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2012-13 Prospect Thread

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Anything new on Matteau, Boucher and Pietila??

The evaluation camp ended but it sounds like Matteau and Pietila made decent impressions. Hopefully all 3 start off the year strong and get invited back for the pre-WJC camp.

Here is what Chris Peters at The United States of Hockey had to say about the Devils prospects:

THE WAY-TOO-SOON PROJECTED ROSTER (THAT IS SURE TO BE WRONG)

Gaudreau – Galchenyuk – Miller

Lucia – Kuraly – Noesen

Kerdiles – Trocheck – Biggs

Pietila – Fogarty – Hartman

Matteau

On the bubble: Bardreau, Boyd

13th Forward — This is the position you have the most freedom with if you’re Team USA. You can find out where you’re deficient in your top four line and see if there’s a guy you can get that won’t play as much, but gives you that added versatility. Sometimes this goes to a guy with that extra bit of toughness the team lacks. Sometimes it’s to a power-play or PK specialist. It really can go any way they want. I put Stefan Matteau in there because I think he did enough in camp to show he belongs on the team, but maybe not enough to earn a regular role.

Blake Pietila — It would be unfair to point out all of the guys who put up a bunch of points in camp and not talk about the much needed defensive play. As far as forwards go, I thought Pietila was a standout in the defensive department. The Junior team probably needs a guy like him in Ufa. He has enough speed to match up with top offensive units, and the grit to make life tough on them. He’s a pretty strong individual and relentless in puck pursuit. Kind of makes sense why the Devils drafted him then.

Reid Boucher could be in the mix at that position despite a bit of a lackluster camp. His natural goal-scoring ability wasn’t really showcased in Lake Placid, but he has a track record of coming up huge in big games. He should remain in the mix for a spot.

Not much was known or expected from Pietila as a 5th round pick in 2011 but after a very solid freshman season at Michigan Tech: 39 GP 10-14-24 -3 46 PIM (t-4th on team in pts) and reading about Peters and others praising his defensive and skating abilities, it looks like he has a real shot to be a pro player down the road.

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Coquitlam Expressions: Alex Kerfoot Interview

Saturday 8/18

QMJHL (Preseason):

Blainville-Boisbriand lost to Gatineau 6-4

Stefan Matteau LW: 2 Assists, E, 7 PIM (Goalie Interference, Fighting), 1/3 FO, 1 Hit

*Played in 1 of 3 exhibition games so far.

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Coquitlam Expressions: Alex Kerfoot Interview

Saturday 8/18

QMJHL (Preseason):

Blainville-Boisbriand lost to Gatineau 6-4

Stefan Matteau LW: 2 Assists, E, 7 PIM (Goalie Interference, Fighting), 1/3 FO, 1 Hit

*Played in 1 of 3 exhibition games so far.

I'll take lines like that from Matteau all season, please.

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Im pumped that im gonna be ale to follow matteau a little this year, its not often that the devils have a good prospect in the Q, patrice cormier was the last one that i really followed

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News:

Hearing that Devils 2nd round pick Damon Severson will be signed by New Jersey either today or in the very near future

— RJ Broadhead (@SNRJBroadhead)

September 5, 2012
Hearing that Devils 2nd round pick Damon Severson will be signed by New Jersey either today or in the very near future

Sorry for the lack of game by game updates but for the preseason action its easier for me to just lump multiple games together. I will do daily updates when the regular season starts. This calendar isn't complete (missing Minnesota and needs some editing) but it is the Devils prospect calendar for this upcoming season. I suggest reading it in the "Month" view. I also plan on uploading a spreadsheet to google that I will update daily with all of the stats.

Here are the preseason stats that I could find:

QMJHL

Blainville-Boisbriand: Stefan Matteau LW: 3 GP 0-3-3 E 11 PIM

OHL

Sarnia: Reid Boucher LW: 2 GP 4-1-5

WHL

Swift Current: Graham Black C: 1 GP 0-0-0 -2 0 PIM

Kelowna: Damon Severson D: 1 GP 0-0-0 E 2 PIM

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THank you Fiesty, look forward to visiting this often.

