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Player Profile: Adam Henrique

HenriqueNUMBER: 14
HEIGHT: 6′ 0″
WEIGHT: 195
POSITION: Center
SHOOTS: Left
BORN: February 6, 1990
BIRTHPLACE: Brantford, ON, Canada

His name has become quite popular in the last week amongst Devils fans, and with good reason. Adam Henrique didn’t make this team coming out of training camp, but went to Albany and continued to work on his game. Then, after playing just 3 games with the Albany Devils and notching one assist, the 21-year-old center from Brantford, Ontario, Canada received the call every minor league player dreams of.  The New Jersey Devils needed him, and although it was due to an injury to another talented center in Jacob Josefson, that was all Henrique needed to hear.

He has made an immediate impact in the early season thus far, scoring 4 goals, and 3 assists in just 10 games. And after scoring back to back game winning goals against the Jets in overtime and the Hurricanes on November 8th, he has quickly become a fan favorite. Chants of “Hen-Rique!” Hen-Rique!” rang out from the crowd after each goal and during his post-game interviews.

Selected 82nd overall in the third round of the 2008 entry draft, Henrique has put up impressive numbers throughout his entire career in both the OHL and AHL. During the 09-10 playoffs while playing for the Windsor Spitfires, Henrique scored a stunning 20 goals in 19 playoff games, and was awarded the “Wayne Gretzky 99 Award” for OHL Playoff MVP as his team won its 2nd of back to back Memorial Cup Championships. Henrique also helped Team Canada win the silver medal at the World Junior Championships back in 2010. Clearly, he is no stranger to success in his young career, and that can only mean good things for the New Jersey Devils.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens with the talented Henrique as the season progresses. With the return of Josefson and Travis Zajac on the horizon, he’ll certainly need to keep up this pace if he hopes to stay with the parent club. So far, he’s making it pretty difficult for the Devils to send him back down to Albany.

What does the Devils Army think of Adam Henrique?  Feel free to comment and Let’s Go Devils!

2010-2011 Season Stats
GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
10 4 3 7 1 0 0 0 2 20 20.0

Player Profile: Mattias Tedenby

Mattias TedenbyNUMBER: 21
HEIGHT: 5′ 10″
WEIGHT: 175
POSITION: Right Wing
SHOOTS: Left
BORN: February 21, 1990
BIRTHPLACE: Vetlanda, Sweden

Mattias Tedenby was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. When he was called up in 2010, he got right to work. In his NHL debut in November, he recorded an assist. It was only 2 days later that he got his first NHL goal on a power play against the Edmonton Oilers.

He had plenty of experience playing for several teams in Sweden for elite league clubs, and it shows. Jacques Lemaire has suggested that Tedenby has the potential to be another Brian Gionta with his control and quickness. Tedenby is small, but plays an aggressive game and isn’t scared to get involved. He gets to where he needs to be, and quickly.

Tedenby has definitely won over a lot of Devils fans this past season and is a new fan favorite. He hasn’t racked up any awards just yet, so for now we’ll keep our eyes on him and watch him in action.

You can get your Tedenby (and Devils) fix tonight on MSG Plus by tuning in to their Summer Ice series. At 8PM tonight they’ll be airing the 2/8/11 game against the Hurricanes where Tedenby scores two goals eventually leading to an OT win.

2010-2011 Season Stats
GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
58 8 14 22 3 14 2 0 2 87 9.2

What are some of your favorite Tedenby moments?

Player Profile: Patrik Elias

Patrik EliasNUMBER: 26
HEIGHT: 6′ 1″
WEIGHT: 195
POSITION: Left Wing
SHOOTS: Left
BORN: April 13, 1976
BIRTHPLACE: Trebic, Czech Republic

Patrik Elias is a favorite among many New Jersey Devils fans. After being drafted by the Devils in 1994, Elias has set a few franchise records, including all-time leading scorer, most points in a seaso and most career game-winning goals, to name a few. He also played a role in winning the 2000 Stanley Cup Championship with an assist to Jason Arnott’s game winning goal during double overtime in Game 6 at Dallas. And let’s not forget his second Cup with the Devils in 2003.

The 2004-05 NHL lockout came and went but Elias didn’t miss a step. He played in for Czech Republic and when the Devils were back in action, he was placed on a line with Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez and was part of a historic comeback to win the Atlantic Division title. He was named captain in 2006, before Jaime Langenbrunner took the title in 2007. Elias currently wears the A.

In March of 2009, Elias became the Devils’ all-time leading scorer when he recorded his 702nd point with an assist to Brian Gionta’s game winning goal against the Chicago Blackhawks. It was that goal that gave Martin Brodeur his record-breaking 552nd win.

There is no denying his talent and puck handling ability. After a rocky first half of the season, Elias was the only Devil in the 2011 NHL All-Star game, making it his third all-star appearance. In the 2010-2011 season, Elias recorded his 800th career point against the Hurricanes and his 8th hat trick to help defeat the Flyers.

Outside of New Jersey he’s won two bronze World Champsionship medals in 1998 and 2011.

Current Franchise Records:

New Jersey Devils record for most points in one season: 96
New Jersey Devils record for most points in a playoff season: 23
New Jersey Devils all-time leader in playoff goals (40), assists (77), and points (117)
New Jersey Devils record for hat tricks: 8
New Jersey Devils record for career assists: 440
New Jersey Devils record for career points: 800
New Jersey Devils record for game winning goals: 66

2010-2011 Season Stats
GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
81 21 41 62 -4 16 7 1 5 204 10.3
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