Albany wins first of the season

The Albany Devils won their first game of the season in a 4-0 win over the Worcester Sharks on Saturday.

Devils 1-0: Henrique, (1) (Pesonen, Anderson)
Devils 2-0: Pesonen, (1) (Butler, Larsson), (PP)
Devils 3-0: Josefson, (1) (Whitney, Larsson)
Devils 4-0: Josefson, (2) (Sestito),  (SH)

Keith Kinkaid recorded his first shutout of the season, making 30 saves.

The Devils are now 1-2 on the season. They return to action on Wednesday vs. Connecticut Whale (7 pm).

Wedgewood replaced injured Hovinen in Trenton

Devils prospect Scott Wedgewood played the last 39:35 tonight in Trenton Titans’ 3-1 win after Niko Hovinen was injured.

Wedgewood stopped all the 20 shots he faced. It’s the first time he saw action this season.

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Also, the Albany Devils assign G Maxime Clermont to the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL. Clermont had been nursing an upper-body injury.

That leaves Jeff Frazee and Keith Kinkaid as Albany’s two goalies.

Albany loans G Scott Wedgewood to Trenton (ECHL)

The Albany Devils announced today that they have loaned G Scott Wedgewood to the Trenton Titans of the ECHL.

Wedgewood spend the last four seasons playing for Plymouth in the OHL. He was drafted in the third round, 84th overall, by the Devils in 2010.

Wedgewood is backing up Niko Hovinen tonight, who gets the start in net in Trenton’s season opener vs. Greenville.

Top Devils prospect to watch in Europe

Jared Ramsden of Hockeyfutures.com writes the Devils top proepsct to watch in Europe this season is LW/C Artur Gavrus.

Gavrus, a sixth-round pick, No. 180 overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, returned to his native Belarus this year after spending last season in the OHL with the Owen Sound Attack. He plays for HK Neman Grodno in the Belarusian top division.

Ramsden writes about Gavrus,

Gavrus showed a lot of flash and high-end skill last season, scoring 37 points in 45 games, but missed a significant amount of game action with a wrist injury and two concussions. 

Speaking to Tom Gulitti of Fire and Ice at the draft in June, Gavrus said he left Belarus to play in the OHL last year because he thought it was better preparation to give him a chance to play in the NHL.

Ramsden noted that the Devils went into the 2012-13 season without a European prospect after the rights to Swiss forward Mauro Jorg were not retained.

Jon Merrill out six weeks with injury

Devils prospect Jon Merrill is expected to miss six weeks after being injured on a hard hit from behind into the boards during Michigan’s exhibition game Tuesday against Windsor, according to Tom Gulitti of Fire and Ice.

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello told Gulitti today:

It’s nothing that needs surgery. It’s just needs time to heal. But I spoke to him today and he’s doing fine.

Lamoriello told Gulitti that Merrill suffered “a little fracture” but wouldn’t say what kind of fracture. Merrill will have to wear a neck brace.

Devils drop from 5th to 20th in ESPN power rankings

Despite the NHL being locked out, the guys over at ESPN continue to update their weekly power rankings.

Last week, Scott Burnside ranked the Devils 5th in the first week of the rankings stating, “OK, in theory they should have been No. 2 in this list on principle, but losing Zach Parise is a significant blow.”

This week, Pierre LeBrun dropped the Devils 15 spots to 20th.

LeBrun writes, “Losing Parise is so much more than goals and assists. He was the heart of the team. Lou Lamoriello didn’t put a “C” on him for nothing. They’ll contend for a playoff spot once again but another Cup run is not in the offing.”

The Devils, of course, were the biggest drop in the rankings this week.

Patrik Elias watching “El Clasico” in Spain

With the NHL locked out, Patrik Elias is enjoying himself in Spain watching Real Madrid vs. Barcelona. Here’s a picture of Elias and Martin Havlat courtesy of Elias’ agent, Allan Walsh:

Kovalchuk scores hat trick in comeback win

Ilya Kovalchuk scored three times in SKA St. Petersburg’s 4-2 win over CSKA Moscow today.

Kovalchuk, who spend 17:36 on ice, registered five shots on goal with three going in for his first hat trick of the season.

In six games for SKA, Kovalchuk now has 10 points (four goals and six assists).

Another former Devil, Vladimir Zharkov, played 11:46 and was held shot-less.

Final: Albany 3, Binghamton 6

The Albany Devils dropped their final preseason game with a 6-3 loss to the Binghamton Senators.

Devils lineup:
G: Frazee, Kinkaid

D: Burlon, Corrente, Gelinas, Hrabarenka, Larsson, Leach

F: Butler, DeSimone, Josefson, McKelvie, Parse, Sestito, Sislo, Tedenby, Whitney, Wiseman, Young,  Zalewski

  • Jeff Frazee played the first two periods and made 24 saves on 28 shots. Keith Kinkaid stepped in for the third period and turned away 14 shots on 15 tries.
  • Bobby Butler, Mattias Tedenby and Mike Sislo were the Devils goal scorers.
  • Brandon Burlon, Adam Larsson, Jacob Josefson, Steve Zalewski and Chad Wiseman each registered at least one assist.
  • The Devils were 1-for-3 on the powerplay

Albany went 3-1 this preseason with two wins over Adirondack Phantoms and one against Connecticut Whale.

Albany camp: Group 1 skates, Group 2 plays later

Another day at Albany Devils’ training camp began this morning with Group One on the ice for their morning skate. Group 2 plays tonight vs. Birmingham Senators.

Group 1
G: Clermont, Wedgewood

D: Baier, McPherson, Kelly, Urbom

F: Anderson, Carrier, Haczyk, Henrique, Hoeffel, Pesonen, D. Zajac

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It looks like Jacob Josefson, Adam Larsson, Mattias Tedenby and Bobby Butler will get to play tonight vs.  the Senators (7pm).

Keith Kinkaid and Jeff Frazee will be the available goaltenders for tonight’s game.