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9/23 – Morning Skate

Welcome to the Albany Devils “Morning Skate” a daily feature on thealbanydevils.com. Check back each weekday morning to catchup on the latest Albany and New Jersey Devils news.

Here’s what you need to know for Tuesday.

Albany impact vs. NY Rangers

In their first preseason game, the New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Rangers, 5-4, yesterday at Madison Square Garden.

Players with Albany Devils ties played a major role in the victory. Reid Boucher, Eric Gelinas and Adam Henrique each had a goal and an assist. Henrique’s tally came with 51.7 seconds remaining in regulation to break at 4-4 tie.

Scott Clemmensen and Keith Kinkaid split time in goal. Clemmensen stopped eight of 10, while Kinkaid mad 12 of 14.

Team Red takes scrimmage

In an inter-squad scrimmage yesterday at AmeriHealth Pavilion, Team Red defeated Team White, 6-5, in a shootout. Ryane Clowe netted the lone shootout goal.

Kelly Zajac, who had 44 points with Albany last season, had a pair of goals for Team Red. Stephen Gionta, Tuomo Ruutu and Reece Scarlett also scored. Scott Wedgewood earned the win between the pipes.

Albany recall

Stephen Gionta, who is the AHL Devils all-time leader with 371 games played, is coming off his first full season in the NHL. Although, he has graduated to the New Jersey Devils, he had this to say about his time in the Capital Region:

“It’s really when my daughter started growing up. She was born in Lowell, but we spent two years in Albany and we stayed during the summers. It’s a great town to be in. To have her grow up those first couple of years and have my son born there that city will be close to my heart.”

Day 7

Training Camp continues today with on-ice sessions at 10 am, Noon and 2 pm.

About today’s image

Cory Schneider fights through a screen to get his left toe on a slap shot during yesterday’s scrimmage.

Today’s Morning Skate was posted at 8:30 am

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9/22 – Morning Skate

Welcome to the Albany Devils “Morning Skate” a daily feature on thealbanydevils.com. Check back each weekday morning to catchup on the latest Albany and New Jersey Devils news.

Here’s what you need to know for Monday.

Get your tickets

Single-game tickets for the upcoming season go on sale this morning at 10 am. They can be purchased at the Times Union Center box office or at any Ticketmaster outlet. Fans can also buy tickets via charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.

The flow of camp

Since Friday morning, the Devils have hosted nine on-ice sessions during Training Camp. Each day has consisted of three groups skating at 9:45 am, 12:15 pm and 2:45 pm.

Camp continues today with an 11 am session at AmeriHealth Pavilion. There will be no morning skate for players participating in the 7 pm game tonight against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Coming in confident

After producing 41 points in 59 AHL games last season and making his NHL debut, Mike Sislo entered this year’s camp with more confidence.

“I think the the familiarity and the experience helped a lot. It gave me confidence coming into this year. Things I could take away that were positive and negative to improve on and be better player at the beginning of this year than I was at the end of last year.”

Take notice

After a trying rookie season, Kelly Zajac got his game (and health) together in 2013-14. He finished second on the team with 44 points, including a team-high 32 assists.

Preparing for an encore, Zajac said he worked on getting stronger and being more explosive this offseason.

Finding the motivation

Tim Sestito, who is in his sixth season with the Devils, grew up just down the road from Albany, NY in Rome, NY. Whether in Albany or New Jersey his family has the luxury of seeing him play often.

“Being in Albany these past five, six years, I’m only an hour and a half from central New York where a lot of family and friends can come see me play,” Sestito said after yesterday’s skate. “You don’t want to say it, but you try a little harder when you have you parents or some friends in the stands. It’s great motivation.”

Quick Hits

Scott Wedgewood is no stranger to Devils Training Camp

• Damon Severson is turning pro this season

• Scott Timmins was a Devil for the entire 2013-14 season, but this is his first training camp

About today’s image

Dan Kelly, Adam Henrique and a few other Devils receive instructions from NJ Head Coach Pete DeBoer during the second group Saturday .

Today’s Morning Skate was posted at 8:45 am

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Day 5: Training Camp

Group 1

Goaltenders
Cory Schneider
Scott Wedgewood
Defense
Brandon Burlon
Eric Gelinas
Tomas Kaberle
Dan Kelly
Mike Komisarek
Adam Larsson
Corbin McPherson
Forwards
Mike Cammalleri
Ryan Carter
Ryane Clowe
Ruslan Fedotenko
Stephen Gionta
Adam Henrique
Jaromir Jagr
John Quenneville
Michael Ryder
Tim Sestito
Mike Sislo, 
Jordin Tootoo
Travis Zajac 

Group 2

Goaltenders
Scott Clemmensen
Keith Kinkaid
Defense
Andy Greene
Peter Harrold
Raman Hrabarenka
Renat Mamshev
Bryce Salvador
Damon Severson
Marek Zidlicky
Forwards
Steve Bernier
Damien Brunner
Reid Boucher
Patrik Elias
Scott Gomez
Marty Havlat
Cam Janssen
Jacob Josefson
Stefan Matteau
Rod Pelley
Tuomo Ruutu
Joe Whitney
Dainius Zubrus

