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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 ET / News
By Eric Marin
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DeBoer excited for start of camp




 
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

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59