From the QMJHL to Hockey East, plenty of the New Jersey Devils prospects have been busy getting back to work this fall. Here is a rundown on what some of the biggest names in the Devils prospect pool have been up to so far.
Anthony Brodeur- Gatineau Olympiques, QMJHL
3-2-0 3.17 GAA .868 SV%
Brodeur started in net on Oct. 18 against Drummondville but after letting three goals go by on nine shots, the Devils 2013 draft pick was yanked in favor of Robert Steeves. Steeves made all 28 saves in his relief performance, earning a 4-3 victory. It has been Steeves between the pipes for two games following the rough start by Brodeur.
Ryan Kujawinksi- Kingston Frontenacs, OHL
5 G 3 A 8 Pts +4 12 PIM
Kujawinski scored three goals in as many games to start off the season following the NHL Draft in which the New Jersey Devils selected him 73rd overall. In four of the first five games in October, Kujawinski tallied five points but has been scoreless in his last three.
Damon Severson- Kelowna Rockets, CHL
4 G 6A 10Pts 10PIM
To start his fifth year with the Kelowna Rockets defenseman Damon Severson has stepped up to the plate early, earning 10 points through the first eight games. Severson is coming off of his best season with the Rockets, scoring 10 goals and 42 assists for 52 points and a +43 through 71 games in the 2012-2013 season.
Myles Bell- Kelowna Rockets, CHL
5 G 3 A 8 Pts
Much like his teammate Damon Severson, Myles Bell has been impressive during his time with the Rockets. In eight games to start the 2013-2014 season, the Calgary native and New Jersey’s 6th round pick in 2013 has five goals and three assists. Last season Bell finished with 93 points and a rating of +46.
Steve Santini- Boston College Eagles
Santini began his freshman year at Boston College after being selected by the New Jersey Devils 42nd overall last June. In his first three games with the Eagles, Santini has two points including an assist in Boston College’s 9-2 defeat over Wisconsin on Oct. 18.
Happening in Albany (AHL)
Joe Whitney broke his three-game point-streak on Friday night when he was unable to register a point in the 1-2 shootout loss to Norfolk. The following night Whitney had one assist for his sixth point of the season as the Albany Devils got revenge on Norfolk, defeating them 2-1.
Defenseman Jon Merrill has four assists in his five starts with the Albany Devils following his camp with New Jersey. Another top defensive prospect, Eric Gelinas,connected one of his nine shots on goal for his first goal on the season this weekend. Gelinas has three points in five games.
Stefan Matteau has had a tough go in his first time playing in the American Hockey League. After five games, the first round draft choice of 2012 has yet to find the scoresheet. His lackluster performance just adds to the question of what exactly was going through Lou Lamoriello’s mind when he decided to draft Matteau rather than forfeiting his draft pick.
Scott Wedgewood has been nearly perfect in his two starts for the Devils, giving up just two goals and making 49 saves to earn a 2-0-0 record. Keith Kinkaid, has one win after three games with a .897 SV% and a GAA of 2.29.
Albany will be back in action Wednesday evening when they head to Utica.