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2011-12 Prospect Thread

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In Lou We Trust: Corbin McPherson Q and A with Colgate Radio PBP Announcer John McGraw

Interesting interview and as usual they have the updated season statistics for the Devils prospects. The statistics for Curtis Gedig, Joe Faust, and Patrick Daly are final as Ohio State and Wisconsin have ended their season as well as Derek Rodwell who was injured quite some time ago for North Dakota.

The NCAA conference tournaments run this Thursday through Saturday. In the WCHA, Minnesota has earned a bye to the semifinal and will play the winner of the St. Cloud State/North Dakota quarterfinal on Friday. Michigan Tech will play Denver in a quarterfinal match up on Thursday and if they win that would go on to play Minnesota Duluth in a semifinal game Friday. The championship is Saturday.

In the CCHA, Michigan will play Bowling Green in a semifinal game and Miami will play Western Michigan in the other semifinal game on Friday. The championship game is Saturday.

In the ECAC, Colgate will take on Union on Friday in a semifinal game with the winner advancing to play the winner of Harvard/Cornell in the championship on Saturday.

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Tuesday 3/13

Swiss-A:

HC Lugano lost to Fribourg 5-4 (OT) (Lose Series 4-2)

Mauro Jörg (RW): E

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https://twitter.com/#!/AndyBaggotWSJ/status/179673293006188544

"As expected, Wisconsin loses an underclassman off its blue line. The surprise is that it's sophomore Patrick Daly. Wants to focus on school."

Devils lose their 7th round pick from last year. He was a real long shot to make it though so this is nothing to really get upset about.

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Craig Button's Updated Top 60 for 2012 Draft

As usual his list differs from most of them out there, though I noticed that he has dropped Grigorenko to 7th - lately Grigorenko has been getting some unfavorable reviews.

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Could top prospect Justin Schultz (Right Handed Defenseman) become a free agent this summer?

There's a chance Schultz could exercise a little used loophole in the collective bargaining agreement and become a free agent over the summer.

Schultz is widely considered one of the best players in the world not currently playing in the NHL. Hockey Prospectus, a very well regarded hockey scouting service recently ranked Schultz as the #10 overall NHL prospect in the world.

Since Schultz played a year of junior hockey after being drafted, he can become a free agent over the summer if he chooses. The NHL CBA has a loophole that says if you officially withdraw from school (simply has to tell UW he's leaving) and it's the fourth summer after you've been drafted, you can choose to become a free agent.

Not many players do this, but Jason Gregoire from North Dakota chose this route last year. Other players like Bill Sweatt from Colorado College have done the same.

In this scenario, Schultz could earn $925,000 in salary each season with a $92,500 signing bonus both years.

Unlikely to happen but we can dream. He would a have a ton of teams lining up for him and with the Devils defensemen depth they probably wouldn't be on the top of that list. Here are his stats if you are interested.

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Thursday 3/15

WCHA Final Five Quarterfinal:

Michigan Tech lost to Denver 3-2 (OT)* Season Over

Blake Pietila (LW): Goal, E, 3 Shots, Won 9 of 19 faceoffs

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Friday 3/16

CCHA Semifinals:

Michigan defeated Bowling Green 3-2 (2 OT)* Will play Western Michigan for CCHA Championship

Jon Merrill (D): Goal, +2, 5 Shots, 3 Blocks

David Wohlberg ©: Goal, +2, 3 Shots, 2 Blocks, Won 9 of 23 faceoffs* Tied game with 2:45 left in 3rd

Miami lost to Western Michigan 6-2* Will play Bowling Green in the 3rd Place Game

Blake Coleman ©: -2, 1 Shot, 7 PIM (Interference, Charging Major), Won 2 of 11 faceoffs

WCHA Final Five Semifinal:

Minnesota lost to North Dakota 6-3* Still heading to NCAA Tournament

Seth Helgeson (D): -1, 2 Shots, 3 Blocks

ECAC Semifinal:

Colgate lost to Union 6-2* Will play Cornell in 3rd Place Game

Corbin McPherson (D): E, 5 Shots

OHL:

Sarnia lost to London 3-2

Reid Boucher (LW): +1

WHL:

Swift Current lost to Saskatoon 5-3

Reece Scarlett (D): Goal (PP), E

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TG: Devils Sign G Scott Wedgewood to ELC

The Devils have signed goaltender Scott Wedgewood to a three-year entry level contract worth a total of $1.92 million (NHL salary).

