Devils Open Prospects Tournament Against Montreal | PRE-GAME STORY

The Devils open the 2022 Prospects Challenge event in Buffalo towards the Montreal Canadiens.

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Devils Prospects follow in Buffalo on Saturday.



The much-anticipated Slovakian showdown between Juraj Slafkovsky and Simon Nemec, the Nos. 1- and 2-overall picks respectively in the summertime’s NHL Draft, should wait.

For now.

The New Jersey Devils and Montreal Canadiens will meet tonight within the annual Prospects Tournament, nevertheless, the Habs won’t be dressing Slafkovsky.

“I used to be just a little bit dissatisfied. It may have been the primary sport we performed towards (one another),” Nemec stated. “Maybe within the NHL.”

The Devils and Canadiens open the preseason slate towards one another in Montreal on Sept. 26. While the Slafkovsky matchup should wait, fellow Slovak and Canadian’s 26th-overall choose Filip Mesar is anticipated to be within the lineup.

“It was a particular second for our nation, and all people was comfortable,” Nemec stated of the three Slovaks taken within the first spherical. “Everybody is aware of us now. It’s nice.”

Despite the additional notoriety, Nemec’s life in Slovakia has not modified. Much.

“Not actually. I simply need to take extra footage,” stated the 6-foot-1, 190-pound defenseman with a smile.

Slafkovsky and Mesar each watched Nemec and the Devils morning skate, and the trio chatted after for fairly some time within the runway to the locker room.

“It was an awesome feeling. I noticed them,” Nemec stated. “It was a pleasant (feeling).”

Facing his countrymen on the ice apart, Nemec nonetheless has rather a lot to deal with at this yr’s event. He’s made it clear he desires to play within the NHL from the start of the season. That’s a troublesome job for any 18-year-old, however particularly for a place as intricate and sophisticated as a defenseman. However, he’ll get an opportunity, beginning tonight, to show that he belongs in a Devils sweater on opening night time.

“It’s actually thrilling to play on this event for the Devils,” he stated. “I’m excited to be right here. I wish to present what I do know.”

Chase(ing) a Roster Spot

Devils ahead prospect Chase Stillman is coming into his second Prospect Tournament this yr. The 29th-overall choose within the 2021 NHL Draft is hoping to make his mark heading into coaching camp.

“For me, it is simply to indicate the advance I’ve made within the offseason and over the last season, displaying what I’m able to and having the ability to progress,” he stated. “I placed on some weight because the final time I used to be right here and the boldness facet of issues. This is my second time at this event. For me, it is simply being extra assured with the puck, hanging onto it and making some performs.”

Stillman, 6-foot-1, 185 kilos, watched final season as a ahead Dawson Mercer used this event to spring himself into the Devils lineup, the place he remained for his complete rookie season. Stillman is hoping to do the identical.

“I believe for the teaching employees and administration, everyone seems to be within the constructing right here,” Stillman stated. “This is a giant stepping stone. If you’ll be able to showcase your talents right here, then it is going to assist transition into camp.”

Second Time Around

Utica coach Kevin Dineen is coming into his second camp. And it is a lot completely different than final season when he was new and nonetheless assembly and studying about his gamers and employees.

“It’s a reasonably seamless transition this yr,” Dineen stated. “Lots of people had been very supportive of my transition to the group. It does not matter whether or not you are an previous goat like me or a younger rookie within the lineup, you wish to are available and get a lay of the land, and when you recognize a whole lot of the faces and get into this example it makes you much more snug.”

–Sam Kasan,


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The annual Buffalo Sabers Prospects Challenge makes its return with some new opponents and an expanded format. Last season, there have been three groups: New Jersey, Buffalo and Boston. This yr, the slate has expanded to 6 with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators becoming a member of the others right here in Buffalo.

Tonight, the Devils play the Canadiens. These two groups have by no means met on this event.

Devils staff scope:

The Devils shall be taking part in their first sport of the event. Some of the gamers to control embrace Alex Holtz, who had 26 objectives and 51 factors in 52 video games final season with Utica of the AHL.

Second-overall choose within the 2022 NHL Draft, Simon Nemec, can even be a participant to control as he nears his skilled debut. The blueliner was drafted second general however was the second participant from his native Slovakia taken in that draft as Montreal selected Juraj Slavkovsky first.

Canadiens staff scope:

The aforementioned Slafkovsky discovered the scoresheet in Montreal’s first sport of the event, a 4-3 setback to the Sabers prospects on Thursday night time in Buffalo. Slafkovsky had an help on Montreal’s second objective of the night time, a shorthanded marker.

Emil Heineman led the best way for the Habs prospects with a objective and an help for 2 factors.

Joe Vrbetec performed in objective for Montreal on Thursday, which means that Riley Mercer may doubtlessly get the nod tonight towards the Devils.

— Marc Ciampa,

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