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WHO WILL IT BE?

When their name is called, the New Jersey Devils will have the fourth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft on June 24 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. The team had won the drafter lottery on Apr. 12, moving from the eighth pick to fourth. Ahead of them, the New York Islanders have the first choice, the Colorado Avalanche hold the second and the Florida Panthers have the third.

Here are the Top 5 Prospects as listed by the NHL.com’s Draft Central

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins


Gabriel Landeskog


Jonathan Huberdeau


Dougie Hamilton


Nathan Beaulieu

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DEVILS’ SALMELA WINS GOLD AT WORLD CHAMPSIONSHIP

By Eric Marin  |  newjerseydevils.com

Anssi Salmela and Team Finland were golden on Sunday, blowing out Sweden, 6-1, to win the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Magnus Paajarvi gave the Swedes a 1-0 lead in the second period before Finland responded with six unanswered tallies, including five in the third period.

Salmela recorded an assist and finished the tournament with a goal and two helpers in nine games.

It’s the second world title for the Finns, who last claimed gold in 1995 by defeating Sweden in Stockholm.

Mattias Tedenby contributed a goal and two assists in nine appearances for the Swedes.

llya Kovalchuk had two goals in Russia’s 7-4 loss to the Czech Republic in Sunday’s bronze medal game.

Kovalchuk’s second of the game had Russia ahead 3-2 after the first. The Czechs struck for three straight goals in the second before adding two more in the third.

Kovalchuk was Russia’s leading scorer in the tournament with eight points (three goals, five assists) in nine games, and was named one of the top three Russian performers by tournament coaches. He scored the game-winning goal in Russia’s 2-1 quarterfinal victory over Canada.

Patrik Elias‘ nine points (four goals, five assists) in nine games tied him for third on the bronze-winning Czech Republic.

Anssi Salmela has logged 42 games for the Devils AHL club in three seasons

Sunday, May 15
Bronze medal game: Czech Republic 7, Russia 4 – Kovalchuk 2g
Gold medal game: Finland 6, Sweden 1 – Salmela, 1a

Semifinals
In Friday’s semifinal action, two goals from Elias weren’t enough for the Czechs, which dropped a 5-2 decision to Sweden.

Finland dumped Russia, 3-0, in the other semifinal contest.

Friday, May 13
Sweden 5, Czech Republic 2 – Elias, 2g; Tedenby, 1a
Finland 3, Russia 0

Quarterfinals
The quarterfinals opened Wednesday, with the Czech Republic’s 4-0 win over the United States.

Jagr’s hat trick lifted the Czechs into their matchup with Sweden, which beat Germany, 5-2.

Wednesday, May 11
Czech Republic 4, USA 0 – Elias, 2 SOG
Sweden 5, Germany 2

Thursday, May 12
Finland 4, Norway 1 – Salmela, 4 SOG
Russia 2, Canada 1 – Kovalchuk, GWG

Qualification round
The qualification round began on Thursday, May 5, when Russia edged Denmark, 4-3.

Jordan Eberle and Rick Nash scored shootout goals on Friday, when Canada topped the U.S., 4-3. Finland beat Germany, 5-4.

In Friday’s late action, Elias had a goal and two assists for the Czech Republic, which defeated Slovakia, 3-2. Sweden routed France by a count of 4-0.

Here’s a look at qualification-round games involving Devils players:

Thursday, May 5
2:15 p.m. ET
Russia 4, Denmark 3 – Kovalchuk, 4 SOG

Friday, May 6
10:15 a.m. ET
Canada 4, USA 3 SO – Zajac, 1 SOG
Finland 5, Germany 4

2:15 p.m. ET
Czech Republic 3, Slovakia 2 – Elias 1g-2a
Sweden 4, France 0

Saturday, May 7
10:15 a.m. ET
Canada 3, Norway 2

2:15 p.m. ET
Finland 2, Slovakia 1 – Salmela, 1a (4 SOG)
USA 3, France 2

Sunday, May 8
10:15 a.m. ET
Czech Republic 3, Russia 2 – Elias, 2 SOG; Kovalchuk, 1 SOG
Sweden 2, Switzerland 0 – Tedenby, 2 SOG

Monday, May 9
10:15 a.m. ET
Finland 3, Russia 2 SO – Kovalchuk, 4 SOG
Switzerland 5, USA 3 – Watch highlights

2:15 p.m. ET
Czech Republic 5, Germany 2 – Elias, 1g
Canada 3, Sweden 2 – Tedenby, 1g

Preliminary round
With five assists in three games, Kovalchuk was Russia’s leading scorer in the preliminary round, tied for third overall. The tournament got underway Friday, April 29, in Bratislava and Kosice.

