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Posted 03 May 2014 - 06:50 AM

Friday 5/2
OHL Championship
E2 North Bay defeated W1 Guelph 4-3 (OT) (Series Tied 1-1)
Ben Thomson LW: 2 Assists (1 PP, on GTG & GWG), +1
Playoffs: 19 GP 5-9-14, +8, 55 PIM

First two games are close. I'm hoping NB goes on because many of the tournament frames are televised on nhl network. 


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 05:03 PM

Anyone notice on Devs site Ben Thompson OHL "player of the week"


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 05:57 PM

Anyone notice on Devs site Ben Thompson OHL "player of the week"


I wonder if Thomson could turn into a Brad Marchand type player?


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 08:56 PM

I wonder if Thomson could turn into a Brad Marchand type player?


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Thompson is a big boy, Marchand is on smallish side.  I'm thinking he was used as a 4th line goon in Kitchener, but wisely in Brampton.  I'm hoping he's a pearl in the oyster. He's probably projected to be at best 3rd line player, but I guess we'll see. 


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 09:32 PM

Tuesday 5/6
OHL Championship
E2 North Bay lost to W1 Guelph 4-3 (Trail Series 2-1)
Ben Thomson LW: -1, 2 PIM (Roughing)
Playoffs: 20 GP 5-9-14, +7, 57 PIM

-- North Bay blew a 3-2 lead with 30 seconds left to lose the game.
-- Guelph outshot North Bay 44-26, including 27-11 thru the first 2 periods.


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 10:23 PM

Thompson is a big boy, Marchand is on smallish side. I'm thinking he was used as a 4th line goon in Kitchener, but wisely in Brampton. I'm hoping he's a pearl in the oyster. He's probably projected to be at best 3rd line player, but I guess we'll see.


Yeah, don't know why I had it in my head that Marchand was a big guy, maybe it's just that he's a nasty SOB.

I kind of get the sense that the Devils are drafting big guys with nasty streaks in the hopes that one of them turns into Milan Lucic. Thomson, Matteau and Kujawinski.


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 10:45 PM

The Devils have always had Thomson type guys in their system.  But he's probably nothing much at all - he's an overage player.  He should be beating up on the league somewhat.


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Posted 07 May 2014 - 09:29 PM

Wednesday 5/7
OHL Championship
E2 North Bay lost to W1 Guelph 10-1 (Trail Series 3-1)
Ben Thomson LW: -1, 7 PIM (Instigator, Fighting, Misconduct, Game Misconduct)
Playoffs: 21 GP 5-9-14, +6, 64 PIM

-- Apparently Thomson ripped off Ryan Horvat's helmet in the fight which resulted in an ejection and possible 1 game suspension.

 

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 09:40 PM

Friday 5/9
OHL Championship
E2 North Bay lost to W1 Guelph 4-3 (Lose Series 4-1)
Ben Thomson LW: -1
Regular Season: 55 GP 27-18-45, +15, 90 PIM
Playoffs: 22 GP 5-9-14, +5, 64 PIM

Career Regular Season: 303 GP 65-85-150, +28, 483 PIM
Career Playoffs: 66 GP 11-18-29, -2, 124 PIM

-- North Bay once again blew a one goal lead late in the 3rd to lose in regulation. This time in the last 4:30 minutes.

 

2014 WHC
Belarus lost to USA 6-1
Raman Hrabarenka D: -1, 20:46 TOI

 

Somewhat OT: New Jersey native Mike Haviland is moving on to coach Colorado College. (Source)


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Posted 10 May 2014 - 09:12 AM

Guelph: Tyler Bertuzzi – It’s hard to choose just one player on a team that can hurt you from top to bottom. But we will go with #17 because he has 17 points in 17 playoff games so far (and I like the number 17, can you tell?!). Bertuzzi is one of those players you love to have but hate to play against. He can play on the top two lines, he can play on the bottom. Slot him in on the PP for a key goal? Leave him out on the PK. Need a key shot block? Bert’s your man. Need a timely goal? Bertuzzi may just provide you with that spark. He’s been the total package, on the score sheet and off, so look out.

North Bay: Ben Thomson – The gritty over-ager was acquired mid-season from Kitchener to be an impact playoff performer. He hasn’t let the Battalion down. Thomson is another player that’s annoying to play against. He’s not afraid to go to the dirty parts of the rink and grab a much-needed goal. Thomson had a goal and two assists in Games 1 and 2 – the two contests North Bay dictated the tempo – but failed to register a point at home. If North Bay is to succeed, they’ll have to get him going.

