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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 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51