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18 hours ago, mfitz804 said:

Imagine being named Fabian Zetterlund and you don't even have the weirdest name on your team?

Looking at you, Pontus Holmberg and Rickard Hugg!

Please, they ain't got sh!t on Hugo Leufvenius!

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Devils Insiders Retweeted Eliteprospects‏ Verified account @eliteprospects 

After suffering a knee injury in October, #NJDevils Swedish prospect Fabian Zetterlund's road to the WJC got longer. Determination and a great attitude turned the odds in his favor, @UffeBodin writes: https://www.eprinkside.com/2018/12/5/fabian-zetterlund-wjc … #WJC2019 #WorldJuniorChampionships

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“I knew that if I did my rehab and put some extra hours into my workouts, I would be ready to go (for the World Juniors). I just decided that I was going to make it. The World Juniors added to my motivation”, he said.

When Swedish head coach Tomas Montén presented his preliminary roster at a press conference in Stockholm on Wednesday, Fabian Zetterlund was the first forward he put on his board.
“I was really happy for him”, Montén said. “I talked to him after the game (on Saturday) and, you know, he’s an emotional guy and player, so obviously it meant a lot. At the same time, honestly, I didn’t think he was going to make it back in time, but he called me and said he would. He was right.”

Great work by #NHLBruins prospect Oscar Steen, goal by #NJDevils prospect Fabian Zetterlund. https://t.co/uLbjnYrDKJhttps://t.co/DnbUd4F7po#SHL #FBKsepic.twitter.com/IMZFvOa0K8 — Eliteprospects (@eliteprospects) December 1, 2018

Zetterlund managed to make his comeback thanks to a specially designed brace that keeps his knee stable.
“It’s pretty big and keeps it from moving sideways. It felt good right from the get-go. I thought it was going to be uncomfortable, but it fits really well and I don’t even think about it”, he said.

Anders Karlsson, the assistant coach of Färjestad, gives his young pupil high marks for the work ethic he showed during his absence.
“He has made quite a remarkable journey”, Karlsson said. “It wasn’t that long ago he got hurt, and he should probably still be on the shelf, but he’s a gritty young kid, almost built like a bear. He wanted to play earlier, but we kind of had to hold him back.”

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Ty Smith with 2 assists last night in a 6-2 win and 1 assist on Wednesday in a 4-2 loss.   All points on the PP.   

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Bing is in a skid, losing big in all three weekend games (5-0, 7-4, 5-1). On a sunnier note, this week's prospects update:  https://www.allaboutthejersey.com/2018/12/11/18134929/new-jersey-devils-prospect-update-12-11-18

ETA:  Amanda Stein Retweeted Bob McKenzie

#NJDevils defensive prospect Ty Smith on the top pairing for Canada’s World Junior selection camp

Bob McKenzie ‏Verified account @TSNBobMcKenzie 

Defensive pairings: Smith-Dobson Brook-Bouchard Joseph-Mitchell McIsaac-Crotty Phillips-Addison Beaudin- Bernard-Docker 

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Shout out to Julie Robenhymer for this poetic description of Talivitie: 

https://www.nhl.com/devils/news/four-devils-prospects-invited-to-selection-camps-for-iihf-world-juniors/c-302824364

Talivite was left off last year's Finnish squad and it's unlikely they'll be making that mistake again. He's got five goals and 11 assists for 16 points in 17 games so far in his freshman season with Penn State. He's a mucker, grinder and loose puck finder with a heck of a wrist shot, who's already adjusted to the smaller NHL-sized sheet of ice and the quicker pace and physical nature of the North American game. 

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Rob Lippolis Retweeted AHL Communications

Toronto’s Morgan Klimchuk suspended three games for the hit on McLeod in Wednesday’s game that featured 124 PIM’s. 86 of those came in the aftermath of the hit.

"The American Hockey League today announced that Toronto Marlies forward Morgan Klimchuk has been suspended for three (3) games as a consequence of an illegal check to the head of an opponent in a game vs. Binghamton on Dec. 19."

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Also, this week's prospects update (from 12/18): https://www.allaboutthejersey.com/2018/12/18/18143937/new-jersey-devils-prospect-update-12-18-18

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Bing is playing tonight (Big comeback Win last night, 6-3 - Gignac with the hatty): https://www.allaboutthejersey.com/2018/12/22/18152055/brandon-gignacs-hat-trick-helps-binghamton-devils-in-6-3-comeback-win

Snip:  McLeod has been one player that you can’t help but notice when he’s on the ice. Always skating, always being involved and has been a nice addition with his renewed confidence with 18 points (5g,13a) in 30 games for his 1st professional season.

 

Also: Rob Lippolis‏ @RobLippolis   BDevils really banged up. 82 combined points out of tonight's lineup. Injured: Strait, Jacobs, Pietila, Lappin, Studenic, Lack Ramage is sick and Tangradi suspended.

 

Good Ty Smith interview c/o the Devils Insiders: https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2019/wm20/news/8482/an-education-in-excellence

Looking beyond these World Juniors, you signed a three-year entry-level contract with New Jersey in August. Sami Vatanen and Will Butcher both play a somewhat similar style to yourself. What does that tell you in terms of your hopes of making the NHL soon?

They’re not big guys. Sami’s a little bit tougher and meaner. But the way Butcher sees the game and thinks the game and the plays he makes, it’s great to see. They value that there. So that’s something I see as a positive. The coach, John Hynes, seems really fair and loves hard work and skill. Anybody could make the team any year, so it’s definitely a good place to be.

