by Albany Devils // 07.06.2011 // Feature

Goaltender Jeff Frazee is next up in weekly question and answer segment. Submit your questions to Frazee on Tuesday and Wednesday via Facebook and Twitter and will have the answers posted on Thursday.

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by AHL // 07.05.2011 // News

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced that the league’s Board of Governors, convening this week for its Annual Meeting in Hilton Head Island, S.C., has approved the following division alignment for the 2011-12 AHL season (NHL affiliates in parentheses):

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division
Manchester Monarchs (LA)
Portland Pirates (PHX)
Providence Bruins (BOS)
St. John’s (WPG)
Worcester Sharks (SJ)

Northeast Division
Adirondack Phantoms (PHI)
Albany Devils (NJ)
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI)
Connecticut Whale (NYR)
Springfield Falcons (CBJ)

East Division
Binghamton Senators (OTT)
Hershey Bears (WSH)
Norfolk Admirals (TB)
Syracuse Crunch (ANA)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT)

Western Conference

North Division
Grand Rapids Griffins (DET)
Hamilton Bulldogs (MTL)
Lake Erie Monsters (COL)
Rochester Americans (BUF)
Toronto Marlies (TOR)

Midwest Division
Charlotte Checkers (CAR)
Chicago Wolves (VAN)
Milwaukee Admirals (NSH)
Peoria Rivermen (STL)
Rockford IceHogs (CHI)

West Division
Abbotsford Heat (CGY)
Houston Aeros (MIN)
Oklahoma City Barons (EDM)
San Antonio Rampage (FLA)
Texas Stars (DAL)

Playoff Format

The format for the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs was also approved by the Board of Governors. Eight teams in each conference will qualify for the postseason, with the three division winners earning the top three seeds and the next five best teams in order of regular-season points seeded fourth through eighth. The conference quarterfinals will be best-of-five series; the conference semifinals, conference finals and Calder Cup Finals will be best-of-seven series. Teams will be re-ordered after the first round so that the highest-remaining seed plays the lowest-remaining seed.

The regular-season schedule format is still to be determined, and the complete playing schedule for the 2011-12 regular season, which begins Oct. 7, will be announced later this summer.



by Albany Devils // 06.30.2011 // News

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Albany Devils announced today the team’s six guaranteed home dates for the upcoming 2011-12 season. The announcement was made by Albany General Manager Chris Lamoriello. The dates are listed below with times and opponents to be determined.

+ Saturday, October 8 (Home Opener)
+ Saturday, November 5
+ Sunday, December 4
+ Saturday, December 17
+ Friday, December 30
+ Monday, January 16

Season tickets for the 2011-12 season are on sale now by calling (518) 4-DEVILS or by logging onto The American Hockey League will release the remaining schedule and opponents in August.



by New Jersey Devils // 06.27.2011 // News

The long hours, days, months and years that go into a draft selection came to a close Saturday. The Devils selected Adam Larsson with the fourth overall pick — the highest selection since 1991. The team followed by picking a pair of forwards and a pair of defensemen. At the end of the day Director of Scouting David Conte provided his final thoughts:

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by Eric Marin (NJD) // 06.27.2011 // Feature

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ST. PAUL – Blake Coleman’s totals speak volumes for the kind of season he had in 2010-11.

Skating for the Indiana Ice, Coleman, a center, led the USHL in scoring with 92 points (34g-58a) – the league’s highest total in more than a decade. Selected in the third round, 75th overall, by the Devils at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, he hopes to bring that scoring touch to New Jersey someday.

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“I’m just ecstatic,” Coleman said of becoming a Devil. “I just can’t even describe it right now.”

After meeting with the club, he had a hunch he might pulling on a red and black jersey Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center. He was ranked 198th among North American skaters by Central Scouting.

“I met with them this week and I thought things went well, but like I said I can’t even describe it right now, I’m so excited,” he said.

Asked what he brings, Coleman described a “can’t-be-denied attitude.” The native of Plano, Tex., grew up supporting the Dallas Stars. While he wasn’t a fan of the Devils when they beat the Stars for the 2000 Stanley Cup, he said Saturday, “I sure am now.”

Coleman’s development is a testament to the growth of hockey in non-traditional hockey regions such as the southwest.

