The reports coming out of the Devils Development Camp are encouraging. Yesterday there was a scrap between youngsters Matt Corrente and Ashton Bernard that ensued. On Wednesday, a second fight broke out between D-man Harry Young and RW Nathan Perkovich. Now, if you are reading this and have no idea who these names are, don’t feel like you are a bad Devil’s fan. It takes the most die-hard of fans to be up on these names. However, it isn’t a bad idea to try and know them now, seeing as how the Devils have chosen to let players go and not really sign any new names. These are the names that will be in the Devils system and coming up every now and then, to get a shot at being real competitors on the team some day. Plus, with them going at each other this early, it shows the determination they have to make it to the next level.
On Tuesday (the day Corrente and Bernard had at it), the Dev’s number one draft choice in this years entry draft, Jacob Josefson, scored the game winner in the black vs. white scrimmage. He accomplished this alongside last year’s number one pick on his line, Mattias Tedenby. Tedenby has another year on his contract in the Swedish Elite league for HV-71. However, he told The Record’s Tom Gulitti, that he hopes to return to North America to play for the Devils once that contract is up in 2010-11. “I want to” he said. “Whether they want me, that’s the question. I don’t know. I hope so.” Jacob Josefson is also believed to be returning the Sweden to play in the Elite League as well, unless the Devils see tremendous play out of him and want to sign him now. I don’t think that will happen however, but I fully expect both Tedenby and Josefson to be vying for spots on the 2010-11 roster.
In other notes from the D-Camp, Nicklas Bergfors was unable to attend, after citing personal reasons. This is a bit discouraging, seeing as how bergfors has a real shot at playing this year in Jersey with all the departures the Devils have seen. I still expect that chance to still be there, but I was really looking forward to seeing how Bergfors was going to perform in camp to get an idea whether or not he would get the spot on the team. Last season, Bergfors played in eight total Devils games, tallying 1 goal. Nevertheless, he compiled a record 51 points in Lowell, with a very balanced goal to assist ratio (22 G, 29 A).
I will be back soon to discuss the NHL schedule that will be released later today.