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2014-15 Albany Devils and ECHL Thread

11 October 2014 - 10:53 PM

The Albany Devils opened their season with a 5-1 victory over the Adirondack Flames. New Devil, Paul Thompson, led the way with 4 goals, a +3 rating, and 7 shots. Joe Whitney picked up 3 assists on Thompson's goals. Stefan Matteau added a goal and an assist with a +2 rating, 2 shots, and 2 penalty minutes. Seth Helgeson, Brandon Burlon, Dan Kelly, and Scott Timmins each had an assist. Keith Kinkaid made 34 saves on 35 shots to earn 2nd star honors while Thompson was the first star. Adirondack outshot Albany 35-30. Albany was 1/3 on the PP and 3/4 on the PK. Here is the gamesheet. Below are the highlights with some weird musical selections.


Scratches: Chris McKelvie (Lower Body Injury), Kelly Zajac (Lower Body Injury), Myles Bell (No Contract Yet), Ben Johnson, Ben Thomson, David Wohlberg, Reece Scarlett, Joe Faust, Maxime Clermont



-- Alexander Carrier, Tom Hartnett, and Renat Mamashev were released from their tryouts. (Times Union)

-- Myles Bell will be signed by the organization eventually. (TG)

-- The Devils will send players out to various ECHL teams this season. (TG)

2015 Draft Thread

24 September 2014 - 10:43 PM

With all the rankings and lists coming out, as well as various junior seasons already underway, I figured I'd start this thread.


NHL CSS Preliminary 2015 Players to Watch

Hockey Prospect's September Top 30

Future Considerations September Top 30

Craig's List (Craig Button) for September Top 40

Corey Pronman's Top 30 (ESPN Insider)

Draft Buzz Top 30 for September

OHL Prospects Preseason Top 30 (OHL) Prospects


Top 3 of McDavid, Eichel, Hanifin seems to be the consensus early on.


On Thursday (9/25) the NHL Network will broadcast the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at 7 PM. Here are a few names to watch out for from Future Considerations.


EDIT: Forgot to add that as of right now the Devils have picks in the following rounds: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th

TSN: An NHL Team in Toronto Could Be Yours For - $1.2 Billion?

08 September 2014 - 06:59 PM

I thought this article on TSN today was pretty interesting about how much a 2nd Toronto area team could be worth in terms of an expansion fee. The article is long but also includes speculation on potential expenses and revenue. Here's a snippet:



The National Hockey League would likely command a record expansion fee worth as much as $1.2 billion for a second franchise in Toronto, sources tell TSN - a sum that would eclipse the previous North American sports record of $700 million that the Houston Texans paid to join the National Football League back in 1999.
The bankers, who collectively have advised both buyers and sellers of NHL teams, as well as owners who have sought new limited partners, said bidding for a new team in Toronto would begin around $800 million. Opinion was split on how high the bidding might go. Three of the bankers said they could see the auction reach $1.2 billion. The other two doubted the bidding would eclipse $1 billion.

"In an auction situation, I could see it getting to $1 billion or even $1.2 billion," said Drew Dorweiler, a Montreal economist who has been hired by the owners of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Manchester United and other sports teams to estimate their franchise values. "An NHL team in Toronto is a marquee property."


2014-15 Prospect Thread

01 September 2014 - 12:59 AM

It's September so might as well get this going...


New Additions: C John Quenneville, D Joshua Jacobs, RW Connor Chatham, D Ryan Rehill, C Joey Dudek, LW Brandon Baddock
Going Pro: D Joe Faust, D Curtis Gedig, LW Ben Johnson, LW Ben Thomson, C Graham Black, D Damon Severson, RW Myles Bell* No confirmation Bell has been signed but I'm assuming he is.
Not Signed: RW Derek Rodwell
C Blake Coleman (Miami - SR)
LW/C Blake Pietila (Michigan Tech - SR)
LW/C Alex Kerfoot (Harvard - SO)
D Steve Santini (Boston College - SO)
D Joshua Jacobs (Michigan State - FR)* Sarnia hold his OHL rights, Green Bay hold his USHL rights.
G Anthony Brodeur (Gatineau)
C Ryan Kujawinski (Kingston)
RW Connor Chatham (Plymouth)
C John Quenneville (Brandon)
D Ryan Rehill (Kamloops)
LW Brandon Baddock (Edmonton)
C Joey Dudek (Dubuque)* Committed to Boston College for 2015-16.
LW Miles Wood (South Shore Kings and Noble & Greenough)* Committed to Boston College for 2015-16.
C Artur Gavrus (Dinamo Minsk)
Let me know if I made any errors or forgot something above.
Preseason Stats thru 8/31:
Anthony Brodeur: 3 GP 2-0-0, 3.20 GAA, .902 SV%
Connor Chatham: 1 GP 1-0-1
Ryan Rehill: 1 GP 0-0-0
Brandon Baddock: 1 GP 0-0-0, +1, 16 PIM (Interference, Goalie Interference, Roughing, Misconduct)
Artur Gavrus and Dinamo Minsk finished their 10 game preseason but there isn't much info out there.
Not to spam my own stuff but as most of you know I'm writing about the prospects for In Lou We Trust. Using the Prospects - Devils & Otherwise tag you can see some of my post from this summer. I'll have a post up Tuesday about the Devils CHL prospects that are turning pro with quotes and opinions from the radio announcers and a blogger that covered them the past few years. I'll still be doing daily updates for all the games in this thread all year long.