Elias, Nick Palmieri (U.S.) and Travis Zajac each had three points in three preliminary-round games. Elias and Zajac registered a goal and two assists, while Palmieri notched two goals and an assist. Salmela (Finland) had one goal; Mark Fayne (USA) and Mattias Tedenby (Sweden) each had an assist.

Kovalchuk and Team Russia opened the preliminaries with a 2-0 loss to Germany. In other opening day action, Zajac and Team Canada topped Belarus, 4-1. Elias, Kovalchuk and Zajac are serving as alternate captains.

Palmieri and Fayne each had an assist Saturday, when the U.S. beat Austria, 5-1. Salmela recorded five shots on goal as Finland outdueled Denmark by the same 5-1 score.

On Saturday afternoon, Elias had a goal and an assist for the Czech Republic, which dumped Latvia, 4-2. In the other afternoon contest, Tedenby registered two shots in Sweden’s 5-4 shootout loss to Norway.

Kovalchuk had two assists in Russia’s 6-4 win over Slovenia on Sunday. In afternoon action, Zajac had a goal and three shots as Canada routed France, 9-1.

Palmieri scored twice Monday in Team USA’s 4-2 win over Norway to clinch a spot in the qualification round. Elias added an assist in the Czech Republic’s 6-0 thrashing of Denmark.

Zajac had two assists Tuesday and set up Alex Pietrangelo’s overtime winner as Canada edged Switzerland, 4-3, to secure first place in Group B. Kovalchuk had three assists and five shots on goal in Russia’s 4-3 victory over Slovakia. The Russians clinched second place in Group A.

Tedenby had an assist in Sweden’s 6-2 rout of the United States on Wednesday. Sweden finished first in Group C. Salmela had the lone goal in Finland’s 2-1 loss to the Czech Republic.

Preliminary round results involving Devils players:

Friday, April 29
10:15 a.m. ET
Germany 2, Russia 0 (Group A) – Kovalchuk, 1 SOG

2:15 p.m. ET
Canada 4, Belarus 1 (Group B)

Saturday, April 30
10:15 a.m ET
Finland 5, Denmark 1 (Group D) – Salmela, 5 SOG
USA 5, Austria 1 (Group C) – Fayne, 1a; Palmieri, 1a

2:15 p.m. ET
Czech Republic 4, Latvia 2 (Group D) – Elias, 1g-1a
Norway 5, Sweden 4 SO (Group C) Tedenby, 2 SOG

Sunday, May 1
10:15 a.m. ET
Russia 6, Slovenia 4 (Group A) – Kovalchuk, 2a
Canada 9, France 1 (Group B) – Zajac, 1g (3 SOG)

Monday, May 2
10:15 a.m. ET
USA 4, Norway 2 (Group C) – Palmieri, 2g [Video]
Czech Republic 6, Denmark 0 (Group D) – Elias, 1a

2:15 p.m. ET
Finland 3, Latvia 2 SO (Group D) – Salmela, 2 SOG
Sweden 3, Austria 0 (Group C)

Tuesday, May 3
10:15 a.m. ET
Canada 4, Switzerland 3 OT (Group B) – Zajac, 2a

2:15 p.m. ET
Russia 4, Slovakia 3 (Group A) Kovalchuk, 3a (5 SOG)

Wednesday, May 4
2:15 p.m. ET
Czech Republic 2, Finland 1 (Group D) – Salmela, 1g
Sweden 6, USA 2 (Group C) – Tedenby 1a; Palmieri 2 SOG

Henrique

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FANS

by Albany Devils // 05.16.2011 // News

The Devils have launched the “Extra Attacker” program, turning to the people of the Capital Region to provide recommendations and opinions to help improve the overall fan experience. The initiative has two focuses: a fan advisory board, which will feature eight members, and surveys for season ticket holders and general fans.

“We have laid our foundation in the Capital Region and now we need the people to help build the structure,” said Executive Director Chris Ciceri. “We are not an organization that puts blinders on; we want to provide the best experience for our fans because they are an important member of our team.”

