New Jersey Devils Team Update 13/11/12
This week’s League it to Us Power Ranking: 18th in the NHL, 9th in the Eastern Conference, 4th in the Atlantic Division.
5 points of the Week
1. Cam Janssen’s Charity Game for Sandy Victims
Devils grinder Cam Janssen has scheduled a charity game to raise money to help fund relief efforts for hurricance Sandy. There will be several NHL’s in the game, mostly from his former team, the St. Louis Blues. They include: (G) Elliot, (F) Pietrangelo, and (D) Jackman.
2. Clarkson Leaves Austrian Club, Back in North America
David Clarkson played 5 games for EC Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian Hockey League this year. He left the team because he felt bad taking someone else’s place and merely went there to get into game shape. He had 2 goals plus 1 assist, playing with NHL’er Tobias Enstrom.
3. Collin White’s Number Retired by Gatineau Olympiques
Collin White’s number 24 was retired by the Gatineau (formerly Hull) Olympiques recently. White was in the organization from 1994 to 1997 before joing the Devils soon after winning the Memorial Cup with the Olympiques.
4. Team Captain Yet to be Named
With Zach Parise gone, the Devils have to elect a team captain. Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias appear to be strong candidates.
5. Injured Prospects
Two of the Devils top 5 prospects are currently out due to injuries. Merrill is out with a minor neck fracture (looking to return end of December), and Gelinas is out indefinatly with a fractured Jaw.
Overseas Player Stats
Anton Volchenkov – Nizgny Novgorod Torpedo – KHL: 0G, 0A, 0PTS in 3GP, 4PIM, -2
Ilya Kovalchuk – St. Petersburg SKA – KHL: 9G, 17A, 26PTS in 16GP, 6PIM, +14
Marek Zidlicky – Kladno – Czech: 1G, 15A, 16PTS in 18GP, 22PIM, +12
Top 5 Prospects
1. Jon Merrill – CCHA (NCAA) – U. of Michigan – D
Yet To Play – Injury
2. Scott Wedgewood – ECHL – Trenton Titans – G
4W-3L-0OTL in 8gp, 2.62GAA, 0.910SV%
3. Alexander Urbom – AHL – Albany Devils – D
0g-3a-3pts in 6gp, 9pim, +3
4. Stefan Matteau – QMJHL – Blainville-Boisbriand Armada – C
10g-8a-18pts in 19gp, 39pim, +9
5. Eric Gelinas – AHL – Albany Devils – D
Yet To Play – Injury
Who To Watch
Jacob Josefson (21 years-old) – C – AHL – Albany Devils – 11GP, 4G, 4A, 8PTS, 6pim, +7