Earlier this afternoon, the New Jersey Devils introduced their roster for this 12 months’s rookie camp and the 2022 Prospect Challenge. The Devils will play three video games on this 12 months’s Prospect Challenge, beginning with Montreal on Friday night time, Buffalo on Saturday night time, and Boston on Monday morning. Yes, morning. As in 10 AM. The Devils’ web site shall be streaming all three video games of the problem. The New Jersey Devils roster options 28 gamers, together with a couple of invited forwards. Here is a breakdown of the roster.
Goaltenders (4): Nico Daws, Akira Schmidt, 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 a little bit stunned he qualifies for this tourney, however I cannot 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 Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League for 4 seasons and was arguably their starter for the final two full WHL seasons. He posted his greatest season when it comes to total save share final season with a 91.1% in 49 video games for a poor Swift Current crew. We’ll see how he will get on in professional hockey. Do not 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 largest title amongst this group is the 2022 second total choose, Simon Nemec. This tourney shall be his first time taking part in 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 perhaps one (two?) spots up for grabs and establishing an order on the depth chart, there shall be a variety of competitors in camp to see which Comet will get forward of the others. That competitors begins on Friday night time. Like Nemec, this tourney can even be Vilen’s first set of video games as a Devil as he signed his ELC final season.
The two less-familiar names are Filip Bratt and Jarrod Gourley. Bratt is certainly Jesper’s brother. He appeared on the Devils’ growth camp again in the summertime. Filip signed a two-way AHL deal in July. He’s 20, he is not large (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 the place he didn’t produce rather a lot, and signed with the group earlier. He transferred to UConn for his senior season after three seasons with Arizona State University. Someone within the group had their eye on him as he signed an ATO with Adirondack after the Huskies’ season led to March. He performed 10 video games with them and was additionally loaned to Utica for 4 video games. Gourley did effectively 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 shall be fierce. This camp and Utica camp will go a protracted option to decide 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 Parent, 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 relaxation are extra about who can enhance, though time could also be shorter for a few of them. After all, 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 for 2 seasons so he doesn’t but want an entry stage contract. The remainder of this group wants a little bit extra info. (Player names within the following checklist hyperlink to their Elite Prospects profile.)
Xavier Parent – Parent 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 Major 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. Parent isn’t massive at 5’8” and 170 kilos and his previous manufacturing suggests his glow up was extra of a results of being older and used to the league in comparison with his junior friends. Still, he’ll get his probability to see if his recreation can deal with the skilled stage with Utica or Adirondack.
Garrett Van Wyhe – Van Wyhe was a stable, bottom-six arm for the Michigan Wolverines for 4 seasons. He was by no means a very productive participant within the NAHL or USHL earlier than going to Michigan. At Michigan, his level totals had been 10, 10, 5, and 12. He works arduous, he helped steadiness a really sturdy Wolverines crew in his school time, and he received Utica’s consideration as he signed a two-season AHL deal after Michigan misplaced to Denver within the Frozen Four 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 right down to 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. He 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 University of Guelph in Canada. Yes, a Canadian school participant. Unlike 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 definitely helpful 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 crew), I count on Bignell to make up the numbers. But 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 – Another invited participant 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 (bear in mind: the OHL canceled 2020-21) and he was pretty productive since his second one. Last season, the 21-year-old had his most efficient 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). This is D’Amico’s second check out with an NHL crew as he was part of St. Louis’ camp final season. As with different overage prospects, the aim is to return out of this with some form of deal. We’ll see if he does.
Zack Jones – Like D’Amico, Zack Jones is a mean junior participant with the Devils on a tryout. Unlike D’Amico, Jones’ time with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL was not as fruitful. He performed within the Boston space earlier than making the leap to the ‘Q’ in 2019-20. With the Mooseheads, he averaged a bit above a half-point-per-game. I feel he’s right here to make up the numbers except 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 12 months was denied because the Ivy Leagues – and the ECAC – didn’t have spots for 2020-21. He transferred to Long Island University, 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 is 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 might present whether or not he has a future at Utica or not. The work shall be put in now.
Brody Crane – Crane is one other junior participant invited to the Devils’ camp. However, he’s simply 18 (he turned 18 in May) 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 brief scouting blurb in his EP profile. Brock Otten had Crane forty fourth on his high 50 OHL gamers for the 2022 NHL Draft, noting that he was aggressive to a fault and maybe somebody who can blossom subsequent season with the Knights. I do not assume the Devils can signal him (I’m uncertain a minimum of?), however a minimum of they’ll get an up-close have a look at what he may do.
For the forwards, the primary curiosity shall be on the NHL-signed gamers. I’d count on them to hold the load within the Prospect Challenge video games and set an instance in another classes earlier than the complete camp begins subsequent week. For the needs of getting ready for a season with Utica, Adirondack, or going again to junior (or in Bignell’s case, the University of Guelph), these video games do carry loads of worth. We shall see how they get on and the way the coaches will make the most of these gamers.
One final observe: Here are the 2022 All About the Jersey Top 25 Under 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 Challenge? Who do you assume has to have an excellent rookie camp with the intention 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. Thank you for studying.