Prospect Buzz

Eric Gelinas was recalled by the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday due to Bryce Salvador returning home because of a death in the family. It?s a great opportunity for Gelinas, who had a great camp, but don?t expect him to stick with the big club.

Gelinas had a great preseason, showing all the necessary tools to be a reliable NHL defenseman. Poise, physicality, speed, long reach and awareness. He looked like a 10-year NHL veteran when he was on the ice. Everything he did looked smooth. That?s a great sign. He has a shot to be the best all-around defenseman the Devils have had in years because of his raw talent. I?m not saying he?ll be exactly like him, but his stature, build and traits appear to be in the mold of a Zdeno Chara. Devils fans can only hope he?ll be close to his caliber.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Analysis, BRYCE SALVADOR, Eric Gelinas, Feature, New Jersey Devils, Peter Harrold, Prospect Buzz
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While the New Jersey Devils goaltending has been a source of recent stress, the Albany Devils have not struggled with such problems.

The three-headed monster of Keith Kinkaid, Jeff Frazee and Scott Wedgewood have combined for an .899 save percentage and 2.65 goals-against average in 59 games.

Toss out Wedgewood's so-so three games, and Frazee and Kinkaid have combined for a 2.62 goals-against and .912 save percentage.

Tags: Albany Devils, Alex Ponikarovsky, Jeff Frazee, Keith Kinkaid, Editorial Aside, Prospect Buzz, Rick Kowalsky, Scott Wedgewood, Stefan Matteau, Tim Sestito
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The Albany Devils' power play ranks 28th out of 30 American Hockey League teams-- firing at just 11.4 percent. Albany entered Sunday's game in Bridgeport having scored just 1-of-its-last-20 man advantages.

Yet, somehow Albany's power play found a way to be worse.

Albany was 0-for-3, failing to score on a 5-minute first-period major. Plus, when given a third-period man advantage, the Devils surrendered a shorthanded goal-- the game-winner in the Bridgeport Sound Tigers' 2-0 win.

Tags: Albany Devils, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Brock Nelson, CAM JANSSEN, Chad Wiseman, Eric Gelinas, Feature, Joe Whitney, Keith Kinkaid, Matt Anderson, Nino Niederreiter, Phil DeSimone, Prospect Buzz, Raman Hrabarenka, Rick DiPietro, Steve Zalewski
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College hockey tournaments?are in full swing, which means there are prospects to keep our eyes on.

  • Devils' prospect Derek Rodwell scored a goal and was a plus-1 in the Fighting Sioux's 5-3, best-of-three contest against Michigan Tech.
  • Blake Pietila, a forward for Tech, was a minus-3 in that same contest.
  • Blake Coleman, for Miami University, had a tough night, finishing minus-1 in the Redhawks' 3-0 loss to Michigan State in the CCHA quarterfinals.
  • Michigan defender Jon Merrill was a plus-1 in Michigan's 4-3 win over Western Michigan Friday night in the CCHA Quarters.
Last week, we talked about Scott Wedgewood's future prospects.

Tags: Albany Devils, Blake Coleman, Blake Pietila, Connecticut Whale, Derek Rodwell, Joe Whitney, Jon Merrill, Keith Kinkaid, Prospect Buzz, Scott Wedgewood
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To hold the Sarnia Sting's single-season scoring record is no small accomplishment.

But Reid Boucher has it all to himself.

We discussed his chances of scoring 60-plus goals in a season last week, but 59 goals in 63 games is still something else.

Tags: Devils, Devs, Jeff Frazee, Keith Kinkaid, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside, Prospect Buzz, Scott Wedgewood
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The Devils could use a goal scorer like Reid Boucher, especially the way he's playing right now.

The Sarnia Sting forward -- and Devils draft prospect -- scored six goals last week, four of which came in Sarnia's 13-3 victory over the Erie Otters last Thursday.

Boucher is up to 57 goals -- 15 better than Plymouth's Vincent Trocheck. The 19-year old's 85 points is good for fifth in the OHL. He's 13 points behind Nick Cousins.

Tags: Albany Devils, Blake Coleman, Damon Severson, Jacob Jos, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside, Prospect Buzz, Reid Boucher
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The Hockey News released their future rankings and the Devils weren't ranked all that strongly, coming in at 20th overall and receiving a B- grade. Here are some of the prospects they listed:

  • Stefan Matteau (64th overall prospect in hockey)
  • Jon Merrill
  • Alexander Urbom
  • Keith Kinkaid
  • Eric Gelinas
  • Reid Boucher
  • Damon Severson
  • Scott Wedgewood
  • Harri Pesonen
  • David Wolhberg
Reid Boucher is putting in serious work in the OHL, something we'll talk about early next week and guys like Merrill and Matteau look like future cornerstones. The Devils have never really been an organization to draft the high-scoring flashy prospect, and seem to build more from the underrated group. What do you think of the rankings? Sound off below!
Tags: Devils, Devs, Jon Merill, New Jersey Devils, Notes, Prospect Buzz, Reid Boucher, Stefan Matteau

We're in that strange period halfway between last year's draft and this year's draft, which often gives prospect sites the time to look back to how certain players are doing in certain leagues. Also, this usually happens midway through the season when teams are figuring out their likely draft position. This year? Not so much. But despite the season being five games, let's take a look at a couple of the Devils' defensive prospects currently skating in the Western Hockey League.

Via Hockey's Future:

Damon Severson (NJD), Kelowna Rockets

While Severson is not frequently mentioned among the top five defensemen in the WHL, he is very definitely developing into a force on a Rockets team that is serving notice of its intention to challenge for a league title. The 6?2?, 200-pounder was not at all out of place at the 2012 Top Prospects Game, despite missing most of the Rockets league play leading up to the game last January with a hand injury suffered just prior to the Christmas break.

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