This was posted on Guelph site before game 5.  These were the only two players mentioned before the game. I'm not saying this elevates BT value, but I don't think we have a Ryzner, Tallackson type. 

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 03:27 AM

Awhile ago I passed along a link about the Devils showing interest in a young Croatian forward playing in Finland, Borna Rendulic. According to this report he just signed a 2 year, 2 way deal with the Avs. Here's some interesting tidbits from the link:

 

During the previous years, NJ Devils have been preparing a couple of offers, while Rendulić personally spoke with the one of the most famous GMs in NHL history, Lou Lamoriello. Somewhat less determined were the Washington Capitals and Dallas Stars, while recently, Edmonton Oilers also expressed interest. The only firm offer, beside the one from Colorado, was the contract offer from Nashville Predators (also in the possession of the editorial office). However, Rendulić opted for Colorado, despite the Predators' offer being equally generous.

 

The things I find at 4 in the morning when I can't sleep... :P

 

Also, on the stats section of my blog I finally completed the NCAA portion. It includes the basic stats, separation of points by primary/secondary, and by situation (EV/PP/SH). I should have the CHL portion done soon. A few things that stand out to me for the NCAA guys:

-- Blake Coleman led Devils prospects in Pts/GP (1.04) and SH/GP (4.07) by a lot. He did have a really high 17.27 SH% though. 26 of his 28 points were primary and 20 of his 28 points were at even strength.

-- Scorer bias could be (and probably is) at play for blocked shots but for the Devils D prospects Santini led the way with 68 in 35 games, Gedig had 54 in 33 games, and Faust had 40 in 37 games.

-- Blake Pietila had a nice year transitioning to C with a 59.8% FO% (out of 587 FO). He put up 28 points in 39 games for a bad Michigan Tech team but had some interesting splits: 21 of his 28 points were primary, just 1 EVG with 15 EVA, and 7 PPG with 5 PPA. He did put up a decent 2.92 SH/GP.


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 07:23 AM

Awhile ago I passed along a link about the Devils showing interest in a young Croatian forward playing in Finland, Borna Rendulic. According to this report he just signed a 2 year, 2 way deal with the Avs. Here's some interesting tidbits from the link:

 

The things I find at 4 in the morning when I can't sleep... :P

 

Also, on the stats section of my blog I finally completed the NCAA portion. It includes the basic stats, separation of points by primary/secondary, and by situation (EV/PP/SH). I should have the CHL portion done soon. A few things that stand out to me for the NCAA guys:

-- Blake Coleman led Devils prospects in Pts/GP (1.04) and SH/GP (4.07) by a lot. He did have a really high 17.27 SH% though. 26 of his 28 points were primary and 20 of his 28 points were at even strength.

-- Scorer bias could be (and probably is) at play for blocked shots but for the Devils D prospects Santini led the way with 68 in 35 games, Gedig had 54 in 33 games, and Faust had 40 in 37 games.

-- Blake Pietila had a nice year transitioning to C with a 59.8% FO% (out of 587 FO). He put up 28 points in 39 games for a bad Michigan Tech team but had some interesting splits: 21 of his 28 points were primary, just 1 EVG with 15 EVA, and 7 PPG with 5 PPA. He did put up a decent 2.92 SH/GP.

Nice work Fiesty! Looks like least productive is Rodwell.  Not sure what role he plays (4th liner I'm guessing) Wonder if Faust will get a tryout? He wasn't brought in at the years end, like Gedig


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 12:09 PM

Ben Johnson posted on his instagram that he's signed with NJ.


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 12:19 PM

Ben Johnson posted on his instagram that he's signed with NJ.


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 01:16 PM

Apparently Thomson is nearing a deal too.  I guess you can say that the 2012 draft has been something of a success, with only two players not getting deals as of now.  Although I don't know the typical percentage of draft picks that at least get ELCs, as opposed to making it to the NHL.


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Posted 28 May 2014 - 07:47 PM

Finished compiling the CHL stats for Devils prospects here. Just like with the NCAA guys and Gavrus in Europe, it's broken down by basic stats, situation (EV/PP/SH), and primary/secondary.

 

-- Out of Johnson's 53 points, 43 came at even strength. I noticed most of his PP points came towards the end of the year so maybe he wasn't getting that time earlier on. 41 of his points were primary too. Finished with a 0.90 pts/gp ratio. Makes me feel like I was a bit harsh on him at some points this year.

-- Kujawinski had a nice pts/gp of 0.91 as an 18 year old when he was healthy enough to stay in the line up. 35 of his 41 points were primary though he did get to play on the PP: 8-5-13.

