Player News - Devils

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New Jersey goalies Keith Kinkaid and Anders Lindback combined for 21 saves in a 2-0 shutout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in exhibition play Monday night.

Kinkaid started and made six saves and Lindback entered during the second period and made 15 saves. Forward Nick Lappin scored both New Jersey goals. Alex Lyon also shone in net for Philly, making 28 saves on 29 shots.
Sep 26 - 11:09 PM

Adam Henrique netted two goals to spark the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 exhibition victory over the Montreal Canadiens Monday night.

Michael McLeod had New Jersey's other goal. New Devil Taylor Hall, obtained in a major off-season trade from the Edmonton Oilers, fired three shots on goal in 17:53 of ice time. Montreal got a goal from defenseman Zach Redmond.
Sep 26 - 10:59 PM

Taylor Hall will play his first game as a New Jersey Devil Monday.

The Devils will open their pre-season with a split-squad and Hall will be going to Montreal to take on the Canadiens. Hall was not happy with the Oilers decision to trade him and it could be good news for fantasy owners who select Hall that he has a chip on his shoulder this season. Hall will provide the Devils with some much needed scoring and should get 65-70 points this season if he remains healthy.
Sep 26 - 8:04 AM

Beau Bennett is thrilled about his chance to play with the New Jersey Devils.

Bennett was picked up by the Devils in a trade with the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins at the Entry Draft and the Devils re-signed him to a one-year deal worth $725,000. The oft-injured forward has always been highly regarded but just when he makes some headway, it seems like he gets hurt. He has just 16 goals and 45 points in 129 games in four NHL seasons and needs to stay healthy one season to show what he is capable of doing. He had 12 points in 33 games last season.
Sep 25 - 8:43 AM

Reid Boucher missed scrimmaging on Saturday due to a hip flexor.

Boucher had eight goals and 19 points in 39 NHL games last season and is expected to take on a bigger role in 2016-17. Consider him day-to-day for now and look for a 40 point season out of the winger.
Sep 25 - 7:31 AM

Jon Merrill has looked good thus far in training camp.

Merrill had off-season surgery on his shoulder and there was some question as to whether or not he would be able to start the season. Well there is no worries about that now as the blueliner has looked good. The Devils are looking for a defenseman who can score and Merrill thinks he can contribute. "Inconsistency is something I’ve struggled with throughout my career," Merrill said. "It’s my fourth year. I want to be more reliable every night. I think I can be that guy." Merrill had only five points in 47 games last season so don`t expect a lot this season.
Sep 25 - 7:28 AM

Adam Henrique skated alongside Taylor Hall and Devante Smith-Pelly in the Devils' scrimmage on Friday.

It's hard to read too much into a line used in an early camp intrasquad game, but there is a solid chance that Henrique and Hall will end up playing together in the season opener. That would be a great arrangement for Henrique and might even lead to him flirting with the 60-point mark for the first time, provided that Hall and Henrique end up spending a good chunk of the season on the same unit.
Sep 24 - 6:25 AM

Scott Wedgewood would have to clear waivers if he doesn't make the Devils' opening game roster.

Keith Kinkaid and Anders Lindback (PTO) are Wedgewood's competitors for the backup job, so if waivers weren't a factor Wedgewood probably wouldn't end up with an opening game roster spot. There is a chance he'd clear waivers anyways if he was exposed to them, but another team might be interested in grabbing him due to his upside. The 24-year-old had a 1.55 GAA and .933 save percentage in 22 AHL contests last season along with a 1.24 GAA and .957 save percentage in four starts with the Devils.
Sep 23 - 4:17 PM

Mike Cammalleri is completely over the hand injury that shut him down last season.

"I’m coming to camp with no issues," Cammalleri said. "It was a complex diagnosis that took some time. It was tough and it was a frustrating year. It was a complex diagnosis that they couldn’t put a hand on. It was nice to get clarity on that." Cammalleri had 14 goals and 38 points in 42 games with New Jersey in 2015-16. He'll be looking to play in at least 70 contests for the first time since 2008-09.
Sep 23 - 11:08 AM

Taylor Hall still holds "a bit of resentment" towards the Edmonton Oilers.

Hall's focus is on his new team, but as he previously stated, he took Edmonton's decision to trade him as "an indictment on me as a hockey player." In case you're wondering, the Devils will play against Edmonton on Jan. 7 and Jan. 12.
Sep 23 - 11:05 AM

New Jersey has inked Colton White to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The 19-year-old defender picked up nine goals and 35 points in 68 matches for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL last season. White was selected with the 97th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by New Jersey.
Sep 21 - 12:30 PM

Blake Speers has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with New Jersey.

He notched 26 goals and 74 points in 68 games for the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds last year. Speers was taken in the third round of the 2015 NHL Draft by the Devils.
Sep 21 - 12:27 PM

John Quenneville had a good showing in the Devils' prospect games.

Quenneville found the back of the net in a contest against Buffalo on Saturday. "I thought he looked real sharp," AHL Albany coach Rick Kowalsky said. "I liked some of the habits of his game. We played him on the wing the entire tournament and he looked comfortable. He certainly looks ready for pro hockey, wherever that may be. He’s a year older mentally and physically. You hope they mature and he certainly has. He looked confident out there. He’s got a little swagger to his game, snarl to his game. You see the skill and the ability he has. I’m excited for him to be at training camp." The fact that Quenneville looked good on the wing adds to the centers versatility, which obviously will serve him well as he looks to crack the Devils' opening game roster. He had 31 goals, 73 points, and 71 penalty minutes in 57 WHL games last season.
Sep 21 - 5:15 AM

AHL Albany coach Rick Kowalsky was impressed by Blake Speers' performance in a pair of prospects games.

As previously noted, Speers had three goals and an assist in those contests. "Speers, through all six periods, was our most consistent forward and not just because he scored," Kowalsky said. "He won a lot of battles and played with good energy, good pace. I knew Blake from the year before and, last year, at times, he was just taking it all in. This year, he was more comfortable and established as a young kid." It's a good start for Kowalsky, who had 26 goals and 74 points in 68 OHL games in 2015-16. That being said, the 19-year-old still isn't expected to be part of the Devils' opening game roster.
Sep 21 - 5:11 AM

Blake Speers had three goals and an assist in two prospects games.

Speers isn't a contender for a spot on the Devils' opening game roster, but a strong showing like that will help him make a good impression that could pay dividends down the road. He had 26 goals and 74 points in 68 contests with the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 2015-16. New Jersey took him with the 67th overall pick in 2015.
Source: NJ.com
Sep 20 - 8:32 AM


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