Sestito: “They know what they are getting with me”

NEWARK, NJ — Since making his NHL debut with Edmonton during the 2008-09 season, Tim Sestito has found himself in the NHL every year. He joined the Devils organization during the summer of 2009 and has proceeded to play 85 games with New Jersey.

“I think they know what they are getting with me: responsible in our own end, aggressive on the forecheck, someone who gives 100 percent effort. I think, especially with the Devils, being good in your own zone is key here with the way we play. I think that plays a part into it.”

Sestito, who broke into the pro game at the end of the 2004-05 season, has played 393 career AHL, producing 66 goals and 79 assists for 145 points. Former AHL teams include Bridgeport, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Springfield.

The 30-year old is a native of upstate New York. He was born in Rome, NY a short drive from Times Union Center.

“I’m very luck. Being in Albany these past five, six years, I’m only an hour and a half from central New York where a lot of family and friends can come see me play. You don’t want to say it, but you try a little harder when you have you parents or some friends in the stands. It’s great motivation. I think central New York is just a great place to play hockey. It’s an underrated hockey hotbed.”

Last season, Sestito, who played 16 NHL games, registered 27 points with 13 goals and 14 assist in 51 contests with Albany.

Wedgewood: “It will be a good, friendly battle”

NEWARK, NJ — Scott Wedgewood is no stranger to the hallways of Prudential Center, where the New Jersey Devils are currently holding their Training Camp in preparation for the 2014-15 season. Wedgewood, a third round pick during the 2010 NHL Draft, is participating in his fourth camp.

“For these now, I know everybody. You have your own little inside jokes of things that have happened in the past. Coming in for this, you are playing for a job and it’s now become a business. I’m still loving the game and still love being around the guys. For me, it’s just come in, get my work done, improve with everything I can pick up, learn and take it all back to where ever they put me.”

With the departure of long-time Devil Martin Brodeur, Wedgewood is trying to impress management and the coaching staff that he is capable of making the jump to the NHL. The Devils have five other goaltenders in camp: Cory Schneider, Scott Clemmenson, Keith Kinkaid, Maxime Clermont and Anthony Brodeur.

“For me, it’s just showing what I can do and make their decision as hard as possible. Obvisouly, they’ve never been in this situation where they haven’t had two set guys, so it’s its a bit of a change for me Keith and Clemmensen is here now. It will be a good, friendly battle. I’ll put my best foot forward and get a position somewhere that will help me out.”

In his first full season in the AHL last year, Wedgewood went 16-14-3 with a 2.39 goals-against average, an .899 save percentage and four shutouts.


Day 4: Training Camp

Group 1

Maxime Clermont
Cory Schneider
Eric Gelinas
Andy Greene
Seth Helgeson
Raman Hrabarenka
Adam Larsson
Damon Severson
Steve Bernier
Reid Boucher
Mike Cammalleri
Ruslan Fedotenko
Scott Gomez
Jaromir Jagr
Ben Johnson
Chris McKelvie
John Quenneville
Mike Sislo
Paul Thompson
Travis Zajac
Kelly Zajac

Group 2

Anthony Brodeur
Scott Clemmensen
Brandon Burlon
Peter Harrold
Dan Kelly
Mike Komisarek
Renat Mamashev
Corbin McPherson
Myles Bell
Graham Black
Connor Chatham
Ryane Clowe
Patrik Elias
Marty Havlat
Adam Henrique
Ryan Kujawinkski
Stefan Matteau
Michael Ryder
Ben Thomson
Scott Timmins
Dainius Zubrus

Group 3

Keith Kinkaid
Scott Wedgewood
Joe Faust
Tomas Kaberle 
Ryan Rehill
Bryce Salvador
Reece Scarlett
Marek Zidlicky
Brandon Baddock
Damien Brunner
Ryan Carter
Stephen Gionta
Cam Janssen
Jacob Josefson
Rod Pelley
Tuomo Ruutu
Tim Sestito
Jordin Tootoo
Joe Whitney
David Wohlberg
Darcy Zajac

Devils TV: Coming off a career year in which he produced career-high numbers in the AHL and made his NHL debut, Mike Sislo comes into Training Camp with confidence.

Devils TV: Coming off a career year in which he produced career-high numbers in the AHL and made his NHL debut, Mike Sislo comes into Training Camp with confidence.

