New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: Week 21

Mike Sislo was a stud this week scoring four goals in three games. - Elsa

This week takes an look at Devils prospect Graham Black along with a successful 3-in-3 from the Albany Devils.

It was a huge week for the Albany Devils. Six points were at stake, and six points were earned. Mike Sislo was a standout and Keith Kinkaid and Blake Coleman earned success in their first games back from injury.

Player Birth Year Team League Position GP G A PTS PPG +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
Joe Whitney 1988 Albany AHL LW 52 19 24 43 0.83 3 28 5 0 148 12.8
Mike Sislo 1988 Albany AHL RW 43 17 13 30 0.70 6 20 5 2 102 16.7
Scott Timmins 1989 Albany AHL C 40 10 19 29 0.73 10 18 2 1 85 11.8
Kelly Zajac 1988 Albany AHL C 46 8 22 30 0.65 5 2 2 0 56 14.3
Reid Boucher 1993 Albany AHL LW 35 14 12 26 0.74 -1 8 4 0 103 13.6
Harri Pesonen 1988 Albany AHL LW 53 8 14 22 0.42 6 40 1 0 100 8
Tim Sestito 1984 Albany AHL C 41 10 11 21 0.51 -4 64 1 1 55 18.2
Chris McKelvie 1985 Albany AHL LW 48 7 11 18 0.38 4 72 0 1 78 9
Stefan Matteau 1994 Albany AHL LW 46 11 10 21 0.46 5 56 1 0 73 15.1
Mike Hoeffel 1989 Albany AHL LW 47 7 12 19 0.40 5 38 2 0 90 7.8
Reece Scarlett 1993 Albany AHL D 43 4 13 17 0.40 9 16 4 0 51 7.8
Raman Hrabarenka 1992 Albany AHL D 31 5 12 17 0.55 -2 20 4 0 51 9.8
Rod Pelley 1984 Albany AHL C 53 11 5 16 0.30 6 36 0 2 98 11.2
Dan Kelly 1989 Albany AHL D 53 2 13 15 0.28 8 61 0 0 54 3.7
Mattias Tedenby 1990 Albany AHL LW 22 7 6 13 0.59 -1 14 1 0 36 19.4
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 19 1 11 12 0.63 1 8 1 0 34 2.9
Seth Helgeson 1990 Albany AHL D 54 1 7 8 0.18 7 78 0 0 47 2.1
Corbin McPherson 1988 Albany AHL D 48 0 7 7 0.15 10 31 0 0 36 0
Eric Gelinas (X) 1990 Albany AHL C 10 1 4 5 0.50 6 8 1 0 34 2.9
David Wohlberg 1991 Albany AHL LW 40 2 2 4 0.10 -2 37 0 0 26 7.7
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 15 0 3 3 0.20 -1 14 0 0 12 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 31 1791:17:00 20 8 2 4 67 2.24 736 0.917
Scott Wedgewood 1992 Albany AHL G 25 1357:49:00 9 11 3 1 61 2.7 496 0.89
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 27 1315:51:00 12 10 1 2 64 2.92 563 0.886
(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 29 1 2 3 0.10 -10 8 1 0 35 2.86%
Vladimir Zharkov 1988 CSKA Moskva KHL RW 46 2 5 7 0.15 1 4 0 0 73 2.74%
Graham Black 1993 Swift Current Broncos WHL C 59 29 41 80 1.36 19 41 9 2 - -
Myles Bell 1993 Kelowna Rockets WHL LW 60 39 30 69 1.15 24 40 9 1 - -
Damon Severson 1994 Kelowna Rockets WHL D 55 14 40 54 0.98 44 44 5 1 - -
Ben Johnson 1994 Windsor Spitfires OHL C 51 23 25 48 0.94 21 26 4 2 - -
Ben Thomson (total) 1993 North Bay Battalion OHL LW 47 23 15 38 0.81 9 81 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 19 12 6 18 0.95 9 45 3 0 70 17.14%
Alexander Kerfoot 1994 Harvard University NCAA C 22 7 6 13 0.59 2 6 2 0 35 20.00%
Blake Pietila 1993 Michigan Tech NCAA LW 35 8 19 27 0.77 -3 82 7 0 108 7.41%
Derek Rodwell 1990 University of North Dakota NCAA LW 21 5 2 7 0.33 3 16 0 0 44 11.36%
Miles Wood 1995 Brown University NCAA LW - - - - - - - - - - -
Joe Faust 1991 University of Wisconsin NCAA D 30 2 10 12 0.40 10 6 0 0 24 8.33%
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 28 2 8 10 0.36 27 42 0 0 33 6.06%

