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    we're talking Devils, we're talking defense, so let's being with the blueliners.


    Defense

    Andy Greene -- The Devils lost Brian Rafalski to free agency this summer, but not to worry. Greene is Rafalski II, an undersized defenseman with offensive ability. And, what a resume! At Miami Ohio, he made the All-Rookie Team, an All-Tournament Team and won both the CCHA offensive and defensive defenseman awards. He cut through the AHL like a knife through butter, posting five goals and 16 assists in 52 games. The Devils brought him up with 23 games remaining and he played like he'd been there all season. Then he added two goals and an assist while going plus-6 in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He'll be a regular in Newark this season.

    "We're very optimistic that he'll make a significant contribution this year, off what we saw last year," Conte said. "His performance was very good and what we should see should be even better. Andy is very intelligent. He's strong on the puck and moves it well. Greene's a pretty complete, prototypical new-age defenseman who is offensively involved and defensively reliable. We'll give him the chance to sustain what he did in a short period over a longer period of time."

    Mark Fraser -- Conte was funny in discussing Fraser whom he described to a reporter as "a Colin White-type." Asked later what Fraser's attributes were, Conte responded "Colin White." Fraser was a solid defensive defenseman for the Kitchener Rangers and played well enough at Lowell last season to be called up for 10 games with the Devils, replacing, yup, Colin White, when he got injured. Fraser skates well, moves the puck, needs to improve his defensive consistency and has little offense. But don't stand in front of his goalie. He uses his big body well.

    "He's a Colin White prototype," Conte said. "His first professional step was a good one. He had an excellent AHL season. He played on their penalty kills. Mark is a defense-oriented, hard-nosed player with good leadership qualities. Every good Devils player is a team-oriented player and Mark fits the mold."

    Mark Fayne --So far, so good. Fayne went from MVP of his New England prep-school league to the Hockey East All-Rookie team at Providence University, leading all HE rookie defensemen in scoring with five goals and seven assists in 36 games. He's 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds and still growing. Fayne is a strong skater who passes well and delivers checks. He has a hard slap shot and an exceptional wrist shot. Providence used him in all situations and he was named both most valuable freshman and best defensive player, an award named for San Jose Sharks coach Ron Wilson. Fayne will return for another season at Providence. He might be ready then to tackle professional hockey.

    "He's big and he's mobile," Conte said. "We're very encouraged by him. He made the Hockey East All-Rookie Team. Mark made a good transition from prep school to college hockey. He's got miles to go before he sleeps, but he's getting there."


    Matthew Corrente -- Corrente has a lot of ability but some of his statements and an off-ice incident last season indicate a need for maturity and character building. Still, he's a tremendous junior defensive prospect with the Mississagua Ice Dogs of the OHL. Corrente is 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds and plays with an edge. He averaged 23 assists in his two OHL seasons and put up impressive plus-minus figures. He was returned to his junior team after a nice performance at training camp last fall and that's what will probably happen again this year.

    "He'll go back to junior in all likelihood," Conte said. "Unless he wows us in training camp as he did last year. It's impractical to have a 19-year-old defenseman in the NHL. Patience is the operative word, but performance can rid the need for patience. He has a lot of poise and strength. Matt is comfortable moving the puck and very physical in one-on-one situations. He has a lot of the attributes that are difficult to teach."

    Kirill Tulupov --Tulupov has followed a most unusual career path. A Russian, he spent two seasons with the Toronto Rattlers, a private hockey club with on-site housing that plays teams ranging from Junior B to college JVs. The training paid off as Tulupov was selected to play for Russia in the World Under-18 Championship. He played 54 games with the QMJHL Chicoutimi Sangueneens and had eight goals and 20 assists. Tulupov is 6-3 and 220 pounds. He's a mean guy when clearing forwards away from his goaltender and he's an excellent shot blocker with a strong shot of his own.

    "He's making nice progress," Conte said. "He's a different type of Russian. He went to Canadian prep school and his English is impeccable. He hasn't had the same level of training as most other Russian kids. He works hard and wants to play desperately. Kirill does what is asked and more. It's a long-term development process that is going well."
    Left wing

    Alexander Vasyunov -- Vasyunov had an outstanding junior season in Russia two years ago, scoring 29 goals in 29 games before being taken in the second round of the 2005 Entry Draft. He was scoreless in 17 games last season with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv in the Russian Super League. The Devils aren't worried, explaining it's an anomaly of the Russian system whereby each team must carry a certain number of junior players, but they don't play much. The Devils expect Vasyunov will play a lot more this season. He played on Russia's third line at the World Juniors and looked good.