The goal of the “Extra Attacker” program will be to gain insights to help the team better understand the needs and wants of the fan base and help improve the quality of service and entertainment at the Times Union Center.

The Fan Advisory board will consist of a diverse group of volunteers that will participate in open discussions with individuals of the Devils executive staff. The eight members selected will meet monthly for an hour to share ideas and questions to aid the growth and development of Devils hockey in Albany. The time and location of each gathering will be selected collectively by the board. An Application for consideration is accessible at by clicking here. The deadline is June 10 and meetings will begin in July.

The surveys consist of 27 questions each and fans who complete the questionnaires will be eligible to win a luxury suite for a Devils home game during the upcoming season. The surveys can be taken by clicking here. The suite winner will be announced on July 15.

FAN ADVISORY BOARD
The Devils Fan Advisory Board is an initiative to help better understand what makes Albany Devils fans tick by examining their wants, while listening to ideas and discussing approaches to the overall fan experience. Eight members will be selected. Register Here
FAN SURVEYS
The Devils want your help. Complete one or both of the following Fan surveys. By completing the questionnaires will be eligible to win a luxury suite for a Devils home game during the upcoming season. The surveys are for general fans and season ticket holders. Click Here

PHOTOS OF THE YEAR

The 2010-11 season began with a move and then followed with a formal “how-do-you-do”. Fan fest followed and not before long the puck had dropped on the Albany Devils inaugural season. The action never stopped and, luckily, team photographer James DiBianco Jr. was on hand to capture it all.

Let us know which photo you like best on Facebook or Twitter.

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PALMIERI COMES THROUGH FOR TEAM USA

Box Score: USA 4, NOR 2

Photo Gallery

KOSICE – During October, Nick Palmieri was wearing a number 25 Albany Devils jersey. On Monday he was sporting that same number, but with a red, white and blue color scheme. Palmieri, a native of nearby Utica, N.Y., helped lead the United States to a 4-2 come-from-behind victory against Norway at the 2011 IIHF World Championships. The Americans have secured a spot in the qualification round.

Palmieri began the third-period comeback thanks to a pass by Chris Kreider at 2:43.

After Jack Skiller made it 2-2, Palmieri had the winner at 13:44 with his second power-play goal of the contest. Craig Smith concluded the scoring with 1:26 remaining.

The United States complete round one play on Wednesday, May 4 with a 2:15 p.m. contest against Sweden. The qualification round will be held between May 5-9.

Palmieri began the year in Albany, playing 26 games and posting 11 points (6g-5a). He finished the season in New Jersey where he was second among Devils rookies with 17 points (9g-8a).

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NEW JERSEY DEVILS WILL PAY VISIT TO TUC

ALBANY, N.Y. — The New Jersey Devils will be packing their preseason bags and hitting the road for a short trip north to take on the New York Rangers at the home of the Albany Devils, the Times Union Center. The facility announced Friday the Rangers will host the Devils on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale on Monday, Apr. 25 at 10 a.m.

Tickets are priced at $50, $40, $30 and $17.50 and will be available through all ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, at the arena box office or online at www.timesunion.com.

DEVILS SIGN UNION’S KEITH KINKAID

Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today signed goaltender Keith Kinkaid to an entry-level contract.  The announcement was made by Devils’ President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello.  As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.

Kinkaid, 21, joins the Devils’ organization after spending the past two seasons at Union College (ECAC).  He appeared in 38 games overall this past season, posting a 25-10-3 mark with three shutouts and a 1.99 goals-against average.

The 6-3, 180-lb. netminder completed the season ranked first in ECAC conference games in wins (17), shutouts (2-tie), and goals-against average (1.90).  He helped lead the Dutchmen to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, making 26 saves in a 2-0 loss against eventual NCAA Champion Minnesota-Duluth, as well as their first Cleary Cup, marking a first-place finish in the ECAC.

Kinkaid was named a 2010-11 AHCA First Team All-American, as well as First Team All-ECAC.  He was also the recipient of the Ken Dryden Award as the league’s top goaltender.  Born July 4, 1989, his collegiate totals show a 37-18-6 mark, with four shutouts, and 2.18 goals-against average in 63 appearances.  In 2009-10, he was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team, while earning Third Team All-ECAC honors.