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How can you get highlights of B-Devils games shortly after the game or following day?

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Jesper Boqvist is now leading his team in points, and is tied for 8th in SHL scoring. At least we have him to look forward to!

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7 minutes ago, nessus said:

Jesper Boqvist is now leading his team in points, and is tied for 8th in SHL scoring. At least we have him to look forward to!

I've always been excited about him from what I've seen and read about him.

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15 minutes ago, nessus said:

Jesper Boqvist is now leading his team in points, and is tied for 8th in SHL scoring. At least we have him to look forward to!

Hope him and Smith are both ready to make the team next season. 

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Corey Masisak Retweeted @PennStateMHKY

Congratulations to freshman @AarneTalvitie who will don the ‘C’ for Finland at the upcoming @IIHFHockey World Junior Championship in Victoria & Vancouver, British Columbia!!

ETA: Henrik Sjöberg✔@sjobergh

Erik Brännström has been named captain (C) of Team Sweden in #WorldJuniors
A – Rickard Hugg, Kitchener Rangers
A – Isac Lundeström, Anaheim Ducks/San Diego Gulls
A – Fabian Zetterlund, Färjestads BK#Juniorkronorna

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Idk what is more crazy...that Canada scored 14 goals against Denmark or that Ty Smith only had 1 assist all night.

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41 minutes ago, NJDevils1214 said:

Idk what is more crazy...that Canada scored 14 goals against Denmark or that Ty Smith only had 1 assist all night.

He led Canada in ice time too. His assist was a nice pass though.

Noah Dobson (NYI) didn’t have any points...

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1 hour ago, LittleBallofHate said:

 

Kakko to Talvitie.... I could get used to seeing that in the future lol.

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I don't know too much about some of these guys, maybe MacIsaac does, but are we looking at this possibility next year competition for the big club?

Zetterlund

Boqvist

Talvitie

McLeod (maybe he builds out)

Studenic 

Smith 

1st rounder this year (assume it's Top 5?) 

feels like with the gap year this year in rookies, next year could be very interesting/fruitful? 

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1 hour ago, HellOnICE said:

I don't know too much about some of these guys, maybe MacIsaac does, but are we looking at this possibility next year competition for the big club?

Zetterlund

Boqvist

Talvitie

McLeod (maybe he builds out)

Studenic 

Smith 

1st rounder this year (assume it's Top 5?) 

feels like with the gap year this year in rookies, next year could be very interesting/fruitful? 

Smith and Boqvist should be locks next year. Boqvist is having a great year in the SHL. 

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1 hour ago, MadDog2020 said:

Smith and Boqvist should be locks next year. Boqvist is having a great year in the SHL. 

I don't know much at all about our prospects and other leagues, but isn't that also where Josefson is having a great year...?

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18 minutes ago, NJDfan1711 said:

I don't know much at all about our prospects and other leagues, but isn't that also where Josefson is having a great year...?

Yep. Same league Petterson wrecked last year. It’s not a great league, but it’s encouraging to see a kid who’s only 20 years old doing well there. Boqvist had a good training camp this year too. I’d be shocked if he wasn’t on the team next year. He was considered a steal where we got him (36th overall in 2017).

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7 minutes ago, MadDog2020 said:

Yep. Same league Petterson wrecked last year. It’s not a great league, but it’s encouraging to see a kid who’s only 20 years old doing well there. Boqvist had a good training camp this year too. I’d be shocked if he wasn’t on the team next year. He was considered a steal where we got him (36th overall in 2017).

Hard to find a comparable based purely on numbers.  But he appears to be doing better than Tedenby who is a lot older and more experienced.  

It looks like Josefson is hurt again, surprise, surprise. 

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Talvitie with a snipe on a giveaway

 

 

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17 hours ago, MadDog2020 said:

Yep. Same league Petterson wrecked last year. It’s not a great league, but it’s encouraging to see a kid who’s only 20 years old doing well there. Boqvist had a good training camp this year too. I’d be shocked if he wasn’t on the team next year. He was considered a steal where we got him (36th overall in 2017).

It's like the third best league in the world? I guess no league is a great league except the NHL then. 

Josefson is chiefly a playmaker and has been getting his points that way. He ran the best powerplay in the league during the first half, same spot on the half wall as he had during his (brief) PP stints in NJ. 

20 hours ago, HellOnICE said:

I don't know too much about some of these guys, maybe MacIsaac does, but are we looking at this possibility next year competition for the big club?

Zetterlund

Boqvist

Talvitie

McLeod (maybe he builds out)

Studenic 

Smith 

1st rounder this year (assume it's Top 5?) 

feels like with the gap year this year in rookies, next year could be very interesting/fruitful? 

17 hours ago, Daniel said:

Hard to find a comparable based purely on numbers.  But he appears to be doing better than Tedenby who is a lot older and more experienced.  

It looks like Josefson is hurt again, surprise, surprise. 

He just returned after a months absence. Josefson crosschecked a guy, got tripped and fell on the guy's skate blade and busted his urethra. I'm not making this up. 

There's no point in Zetterlund going over to the AHL next season unless it's Färjestad being stacked on forward and NJ wants to guarantee him icetime to keep him developing. He's not nearly ready to play in the NHL.

I can see Boqvist coming over and playing wing. He'll sign with NJ in the summer. He leads the league in ES scoring and will be done with this level after this season is up. His shot and 1on1-game has really improved, does real well off the rush. 

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