With the lack luster start for the big club, the Devils could look to test their minor league system early. Despite only playing three games thus far, the Albany Devils have two more wins than the NHL team.
They opened up the year in Hartford against the New York Rangers affiliate, the Hartford Wolfpack (were the Connecticut Whale last season). They would drop the opener 4-3 after a very impressive game by J.T Miller, who the Rangers called up to replace Aaron Asham.
Despite the loss, number 1 prospect Jon Merrill played very well recording three assists. Scott Timmins, Joe Whitney (#13 P&P Prospect), and David Wohlberg recorded goals.
The A-Devils picked up their first win of the season on their home opener against the Utica Comets (Vancouver Canucks) by a score of 3-2. Goals scored by Reid Boucher (#2 P&P Prospect), Mike Sislo (#20 P&P Prospect), and Joe Whitney.
Eric Gelinas (#4 P&P Prospect) recorded his first 2 assists of the year. Reece Scarlett (#9 P&P Prospect) recorded his first ever-professional point with an assist. Goalie Keith Kinkaid (#11 P&P Prospect) stopped 23 of 25 shots.
Albany got their second win of the season by beating the Adirondack Phantoms 4-1. Goals were scored by Tim Sestito (2, Penalty shot and SHG), Scott Timmins, and Joe Whitney.
Net minder Scott Wedgewood (#8 P&P Prospect) got his first start of the season and stopped 24 of 25 shots, including some tough ones. Reid Boucher recorded his first 2 assists of the year.
AHL Standout: Other than Merrill playing at a point per game, it has got to be Scott Timmins. Acquired in a trade with Florida, Timmins has 2 goals, and 5 points in just three games, also is a +3.
Now moving to the CHL and NCAA.
Top CHL and NCAA prospect (number 3 overall), Damon Severson continues to impress. He has 3 goals and 5 assists in six games played.
Severson’s teammate in Kelowna, Myles Bell (#14 P&P Prospect) continues where he left off. Bell has put up 5 goals and 2 assists in 6 games.
Staying in the WHL Graham Black (#17 P&P Prospect) has been playing very well going off for 4 goals, and six assists in 9 games.
Making a huge case to move way up in the rankings is Kingston’s Ryan Kujawinski (#18 P&P Prospect). He has recorded 5 goals and 3 assists in 8 games. Helping him move up will be his +4, a stat he needed to improve on coming into the year as a center.
The NCAA season has just gotten under way so no major news to report yet.
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