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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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5 Things I Learned in Hartford

With more NHL games canceled it was time to make my way to another AHL game. Last month I went to the Times Union Center in Albany to watch the Devils at home, so this time I decided to head into enemy territory – Hartford, Connecticut. Here are a few things I learned from the XL Center and the Connecticut Whale.

1. Corner seats are pretty amazing.
Since AHL tickets are more affordable then tickets to any NHL game, I’ve been taking advantage and sitting right on the glass. I know, I know, you can’t see a thing that close but I rarely have a chance to sit in these seats at the Prudential Center so I’m going for it while I can. For this game I tried corner seats and they were awesome! You get to be right up there for all the corner battles and big hits. You can hear the puck sliding along the boards at your feet and come face to face with pucks that are shot wide. I may or may not have jumped up a couple times thanks to high flying pucks.

Albany Devils at Connecticut Whale

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Boardwalk Empire Hockey – Albany Devils Play in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall

Albany Devils, Boardwalk Hall Atlantic CityThe Albany Devils hosted the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins down in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Sunday the 25th. It was a great night for hockey in AC. Sunday’s game was the first of four Albany Devils games at Boardwalk Hall this season. I was very excited to see our favorite players on the ice and playing hockey again.

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5 Things I Learned in Albany

I’ve been planning a trip to Albany since what would be the start of the NHL season and I wasn’t letting Sandy get in the way. After waiting in a long line for one of the few open gas stations, I filled up my tank and used that precious fuel to drive up to Albany and watch the Albany Devils take on the Connecticut Whale at the Times Union Center. This was my first trip to Albany, here’s what I learned.

Times Union Center

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