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

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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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Day 2: Training Camp

NEWARK, NJ – On-ice training at New Jersey Devils training camp continued Thursday. The groups remained the same as the day before.

Anthony Brodeur, Keith Kinkaid

Raman Hrabarenka, Dan Kelly, Corbin McPherson, Reece Scarlett

Myles Bell, Reid Boucher, Connor Chatham, Cam Janssen, Ben Johnson, Chris McKelvie, John Quenneville, Tim Sestito, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Kelly Zajac

Maxime Clermont, Scott Wedgewood

Brandon Burlon, Joe Faust, Seth Helgeson, Ryan Rehill, Damon Severson

Brandon Baddock, Ryan Kujawinski, Stefan Matteau, Rod Pelley, Mike Sislo, Paul Thompson, Ben Thomson, Scott Timmins, Joe Whitney

Devils TV: Corbin McPherson

Devils TV: Corbin McPherson

Devils TV: Dan Kelly

Devils TV: Dan Kelly


Devils TV: Rick Kowalsky

Head Coach Rick Kowalsky gives instructions.

No Introduction Required

NEWARK, NJ — Introductions weren’t needed during the first couple of days of this year’s training camp. The majority of players, who have already reported to Prudential Center, are quite familiar with each other. Of the 33 players to skate Tuesday at AmeriHealth Pavilion, 24 have appeared on the Albany Devils roster at some point during the last two seasons. 

The AHL Devils hope this familiarity will help the team start the 2014-15 season where it left off just months ago. The team is coming off a 40 win season and an appearance in the Calder Cup Playoffs. 

“It gives a lot of positives to build off of,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “The fact that the group’s not going to change a lot and the young kids who are coming in we are pretty familiar with — they’ve spent time with us either last year or the year before.” 

Sometimes a new season allows teams to hit the reset button. That might not be the case for Albany. Depending on how New Jersey’s roster aligns, Albany’s roster at its core could remain unchanged. 

At the center of that group are Albany leaders. Captain Rod Pelley and alternate captains Tim SestitoChris McKelvieMike Sislo and Dan Kelly are all back with the organization. 

“It’s really important and it makes our job as a coaching staff a little easier,” Kowalsky said. “We don’t have to pick a new leadership group. They know what is expected of them and they know what we expect. As a whole, I think the leadership group did a great job last year.” 

Hearing from members of that leadership group, the first set in returning to the postseason is setting the expectations and take nothing for granted. 

“We should set the bar very high for ourselves and demand nothing but the best on the ice,” McKelvie said. “We have to definitely build off last year, but we have to remember it was just last year. We have to continue to move forward and take big steps.” 

Pelley reiterated nothing comes easy in hockey. 

“Be hungry to exceed expectations,” Pelley said. “I know sometimes you can think it’s going to be easier just because you’ve done it already. The main message with the group that we have — guys will understand that it’s not going to get any easier.
Teams are going to be ready for us.” 

For the next three-plus weeks, the players will be competing for roster spots, while at the same time growing as a unit. Albany’s first official preseason game is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Hartford. The regular season begins on Saturday, Oct. 11 at Adirondack.

Watch: Rick Kowalsky

Watch: Rick Kowalsky

Watch: Rod Pelley

Watch: Rod Pelley


Watch: Chris McKelvie

Corbin McPherson and Raman Hrabarenka battle along the boards.

9/18 – Morning Skate

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Here’s what you need to know for Thursday.

The second wave

The rookies had their go at physicals and media headshots on Monday, now it’s the veterans turn. Today the remaining players on the training camp roster report to Prudential Center. The days activities can be followed on the NJ Devils twitter feed.

Back on their feet

“The feet aren’t quite up to two session shape yet.”

Those were Albany Head Coach Rick Kowalsky’s words following the first two on-ice sessions of this year’s camp. In all, 33 players participated in two groups.


Kowalsky along with Albany captains Rod Pelley and Chris McKelvie were interviewed after yesterday’s skate. The main theme was building off last season and the lack of roster turnover.

Preseason games still weeks away

The AHL Devils are still about two weeks away from their first official preseason game, which will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 1 against the Hartford Wolf Pack. The contest is slated for 7 pm at the Champions Skating Center in Cromwell, CT.

Albany’s preseason schedule concludes on Saturday, Oct. 4 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop is at 7:05 pm at PPL Center in Allentown, PA.

About today’s image

Corbin McPherson and Raman Hrabaranka battle for positioning during yesterday’s first session. Combined, the two Devils defensemen are a towering 12′ 7″.

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

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