Future-Stars

FUTURE STARS TOURNAMENT

by Albany Devils // 10.11.2011 // Feature

The Albany Devils weren’t the only Capital Region hockey team on the ice this weekend. Seven youth hockey teams from the Capital Region and Syracuse participated in the Albany Devils Future Stars Tournament, which was held at the Bethlehem YMCA and the Times Union Center. Below are the participants.

Clifton Park Eagles (Squirts)

Syracuse Blazers (Squirts)

Syracuse Blue Knights (Squirts)

Bethlehem Eagles (Mites)

Syracuse Nationals (Mites)

Clifton Park Eagles (Mites)

Troy-Albany Engineers

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CHEMISTRY 101

by Kevin Zalaznik // 10.11.2011 // Feature

Devils Head Coach Rick Kowalsky has a board in his office with each player’s name on a magnet. Like the elements on the periodic table different combinations produce different results.

Early in the season Kowalsky is putting on his lab coat and having to be the team’s chemist.

“This is the time of year you develop chemistry and you watch for it in practice,” Kowalsky said. “You watch for who may play better with others. Then there is a little bit of history with some of these guys that were here last year. For all teams, it’s process and a lot of it is measured by the success you have.”

Regardless of the results during the opening weekend, the reevaluation of line combinations throughout the season is expected.

“After this weekend, I will make some changes with line combinations and we have some guys who didn’t play that may come into the lineup,” Kowalsky said. “It’s a constant process. You watch for it in practice, but the games reveal more because it’s much different when you have players coming at you for real.”

According to Kowalsky, chemistry isn’t all about mixing and matching lines, but also making sure a player stays true to his ability.

“It’s pretty easy to see in the forward lines,” Kowalsky said. “You don’t necessarily have to shuffle players it may just be talking to a guy about playing his game with this line.”

With a three-in-three weekend ahead, the Devils will likely have a different lineup each night and adjust on the fly.

“I’m going to tinker a bit here,” Kowalsky said. “It’s part of the process and it may be effected by call ups and injuries. Ultimately, you try and not only work on the line combinations, but also making sure you’re are deep enough where we can play all four lines.”

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Notes
– With the reassignments of Joe Sova and Harry Young the Devils have reduced their roster size to 25 players (2-Goalies, 8-Defenseman, 15-Forwards).

– Mike Sislo’s goal against Bridgeport on Sunday was the team’s first penalty shot goal since Michael Swift had one against Charlotte on Jan. 7, 2011.

– The New Jersey Devils began their season on Saturday and dressed 15 players with AHL experience, including Martin Brodeur (Utica Devils, ’92-93), who made 29 saves on 32 shots against the Philadelphia Flyers.

– The Devils welcome the Connecticut Whale to the Times Union Center Friday for a 7 p.m. contest. The game pits the New Jersey Devils developmental team against the New York Rangers AHL squad. On Sept. 21 the parent clubs met at the Times Union Center in front of 9,420 fans in attendance.

Harry Young was reassigned to Albany on Wednesday

SOVA, YOUNG TO KALAMAZOO

by Albany Devils // 10.10.2011 // News

ALBANY, N.Y. – Defensemen Joe Sova and Harry Young have been reassigned by the New Jersey Devils to the Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL). The announcement was made by Albany Devils General Manager Chris Lamoriello.

Sova, 23, is in his first full professional season after registering a goal and three assists in 11 games at the end of the 2010-11 season for Albany. A native of Berwyn, Ill., he spent three seasons at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, totaling 58 points with 13 goals and 45 assists. New Jersey signed Sova as a free agent on Mar. 19, 2011.

Young, 21, is in his second season with the Devils organization after playing in 52 games for Albany and three games for the Trenton Devils (ECHL) during his rookie campaign. At the AHL level, he produced a goal and four assists and accumulated 142 penalty minutes in 2010-11. New Jersey drafted the Windsor, Ont. native 202nd overall during the 2008 NHL Draft.

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DEVILS DIGEST (10.10.2011)

by Kevin Zalaznik // 10.10.2011 // Feature

The first two games of the 2011-12 season are in the books and despite a pair of losses, the Devils can take away some positives from the first two games. Chad Wiseman reached the 400 point plateau by registering an assist against Springfield on Saturday and scoring a goal against Bridgeport on Sunday. During the weekend, the Devils also received scoring from Darcy ZajacMatt AndersonMatthew Corrente and Mike Sislo.