The first two seasons of Wedgewood’s contracts carry an NHL salarry of $615,000. The final season has an NHL salary of $690,000.

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Saturday 3/17

CCHA Championship:

Michigan lost to Western Michigan 3-2* Will Play in NCAA Tournament

Jon Merrill (D): E, 5 PIM (Kneeing Major), 2 Blocks

David Wohlberg ©: E, 1 Shot, 1 Block, Won 4 of 11 faceoffs

CCHA 3rd Place Game:

Miami defeated Bowling Green 4-1* Will Play in NCAA Tournament

Blake Coleman ©: Assist, E, 3 Shots, 1 Block, Won 8 of 13 faceoffs

ECAC 3rd Place Game:

Colgate lost to Cornell 3-0* Season Over - McPherson's College Career Over

Corbin McPherson (D): -1, 1 Shot, 2 PIM (Cross-Checking)

Season: 39 GP 4 G 6 A 10 Pts +8 28 PIM 6.78 SH% 1.51 SH/GP

OHL:

Plymouth lost to Sarnia 6-2* Regular Season Over, Both Teams Advance to Playoffs

Scott Wedgewood (G): 28 Saves on 33 Shots* Allowed 3 goals in 3rd

Season: 43 GP 2482 MIN 28-10-2-1 3.02 GAA .911 SV% 3 SO 1278 SV 125 GA

*Plymouth will play Guelph in Round 1 as the #2 Seed

Reid Boucher (LW): Goal (EN), Assist, +1

Season: 67 GP 28 G 22 A 50 Pts -19 19 PIM

*Sarnia will play Saginaw in Round 1 as the #4 Seed

WHL:

Swift Current defeated Saskatoon 7-3* Season Over

Reece Scarlett (D): +3

Season: 71 GP 9 G 40 A 49 Pts -14 74 PIM - Double his point production from last year

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Other final stats for prospects and players the Devils own rights to whose seasons have ended.

Curtis Gedig (D - Sophomore - Ohio State): 34 GP 2 G 12 A 14 Pts -1 10 PIM 3.57 SH% 1.65 SH/GP

Joe Faust (D - Sophomore - Wisconsin): 37 GP 2 G 3 A 5 Pts E 16 PIM 6.90 SH% 0.78 SH/GP

Blake Pietila (LW - Freshman - Michigan Tech): 39 GP 10 G 14 A 24 Pts -3 46 PIM 8.70 SH% 2.95 SH/GP

Mauro Jörg (RW - Age 21 - HC Lugano): 48 GP 4 G 3 A 7 Pts -7 8 PIM 7.14 SH% 1.17 SH/GP

Maxim Noreau (D - Age 24 - Ambri-Piotta): 44 GP 7 G 23 A 30 Pts -1 22 PIM 6.54 SH% 2.43 SH/GP

Petr Vrana (C - Age 26 - Amur Khabarovsk): 46 GP 19 G 24 A 43 Pts +18 12 PIM 15.7 SH% 2.63 SH/GP 53.3 FO% 17:45 TOI/GP

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HF: ISS Top 30 Risers and Fallers, March 2012

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NCAA Tournament Announced, here is the bracket.

Minnesota (Helgeson) will play Boston University on March 24 at 5:00. Miami (Coleman) will play UMass-Lowell on March 23 at 6:30. Michigan (Merrill, Wohlberg) will play Cornell on March 23 at 9:00.