-- Black tore up the WHL (as he should as the 3rd oldest player in the league) with a 1.41 pts/gp ratio. His breakdown, EV: 23-45-68, PP: 9-17-26, SH: 2-1-3 with 73 of his 97 points primary.

-- Essentially 2/3 of Severson's points were at even strength. Pretty much the same thing with Bell.

 

I just need to finish the CHL playoffs and international tournaments. In other prospect news, it seems like Miles Wood is going to spend another year in HS for some reason. This news isn't "official" and could still change (hope so) but according the BC Hockey Blog which does follow NE prep hockey, they claim he is returning to Nobles for his age 19 season. Not to be a revisionist but man I wish they drafted Hudson Fasching, who I posted a lot about prior to the draft, in that spot. Oh well.


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Posted 28 May 2014 - 08:24 PM

Finished compiling the CHL stats for Devils prospects here. Just like with the NCAA guys and Gavrus in Europe, it's broken down by basic stats, situation (EV/PP/SH), and primary/secondary.

 

-- Out of Johnson's 53 points, 43 came at even strength. I noticed most of his PP points came towards the end of the year so maybe he wasn't getting that time earlier on. 41 of his points were primary too. Finished with a 0.90 pts/gp ratio. Makes me feel like I was a bit harsh on him at some points this year.

-- Kujawinski had a nice pts/gp of 0.91 as an 18 year old when he was healthy enough to stay in the line up. 35 of his 41 points were primary though he did get to play on the PP: 8-5-13.

-- Black tore up the WHL (as he should as the 3rd oldest player in the league) with a 1.41 pts/gp ratio. His breakdown, EV: 23-45-68, PP: 9-17-26, SH: 2-1-3 with 73 of his 97 points primary.

-- Essentially 2/3 of Severson's points were at even strength. Pretty much the same thing with Bell.

 

I just need to finish the CHL playoffs and international tournaments. In other prospect news, it seems like Miles Wood is going to spend another year in HS for some reason. This news isn't "official" and could still change (hope so) but according the BC Hockey Blog which does follow NE prep hockey, they claim he is returning to Nobles for his age 19 season. Not to be a revisionist but man I wish they drafted Hudson Fasching, who I posted a lot about prior to the draft, in that spot. Oh well.

 

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 02:44 PM

Some of the invites to prospect camp this summer are starting to pop up on twitter...

 

https://twitter.com/...600251571597312

 

"The #Canucks had interest in #CoquitlamExpress captain Ryan Rosenthal but he's going to attend the New Jersey Devils training camp"

 

http://www.bchl.ca/l...2393&page=80005

 

 

A native of Montvale, N.J., the chance to show his hockey skills for the team he followed growing up was a dream come true.

"I've always been a Devils fan," said Rosenthal. "Patrik Elias was always my favourite player, I liked watching Scott Stevens... and Zach Parise before he left.

This was Rosenthal's first and only BCHL season. He spent last year at the University of Vermont but after getting sparse playing time, he opted to come to the BCHL in hopes of earning another NCAA opportunity. He did that and also drew increasing interest from NHL clubs as the BCHL season went along.

"For most of the playoffs, Wolffie (Express head coach Barry Wolff) and (team president) Darcy Rota were talking to me about NHL teams having interest," said Rosenthal, adding the Vancouver Canucks were another club looking closely at him. "(Devils president and general manager) Lou Lamoriello was talking to my family advisor and Glen Dirks, the regional scout, called me and told me to stay in shape and be ready to go."

 

C/RW Ryan Rosenthal 6'2, 200 lbs, Age: 21 (4/30/93), Coquitlam (BCHL), 2013-14 Season: 50 GP 34-31-65, Playoffs: 19 GP 14-8-22 Here is his EliteProspects page.

 

https://twitter.com/...734792229097473

 

"Matt Lorito, @BrownMensHockey capt., going to @NHLDevils rookie camp this summer. Has been back on ice for couple of weeks after broken leg"

 

F Matt Lorito 5'9, 170 lbs, Age 23 (7/3/90), Brown (NCAA), 2013-14 Season: 29 GP 10-19-29, +1, 8 PIM, 3.10 SH/GP, 3 NCAA Seasons: 90 GP 36-47-83, +5, 32 PIM, 2.94 SH/GP Here is his EliteProspects page and his Brown bio.


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Posted 01 June 2014 - 02:53 PM

Finally- a guy who grew up a Devs fan choosing us over another organization. Nice to hear.
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Posted 01 June 2014 - 03:08 PM

Nice info.  I suppose we won't hear about whether or not Bell got a tender for a few days.  Neither of these guys look that promising but that's the idea with prospect camp.


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