New Jersey Devils fans were hoping to see what the 2012-13 NHL season would bring – especially since their team came so close to winning the Stanley Cup. Unfortunately, the NHL and it’s player’s union are in the midst of a bitter labor dispute and the regular season is in jeopardy.
For now, Devils fans will have to keep close tabs on their prospects base and the juniors level to see how the franchise is doing. For the most part, the news has been pretty positive.
Alexander Kerfoot was held to a pointless night in a loss to the Surrey Eagles. The Coquitlam Express product has had a good start to the season, picking up four assists in four games so far this season.
Sarnia Sting’s Reid Boucher was a minus-2 in their 4-3 loss to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He did pick up an assist though.
Ben Johnson saw his team lose in a shootout to Mississauga and he didn’t exactly help the cause. He picked up a couple of penalty minutes and finished with a minus-1.
Meanwhile, Ben Thomson was scoreless in a 2-1 win by the Kitchener Rangers. They upended the London Knights, who are considered to be one of the juniors powerhouses.
Stefan Matteau also went pointless but that was just the first time this season that he didn’t pick up at least a goal and an assist in a game. He had four penalty minutes in the team’s 6-0 win.
As for Graham Black, he scored and picked up a pair of penalty minutes in Swift Current’s 5-4 shootout loss to Brandon. Black was part of the shootout but could not find the back of the net. People making their NHL picks know he’s had a good start to the season with five points in his first four games.
Lastly, Damon Severson didn’t register any points or penalty minutes in Kelowna’s 1-0 loss to the Portland Winterhawks.