Notebook: Devils Go To Work On The Power Play

ALBANY, NY — The Devils organization did a bit of a goaltender shuffle Monday. Scott Clemmensen and Keith Kinkaid swapped spots on the NHL and AHL roster and Maxime Clermont was reassigned to Orlando (ECHL). While Clemmensen and Kinkaid participated in New Jersey’s morning skate along with Cory Schneider, Scott Wedgewood was the only goaltender present at Albany’s skate at Knickerbacker Ice Arena.

All of movement left Head Coach Rick Kowalsky and his staff to plan practice a little differently.

“Well it’s not so much that it’s difficult to plan a practice as much as on short notice since it’s an important practice,” Kowalsky said. “We were able to get through with [it and] the guys are in good spirits. I liked the pace; I liked our execution. Those are the two things that I was harping on today.

“It’s a little harder on the goaltender and guys don’t quite get as many reps, but we were able to get through some different things. I think we get what we wanted accomplished but there’s certainly some times that’s tough and if you don’t play for a couple days, it’s a different story. Like I said, this was an important practice and I think we got what we needed out of it.”

Part of the practice was spent on special teams — specifically the power play. The Devils went 0-7 with the man advantage in their 2-1 overtime loss against Portland. The performance was a bit of a question mark, considering the team entered the game ranked fourth in the league with a 23.5 percentage.

“The focus was more just about moving the puck, letting the puck do the work, snapping it around which they started to do. I thought we got a little stagnant the other night. I still think we can shoot more. When we’ve had success, whether we’ve scored or not, it’s been a result of putting pucks to the net with good traffic in front, which I think in any power play, it’s the basic recipe for success.”

11 AM Start

The Devils next test comes during a rare 11 am game agains the Hartford Wolf Pack Wednesday at XL Center. Even though the Devils have played in “School Day Games” before, they still are not very common.

“These games scare me, because I’ve been involved in them and involved in them as a player and as a coach for years — even in the East coast league in Trenton — and you never know what you’re going to get. It could be 11,000 screaming kids, which could be good or it could be bad. Some teams come out sleeping. Sometimes the guys are up and awake because it is practice time. We’ve got to be sharp and we’ve addressed it enough. We’re obviously going the night before even though it’s a short trip. We have to make sure guys get their rest and get some good meals in them. I think it’s more just about being focused and, for us, being sharp and getting back to our game.”

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Clermont Reassigned To Orlando

ALBANY, NY – The New Jersey Devils have reassigned goaltender Maxime Clermont from Albany to Orlando (ECHL).

Clermont, 22, was New Jersey’s fourth choice (174th overall) during the 2010 NHL Draft. He made his professional debut on Oct. 23, 2011 with Albany, making 28 saves at Providence. Since the 2011-12 season, he has played in five AHL contest, posting a 1-2-1 record with a 1.75 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage.

Last season, Clermont played 27 games in the ECHL. He went 6-9-0 with a 3.34 goals-against average and a .892 save percentage with Elmira and 5-3-1 with a 3.35 goals-against average and a .891 save percentage with Orlando.


New Jersey And Albany Swap Forwards

NEWARK, NJ – New Jersey and Albany swapped forwards Monday morning. The NHL Devils announced that they have recalled right winger Steve Bernier from the AHL and have returned left winger Reid Boucher on loan to Albany.

Bernier has played in played in all nine games for the AHL Devils this season, posting a goal and four assists. Last season, he played 78 games with New Jersey and had three goals and nine helpers.

Boucher began the year in Albany and was recalled on Oct. 27. He made his NHL season debut the next day at Pittsburgh. The 21-year-old has played six games with Albany this year, posting a goal and three assists.

Next up, New Jersey host St. Louis Tuesday at 7:30 pm and Albany travels to face Hartford Wednesday at 11 am.


Devils Sign Mark Fraser

ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils announced today that they have signed defenseman Mark Fraser to an American Hockey League contract. The announcement was made by General Manager Chris Lamoriello. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.

Fraser, 28, began his professional career with the Devils organization. He was New Jersey’s third choice (84th overall) during the 2005 NHL Draft. Between 2006-2011, the 6-4, 220 lbs. defenseman logged 98 games with the NHL Devils, producing three goals and five helpers for eight points. He also appeared in 233 games with New Jersey’s AHL affiliates and had five goals and 40 assists for 45 points.

Born September 29, 1986, Fraser has appeared in 185 career NHL games, including 64 for Toronto and, most recently in 2013-14, 23 for Edmonton. His career totals include four goals, 14 assists, 247 penalty minutes a +5 rating.

In the AHL, he has logged 308 games, including stints with Syracuse (25 games) and Toronto (50 games). Overall, he has seven goals, 50 assists, 504 penalty minutes and a +7 rating.

Fraser is a product of the Ontario Hockey League, posting 13 points 225 penalty minutes and a +16 rating in 117 games for Kitchener. He served as team captain during the 2005-06 season.


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