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Hockeys Future New Top 20

In Lou We Trust: Where the New Jersey Devils Players and Prospects Will Play & How to Follow Them

Final Preseason Stats

QMJHL

Blainville-Boisbriand: Stefan Matteau LW - 5 GP 0-3-3 E 21 PIM

WHL

Swift Current: Reece Scarlett D - 3 GP 0-4-4 +2 2 PIM

Swift Current: Graham Black C - 4 GP 3-1-4 -2 4 PIM

Kelowna: Damon Severson D - 5 GP 0-2-2 +2 12 PIM

The OHL doesn't provide preseason stats that are easily accesible. The junior season kicks into full swing later this week.

Regular Season Stats

BCHL

Coquitlam: Alex Kerfoot C - 1 GP 0-2-2 E 0 PIM (Missed the first 2 games)

Edited by thefiestygoat

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Devils Prospects

Note: It appears that Artur Gavrus won't be returning for a second season in the OHL with Owen Sound but instead return to Belarus to play for Neman Grodno. He originally played for their second tier team before his rookie season last year in the OHL. He did suffer 2 concussions last season so perhaps he wants to get back to a more comfortable style of play in Europe.

Hockey Prospectus released their Top 100 Prospect list here. Jon Merrill was the only Devil to make the list at 37. He was the 13th ranked defenseman on the list. Eric Gelinas recieved a mention as just missing out on the list.

Hockey Prospectus should have the the Devils Top 10 prospect list out any day now. Here you can see their organization rankings where the Devils rank 27th.

Thursday 9/20

OHL

Windsor lost to Owen Sound 6-1

Ben Johnson LW: -1, 2 PIM (High Sticking)

2013 Draft

Future Consideration's: September Top 30 for the 2013 Draft

Future Consideration's: Tons of Intrigue Atop Draft Rankings

TSN: McKenzie's Top 10 and Honorable Mentions (Preseason)

Edited by thefiestygoat

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Friday 9/21

QMJHL

Blainville-Boisbriand defeated Rouyn-Noranda 5-3

Stefan Matteau LW: Goal, Assist, +1, 2 PIM (Roughing), 5 Shots, 4/9 Faceoffs* 3rd Star

OHL

Sarnia lost to Belleville 3-1

Reid Boucher LW: E, 2 PIM (Roughing)* Coincidental roughing, lets see if he plays more physical this year

Kitchener defeated Mississauga 3-0

Ben Thomson LW: DNP (Apparently served 1 game suspension from last year)

WHL

Swift Current lost to Moose Jaw 4-3 (OT)

Reece Scarlett D: E, 2 PIM (Cross Checking)* Left game after a late hit, taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons

Graham Black C: Assist, +1

Kelowna lost to Kamloops 6-5 (OT)

Damon Severson D: Assist, E, 2 PIM (Cross Checking)

BCHL

Coquitlam defeated Alberni Valley 6-2

Alex Kerfoot C: 2 Assists (1 PP), E

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Friday 9/21

QMJHL

Blainville-Boisbriand defeated Rouyn-Noranda 5-3

Stefan Matteau LW: Goal, Assist, +1, 2 PIM (Roughing), 5 Shots, 4/9 Faceoffs* 3rd Star

OHL

Sarnia lost to Belleville 3-1

Reid Boucher LW: E, 2 PIM (Roughing)* Coincidental roughing, lets see if he plays more physical this year

Kitchener defeated Mississauga 3-0

Ben Thomson LW: DNP (Apparently served 1 game suspension from last year)

WHL

Swift Current lost to Moose Jaw 4-3 (OT)

Reece Scarlett D: E, 2 PIM (Cross Checking)* Left game after a late hit, taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons

Graham Black C: Assist, +1

Kelowna lost to Kamloops 6-5 (OT)

Damon Severson D: Assist, E, 2 PIM (Cross Checking)

BCHL

Coquitlam defeated Alberni Valley 6-2

Alex Kerfoot C: 2 Assists (1 PP), E

Good to see positive stats for Matteau every time you post an update..thanks again for these!

