Author Archives: Ross O'Shea
With the ninth overall pick in 2013, the Devils traded for Cory Schneider. Schneider has two years left on his contract, and what if he doesn’t stay? The Devils seemed to have sured up their goalie future but there potentially be room in a few years. Before the trade, many were already talking about this next prospect as the potential answer to the imminent retirement of a future hall of famer. Scott Wedgewood is mainly regarded as one of the best goaltending prospects the New Jersey Devils have amongst the fan base. Wedgewood showed what he could do earning the starting spot for the Plymouth Whalers (OHL: Junior Team). One game during the 2010 playoffs Wedgewood put up a 70 save performance. Despite his team’s loss in that series it was the start of showcasing what he could do. In the 2011 OHL playoffs, the Ontario native, had multiple 50+ save performances. Check out more of his successes from In Lou We Trust.
Lamoreillo and Pete Deboer found their replacement for Matt Shaw who was hired to improve the Devils Power Play. Shaw left after the 2013 season to take a headcoaching & general manager job in the USHL. Mike Foligno has been hired as his replacement who now has a daunting task considering the Devils now lost their key sniper, who regularly played the full 2 minutes.
Foligno coached in the OHL and that is where Deboer got to know him. From reports from Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record, Lamoriello and Deboer had Foligno as one of their top choices from the get-go. Lamoriello and Deboer seem to have a plan.
Mike Foligno was a former NHL player who played primarily for the Buffalo Sabres. To many fans of hockey the name may sound familiar. Both his sons play in the NHL, Nick Foligno for Ottawa and Marcus Foligno for the Sabres.
Foligno has been coaching the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League from 2003 – 2010. He was able to take his team to the playoffs 6 of the 7 seasons he was head coach. He has served as assistant coach in Anaheim in 2011. It seems that he will help the Devils with the special teams, but was not released in any comments yet to the media.
The Devils have always built their team around strong defense. This next prospect is another hopeful to break into a NHL role this season. Similar to Jon Merrill, Eric Gelinas is a potential top blue-liner who can produce. Drafted in the second round in 2009, 54th overall, Gelinas is working hard to get back into top shape.
Last season, Gelinas suffered a fractured jaw and lost the first quarter of the season for Albany. After his return, the 22-year old picked up where he left off from the previous season, putting up 22 points in the remaining games including 6 goals. During the 2011-2012 season the 6’4” lefty put up 37 points in 75 games for Albany. Read the rest of this entry