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Prospect Talk With Hockey Future’s Jared Ramsden

January 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Admittedly, one of my weaker points of hockey knowledge is the prospect pool. With so many players in several countries, I haven’t had the time to catch up on the big names and the late-round steals.

Thankfully, Jared Ramsden does this all the time. Ramsden writes for Hockey’s Future, specifically covering the New Jersey Devils. He found some time to answer a few questions I sent him about the Devils’ prospects and this year’s draft. Here is the interview:

Nick Palmieri has three goals in nine games this season. Photo Credit: Julio Cortez/AP Photo

1. We’ve seen players like Nick Palmieri, Mattias Tedenby, and Mark Fayne have an impact this season. What can we expect to see from these rookies as they continue their development?

Tedenby has obviously shown flashes of what he can bring to the table, and now that Lemaire seems to be satisfied with his understanding of his system and the defensive zone, it’s going to be pretty hard to keep him out of the line-up. He’s supremely skilled and very confident with the puck on his stick, What also stands out for me is that for a guy of his stature, he is very strong on the puck. He has the makings of a 25-30 goal scorer.
It’s a little harder to get a read on Palmieri, but I think the team has high hopes for him. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a little more time in the AHL this year. However, he’s really close to breaking through and sticking. He brings a different dimension than a lot of the other prospects do, in that he has power-forward potential. It might take a little longer for his development to reach full bloom, but he’s on the right path.
Fayne obviously has been somewhat of a surprise this year given that it is his first year as a pro. While he hasn’t been a stand-out and had some up’s and down’s, he’s played quite well for a guy that was playing in the NCAA last year. His upside isn’t that of a Jon Merrill or Alexander Urbom, but he’s a big kid who can skate well and he might be a prefect fit to have on the third pairing. He still has a little bit of learning to do, but he’s a guy that is likely going to get more and more confident each and every game.

After sitting for nine straight games, Tedenby has found himself back in the lineup. Photo Credit: Seth Wenig/AP Photo

2. How do you project Tedenby to develop? Could he become the next Zach Parise?
I’m not sure if he’s going to reach the status of Parise (35-40 goals, 80-90 points), but I don’t think it’s unreasonable for the team and fans alike to see him scoring 25-30 goals, 60-65 points on a fairly regular basis once he’s fully developed. He is blessed with so much natural skill, and what’s he’s shown briefly this season, is only going to magnify once he matures and gets more confident.
3. The Devils have replenished the system a bit in the past few years, but how is the overall health of the Devils’ system. Where is the organization weakest/strongest?
The health of the Devils system is vastly improved from years past, and what we are seeing now is the first wave of prospects coming from the AHL. More than half of the prospects in the system are either in their first or second years of pro hockey, and are getting to the point where the team knows what they have in certain players and if they are going to be part of the future or not. Guys like Tedenby, Vladimir Zharkov, Palmieri, Fayne and Corrente are getting chances to strut their stuff right now, and guys like Adam Henrique, Jacob Josefson, David McIntyre, Alexander Vasyunov and Urbom are right behind them.
The team could definitely use a little more top end talent at any position, and they may just get a chance to address that this year if they end up drafting in the top 5, which at this point is very likely. The goaltending depth is defintiely a weak point, but with the addition of Scott Wedgewood and Maxime Clermont last draft, this is an area that is starting to be addressed and will be continued to be addressed over the course of the next two-three years.

William Paterson Falls Flat, Takes Fourth In ACHA Tournament

March 21, 2010 Leave a comment

William Paterson, the number one seed in the American Hockey College Association’s National Tournament, looked to clinch the first collegiate hockey title in New Jersey.

The team fell short of its goal, dropping two of three games and taking fourth in the Division Two national championship bracket in Simsbury, Connecticut.

The Pioneers dropped their first tournament game Wednesday, March 17 against Lindenwood University, 8-3. After a scoreless first period, Lindenwood University exploded for five goals in the second period to take the lead, 5-2. Dettrick Pierzinski led the charge with four goals in the win.

William Paterson dropped their second game the next day, 7-5, to the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus. UMBC scored three goals in the second and third period to defeat the Pioneers. Rob Durke finished with four points, including a hat trick, in the win for UMBC.

The Pioneers won their third game Friday, defeating Colorado State University, 5-4, in overtime. After taking a one goal lead in the third period, Colorado State tied the game on a goal by forward Mitch Hoover. Pioneers forward Robert Prezioso scored the game-winning goal at 7:40 of the overtime period for the win.

Three Pioneers tied for the team lead in goals scored during the three-day tournament. Ryan Mara, Justin Fortino and Prezioso all netted two goals for the Pioneers. Albert Campbell led the team in assists, and goalie Chris Bauer led in goals against average (6.04) and save percentage (.833).

The final season rankings have yet to be posted.

William Paterson University Wins SECHL Crown

March 11, 2010 Leave a comment

The William Paterson University Pioneers won their first Super East Collegiate Hockey League crown be defeating Montclair State University, 4-3, at the Albany County Hockey Facility Sunday.

The Pioneers received goals from Craig Junda, John Gomez, Chris Moser, and the game-winner from Shaun McTigue. Freshman goaltender Chris Bauer played a strong game in the final.

This is William Paterson’s second year in the SECHL. Before joining the league, the Pioneers played in the Mid-Atlantic College Hockey Association.

This was the third straight championship-game for the Pioneers. Two years ago, the Pioneers lost to Wagner College for the MACHA title. Last year, Siena College defeated WPU in the final.

With the win, the Pioneers extend their winning streak over rival Montclair State to 13 games. The team will be involved in the American Hockey College Association national championship tournament, beginning March 17. They hold a number one seed in the tournament.

WPU Hockey Games Broadcast On Pioneer Radio

The William Paterson Pioneers will broadcast all of this weekends Super East Collegiate Hockey League Playoff games on Pioneer radio.

The Pioneers open the tournament tomorrow night at 5:45, taking on the winner of #4 Central Connecticut and #5 University of New Hampshire.

William Paterson is searching for their first SECHL title.

The game will be called live from the Albany County Hockey Facility in Albany, NY. You can find the link here for the games.

William Paterson University Looks To Win First Collegiate Hockey Title In New Jersey

March 2, 2010 1 comment

Here’s some interesting college hockey news to read before the Devils – Sharks game tonight.

The Pioneers (24-8-1-1) clinched their second straight trip to the American Hockey College Association (ACHA) national championship tournament. William Paterson enters the tournament as the number one seed of the Northeast Region. The top two seeds in each region earn an automatic berth to Nationals.

After not making the playoffs in 34 years, the Pioneers have now appeared in three straight playoff appearances. Last year, the team went 0-3 in the playoffs, with a loss to eventual national champions Davenport University.

A college hockey team from New Jersey has never won a national championship at any level.

The Pioneers clinched their second straight Super East Collegiate Hockey League (SECHL) regular-season crown this season. The team is led by goaltender Chris Bauer, who led the nation with 19 wins. The freshman goaltender also ranks third in the Nation in minutes played with 1,528, and has a posted a 3.85 goals against average.

The team will play in the SECHL tournament March 6-8. They ACHA tournament begins March 17 and runs until March 20 in Simsbury, Connecticut.