Devils TV: After a trying rookie season, Kelly Zajac bounced back in a big way in 2014-15 and finished second on the team with 44 points.

Devils TV: After a trying rookie season, Kelly Zajac bounced back in a big way in 2014-15 and finished second on the team with 44 points.

Zajac: “It was nice to get a full year in, be healthy and make an impact”

NEWARK, NJ — After a trying rookie season in 2012-13, Kelly Zajac broke out last year, finishing second on the team with 44 points, including a club-best 32 assists.

“It was definitely a good year for me. The year before was filled with injuries, so it was nice to get a full year in, be healthy and make an impact with the team. The team did a good job and I think that helps with the players’ stats.”

Two years ago, Zajac began the season with Trenton (ECHL) and produced 16 points (6g-10a) in just 15 games. In the AHL, he had four points (2g-2a) in 14 contests.

Centering Albany’s second line in 2013-14, he appeared in 67 games and had 12 goals, including three on the power play and two game winners.

According to Zajac, he worked on his strength this offseason.

“Get stronger and get a little more explosive. You can see how fast guys are in this league and how big they are. Obviously me being a smaller guy, I have to be quick and I have to be strong. I did a lot of leg power — explosive stuff — and hopefully it helps my game out.”

Zajac, who turned 26 on June 6, played four seasons at Union College before joining the Devils in April of 2012.

Sislo: “It gave me confidence coming into this year”

NEWARK, NJ — Mike Sislo’s first two seasons in the AHL were nearly identical. In 2011-12, he produced 27 points (9g-18a) in 59 games and in 2012-13, he had 26 points (13g-13a) in 61 games.

Last season he found is pace; his touch. He finished third on the team with 41 points and first with 23 goals, appearing in 59 games. He also served as an alternate captain.

“It was a good year for myself and good year for the team. The coaches put a lot of trust in me and gave me a bigger role on the team and I tried to take advantage of that.”

His 2013-14 campaign included 14-game stint in the NHL that he hopes to build off of this training camp.

“I think the the familiarity and the experience helped a lot. It gave me confidence coming into this year. Things I could take away that were positive and negative to improve on and be better player at the beginning of this year than I was at the end of last year.”

For his career, Sislo, who played four seasons at the University of New Hampshire, has played 182 AHL games, producing 94 points with 45 goals and 49 helpers.


Day 3: Training Camp

NEWARK, NJ — The first full day of New Jersey Devils training camp is in the books. The first of three groups stepped on the ice at 9:45 am and the remaining groups followed at 12:15 pm and 3:00 pm. Pete DeBoer, who is entering his fourth season as the NJ Devils head coach, ran the session along with assistant coaches Dave Barr and Tommy Albelin. Chris Terreri and Johan Hedberg are advising the goaltenders.

» Group 1

Maxime Clermont, Cory Schneider

Brandon Burlon, Eric Gelinas, Seth Helgeson, Raman Hrabarenka, Mike Komisarek, Adam Larsson

Steve Bernier, Reid Boucher, Mike Cammalleri, Patrik Elias, Scott Gomez, Marty Havlat, Jaromir Jagr, Ben Johnson, Chris McKelvie, Paul Thompson, Dainius Zubrus, Kelly Zajac, Travis Zajac

» Group 2

Anthony Brodeur, Scott Clemmensen

Dan Kelly, Corbin McPherson, Renat Mamashev, Bryce Salvador, Damon Severson, Marek Zidlicky

Myles Bell, Graham Black, Damien Brunner, Connor Chatham, Ryane Clowe, Adam Henrique, Jacob Josefson, Ryan Kujawinksi, Stefan Matteau, Tuomo Ruutu, Michael Ryder, Ben Thomson, Scott Timmins

» Group 3

Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood

Joe Faust, Andy Greene, Peter Harrold, Tomas Kaberle, Jon Merrill, Ryan Rehill, Reece Scarlett

Brandon Baddock, Ryan Carter, Ruslan Fedotenko, Stephen Gionta, Cam Janssen, Rod Pelley, John Quenneville, Tim Sestito, Mike Sislo, Jordin Tootoo, Joe Whitney, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac

Devils TV: Scott Timmins

Devils TV: Scott Timmins


Devils TV: Damon Severson

Devils TV: Damon Severson

Severson: “So while I’m here I’m trying to get my promotion to the NHL”

NEWARK, NJ — For the first time since New Jersey drafted him with the 60th overall choice during the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Damon Severson will wear the red and black full time. With his junior career behind him, the 20-year-old will either suit up for New Jersey or Albany this season.

