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Rookie Camp closes with Red Team's 3-2 win

Friday, 07.20.2012 / 3:34 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Rookie Camp closes with Red Team\'s 3-2 win

Mike Hoeffel scored twice Friday to secure a 3-2 win for the Red Team on the final day of the Devils' 2012 Rookie Camp. The week of practices, scrimmages and off-ice conditioning was an opportunity for the club's prospects to work on their development during the offseason.

"All the reports have been that everyone came in good shape," head coach Peter DeBoer said. "There's a lot of competition. It looks like a lot of depth, especially on defense and in net, as far as NHL prospects."

Five of this year's draft picks were in attendance, including first-round selection Stefan Matteau. He scored for White in Tuesday's scrimmage, a 3-1 Red victory.

Damon Severson (2nd round/60th overall), Ben Johnson (3rd/90th), Ben Thomson (4th/96th), and Graham Black (5th/135th) also suited up as Devils for the first time since being drafted in June.

"I think I'm on the right track, I just have to keep working hard," Matteau said earlier in the week. "I've worked hard (to get) this far and I can't stop now."

The biggest news was Tuesday's announcement naming Scott Stevens and Matt Shaw as assistant coaches. The completed staff hopes to guide the Devils to a defense of their Eastern Conference title when the puck drops on 2012-13.

"I feel very fortunate that we were able to fill those holes with the quality of people we have with Scott and Matt," DeBoer said. "When you lose good people like Larry [Robinson] and Adam [Oates] and the big role they played for us, the pool of guys to replace those type of people isn't real deep. For us to be able to add Scott Stevens, who's a Hall of Fame player and has been around the organization, understands, having been in the coaching room with us last year, what we want, I think is seamless and as easy a transition to replacing Larry as we can find.

"In Matt Shaw's case, he's replacing Adam Oates, who was in charge of our power play. This is a guy who ran San Jose's power play the last three years, and they've been top three in the League the entire time. To get a guy of that quality that's available sitting there and wants to come and work for you, I think we feel very fortunate about both of those additions."

While it's still a few weeks away, training camp is the next stop on the road to the new season.

"The nice thing for me in training camp this year is these guys understand what we want now," DeBoer said. "We can hit the ground running instead of starting at square one."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 51 23 10 4 33
A. Henrique 56 12 20 -1 32
P. Elias 53 10 16 -13 26
S. Gomez 39 5 18 -9 23
M. Zidlicky 63 4 19 -7 23
T. Zajac 55 10 10 -4 20
S. Bernier 48 10 8 1 18
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 45 2 16 3 18
M. Havlat 38 5 9 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 23 6 .927 2.19
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59