Group 3

Goaltenders
Anthony Brodeur
Maxime Clermont
Defensemen
Joe Faust
Seth Helgeson
Ryan Rehill
Reece Scarlett
Forwards
Brandon Baddock
Myles Bell
Graham Black
Connor Chatham
Ben Johnson
Ryan Kujawinski
Chris McKelvie
Ben Thomson
Paul Thompson
Scott Timmins
David Wohlberg
Darcy Zajac
Kelly Zajac

Sestito

Devils TV: Since making his NHL debut with Edmonton during the 2008-09 season, Tim Sestito has found himself in the NHL every year since. He explains why.

 

Scott Wedgewood

Devils TV: Scott Wedgewood, no stranger to NJ Devils Training Camp, is battling for an open goaltender position in the NHL.

Sestito: “They know what they are getting with me”

NEWARK, NJ — Since making his NHL debut with Edmonton during the 2008-09 season, Tim Sestito has found himself in the NHL every year. He joined the Devils organization during the summer of 2009 and has proceeded to play 85 games with New Jersey.

“I think they know what they are getting with me: responsible in our own end, aggressive on the forecheck, someone who gives 100 percent effort. I think, especially with the Devils, being good in your own zone is key here with the way we play. I think that plays a part into it.”

Sestito, who broke into the pro game at the end of the 2004-05 season, has played 393 career AHL, producing 66 goals and 79 assists for 145 points. Former AHL teams include Bridgeport, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Springfield.

The 30-year old is a native of upstate New York. He was born in Rome, NY a short drive from Times Union Center.

“I’m very luck. Being in Albany these past five, six years, I’m only an hour and a half from central New York where a lot of family and friends can come see me play. You don’t want to say it, but you try a little harder when you have you parents or some friends in the stands. It’s great motivation. I think central New York is just a great place to play hockey. It’s an underrated hockey hotbed.”

Last season, Sestito, who played 16 NHL games, registered 27 points with 13 goals and 14 assist in 51 contests with Albany.

Wedgewood: “It will be a good, friendly battle”

NEWARK, NJ — Scott Wedgewood is no stranger to the hallways of Prudential Center, where the New Jersey Devils are currently holding their Training Camp in preparation for the 2014-15 season. Wedgewood, a third round pick during the 2010 NHL Draft, is participating in his fourth camp.

“For these now, I know everybody. You have your own little inside jokes of things that have happened in the past. Coming in for this, you are playing for a job and it’s now become a business. I’m still loving the game and still love being around the guys. For me, it’s just come in, get my work done, improve with everything I can pick up, learn and take it all back to where ever they put me.”

With the departure of long-time Devil Martin Brodeur, Wedgewood is trying to impress management and the coaching staff that he is capable of making the jump to the NHL. The Devils have five other goaltenders in camp: Cory Schneider, Scott Clemmenson, Keith Kinkaid, Maxime Clermont and Anthony Brodeur.

“For me, it’s just showing what I can do and make their decision as hard as possible. Obvisouly, they’ve never been in this situation where they haven’t had two set guys, so it’s its a bit of a change for me Keith and Clemmensen is here now. It will be a good, friendly battle. I’ll put my best foot forward and get a position somewhere that will help me out.”

In his first full season in the AHL last year, Wedgewood went 16-14-3 with a 2.39 goals-against average, an .899 save percentage and four shutouts.

Clemmensen

Day 4: Training Camp

Group 1

Goaltenders
Maxime Clermont
Cory Schneider
Defensemen
Eric Gelinas
Andy Greene
Seth Helgeson
Raman Hrabarenka
Adam Larsson
Damon Severson
Forwards
Steve Bernier
Reid Boucher
Mike Cammalleri
Ruslan Fedotenko
Scott Gomez
Jaromir Jagr
Ben Johnson
Chris McKelvie
John Quenneville
Mike Sislo
Paul Thompson
Travis Zajac
Kelly Zajac

Group 2

Goaltenders
Anthony Brodeur
Scott Clemmensen
Defensemen
Brandon Burlon
Peter Harrold
Dan Kelly
Mike Komisarek
Renat Mamashev
Corbin McPherson
Forwards
Myles Bell
Graham Black
Connor Chatham
Ryane Clowe
Patrik Elias
Marty Havlat
Adam Henrique
Ryan Kujawinkski
Stefan Matteau
Michael Ryder
Ben Thomson
Scott Timmins
Dainius Zubrus

Group 3

Goaltenders
Keith Kinkaid
Scott Wedgewood
Defensemen
Joe Faust
Tomas Kaberle 
Ryan Rehill
Bryce Salvador
Reece Scarlett
Marek Zidlicky
Forwards
Brandon Baddock
Damien Brunner
Ryan Carter
Stephen Gionta
Cam Janssen
Jacob Josefson
Rod Pelley
Tuomo Ruutu
Tim Sestito
Jordin Tootoo
Joe Whitney
David Wohlberg
Darcy Zajac

Devils TV: Coming off a career year in which he produced career-high numbers in the AHL and made his NHL debut, Mike Sislo comes into Training Camp with confidence.