> UPCOMING PROMOTIONS

  • Oct. 14 – SEFCU College Night: $10 Tickets for all college students; Happy Hour: $2 Drafts (6-7 pm)
  • Post-Game Autograph Session; Post-Game Public Skate (Stanley Steemer)

> LAST WEEK

Day Opponent Result Game Details Box Score Highlights
Sat. vs. Springfield L, 3-6 Click Here Click Here Watch Here
Sun. vs. Bridgeport L, 2-4 Click Here Click Here Watch Here

> TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Chad Wiseman
2
GOALS
Five Players
1
ASSISTS
Six Players
1
G.A.A
Keith Kinkaid
3.02
SV%
Keith Kinkaid
.864


> TRANSACTIONS

  • G-Maxime Clermont: Reassigned by New Jersey (NHL) to Kalamazoo (ECHL)
  • F-Bryan Haczyk: Loaned by Albany to Kalamazoo (ECHL)

> UPCOMING GAMES

Day Opponent Time Radio Watch Listen
Fri. vs. Connecticut (1-1-0-0) 7:00 pm Unavailable AHL Live AHL Live
Sat. at Worcester (1-0-0-0) 7:00 pm Unavailable AHL Live AHL Live
Sun. vs. Binghamton (0-2-0-0) 4:00 pm Unavailable AHL Live AHL Live

> TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets can be purchased at the Times Union Center box office or any Ticketmaster outlet. Fans can also buy tickets via charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.

CLERMONT, HACZYK TO KALAMAZOO

by Albany Devils // 10.07.2011 // News

ALBANY, N.Y. – Goaltender Maxime Clermont has been reassigned by the New Jersey Devils to the Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL), while Brian Haczyk has been loaned by the Albany Devils to the Wings. The announcement was made by Albany General Manager Chris Lamoriello.

Clermont, 19, is about to begin his first professional season after spending the last four years with Gatineau of the QMJHL. Last year, he appeared in 48 regular season games and 21 playoff outings, leading Gatineau to the league finals. In 2010-11, he posted a 28-10-5 record with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .896 save percentage. A native of Montreal, Clermont was drafted by New Jersey 174th overall during the 2010 NHL Draft.

Haczyk, 24, is also entering his first professional season. In 2010-11, he appeared in three outings with the Trenton Devils (ECHL), registering an assist. A four-year letterwinner at the Niagara University, Haczyk played in 35 games for the Purple Eagles last season and had 28 goals, 17 assists for a career-best 45 points. He finished second on the team for goals and points and was tied for first for power-play goals (10). The Secaucus, N.J. native, Haczyk was named to the 2011 Atlantic Hockey First Team.

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DEVILS, ESPN RADIO ANNOUNCE BROADCAST SCHEDULE

by Albany Devils // 10.05.2011 // News

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Albany Devils have announced 104.5 FM “The Team” ESPN Radio will once again be the home of AHL hockey in the Capital Region. Josh Heller will provide play-by-play for 38 games throughout the 2011-12 season.

The broadcast schedule includes 31 away dates and seven home contests. Due to conflicts with Major League Baseball, the first broadcast will be on Sunday, Oct. 23 when the Devils travel to Providence at 4:05 p.m. Each game will include 10 minute pre- and post-game shows.

Streaming audio for all 78 games can also be heard free of charge at AHLLive.com. Streaming, pay-per-view, video webcast of all games can also be seen on AHLLive.com.

The Devils opening Night is Saturday, Oct. 8 against the Springfield Falcons at 7 p.m. The first 5,000 fans to arrive will receive a free Albany Devils magnet schedule courtesy of Realty USA.

