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2015–16 Prospect Thread

25 August 2015 - 03:49 PM

Figured I'd start this thread now that prospect season has officially started.


New Additions: C Pavel Zacha, G Mackenzie Blackwood, RW Blake Speers, D Colton White, LW Brett Seney

Going Pro: C Joseph Blandisi, C Ryan Kujawinski, C Blake Pietila, C Blake Coleman

Not Signed: G Anthony Brodeur - Most likely heading to Penticton (BCHL) if you're wondering.

C Alexander Kerfoot (Harvard - JR)
D Steve Santini (Boston College - JR)
C JD Dudek (Boston College - FR)
LW Miles Wood (Boston College - FR)
LW Brett Seney (Merrimack - SO)

RW Connor Chatham (Flint)
D Josh Jacobs (Sarnia)
C Pavel Zacha (Sarnia)
G Mackenzie Blackwood (Barrie)
RW Blake Speers (Sault Ste. Marie)
D Colton White (Sault Ste. Marie)

C John Quenneville (Brandon)
D Ryan Rehill (Kamloops)
LW Brandon Baddock (Edmonton)

C/LW Artur Gavrus (Dinamo Minsk)



Note: The Devils will have G Ken Appleby (Oshawa - OHL), D Jacob Sweeney (Moncton - QMJHL) and F Alexandre Goulet (Charlottetown - QMJHL) in training camp on ATO's. Appleby and Sweeney have exhausted their draft eligibility and are free agents. Goulet still has another year of eligiblity left but can sign with the Devils as long as it happen prior to the start of the season.



Tuesday 8/25
Dinamo Minsk lost to Spartak Moskva 4-3 (OT)
Artur Gavrus LW: -1, 1 Shot, 0/1 Faceoff, 3 Hits, 19:01 TOI

-- Looks like he's starting out the season in a top 6 role. Hopefully he can produce enough to stay there.


Devils 2015 6th Round Pick - LW Brett Seney

27 June 2015 - 05:37 PM

19 year old, 5'9", 170 lbs. LW for Merrimack (NCAA), Elite Prospects page. Passed over last year but did well as a freshman to carry Merrimack. Here's the ILWT post on him.

I like that 20 of his 26 points came at even strength and that he led the team in goals, assists, and points. Only averaged 1.65 SH/GP and had a 19.64 SH% which is a bit worrisome. Still, it's 6th round pick so you can't expect much.

Here's what the Hockey Prospect Black Book had to say:

He excelled during the first half of the NCAA season before hitting a little bit of a freshman wall during the
second half. A lower body injury helped pronate his struggles down the stretch. On more than one occasion he picked up the puck in the neutral zone and blew by a few defenders with a burst of speed to pop the puck in or dish it off to a line mate. He has good creativity and vision to go with soft hands. He has a nice touch on passes, but would benefit from being more assertive.

SBN College Hockey profiled him here:

Seney is undersized, but there were very few players with better speed in Hockey East this past season. There were a couple goals he scored during the first half where he picked off an errant pass in the neutral zone, circled back into the zone and just completely blew past the defense en route to an easy goal.

His quickness and ability to make plays with the puck really showed in transition as a majority of his goals and assists came on the rush. He also made several highlight reel assists by waiting to draw the defense and goaltender to him before slipping a pass to a linemate hitting the backdoor.

One weakness to his game was his defensive zone coverage, but that is somewhat expected as a younger freshman in Hockey East, coming out of the OJHL -- a junior league often known for its offense. Seney was -9 in his last 11 games. He was +12 in his first 23 games.


Devils 2015 4th Round Pick - D Colton White

27 June 2015 - 05:21 PM

18 year old D for Sault Ste. Marie (OHL), here's his Elite Prospects page. Here's a prospect profile I wrote on him in May. Based on what I've read so far, I like the pick.

Brock Otten of OHL Prospects:

Absolutely massive potential. White is just scratching the surface of what he's capable of in the OHL. He's a fantastic skater who only needs a few strides to get to full speed when exiting his own zone. At times this year, he showed an ability to gain entry into the offensive end with ease, but simply needs to gain the confidence to do this with regularity. I think he also profiles as a power play quarterback based on his ability to keep pucks in at the blue line and by how well he sees the ice on the point. Improving his shot will be critical though. Defensively, he uses his mobility to stay ahead of forwards off the rush and is not afraid of taking the body to take forwards out of the play. Adding strength is a priority to make him more efficient in the corners, but he shows great determination in his own end. Really all he needs is greater ice time. Once he starts getting consistent power play time and off the 3rd pairing, he could breakout in a big way. Could be part of the top pairing in SSM next year with Gustav Bouramman (a guy he showed great chemistry with this year).

Tyler Parchem from Elite Prospects:

White is a smart defenseman who skates well and makes good passes. He was buried on a deep Soo team this season so his numbers are lower then they could have been on a weaker team. He is not overly physical on the backend but has a good stick and is often in the right position to break up the play. Could potentially break out next season and could be a smart pick in the later rounds.


MMA and Combat Sports Thread

10 June 2015 - 09:21 PM

It's the summer, things are slow, and I think there may be something interest in this thread.

Some of the major MMA promotions that have events coming up in the next few weeks:
6/13 - UFC 188: Velasquez vs. Werdum (full card)
6/19 - Bellator 138: Kimbo Slice vs. Shamrock (full card)
6/20 - One Championship 28: Dynasty of Champions (full card)
6/20 - UFC Fight Night: Jedrzejcyk vs. Penne (full card)
6/26 - Bellator 139: Kongo vs. Volkov (full card)

Invicta isn't back until July and WSOF until August. There will be plenty of other upcoming UFC and Bellator events in the meantime.

Some of the minor MMA promotions that you can find on AXStv on Friday nights:
6/12 - CES MMA 29: O'Neil vs. Steele (full card)
6/26 - LFC 42: Legacy Fighting Championship 42 (full card)

In terms of other combats sports, Glory Kickboxing returns in August and I'm not sure when the next Lion Fight Muay Thai event will be. There is also plenty of boxing on various networks coming up soon so feel free to discuss that in here.


Some of my thoughts on UFC 188:
- Will Cathal Pendred finally put on a convincing performance? I became a fan of his since he was on TUF. He's Irish and is a part of McGregor's crew. With that said, his time in the UFC has been underwhelming despite being 3-0. A split decision win 2 fights ago and a controvesial decision in his last fight. He's appeared a bit lethargic in his striking at times so I'm hoping to see a bit more energy out of him this time. I don't know much about his opponenet Augusto Montano execpt for he's 15-1 but only has 1 UFC fight on his record. It is interesting that his 15 wins have all been either KO/TKO (10) or submission (5).

- Looking forward to Henry Cejudo vs. Chico Camus. I want to see if Cejudo can continue to develop and make good on his potential.

- I'm expecting Tecia Torres to get a victory over Angela Hill in the opening of the main card.

- Looking forward to seeing how Kelvin Gastelum fights at middleweight after all the weight cut trouble he had at welterweight. And of course, Melendez vs. Alvarez + Velasquez vs. Werdum should be entertaining fights.