New Jersey Devils Announce Rookie Camp & Prospect Challenge Roster

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 3 video games on this 12 months’s Prospect Challenge, beginning with Montreal on Friday evening, Buffalo on Saturday evening, and Boston on Monday morning. Yes, morning. As in 10 AM. The Devils’ website online can be streaming all 3 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 Schmid, Tyler Brennan, Isaac Poulter

Daws and Schmid had been the highest goaltenders with Utica ultimate season, and Daws had a longer call-up in 2021-22 for 25 video games. I’m just a little stunned he qualifies for this tourney, however I can no longer bitch about further mins for a tender participant. Brennan used to be the Devils’ one goaltender decided on within the 2022 draft. Isaac Poulter used to be signed to a two-way contract via Utica again in June. He performed for the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League for 4 seasons and used to be arguably their starter for the ultimate two complete WHL seasons. He posted his perfect season when it comes to total save proportion ultimate season with a 91.1% in 49 video games for a deficient Swift Current group. We’ll see how he will get on in professional hockey. Do no longer be surprised if he finally ends up with Adirondack of the ECHL simply to stay him energetic in 2022-23. I’d await those 4 to be turned around around the 3 video games bobbing up.

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

The greatest title amongst this team is the 2022 2nd total select, Simon Nemec. This tourney can be his first time enjoying for the New Jersey Devils. I’d await numerous eyes to be on him during this rookie camp and, later, the Devils’ preseason. Bahl, Okhotiuk, Walsh, Vukojevic, and Groleau had been mainstays in Utica ultimate season. With perhaps one (two?) spots up for grabs and setting up an order at the intensity chart, there can be numerous pageant in camp to look which Comet will get forward of the opposite. That pageant begins on Friday evening. Like Nemec, this tourney can be Vilen’s first set of video games as a Devil as he signed his ELC ultimate season.

The two less-familiar names are Filip Bratt and Jarrod Gourley. Bratt is certainly Jesper’s brother. He gave the impression on the Devils’ construction camp again within the Summer. Filip signed a two-way AHL deal in July. He’s 20, he’s no longer huge (5’10”, 179 kilos), and used to be best productive with AIK U-20s ultimate season. Gourley is a little older (23), a lot higher (6’2”, 212 kilos), got here during the NCAA by which he didn’t produce so much, and signed with the group previous. He transferred to UConn for his senior season after 3 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 resulted in March. He performed 10 video games with them and used to be 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 come with veterans like Robbie Russo and Tyler Wotherspoon – the contest only for the Comets can be fierce. This camp and Utica camp will pass a protracted strategy 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 Parent, Brody Crane

Of the 15 forwards, 6 have NHL access degree contracts as of this writing: Holtz, Foote, Clarke, Halonen, Stillman, and Talvitie. The hope is that Holtz pushes for a NHL activity forward of this season. The relaxation are extra about who can reinforce, even though time is also shorter for a few of them. After all, Halonen and Talvitie are each 23 and Foote will flip 22 in November. Filmon used to be drafted via New Jersey within the 2022 NHL Draft; the Devils have his rights for 2 seasons so he does no longer but want an access degree contract. The remainder of this team wishes just a little additional information. (Player names within the following record hyperlink to their Elite Prospects profile.)

  • Xavier Parent – Parent used to be on the Devils’ construction camp and signed an AHL contract in July along side Bratt. He completely went off for Sherbrooke of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League ultimate season with 51 objectives and 106 issues in 65 season video games in addition to 9 objectives and 22 issues in 11 playoff video games. He used to be a little above a point-per-game price within the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season for the ‘Q’ and had problems generating prior to then. Parent isn’t huge at 5’8” and 170 kilos and his previous manufacturing suggests his glow up used to be extra of a results of being older and used to the league in comparison to his junior friends. Still, he’ll get his probability to look if his sport can deal with the professiona degree with Utica or Adirondack.
  • Garrett Van Wyhe – Van Wyhe used to be a forged, bottom-six hand for the Michigan Wolverines for 4 seasons. He used to be by no means a specifically 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 arduous, he helped stability an overly sturdy Wolverines group in his faculty time, and he were given 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, used to be 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 2 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 most commonly performed for Norfolk of the ECHL in 2021-22. He signed a two-way contract with Utica for this season ultimate month. If not anything else, he’s well-traveled.
  • Luke Bignell – Bignell is a middle who performs for the University of Guelph in Canada. Yes, a Canadian faculty 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 used to be drafted, and used to be indisputably treasured to the Colts (he used to be their captain in 2019-20) however no longer sufficient to garner any consideration after his junior season ended with the cancelled 2020-21 OHL season. With 6 issues in 14 video games in 2021-22 (and the OUA All-Rookie group), I be expecting Bignell to make up the numbers. But the rest just right he can display 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 ultimate 5 seasons (keep in mind: the OHL cancelled 2020-21) and he used to be reasonably productive since his 2nd one. Last season, the 21-year previous had his best with 32 objectives and 58 issues in 67 season video games and 11 objectives and 21 issues in 25 playoff video games (Windsor misplaced within the OHL Finals in 2022). This is D’Amico’s 2nd check out with a NHL group as he used to be part of St. Louis’ camp ultimate season. As with different overage potentialities, the function is to come back out of this with some roughly 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. Unlike D’Amico, Jones’ time with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL used to be no longer as fruitful. He performed within the Boston space prior to making the soar to the ‘Q’ in 2019-20. With the Mooseheads, he averaged a little above a half-point-per-game. I believe he’s right here to make up the numbers until the 5’9”, 172 pound middle can display a lot more than his junior profession suggests.
  • Billy Jerry – Jerry got here up via Wisconsin formative years groups, performed for Madison within the USHL, and joined RPI within the 2017-18 season. The ahead used to be no longer that productive and what would were his senior 12 months used to be denied because the Ivy Leagues – and the ECAC – didn’t have spots for 2020-21. He transferred to Long Island University, he used to be named their captain, and he publish 14 objectives and 31 issues in 34 video games to steer 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 via the Thunder in August. He is right here to make up the numbers, even though he’s a member of the group. How he does as a rookie with the Thunder over a complete season would possibly display whether or not he has a long term at Utica or no longer. The paintings can be installed now.
  • Brody Crane – Crane is any other junior participant invited to the Devils’ camp. However, he’s simply 18 (he grew to become 18 in May) and remains to be draft eligible. Crane simply completed his rookie season with London with 8 objectives and 15 issues in 56 video games. The left winger it sounds as if likes to move within the offensive zone in line with the quick scouting blurb in his EP profile. Brock Otten had Crane forty fourth on his most sensible 50 OHL gamers for the 2022 NHL Draft, noting he used to be competitive to a fault and in all probability anyone who can blossom subsequent season with the Knights. I don’t suppose the Devils can signal him (I’m undecided a minimum of?), however a minimum of they are able to get an up-close have a look at what he may just do.

For the forwards, the principle hobby can be at the NHL-signed gamers. I’d be expecting them to hold the burden within the Prospect Challenge video games and set an instance in another periods prior to the whole camp starts 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 University of Guelph), those video games do raise numerous worth. We shall see how they get on and the way the coaches will make the most of those gamers.

One ultimate notice: Here are the 2022 All About the Jersey Top 25 Under 25 ratings for the entire 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 team are you excited to look carry out on the Prospects Challenge? Who do you suppose has to have a just right rookie camp as a way to get consideration in subsequent week’s camp? Please go away your solutions and different ideas concerning the Devils’ rookie camp roster within the feedback. Thank you for studying.

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