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Horrible start postseason play for the Devils prospects. Coleman, Merrill, and Wohlberg saw their seasons, and in the case of Wohlberg and maybe Merrill, college careers end in the 1st round. Both the OHL guys lost their first games of the playoffs. Only Helgeson for Minnesota is left in the NCAA to follow.

Friday 3/23

NCAA Tournament 1st Round:

Michigan lost to Cornell 3-2 (OT)* Season Over

Jon Merrill (D): -1, 1 Shot, 4 PIM (Tripping, Holding Stick, PS for Cornell), 3 Blocks* On for season ending goal in OT

Merrill's Stats: 19 GP 2 G 9 A 11 Pts +11 15 PIM 6.45 SH% 1.63 SH/GP 1 PPG 3 PPA 4 PP Pts

David Wohlberg ©: E, Won 5 of 10 faceoffs

Wohlberg's Stats: 41 GP 16 G 17 A 33 Pts +16 30 PIM 16.84 SH% 2.32 SH/GP 2 PPG 3 PPA 5 PP Pts

Wohlberg's Career: 162 GP 56 G 55 A 111 Pts 201 PIM

Miami lost to UMass Lowell 4-3 (OT)* Season Over

Blake Coleman ©: -2, 3 Shots, Won 11 of 14 faceoffs* On for season ending goal in OT

Coleman's Stats: 39 GP 12 G 11 A 23 Pts +13 56 PIM 11.32 SH% 2.72 SH/GP 2 PPG 2 PPA 4 PP Pts

OHL Quarterfinals:

Plymouth lost to Guelph 4-2 (Trail Series 1-0)

Scott Wedgewood (G): 26 Saves on 29 Shots

Sarnia lost to Saginaw 5-1 (Trail Series 1-0)

Reid Boucher (LW): E

News: Mauro Jörg has agreed to a contract with Swiss-A club Rapperswil-Jona Lakers.

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Saturday 3/24

NCAA Tournament 1st Round:

Minnesota defeated Boston University 7-3

Seth Helgeson (D): Goal, +2, 3 Shots,1 Block

OHL Quarterfinals:

Sarnia defeated Saginaw 4-3 (OT) (Series Tied 1-1)

Reid Boucher (LW): -1

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Sunday 3/25

NCAA Tournament 2nd Round:

Minnesota defeats North Dakota 5-2* Advances to Frozen Four

Seth Helgeson (D): E, 1 Shot, 1 Block

OHL Quarterfinals:

Plymouth lost to Guelph 5-3 (Trail Series 2-0)

Scott Wedgewood (G): 25 Saves on 29 Shots in 58:23* Pulled with 1:37 left in 1st after Guelph scored 2 goals in 25 seconds to go up 3-0. Returned at start of 2nd. Guelph outshot Plymouth 36 to 17, including 22 to 6 in 1st.

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Monday 3/26

OHL Quarterfinals:

Sarnia defeated Saginaw 6-5 (OT) (Lead Series 2-1)

Reid Boucher (LW): Goal (GTG at 9:09 of 3rd), Assist (GWG at 15:51 of OT), +1

Clutch performance by Boucher! Here are highlights from the game, you can see Boucher's goal about 8:40 in and his assist about 9:30 in.

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Tuesday 3/27

OHL Quarterfinals:

Plymouth defeated Guelph 7-1 (Trail Series 2-1)

Scott Wedgewood (G): 33 Saves on 34 Shots* Allowed PPG

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for guys that follow these prospects, would you compare Boucher with Gionta?

Its hard for me to say since I haven't seen Boucher play any full games nor did I follow Gionta during his development but perhaps we can get a discussion going on this. First, I think its hard to compare OHL to NCAA hockey stats, especially with a 14 year difference between Gionta's first year in college to Boucher's first year in the OHL.