Devils TV: Coming off a career year in which he produced career-high numbers in the AHL and made his NHL debut, Mike Sislo comes into Training Camp with confidence.


Devils TV: After a trying rookie season, Kelly Zajac bounced back in a big way in 2014-15 and finished second on the team with 44 points.

Devils TV: After a trying rookie season, Kelly Zajac bounced back in a big way in 2014-15 and finished second on the team with 44 points.

Zajac: “It was nice to get a full year in, be healthy and make an impact”

NEWARK, NJ — After a trying rookie season in 2012-13, Kelly Zajac broke out last year, finishing second on the team with 44 points, including a club-best 32 assists.

“It was definitely a good year for me. The year before was filled with injuries, so it was nice to get a full year in, be healthy and make an impact with the team. The team did a good job and I think that helps with the players’ stats.”

Two years ago, Zajac began the season with Trenton (ECHL) and produced 16 points (6g-10a) in just 15 games. In the AHL, he had four points (2g-2a) in 14 contests.

Centering Albany’s second line in 2013-14, he appeared in 67 games and had 12 goals, including three on the power play and two game winners.

According to Zajac, he worked on his strength this offseason.

“Get stronger and get a little more explosive. You can see how fast guys are in this league and how big they are. Obviously me being a smaller guy, I have to be quick and I have to be strong. I did a lot of leg power — explosive stuff — and hopefully it helps my game out.”

Zajac, who turned 26 on June 6, played four seasons at Union College before joining the Devils in April of 2012.

Sislo: “It gave me confidence coming into this year”

NEWARK, NJ — Mike Sislo’s first two seasons in the AHL were nearly identical. In 2011-12, he produced 27 points (9g-18a) in 59 games and in 2012-13, he had 26 points (13g-13a) in 61 games.

Last season he found is pace; his touch. He finished third on the team with 41 points and first with 23 goals, appearing in 59 games. He also served as an alternate captain.

“It was a good year for myself and good year for the team. The coaches put a lot of trust in me and gave me a bigger role on the team and I tried to take advantage of that.”

His 2013-14 campaign included 14-game stint in the NHL that he hopes to build off of this training camp.

“I think the the familiarity and the experience helped a lot. It gave me confidence coming into this year. Things I could take away that were positive and negative to improve on and be better player at the beginning of this year than I was at the end of last year.”

For his career, Sislo, who played four seasons at the University of New Hampshire, has played 182 AHL games, producing 94 points with 45 goals and 49 helpers.

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Day 3: Training Camp

NEWARK, NJ — The first full day of New Jersey Devils training camp is in the books. The first of three groups stepped on the ice at 9:45 am and the remaining groups followed at 12:15 pm and 3:00 pm. Pete DeBoer, who is entering his fourth season as the NJ Devils head coach, ran the session along with assistant coaches Dave Barr and Tommy Albelin. Chris Terreri and Johan Hedberg are advising the goaltenders.

» Group 1

Goaltenders
Maxime Clermont, Cory Schneider

Defensemen
Brandon Burlon, Eric Gelinas, Seth Helgeson, Raman Hrabarenka, Mike Komisarek, Adam Larsson

Forwards
Steve Bernier, Reid Boucher, Mike Cammalleri, Patrik Elias, Scott Gomez, Marty Havlat, Jaromir Jagr, Ben Johnson, Chris McKelvie, Paul Thompson, Dainius Zubrus, Kelly Zajac, Travis Zajac

» Group 2

Goaltenders
Anthony Brodeur, Scott Clemmensen

Defensemen
Dan Kelly, Corbin McPherson, Renat Mamashev, Bryce Salvador, Damon Severson, Marek Zidlicky

Forwards
Myles Bell, Graham Black, Damien Brunner, Connor Chatham, Ryane Clowe, Adam Henrique, Jacob Josefson, Ryan Kujawinksi, Stefan Matteau, Tuomo Ruutu, Michael Ryder, Ben Thomson, Scott Timmins

» Group 3

Goaltenders
Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood

Defensemen
Joe Faust, Andy Greene, Peter Harrold, Tomas Kaberle, Jon Merrill, Ryan Rehill, Reece Scarlett

Forwards
Brandon Baddock, Ryan Carter, Ruslan Fedotenko, Stephen Gionta, Cam Janssen, Rod Pelley, John Quenneville, Tim Sestito, Mike Sislo, Jordin Tootoo, Joe Whitney, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac

Devils TV: Scott Timmins

Devils TV: Scott Timmins

 

Devils TV: Damon Severson

Devils TV: Damon Severson

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