“I played my midgets there, I played youth hockey – I grew up through Dallas,” he said. “I spent one year in the Detroit through that whole stint but the rest was all Dallas.”

As for his outstanding season in Indiana, Coleman credited his coaches and linemates.

“Just great coaching, a lot of work in the weight room, a lot of work on the ice,” he said. “It wasn’t easy, but a great team, great linemates. Everything had to come together for it, but it all worked out.”

Coleman’s 92 points marked the first time a USHLer surpassed 90 since Thomas Vanek put up 91 for Sioux Falls in 2001-02. Coleman measures 5-10, 198 lbs.

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• Coleman had 17 more points than the next highest scorer and his 58 assists were the most in the USHL since the 2007-08 season.

• It was the second USHL campaign for the native of Plano, Texas and a breakout season offensively after he tallied 28 points (10g, 18a) in 2009-10.

• Coleman also led the USHL with a plus-52 rating, the highest mark on record since the USHL became Tier I in 2002. He was listed on the NHL Central Scouting final rankings and is set to begin his collegiate career at Miami University next season.



by New Jersey Devils // 06.27.2001 // Feature

The Devils selected Adam Larsson fourth overall at the 2011 Entry Draft on Friday, landing the top European skater in this year’s draft class.

It was the Devils’ highest draft pick since 1991, when they selected Scott Niedermayer third overall.

Larsson, a 6-3, 200-lb. defenseman who models himself after Nick Lidstrom, spoke to the media after donning the Devils cap and jersey for the first time:

Your thoughts going into today?
ADAM LARSSON:  Well, we’re happy and excited for next year to go into New Jersey’s organization, and I’m very proud too.

Surprised going down to four?  There was a chance of you being second.
No, actually not.  I think it’s just good guys and skilled guys that came before me. So I’m not surprised at all.

Adam, is it nice to go to a team that already has such a good foundation?
Yeah, of course.  They have three Swedes on their team, so I think that makes things easier for me from the start.

Did you get the idea that they were interested?
Yeah, actually I had some meetings with them right after the draft, too, and they had said good things about me, but you never know.  I wasn’t sure.

What kind of adjustments do you need to make to your game?
I think I need to be stronger in my body and I need to improve my shots a little bit more, but I’m working on it at home every single day, and hopefully we’ll get better.

Can you talk about playing in front of a world class goalie like Martin Brodeur?
Of course it would be an honor to play in front of him.  I don’t know what to say, but I’m looking forward to it.

Did you feel any pressure?  I mean you were talked about going potentially 1 or 2, did you feel the pressure for yourself coming into this day and have some hopes and anxieties in terms of wanting to have that number one spot?
Yeah, of course, I wanted to be number one.  I think all of the guys want that, but after all I was proud.  The Draft is just huge for every single hockey player.  So I’m just happy to be drafted right now.

Do you think there is a sense maybe of motivation for you to say, “I’m the guy and I should have gone number one” ?
Yeah, of course, I wish.

Talk about your thoughts of being drafted by New Jersey and putting on the jersey and being drafted by them?
Yeah, they have many Stanley Cups.  It is a good organization and everything.  They have some old guys, and I think that helps, can help our young players.

Tim Erixson in Sweden, you’re now going to be right across the river from him.  He’s in New York, you’re in New Jersey.  What’s that mean to you and what’s that going to be like being rivals with him now?
Yeah, of course, it will feel great to have him just across the river and just hang out with him.  But at the games we are not friends, so.

Do you know any of the Swedish Devils that are on the team right now?
Yeah, I know three of them, Mattias TedenbyJohan Hedberg, and Jacob Josefson.

Do you think you’ll have a chance to play with them and play on their team?
Yeah, of course, they’re good guys.  I know them pretty well.



With the fourth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the New Jersey Devils selected defenseman Adam Larsson.

Playing in his second full season with Skelleftea in 2010-11, he was only the third defenseman to make his Elite League debut at 16 years of age. He represented Sweden at the 2010 and 2011 World Junior Championship, finishing as the team’s highest scoring defender at the tournament in 2011 with four points (1-3–4). Sweden won a bronze medal in 2010 and finished fourth in 2011.


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