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How low a league is the BCHL?

It's the league below major junior. Travis Zajac played there and crushed it with 187 points in 132 games. It's a high offense league, Kerfoot had 69 points in 52 games last season.

Thanks for the update fiesty, was checking out some of the scores last night, wondered why Thomson didn't play. FYI, Scarlett tweeted later that he is 'fine' and there's nothing major wrong.

Edited by Triumph

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It's the league below major junior. Travis Zajac played there and crushed it with 187 points in 132 games. It's a high offense league, Kerfoot had 69 points in 52 games last season.

Thanks for the update fiesty, was checking out some of the scores last night, wondered why Thomson didn't play. FYI, Scarlett tweeted later that he is 'fine' and there's nothing major wrong.

Does the BCHL produce a lot of NHLers? Or do guys in the BCHL generally use that as a springboard towards the Dub or NCAA (ie Zajac)

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Saturday 9/22

QMJHL

Blainville-Boisbriand defeated Val-d'Or 3-2

Stefan Matteau LW: Goal, Assist, +2, 3 Shots, 2/3 Faceoffs, 1 Hit

OHL

Windsor defeated Sault Ste. Marie 3-2

Ben Johnson LW: E

WHL

Swift Current defeated Moose Jaw 7-1

Reece Scarlett D: DNP (Injured)

Graham Black C: 2 Assists (1 PP), +1

Kelowna lost to Kamloops 3-2

Damon Severson D: +1, 17 PIM (Instigator, Fighting, Misconduct)

Artur Gavrus hasn't played yet for Neman Grodno in the Belarus league.

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Saturday 9/22

QMJHL

Blainville-Boisbriand defeated Val-d'Or 3-2

Stefan Matteau LW: Goal, Assist, +2, 3 Shots, 2/3 Faceoffs, 1 Hit

OHL

Windsor defeated Sault Ste. Marie 3-2

Ben Johnson LW: E

WHL

Swift Current defeated Moose Jaw 7-1

Reece Scarlett D: DNP (Injured)

Graham Black C: 2 Assists (1 PP), +1

Kelowna lost to Kamloops 3-2

Damon Severson D: +1, 17 PIM (Instigator, Fighting, Misconduct)

Artur Gavrus hasn't played yet for Neman Grodno in the Belarus league.

Matteau with 4 pts in 2 games!

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Matteau with 4 pts in 2 games!

He is a bust, didn't you hear? 3 points in 5 preseason games proves this.

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He is a bust, didn't you hear? 3 points in 5 preseason games proves this.

Sadly, 4 points in 2 games isn't far off from what he should be doing there. I'd want him to be a 1.2-1.5 PPG player, assuming his team is of average strength.

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Sadly, 4 points in 2 games isn't far off from what he should be doing there. I'd want him to be a 1.2-1.5 PPG player, assuming his team is of average strength.

From what I've heard, his team is supposed to be a top team in the Q

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Sunday 9/23

OHL

Kitchener defeated Sarnia 3-2 (SO)

Ben Thomson LW: Assist (PP), -2

Reid Boucher LW: Goal, Assist, +2, 2 PIM (High Sticking), Missed in SO* 1st Star

BCHL

Coquitlam lost to Victoria 2-1

Alex Kerfoot C: E

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Sunday 9/23

OHL

Kitchener defeated Sarnia 3-2 (SO)

Ben Thomson LW: Assist (PP), -2

Reid Boucher LW: Goal, Assist, +2, 2 PIM (High Sticking), Missed in SO* 1st Star

BCHL

Coquitlam lost to Victoria 2-1

Alex Kerfoot C: E

Good to see Boucher get on the board

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