    "He's very promising, but he was caught betwixt and between last season while playing on a pro team with a lot of guys with pro experience," Conte said. "They are a high-spending team that doesn't bring up 18-year-olds. They buy a veteran from another team. Our other guy, Zharkov got to play more. They're still young guys in fourth-line roles. One problem is there is a lack of quality second-level team there.
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    Nicklas Bergfors -- He was drafted as a right-handed right winger. The Lowell Devils list him as a center and have used him on the off-wing. Bergfors was seen as a player with exceptional strength and skating ability, a smooth passer and energetic player when the Devils took him with the 23rd-overall pick in the 2005 draft. Two so-so AHL seasons have followed and he didn't impress at the World Juniors. But he's also only 20-years-old, 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds. He'll get bigger and there's a good chance the Devils will send him back to the AHL while he's getting stronger and learning to dominate at the North American professional level.

    "He's still a junior-aged player who has played two years in the AHL," Conte shrugged. "It's difficult to say he's not doing well. This should be his first AHL season, not his third. This is a year for him to take another step forward. He was second-leading scorer at Albany two years ago as a rookie. He had a tough year last year for a couple reasons, including a lot was asked of him. He had the World Juniors, plus a professional schedule that was very demanding of him. We're not disappointed and we haven't seen the best of him yet."


    David Clarkson --Scouting is about projecting how well a player will develop. Clarkson, 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, is a kid who didn't project well and wasn't drafted, but went out the next season and helped the Kitchener Rangers win the Memorial Cup with his rugged play. In his final junior season, Clarkson ranked second in goals and third in points among Kitchener's forwards. He made room for himself as an AHL rookie two years ago when he racked up 233 penalty minutes. That dropped to 150 PIMs last season. After scoring 20 goals for Lowell, Clarkson was brought up in March and scored three goals in seven NHL games.

    "He made a pretty good statement for himself in the playoffs and at the end of the regular season," Conte said. "He scored goals in Albany and Lowell. He's got a little of the Sutters in him. He scores, he fights, he hits. He does a little bit of everything. He's tenacious and we like those guys."
    Barry Tallackson -- Almost forgotten are the days when Minnesota's "Mr. March" led the Gophers to back-to-back NCAA championship and the goal that put them into the Frozen Four two years later. Tallackson played way back in the 2001 World Juniors. He did well in his first AHL season and was called up for 10 games with the Devils, but was inconsistent last season while battling a wrist injury.

    "He's doing OK. He needs an opportunity to do things over the long haul and he has to create that opportunity," Conte said. "He has given indications he can do more, so this is a big year for him. We don't pick the team. The players pick the team. Barry is big, strong, skilled, fast, intelligent and so gifted that he sometimes gives the impression he's not working hard. You always want to see more when you see the enormous ability he has. Sometimes that's not fair."

    Vladimir Zharkov -- Here's the difficulty in judging young Russian players: Zharkov, playing for CSKA Moscow, got more ice time in the Russian Super League than Vasyunov did playing for Yaroslavl yet Vasyunov, not Zharkov, was chosen to the World Junior team. Zharkov has good speed and plays with intensity, two popular assets in the Devilsí system.

    "He's having results, but he's playing a different game in Russia," Conte said. "A good player in Russia and a good player over here can be two different things. Of course, you can fall on your face either place. One concern that makes the Russians somewhat less attractive nowadays is that the culture of money there doesn't always lend itself to a good work ethic. We'd like to see what he can do in North America. He's very strong on the puck, very quick and there's a lot of fire to his game."
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    Rod Pelley -- Another undrafted prospect, Pelley resurrected his career last season with AHL Lowell after a perplexing senior year at Ohio State. A four-year letterman, Pelley served as co-captain his final two seasons with the Buckeyes. He was named to the All-CCHA Tournament team in 2004 and was a Second Team All-CCHA as a junior. He had 22 goals and 41 points in 41 games as a junior, but slumped to seven goals and seven assists as a senior, despite leading the Buckeyes in shots by a wide margin. He also had a team-worst minus-6 rating. Pelley rebounded to 17 goals and 29 points in 65 AHL games. He was scoreless in nine late-season NHL games and didn't play in the playoffs.