Date Opponent Time
10/23 at Providence 4:05 pm
10/28 at Binghamton 7:05 pm
11/2 vs. Binghamton 7:00 pm
11/12 at Syracuse 7:30 pm
11/19 at Hershey 7:00 pm
11/25 at Rochester 7:35 pm
11/26 at Adirondack 7:00 pm
12/3 at Bridgeport 7:00 pm
12/9 at Rochester 7:35 pm
12/10 at Toronto 3:00 pm
12/14 vs. Syracuse 7:00 pm
12/19 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 7:05 pm
12/21 vs. Binghamton 7:00 pm
12/26 at Binghamton 7:05 pm
12/27 at Connecticut 7:00 pm
1/6 at Norfolk 7:30 pm
1/7 at Norfolk 7:15 pm
1/16 vs. Adirondack 2:00 pm
1/18 vs. Norfolk 7:00 pm
1/20 at Adirondack 7:00 pm
1/21 at Springfield 7:00 pm
1/27 at Binghamton 7:05 pm
2/3 at Connecticut 7:00 pm
2/4 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 7:05 pm
2/10 at Hamilton 7:30 pm
2/11 at Syracuse 7:30 pm
2/12 at Providence 4:05 pm
2/15 vs. Syracuse 7:00 pm
2/20 at Bridgeport 1:00 pm
2/24 at Syracuse 7:30 pm
2/25 at Manchester 7:00 pm
2/26 at Bridgeport 3:00 pm
3/9 at Syracuse 7:30 pm
3/10 at Adirondack 7:00 pm
3/11 at Syracuse 3:00 pm
3/21 vs. Worcester 7:00 pm
4/4 at Worcester 7:00 pm
4/6 at Adirondack 7:00 pm
4/13 vs. Syracuse 4:00 pm
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DEVILS SIGN AFFILIATION AGREEMENT WITH KALAMAZOO

by New Jersey // 10.04.2011 // News

Newark, N.J. – The National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils today announced that they have reached an affiliate agreement with the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings for the 2011-12 season.  Under the affiliation arrangement, both New Jersey and Albany may assign players to Kalamazoo.   The announcement was made by Devils’ Senior Vice President, Hockey Operations Chris Lamoriello.

“The development of our players at every level has always been a top priority for our organization,” said Lamoriello.  “We look forward to working with the Kalamazoo Wings to help strengthen this process.”

“We are honored to be associated with two of the most prestigious organizations in the NHL (New Jersey and Vancouver),” said K-Wings President Paul L. Pickard.  “The Devils have created a culture of winning through their affiliations and we are delighted to be working with them to help develop their players.”

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CAMPING AT THE TIMES UNION CENTER

by Kevin Zalaznik // 10.04.2011 // Feature

After having 16-21 players in camp for a week, the New Jersey Devils camp at Albany expanded Tuesday to 30 players thanks to assignments by New Jersey to Albany.

Among the recent arrivals was Chad Wiseman, who was assigned to Albany on Oct. 1 before the team’s 3-1 preseason win at Adirondack. Wiseman is in his second stint with the Devils. He played for the AHL Devils in 2008-09 and then spent the 2009-10 season with the Springfield Falcons.

Wiseman returned to the organization last year and re-signed as a free agent this offseason.

“The summer was great and the decision to come back was pretty simple after talking it over with my wife and we really like it here,” Wiseman said. “It’s a real family oriented organization and once I knew they wanted me to come back it was an easy decision.”

It’s somewhat of a common occurrence within the Devils organization to welcome former players back into the red and black.

“You are treated like a professional whether you are in the NHL, AHL or ECHL,” Wiseman said. “They have a lot of respect for their players. I think it’s appealing to guys to come back here and no matter what your age there is always an opportunity to play in the NHL here.”

Wiseman averaged 0.92 points-per-game, posting 44 points (16g-28a) in 48 games in 2010-11.

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The Devils skated on the Times Union Center ice for the first time in a week because Cirque du Soleil transplanted the team to RPI’s Houston Field House. The team will have a short turnaround to get reacquainted with the locker room with opening night only days away.

“We have some guys who haven’t played in this building before and we feel we provide a pretty good environment from a locker room standpoint,” said head coach Rick Kowalsky. “Everything from where guys sit in the room is important leading up to the first weekend. There is no question is good to be back here in our own locker room.”

