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New Jersey Devils Announce Rookie Camp & Prospect Problem Roster

Earlier this afternoon, the New Jersey Devils introduced their roster for this yr’s rookie camp and the 2022 Prospect Problem. The Devils will play three video games on this yr’s Prospect Problem, beginning with Montreal on Friday night time, Buffalo on Saturday night time, and Boston on Monday morning. Sure, morning. Ace in 10 AM. The Devils’ web site can be streaming all three video games of the problem. The New Jersey Devils roster options 28 gamers, together with a number of invited forwards. Here’s a breakdown of the roster.

Goalkeepers (4): Nico Daws, Akira Schmid, Tyler Brennan, Isaac Poulter

Daws and Schmid had been the highest goaltenders with Utica final season, and Daws had an prolonged call-up in 2021-22 for 25 video games. I’m slightly shocked he qualifies for this tourney, however I can’t complain about extra minutes for a younger participant. Brennan was the Devils’ one goaltender chosen within the 2022 draft. Isaac Poulter was signed to a two-way contract by Utica again in June. He performed for the Swift Present Broncos of the Western Hockey League for 4 seasons and was arguably their starter for the final two full WHL seasons. He posted his finest season when it comes to total save proportion final season with a 91.1% in 49 video games for a poor Swift Present workforce. We’ll see how he will get on in professional hockey. Don’t be shocked if he finally ends up with Adirondack of the ECHL simply to maintain him lively in 2022-23. I’d anticipate these 4 to be rotated throughout the three video games developing.

Defensemen (9): Kevin Bahl, Nikita Okhotiuk, Reilly Walsh, Simon Nemec, Michael Vukojevic, Topias Vilen, Jeremy Groleau, Filip Bratt, Jarrod Gourley

The most important identify amongst this group is the 2022 second total decide, Simon Nemec. This tourney can be his first time enjoying for the New Jersey Devils. I’d anticipate a variety of eyes to be on him all through this rookie camp and, later, the Devils’ preseason. Bahl, Okhotiuk, Walsh, Vukojevic, and Groleau had been mainstays in Utica final season. With possibly one (two?) spots up for grabs and establishing an order on the depth chart, there can be a variety of competitors in camp to see which Comet will get forward of the opposite. That competitors begins on Friday night time. Like Nemec, this tourney can even be Vilen’s first set of video games as a Satan as he signed his ELC final season.

The 2 less-familiar names are Filip Bratt and Jarrod Gourley. Bratt is certainly Jesper’s brother. He appeared on the Devils’ growth camp again within the Summer time. Filip signed a two-way AHL deal in July. He is 20, he isn’t giant (5’10”, 179 kilos), and was solely productive with AIK U-20s final season. Gourley is a bit older (23), a lot bigger (6’2”, 212 kilos), got here by the NCAA whereby he didn’t produce so much, and signed with the group earlier. I’ve transferred to UConn for his senior season after three seasons with Arizona State College. Somebody within the group had their eye on him as he signed an ATO with Adirondacks after the Huskies’ season led to March. I’ve performed 10 video games with them and was additionally loaned to Utica for 4 video games. Gourley did properly sufficient to get a one-way AHL contract with Utica in June. With a crowded blueline – which doesn’t embody veterans like Robbie Russo and Tyler Wotherspoon – the competitors only for the Comets can be fierce. This camp and Utica camp will go an extended technique to figuring out if Bratt and/or Gourley begins 2022-23 as a Comet or a member of the Adirondack Thunder.

Forwards (15): Alexander Holtz, Nolan Foote, Aarne Talvitie, Graeme Clarke, Brian Halonen, Chase Stillman, Josh Filmon, Garrett Van Wyhe, Noah Corson, Luke Bignell, Daniel D’Amico, Zack Jones, Billy Jerry, Xavier Dad or mum, Brody Crane

Of the 15 forwards, 6 have NHL entry stage contracts as of this writing: Holtz, Foote, Clarke, Halonen, Stillman, and Talvitie. The hope is that Holtz pushes for an NHL job forward of this season. The remaining are extra about who can enhance, though time could also be shorter for a few of them. In spite of everything, Halonen and Talvitie are each 23 and Foote will flip 22 in November. Filmon was drafted by New Jersey within the 2022 NHL Draft; the Devils have his rights to him for 2 seasons so he doesn’t but want an entry stage contract. The remainder of this group wants slightly extra info. (Participant names within the following record hyperlink to their Elite Prospects profile.)

  • Xavier Dad or mum – Dad or mum was on the Devils’ growth camp and signed an AHL contract in July together with Bratt. He completely went off for Sherbrooke of the Quebec Main Junior Hockey League final season with 51 objectives and 106 factors in 65 season video games in addition to 9 objectives and 22 factors in 11 playoff video games. He was a bit above a point-per-game fee within the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season for the ‘Q’ and had points producing earlier than then. Dad or mum shouldn’t be giant at 5’8 ”and 170 kilos and his previous manufacturing of him suggests his glow up of him was extra of a results of being older and used to the league in comparison with his junior friends. Nonetheless, he’ll get his probability to see if his sport from him can deal with the professiona stage with Utica or Adirondack.