    "He's a John Madden kind of player," Conte said. "He can check and kill penalties. Rod's got some speed. He's another one who can come in this year and do a job for us. His skills give him the ability to be a bona fide NHL checker. The role is a requirement on every team when you play against centers like Joe Sakic and Sidney Crosby. It's hard to do until you have accomplished a few other things and do it on a regular basis."



    Petr Vrana -- How could the Devils not take Vrana four years ago in the second round when everyone was describing him as a prototypical Devils forward, fast, intense, hard on the forecheck and defensive minded with some offensive skills? The Czech-born center had a 37-goal, 83-point season with the QMJHL Halifax Mooseheads in 2003 before the Devils took him in the second round. A shoulder injury the next year resulted in two seasons of significantly lower scoring. Vrana tends to rise to the occasion. He captained the Czech team to a bronze medal at the 2005 World Juniors and had a strong QMJHL playoff record. He showed improvement in his second AHL season last year and will probably benefit from another year there.

    "Petr has battled injuries from Day One," Conte said. "He's a fine person, one who expects more from himself. We'd like to see him take a major step forward this year. This is a turning point for him, his third professional season. He has to establish himself. Petr has intelligence, competitiveness and character. He's reliable however you use him. He can kill penalties, work a power play, check and score."

    Goaltending

    Jeff Frazee -- As a sophomore, Frazee split goaltending duties with senior Kellen Briggs and was in net in the West Regional Final against North Dakota. He has two more years and should be the No. 1 Gopher goalie over that time. Frazee has an unorthodox style and needs refinement, but the Devils have time with Martin Brodeur still at or near the top of his game. Frazee came on as a replacement at the 2007 World Juniors, posted the third-best goals-against average, 1.72, and led the United States to a bronze medal.

    "Jeff split goaltending duties last season, but was the guy in the end that they gave the ball to," Conte said. "It's his job to lose this season. Sometimes, he can be spectacular. He played before in the United States National Team Development Program. The first international game he ever lost was in the World Junior shootout against Canada. He was 16-0 before that."
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    The following prospects I wouldn't know yet except for Players in the farm systems

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    What about mattias tedenby

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    The last post in here was my birthday lol.

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    Hey guys, we need to get this forum back up and running!

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    Its pretty dead in here.

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    Extremely dude! I guess the Devils fans are on some other site?

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    Our best prospect is: John Merril
    Comparable: Ryan Suter(top 5 Defenseman)

    Talent Analysis
    Merrill is a solidly built two-way defender with outstanding poise and hockey smarts. He skates well in all directions, shows no fear in rushing the puck up the ice and can quarterback a power play with his great distribution skills and shot. While still a little raw defensively, Merrill is sure to evolve further and learn how to use his sizable frame to his advantage with more experience.

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    Merrill has the multi-purpose skill set to eventually evolve into a top-pairing defenseman that can play in all situations. He has 40-50 point upside. Ryan Suter is a good comparable at the NHL level.

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    Wanted to update this.

    good to see guys like Merill and Gelinas up. Hated to see Urbom be claimed off waivers. Absolutely hated that although this team does have defensive depth.

    Our best prospects as of now are

    Stephan Mateau
    Damon Severson
    Reid Boucher
    Steve Santini
    Blake Pieila
    Harri Pesonen
    Brandon Burlon

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    Wanted to update this.

    good to see guys like Merill and Gelinas up. Hated to see Urbom be claimed off waivers. Absolutely hated that although this team does have defensive depth.

    Our best prospects as of now are

    Stephan Mateau
    Damon Severson
    Reid Boucher
    Steve Santini
    Blake Pieila
    Harri Pesonen
    Brandon Burlon

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    Lets get this thing going again...http://devils.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=727816

    No star power, just like in the big league club but solid pieces. Merrill and Gelinas looked good last year.
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    I think at least one of Gelinas, Merrill, Santini, or Severson will become a star. All 4 will be great top 4 dmen. Hopefully Larsson rebounds and progresses.
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    I can see Larsson doing some good things. Remember he was so young coming up

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    Adam Larsson, Gelinas, and Boucher really stood out for me in their first preseason game. Very good games.

    Ryder, Henrique, and Boucher were all +4
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