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Here is a look at Albany’s depth chart as of Oct. 4

Goaltenders: Maxime Clermont, Jeff Frazee, Keith Kinkaid
Defensemen: Mike Banwell, Brandon Burlon, Matt Corrente, Eric Gelinas, Peter HarroldDan KellyJay LeachJoe SovaMatt TaorminaAlexander UrbomHarry Young
Forwards: Matt AndersonJ.S. BerubeStephen Gionta, Bryan Haczyk, Mike HoeffelKory NagyNathan PerkovichTim SestitoMike SisloMyles Stoesz, Stephane Veilleux, Joe WhitneyChad WisemanDarcy ZajacSteve ZalewskiVladimir Zharkov

THREE TO ALBANY; EIGHT ON WAIVERS

by New Jersey Devils // 10.03.2011 // Feature

Petr Sykora’s future in New Jersey may still be unclear, but he should have a better idea by Wednesday.

Devils’ President/CEO/GM Lou Lamoriello made official several moves Monday, assigning three players to Albany (AHL), and placing eight on waivers. But no decision has been made on Sykora, who made a strong impression at camp as a tryout.

“You kind of want to know what’s going to happen,” Sykora said after Monday’s practice. “You want to know what the future’s going to be. But I’m still here, that’s what counts.”

Lamoriello had only positive feedback for Sykora’s performance at camp. The Devils’ first-round pick, 18th overall, in 1995, he tied for the team lead in preseason goals (2) and points (3).

“There’s no question he’s played well and he’s done everything asked of him,” Lamoriello said. “I think both he and [Anton] Stralman have shown that they’re pros and they’ve shown why they’ve played in the league so long.”

Defensemen Matt Taormina and Alexander Urbom, and goaltender Keith Kinkaid were assigned to Albany. Those put on waivers were forwards Stephane Veilleux, Vladimir ZharkovTim Sestito, and Rod Pelley; and defensemen Jay LeachPeter Harrold, Matt Corrente and Mark Fraser.

Lamoriello said no decisions have been made on where players would be assigned should they clear waivers, but expected to have his roster finalized by Wednesday. The Devils host Philadelphia to open the regular season on Saturday.

Pro tryout Steve Bernier was not offered a contract.

“Bernier we talked to today and mentioned we would not be signing at this point,” Lamoriello said.

He was pleased with Bernier’s camp, indicating that the move came down to roster space.

“I was very happy with him,” Lamoriello said. “He’s a veteran, he knows how to play the game. It’s a question of the forwards that we do have, and the young kids who are very close.”

One youngster whose spot appears all but set is Adam Larsson. The fourth-overall pick at this year’s Draft had three assists and an even rating in four preseason games.

“I think you’ll see Adam Larsson on the team at this point,” Lamoriello said. “There’s no reason to think he won’t be with the way he’s played. We’ll just see how he handles it once the rosters become full. He’ll be given a chance, without question. He deserves it the way he’s played in preseason.”

The young Swede has shown the patience and poise of a seasoned veteran.

“He certainly hasn’t played as an 18-year-old,” Lamoriello said. “I think that the two years prior to him coming here, playing in the [Swedish] Elite League with men, it shows. He’s handled himself very well both offensively and defensively.”

Notes and quotes
Lamoriello on Zharkov:
“He just did not have a good camp. I don’t think he’ll disagree with that. I don’t think we’ve seen the Zharky that we’ve saw a couple of years ago. We talked about that. He’s certainly not out of the picture. He’ll just have to go to Albany and play well, and work his way back.”

…on Pelley:
“With the addition of Boulton and Janssen, right now he’s not penciled in to play at this time. Where his contract is at and giving him an opportunity somewhere else if another team sees fit, I think is in his best interest at this point. Rod can still play and I’ll be surprised if he is not picked up simply because of what he brings to a team.”

• One of the new looks at Monday’s practice had Dainius Zubrus centering Ilya Kovalchuk and Nick Palmieri.Jacob Josefson, who had been centering Kovalchuk for much of camp, was moved to the third line with Adam Henriqueand David Clarkson.

“We’re going to try some different combinations,” said coach Peter DeBoer. “I think you’re going to see that all year. I’m not really married to line combinations unless they work and they work consistently. It’s no secret we had three goals the last two games, so we’re going to keep shuffling guys around until we find some real good chemistry.”

DeBoer would like to see Zubrus use his size to create scoring opportunities for Kovalchuk.

“With Zubrus, we’re hopeful he can get in on the forecheck – he’s a big body – and draw some people to him, maybe open up a little bit of room for Kovy,” DeBoer said. “He’s done that before with Parise and Elias, so that’s the hope.”

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