Albany Notes:



  • Mike Sislo had a huge week with four goals in three games. The goals included one on the power play and another shorthanded.
  • Kelly Zajac is having an impressive season. Having played just 14 games for Albany last season and scoring just two goals and two assists, he is 3rd on the team in scoring this season with eight goals and 22 assists in 46 games.
  • Eric Gelinas was called back up to New Jersey after playing in two games for Albany. He had one assist in the brief time he was able to play between the Olympic break and his recall.
  • Keith Kinkaid saw a lot of success in his return from injury. He won both of his starts last weekend.
  • Anthony Brodeur recorded his second shutout of the season in a 17-save effort 2-0 win over the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.

Other Notes:

  • Damon Severson scored 2 goals 3 assists in four games for Kelowna this week. The team has clinched a playoff spot and has lost only nine games in regulation this season. They have a 49-9-0-4 record.
  • Blake Coleman returned from his shoulder injury last weekend and had two goals in his first game back. He had been sidelined since December 6th.

Prospect of the Week:

The prospect of the week is Mike Sislo. He scored four goals in three games for Albany and helped them win all of them. He has had a huge season, which included his NHL debut in January. In the AHL, he has already passed his point total from last season (63), has a career-high 17 goals and has been a huge leader for the Albany Devils. Head coach Rick Kowalsky said,

"He kills penalties, he's on the power play, he's out there for important faceoffs on both ends of the ice. He's going to be a key guy for us moving forward and is certainly a good sign to see him get on the board and score some goals, especially the way he did.

"I think the recall to New Jersey was certainly a big boost in his confidence. He's a guy that consistently does the little things right and now some pucks are starting to go in.

"Blocking shots, getting pucks in, that stuff has to be consistent and is. That's why he has a letter. Just the way he carries himself everyday in practice and games is the main reason we did it. But now, you see him step up in big games and that's the true sign of leadership."

Prospect Spotlight - Graham Black:

The 6" 184 lbs center was drafted by the Devils 135th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Level Draft. He is a strong two-way forward who sees the ice well. He is a strong skater and plays well with and without the puck.

In 59 games this season, Black leads the Swift Current Broncos with 29 goals and 51 assists. He already has 30 more points than last season in which he had 24 goals and 26 assists in 68 games. He has also stepped up as a leader on the team in which he is an alternate captain.

Last season was especially difficult for Black - he has been battling with Graves' disease and it kept him from playing his best. When asked about his illness, Black told Kelly Friesen of Buzzing the Net,

"It was a very tough thing to go through. I think it was my hardest season for hockey. It held me back in a year where I wanted to have a big season. I had trouble maintaining my weight and even lost 30 pounds in just two weeks early in the year. And with that I had problems sleeping and keeping my energy up."

While it is an understandable one, he doesn't like to use his disease as an excuse. While it has held him back throughout his career, this season seems to be a different story - he is tied for eighth in the WHL in scoring and is hoping to sign an entry-level contract with the Devils this year. Black is hopeful that his major struggles are behind him. He had surgery on his thyroid last February and it should help him keep his weight and energy up.

He has used players such as Josh Harding of the Minnesota Wild to keep him going. Harding has struggled with Multiple Sclerosis but has been one of the top goaltenders in the NHL this season.

Do you think Graham Black has what it takes to get an entry-level contract with the Devils and turn pro? Do you think he'll make it to the NHL level? What are your thoughts on certain players such as Mike Sislo and Kelly Zajac stepping their game up in Albany this season? Do you think the Devils will stay in the playoff race this weekend? Please discuss your thoughts on the prospects below. As always, thanks for reading!

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