  • Garrett Van Wyhe – Van Wyhe was a strong, bottom-six hand for the Michigan Wolverines for 4 seasons. He was by no means a very productive participant within the NAHL or USHL previous to going to Michigan. At Michigan, his level totals had been 10, 10, 5, and 12. He works onerous, he helped stability a really sturdy Wolverines workforce in his faculty time, and he received Utica’s consideration as he signed a two-season AHL deal after Michigan misplaced to Denver within the Frozen 4 semifinals.

  • Noah Corson – Noah is certainly Shayne Corson’s son (and a nephew of Darcy Tucker) and he’s a journeyman already on the age of 24. The ahead began with Moncton within the QMJHL, was traded to Drumondville, went down the the Junior A QJHL with Granby after which transferred to St-Gabriel-de-Brandon, went to the AJHL to play for Grande Prarie, signed first in Sweden for the primary of two groups in 2019-20, then completed 2019-20 with Evansville of the SPHL, joined Knoxville for 2020-21, after which signed with Chicago Wolves of the AHL however largely performed for Norfolk of the ECHL in 2021-22. I’ve signed a two-way contract with Utica for this season final month. If nothing else, he’s well-traveled.

  • Luke Bignell – Bignell is a middle who performs for the College of Guelph in Canada. Sure, a Canadian faculty participant. In contrast to the NCAA, he can (and is) becoming a member of the Devils on a try-out foundation for this camp. Bignell performed for 3 seasons with Barrie, by no means was drafted, and was actually invaluable to the Colts (he was their captain in 2019-20) however not sufficient to garner any consideration after his junior season ended with the canceled 2020-21 OHL season. With 6 factors in 14 video games in 2021-22 (and the OUA All-Rookie workforce), I anticipate Bignell to make up the numbers. However something good he can present can assist him get some extra eyes on him when his time with Guelph involves an finish.

  • Daniel D’Amico – One other participant invited to the Devils’ rookie camp is Daniel D’Amico of the Windsor Spitfires. He simply completed his fourth season with the Spits out of the final 5 seasons (keep in mind: the OHL canceled 2020-21) and he was pretty productive since his second considered one of him. Final season, the 21-year outdated had his most efficient of him with 32 objectives and 58 factors in 67 season video games and 11 objectives and 21 factors in 25 playoff video games (Windsor misplaced within the OHL Finals in 2022). That is D’Amico’s second check out with an NHL workforce as he was part of St. Louis’ camp final season. As with different overage prospects, the objective is to come back out of this with some sort of deal. We’ll see if he does.

  • Zack Jones – Like D’Amico, Zack Jones is an overage junior participant with the Devils on a tryout. D’Amico, Jones’ time with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL was not not like fruitful. I’ve performed within the Boston space earlier than making the leap to the ‘Q’ in 2019-20. With the Mooseheads, I’ve averaged a bit above a half-point-per-game. I feel he’s right here to make up the numbers until the 5’9”, 172 pound middle can present far more than his junior profession suggests.

  • Billy Jerry – Jerry got here up by Wisconsin youth groups, performed for Madison within the USHL, and joined RPI within the 2017-18 season. The ahead was not that productive and what would have been his senior yr of him was denied because the Ivy Leagues-and the ECAC-did not have spots for 2020-21. He transferred to Lengthy Island College, he was named their captain, and he put up 14 objectives and 31 factors in 34 video games to guide the Sharks in scoring in 2021-22. He joined Adirondack in March on an ATO, performed in 15 video games, and has been re-signed by the Thunder in August. He’s right here to make up the numbers, though he’s a member of the group. How he does as a rookie with the Thunder over a full season could present whether or not he has a future at Utica or not. The work can be put in now.

  • Brody Crane – Crane is one other junior participant invited to the Devils’ camp. Nevertheless, he’s simply 18 (he turned 18 in Could) and remains to be draft eligible. Crane simply completed his rookie season with London with 8 objectives and 15 factors in 56 video games. The left winger apparently likes to go contained in the offensive zone per the quick scouting blurb in his EP profile of him. Brock Otten had Crane forty fourth on his high 50 OHL gamers for the 2022 NHL Draft, noting he was aggressive to a fault and maybe somebody who can blossom subsequent season with the Knights. I don’t assume the Devils can signal him (I am not sure at the very least?), however at the very least they will get an up-close take a look at what he might do.

For the forwards, the primary curiosity can be on the NHL-signed gamers. I’d anticipate them to hold the load within the Prospect Problem video games and set an instance in every other periods earlier than the total camp begins subsequent week. For the needs of making ready for a season with Utica, Adirondack, or going again to junior (or in Bignell’s case, the College of Guelph), these video games do carry loads of worth. We will see how they get on and the way the coaches will make the most of these gamers.

One final notice: Listed here are the 2022 All In regards to the Jersey Prime 25 Below 25 rankings for all the rookie camp gamers who’ve been ranked: #7 Nemec, #8 Holtz, #13 Daws, #16 Walsh, #18 Bahl, # 19 Foote, #20 Okhotiuk, #23 Clarke, #24 Stillman, #28 Vukojevic, #29 Talvitie, #30 Vilen, #33 Brennan, #34 Halonen, #38 Filmon, #48 Groleau.

Who amongst this group are you excited to see carry out on the Prospects Problem? Who do you assume has to have a very good rookie camp with a view to get consideration in subsequent week’s camp? Please go away your solutions and different ideas in regards to the Devils’ rookie camp roster within the feedback. Thanks for studying.

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