Prior to his collegiate career, Kinkaid spent the 2008-09 season with St. Louis (NAHL).  That year, he helped lead the Bandits to the Robertson Cup Championship, while being named most valuable player of the playoffs.  During his lone NAHL campaign, Kinkaid was also named the league’s MVP, goaltender of the year, and First Team All-Star.  In 2007-08, he played in 15 games with Des Moines (USHL).  The native of Farmingville, NY also played for the New York Bobcats of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League.  In September, Kinkaid will attend his first NHL training camp.

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DEVILS HEADING TO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Defenseman Mark Fayne and right-winger Nick Palmieri have been selected to represent the United States at the 2011 IIHF World Championships beginning later this month.

The tournament will be held from Apr. 29 to May 15 in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia.

Both Fayne and Palmieri began the season with the Albany Devils before migrating south to Newark to play in the NHL. Fayne appeared in 19 games at the AHL level and posted four point (1g-3a) and was a plus-4. Palmieri, a native of Utica, N.Y., played 26 games and had 11 points (6g-5a).

With New Jersey, Fayne was the team’s highest scoring rookie blueliner with 14 points (4g-10a), while Palmieri was second among the Devils first-year players with 17 points (9g-8a).

Also out of New Jersey, Travis Zajac, brother of Albany Devil Darcy Zajac, will play for Team Canada and Patrick Elias (Czech Republic) and Ilya Kovalchuk (Russia) are also expected to take part in the event.

AHL ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE MODIFICATION

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The American Hockey League announced today that its Board of Governors has approved a schedule modification plan beginning with the 2011-12 season.

Under the plan, the regular-season playing schedule will be reduced to 76 games; the AHL playing calendar will be extended by one week; all sequences in which teams play four games in five nights will be eliminated; and the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs will be reduced to a best-of-five series.

“As our league has grown in recent years, we have been working closely with the National Hockey League and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association to seek a solution to what has become a very onerous playing schedule,” said David Andrews, President and CEO of the American Hockey League. “As our league has grown and our game has become faster and more physical, the wear and tear on our players has begun to affect player development and at times the quality of competition. These steps are intended to provide a safer environment for our players through increased rest and recovery time, and also to provide our fans with an even higher caliber of play as a result of reduced player fatigue.”

Read David Andrews’ letter to AHL fans here

Celebrating its historic 75th anniversary season in 2010-11, the American Hockey League continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams, with more than 85 percent of today’s NHL players and 22 of 30 NHL head coaches having graduated from the AHL. Through the years, the American Hockey League has been home to more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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NEW JERSEY TO DRAFT 4TH OVERALL

by NHL.com

NEW YORK – Looks like Taylor Hall will have a new centerman next season.

While the ping-pong balls didn’t go their way Tuesday night, the Edmonton Oilers managed to hang on to the No. 1 selection at the 2011 Entry Draft after the New Jersey Devils won the NHL Draft Lottery. The Oilers, who selected Hall with the first pick last year, had just 62 points (25-45-12), the fewest in the League.

New Jersey, which lost coach Jacques Lemaire to retirement on Sunday, entered the lottery with just a 3.6-percent chance of winning. Because the Devils (38-39-5) were victorious, Lou Lamoriello’s club moves from No. 8 up to No. 4. The New York Islanders, originally slated to select fourth, now have the fifth pick.

The Colorado Avalanche (68 points) will draft second, followed by the Florida Panthers (72). The Oilers, Avs, Panthers, Islanders (73) and Ottawa Senators (74) all had a crack at the No. 1 pick. Ottawa will now select sixth, followed by Atlanta, Columbus, Boston (via Toronto) and Minnesota.

The first round of the 2011 Entry Draft will be held on June 24 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

While the draft is still more than two months away, there’s a good chance the Oilers will use the No. 1 pick on center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who had 31 goals and 75 assists in 69 games for the Red Deer Rebels in the Western Hockey League. The Burnaby, B.C. native, who celebrated his 18th birthday on Tuesday, was named the top North American skater by NHL Central Scouting.

Nugent-Hopkins was No. 3 among North American skaters at the midterm rankings, but moved ahead of Kitchener Rangers forward Gabriel Landeskog by season’s end. Swedish defenseman Adam Larsson is the top-ranked European player.

Follow Brian Compton on Twitter: @BComptonNHL

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