“I’ve wanted to be a hockey player all my life and now that the opportunity has finally come for a shot at the NHL, I feel like people go to work everyday for their every day job and this is my job. I want to be the best I can be. Just like the normal everyday person, you want to get a promotion, so while I’m here I’m trying to get my promotion to the NHL.”

Severson got a taste of professional hockey at the end of the 2012-13 season, signing an Amateur Tryout Agreement with Albany. In two games he registered two assists.

Coming into this season, the 6-2, 210 lbs. defenseman played 260 games in the WHL — mostly with Kelowna — and produced 167 points with 36 goals and 131 assists. Last season, he had 61 points, registering 15 goals and 46 helpers.

Timmins: “I’m just trying to make their decision a hard one”

NEWARK, NJ — Despite entering his second season with the organization, Scott Timmins in the midst of his first New Jersey Devils Training Camp. Nearly one year ago, Timmins was traded to the Devils from Florida with a sixth round choice in 2014 for Krys Barch and St. Louis’ seventh-round choice in 2015.

Timmins spent the entire 2013-14 season with Albany and finished fourth on the team with 39 points, backed by 13 goals and 26 assists.

He is visiting the Prudential Center for the first time and after Friday’s skate, he talked about his exceptions entering camp.

“Just to make a good impression. It’s the first time seeing the facility and meeting all of the management here. I’m just trying to make their decision a hard one. I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself.”

Timmins does have NHL experience. He appeared in 19 games with the Panthers in 2010-11 and five games in 2013-14.


SEFCU College Night & Happy Hour Return

ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils and SEFCU have once again partnered for “SEFCU College Nights” at Times Union Center. All students will receive a $10 ticket at the arena’s Box Office for all Devils Friday home games and for the Wednesday, Nov. 26 contest. Students who take advantage of the promotion will also receive a $1 voucher for a hot dog or soda.

Additionally, “Happy Hour” will be held during these games. Adults, 21-years-or-older, can purchase $2 domestic drafts between 6-7 pm on the arena’s concourse.

The Devils are also offering “Dollar Dawg Nights” during all midweek games (Monday-Thursday) at Times Union Center. All fans can purchase a hot dog or small soda for just $1.

The 2014-15 season begins on Saturday, Oct. 11 when the Devils travel to face the Adirondack Flames at 7 pm. Albany hosts its Home Opener on Saturday, Oct. 18 against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 5:05 pm. The rest of the team’s promotional schedule will be released leading up to the drop of the puck.

Date Opponent Time
Fri., Nov 21 WB/Scranton 7 pm
Wed., Nov. 26 Hartford 7 pm
Fri., Jan. 2 Syracuse 7 pm
Fri., Jan. 9 Hershey 7 pm
Fri., Jan. 30 St. John’s 7 pm
Fri., Feb. 13 Hershey 7 pm
Fr., Mar. 13 Worcester 7 pm

9/19 – Morning Skate

Welcome to the Albany Devils “Morning Skate” a daily feature on Check back each morning to catchup on the latest Albany and New Jersey Devils news.

Here’s what you need to know for Friday.

Three for Friday

The veterans reported to camp yesterday, meaning the first FULL day of on-ice training starts today. The first of three sessions begins at 9:45 am at AmeriHealth Pavilion.

Shutdown defensemen

Albany finished sixth in the AHL last season for goals-against per game. Head Coach Rick Kowalsky and defensemen Dan Kelly and Corbin McPherson each touched on the team’s success and what we can expect in 2014-15.

The great exception

“We should set the bar very high for ourselves and demand nothing but the best on the ice.”

The big team’s site

The New Jersey Devils have comprehensive coverage of training camp. Right now you can checkout interviews with Reid Boucher, Anthony Brodeur, Stefan Matteau, John Quenneville and Damon Severson.

Also, get a first look at Cory Schneider’s new mask.

A quick look back

Even though the veterans reported to camp yesterday, the rookies and players who skated in Albany last season have been on the ice since Wednesday. Both days followed a very similar structure.

About today’s image

Rod Pelley, who skated with the second group during Thursday’s training session, fires a wristshot towards goal. The Albany captain had 13 goals in 74 AHL games last season.

Today’s Morning Skate was posted at 6:00 am

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