward just last season with the Kelowna Rockets. In his second season as a forward, he is leading the team in both goals (38) and points (66). He has eleven more points than the second highest on the team. He also has nine power play goals, the most for the Rockets. He has been named the WHL Player of the Week twice this season and has been huge for the top team in the league who has lost only eight games in regulation.

His 38 goals in 56 games matches his total from last season (69 games played). When he played defense, he still put up a descent amount of points including 45 (14g, 31a) with the Regina Pats in 2010-2011. His slap shot has been clocked at 98mph, and he still has solid defensive skills. He should be in Albany next season, as he is an over-ager in the WHL this year. It will be exciting to see what he can do when he turns pro as he is a big question mark in the organization.

Are you relieved to see Keith Kinkaid return to practice for Albany? Do you think Blake Coleman can help Miami turn their season around when he returns? What are your thoughts on Myles Bell? Do you think he will perform well when he turns pro? Please discuss your thoughts on these questions and anything prospect related in the comments section below. Thanks for reading.

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