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DeBoer excited for start of camp

Rookies practice Tuesday in first on-ice sessions

Tuesday, 09.10.2013 / 4:53 PM / News
By Eric Marin




 
One day after getting their photos and physicals at Prudential Center, Devils rookies suited up Tuesday and hit the ice for the first practice of training camp.

Thirty-four skaters were divided into two sessions of 17 as camp hit full swing. Veterans report to camp on Wednesday and will skate on Thursday.

"It's nice to be back and in the action," said head coach Peter DeBoer. "It's nice to see everybody back in town. We've got everybody here now and you can feel the energy."

From hopeful prospects like blueliners Jon Merrill, Eric Gelinas and Alexander Urbom to veteran forwards like Cam Janssen and Rod Pelley, a number of players are vying for 2013-14 roster spots.

"There's a lot of depth," DeBoer said. "There's a lot of NHL players in our minds and there's going to be some great competition to see who separates themselves for jobs. This will be a very competitive camp, as competitive as any I've been to here."

Both the coaching staff and prospects benefit from this lead-up to the full training camp.

"I think it's great," the coach said. "I think it's great for our staff. We haven't run a practice in four or five months so it's nice for our staff to get out especially with [new assistant coach] Mike Foligno here. We've got a new member there to kind of get some cohesiveness and get the kinks out with the young guys before the full camp starts.

"I think for the young guys to be able to work with the NHL staff and have the luxury of the D working with Scott Stevens, the forwards working with Dave Barr and Mike Foligno – you're talking thousands of games of NHL experience there. I think it's invaluable."

Sergei Brylin won three Stanley Cups with the Devils and hopes to bring that experience to his new role as an assistant coach with the Devils' AHL affiliate in Albany. The move was announced on Tuesday.

"We talked with Lou and tried to see what I'm going to do next year," said Brylin. "All of a sudden, coaching came up. I said, 'Yeah I wouldn't mind to try it and see what it's like.' He asked me if I'm willing to go to Albany, I said yes."

Brylin joins head coach Rick Kowalsky's staff with assistant coach Tommy Albelin and goaltending coach Dave Caruso.

Said Brylin: "It's a great opportunity to start a new career for me and see where it's going to take me."

Tuesday's first session
Goalies: Anthony Brodeur, Keith Kinkaid

Defensemen : Brandon Burlon, Raman Hrabarenka, Damon Severson, Harry Young, Alexander Urbom, Corbin McPherson

Forwards: Joe Whitney, Stefan Matteau, Ryan Kujawinski, Rod Pelley, Mike Hoeffel, Mike Sislo, Cam Janssen, Graham Black, Ben Johnson

Second session
Goalies: Maxime Clermont, Scott Wedgewood

Defensemen: Jon Merrill, Eric Gelinas, Seth Helgeson, Dan Kelly, Reece Scarlett

Forwards: Tim Sestito, Myles Bell, Remy Giftopoulos, Harri Pesonen, Riley Boychuk, Darcy Zajac, Reid Boucher, David Wohlberg, Chris McKelvie, Ben Thomson

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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

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