Gionta is listed at 5'7 174 lbs while Boucher is small but has already surpassed that at 5'9 190 lbs. In Boucher's first OHL season he posted a 28-22-50 line in 67 games, with the bulk of those points coming on the power play. +/- isn't a great stat but in Boucher's case his -19 while playing for a good team and scoring mainly on the man advantage suggest he doesn't fair well in even strength play. The scouting report on him was he has a great shot with solid offensive instincts but his defensive game is very raw.

In Gionta's first year in college he posted a 30-32-62 line in 40 games. For the bulk of his college career he was in the 54 to 62 point range over about 41 games a year. Obvsiouly he knew how to score in the college game but I have no idea how his defensive game during his college years was in terms of development compared to Boucher right now. I'd be interested in hearing what others have to say.

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Wednesday 3/28

OHL Quarterfinals:

Sarnia lost to Saginaw 4-3 (OT) (Series Tied 2-2)

Reid Boucher (LW): E, 2 PIM (Hooking)

3rd straight overtime game this teams have played.

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Thursday 3/29

OHL Quarterfinals:

Plymouth defeated Guelph 5-2 (Series Tied 2-2)

Scott Wedgewood (G): 31 Saves on 33 Shots - 3rd Star

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Friday 3/30

OHL Quarterfinals:

Sarnia lost to Saginaw 5-2 (Trail Series 3-2)

Reid Boucher (LW): E, 2 PIM (Roughing)

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Saturday 3/31

OHL Quarterfinals:

Plymouth defeated Guelph 9-3 (Lead Series 3-2)

Scott Wedgewood (G): 31 Saves on 34 Shots, Assist (SH)

Sarnia lost to Saginaw 3-1 (Lose Series 4-2)

Reid Boucher (LW): Goal, E

Season: 67 GP 28 G 22 A 50 Pts -19 19 PIM

Playoffs: 6 GP 2 G 1 A 3 Pts E 4 PIM

Just Helgeson and Wedgewood remaining to follow.

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Man Reid Boucher really seemed to cool off toward the end of the season. I wonder if it has much to do with Nail Yakupov.

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A blogger I just found on twitter tonight that follows Sarnia very closely had this to say on Boucher.

http://ohloutsider.blogspot.ca/2012/03/who-will-be-back-for-sting.html

Boucher has a lot of growing to do, needs to get stronger, needs to work on his defensive game and his offensive consistency. I believe that one more season in the OHL will benefit him in his long term development.

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Man Reid Boucher really seemed to cool off toward the end of the season. I wonder if it has much to do with Nail Yakupov.

It seemed like he was streaky all year going by his game by game stats. I know in the preseason he was playing with Yakupov but I'm pretty sure he ended up off the line with him for the majority of the year. His January was atrocious from the looks of things.

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Sunday 4/1

OHL Quarterfinals:

Plymouth defeated Guelph 2-1 (OT) (Win Series 4-2)

Scott Wedgewood (G): 35 Saves on 36 Shots - 2nd Star

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Thursday 4/5

NCAA Tournament Semifinals:

Minnesota lost to Boston College 6-1

Seth Helgeson (D): E

Season: 43 GP 5 G 9 A 14 Pts +12 70 PIM 11.36 SH% 1.02 S/G

Also, I highly recommend reading this detailed interview Hockeys Future does with Seth Helgeson. He really gives some insightful answers to the questions, its worth reading.

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Seth Helgeson (D): E

Season: 43 GP 5 G 9 A 14 Pts +12 70 PIM 11.36 SH% 1.02 S/G

Also, I highly recommend reading this detailed interview Hockeys Future does with Seth Helgeson. He really gives some insightful answers to the questions, its worth reading.

thanks for the recommendation...our future at the d position looks great wonder how many will pan out

Alexander Urbom

Eric Gelinas

Jon Merrill

Reece Scarlett

Seth Helgeson

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Friday 4/6

OHL Semifinals:

Plymouth lost to Kitchener 2-0 (Trail Series 1-0)

Scott Wedgewood (G): 28 Saves on 30 Shots

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