Albany falls 5-2 to Whale; 1-3 overall

The Albany Devils (1-3) were defeated by the Connecticut Whale (1-3-1) by the final score of 5-2 tonight.

Mike Hoeffel gave Albany a 1-0 lead in the first period with assists going to Matt Anderson and Dan Kelly. It was Hoeffel’s first goal of the season.

The Whale scored five unanswered goals in the second and third periods.

Jacob Josefson scored his third of the season on the poweplay late in the third with assists from Mattias Tedenby and Raman Hrabarenka.

Keith Kinkaid made 21 saves on 26 shots. He’s now 1-2 on the season.

The shots were 31-to-26 for the Devils.

David Clarkson signs with EC Red Bull Salzburg of Austria

Devils RW David Clarskon signed a contract with EC Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian Hockey League, the team announced today on it’s official website.

“The 28-year-old Canadian, who also has a British passport, is contracted to the New Jersey Devils and owing to the NHL lockout has been able to sign with the Red Bulls through to the end of the current season (with NHL exit clause).”

As its says in the statement above released by the Austrian club, Clarskon’s contract will run through the end of the 2012-2013 season, but will be allowed to opt out and return to the Devils when the NHL lockout ends.

“I’m still a little tired after the long flight, but I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my career and to playing in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga,” Clarskon told the team’s official website.

Clarkson arrived in Austria today and was expected to practice with his new team for the first time today.

The EC Red Bull Salzburg currently sit 9th (out of 12 teams) in the league. Their next game is this Friday vs. Dornbirner Eishockey Club.

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.