Category Archives: Prospect Profile

Prospect Profile: Scott Wedgewood – Goaltender

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ScottWedgewoodWith 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.

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Prospect Profile: Reid Boucher – Forward

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The New Jersey Devils are looking for a forward who can put up big offensive numbers. But, they may not have to sign a big free agent or make a blockbuster trade, as the person who could potentially put up those numbers is currently attending the Devils’ Prospect Camp, and coming off a strong season in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sarnia Sting. That man is Reid Boucher.

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Prospect Profile: Eric Gelinas – Defenseman

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GelinasThe 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

Prospect Profile: Jon Merrill- Defenseman

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At 6’3’’and 209 lbs, Jon Merrill is an imposing figure. With his offensive prowess and ever-strengthening defensive game, the 21-year-old blue-liner is poised to make a splash and compete for time in New Jersey this season.

Merrill is a four-way skater with the poise and skill to make strong breakout passes out of the defensive zone. The most polished aspect of his game is his play from the point, specifically on the power play.

MerrillThe Michigan product has the ability to be a power play quarterback at the NHL level. He possesses a strong shot and is an adept passer. He has almost Ryan Suter-like potential in that regard.

As a freshman at Michigan, he notched 25 points, (7g,18a) becoming the first Wolverine defenseman since Jack Johnson, currently of the Columbus Blue Jackets, to break the 20-point plateau. Merrill also added 70 blocks that season and scored two goals in the outdoor game at “The Big House.”

After a rocky sophomore season, the slick defenseman bounced back for a solid junior campaign, where he recorded 11 points (2g, 11a) in 21 games.

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