The Albany Devils have been on a little bit of a roll lately winning their last three games and pushing their record to 9-6-0 overall. There are a few players contributing to the successes and they should be closely watched on their journey to New Jersey and the NHL.
When you look at the Albany Devils stats, there are a few shining stars who are living up to expectations.
A couple of hours ago, Kinkaid was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week. He only allowed 3 goals on 82 shots, good for a .963 save percentage. He went 3-0-0 and had one shutout.
For the season, Kinkaid is 2nd in the AHL in goals against average with an impressive 1.97. He is 6-1-1 this season and has a .922 save percentage.
Kinkaid won’t be threatening anyone’s job in Newark with the dynamic duo starting the games this year. It is a very warming sign to see him playing well should Martin Brodeur retire after this season.
Whitney has started right back where he left off last season. New Jersey signed Whitney as a free agent on May 1st after an impressive 51 point showing last season in Albany. This season he has 7 goals and 8 assists in 16 games. He has always been on the cusp of being called up and the Devils may be waiting for an opportunity where Whitney will have prolonged time in the NHL instead of a couple of games here or there.
According to CapGeek’s Waiver Calculator, Whitney is exempt from waivers this season.
Timmins arrived with the organization when he was traded by the Florida Panthers on September 28th. He also came with a seventh-round pick for the 2014 NHL Draft. The Devils gave up Krys Barch and 7th-round pick in 2015. This trade is going to pay dividends if Timmins keeps up his success. He has 5 goals and 8 assists for 13 points in 12 games.
Timmins isn’t quite ready for an immediate call-up unless he dazzles this season. There are plenty of forwards before him like Whitney, Rod Pelley, and Reid Boucher. A dazzling performance this season could change that and who knows who could get injured or moved by the end of the year.
Timmins is not exempt from waivers (CapGeek).
Boucher’s stats simply dazzle and just give you intense hockey-ception. The problem is, he is not established in the American leagues…yet. He had a staggering 62 goals last season with the Sarnia Sting in the OHL and broke Steven Stamkos’ record of 58. He would sign an entry-level contract in 2013 with New Jersey and is playing in his first full season with Albany.
Through 16 games, he has 5 goals and 7 assists and is playing to the level that people expect of him or want to expect of him. I would love to see the just-turned 20 year old stay in the AHL a little bit and get comfortable. I believe that Whitney has proven himself more and he certainly has earned his first NHL game.
Boucher is exempt from waivers for the next 3 seasons or 160 games (whichever comes first).