SPRINGFIELD, MA – With the Phantoms relocating to Lehigh Valley and the Heat becoming the Adirondack Flames, changes were bound to happen to the divisional alignment for the 2014-15 season. For the past three seasons, the Devils have shared the Northeast Division with the Phantoms, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Hartford Wolf Pack and the Springfield Falcons.
The league announced Albany, Bridgeport, Hartford and Springfield remain in the Northeast Division, which now includes the Syracuse Crunch.
Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Hartford Wolf Pack
St. John’s IceCaps
Oklahoma City Barons
San Antonio Rampage
Grand Rapid Griffins
Lake Erie Monsters
• Calgary’s affiliate relocating from Abbotsford, B.C., to Glens Falls, NY, and playing in the North Division
• Philadelphia’s affiliate relocating from Glens Falls, NY to Allentown, PA, and playing in the East Division
• Syracuse moving from the East Division to the Northeast Division
• Lake Erie moving from the North Division to the Midwest Division
• Iowa moving from the Midwest Division to the West Division
The format for the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs has also been approved by the Board of Governors and remains the same as 2014: 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 playing schedule for the 2014-15 regular season, which begins Oct. 10, will be announced later this summer.
For the past two-plus seasons we have been manning an Albany Devils Google+ profile page. Well, that is no more. Starting today, the Devils will be posting on the newly created Google+ page.
We are constantly striving to bring you up-to-date content surrounding the organization and this move will certainly bring news and info to you in the most convenient way possible.
During Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Albany Devils team photographer James DiBianco Jr. gave us this up close view of Stefan Matteau’s first period power-play goal.
Over the span of two days, the New Jersey Devils selected two defensemen, two centers and two wingers in the 2014 Entry Level Draft, which was held at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
With the 30th pick overall, the New Jersey Devils selected John Quennville, a center out of the WHL, who’s is recognized for his two-way play and versatility. He posted 58 points this past season backed by 25 goals and 33 assists. Josh Jacobs, a defenseman, was chosen in the 2nd round, 41st overall hailing from the Indiana Ice of the USHL and has committed to attend Michigan State University in the fall. He finished his second season with the Ice with 23 points and a plus-36 rating.
Connor Chatham was selected 3rd round, 71st overall. The Plymouth Whaler right winger began the 2013-14 season with a goal in his second career OHL contest and finished his rookie season with 31 points in 54 games. The Devils did not pick in the 4th round.
With the 131st pick, the Devils selected hard-hitting, penalty-minute-earning defenseman out of Kamloops of the WHL. Two 6th round picks gave the Devils two more forwards: Joey Dudek, a center with an NFL family pedigree and added size with left winger Brandon Baddock who hoisted the Memorial Cup last season with Edmonton.
Here’s a look at the Devils selections: