New Jersey Devils NCAA Prospect Update

By Andrew Clark

New Jersey Devils NCAA Prospect Update

A biweekly article that will look at the development of Future Devils competing in the WCHA, CCHA and Hockey East

1.) David Hale, Defense, North Dakota, sophomore year

The Fighting Sioux of North Dakota have had a tough beginning to the regular season thus far, especially after this past weekend when they dropped two contests to currently number one ranked St. Cloud. In Friday night’s game, David Hale did manage to score a goal half way through the second frame to tie the game. Hale received a nice pass from Ryan Connelly, skated in closer and beat St. Cloud goalie Dean Weasler for his first tally of the season. The tied game was short lived as St. Cloud scored 6 of the next 8 goals. David is seeing more ice time than last year and is playing a larger role. Hopefully he will take full advantage of the opportunity and improve upon his offensive numbers. The Fighting Sioux have the upcoming week off and will travel to MSU-Mankato in two weeks. Hale missed one game because he was ejected the night before.

2001/02 stats: 8 games, 1 g, 0 a, 25 PIM

2.) Paul Martin, Defense, University of Minnesota, sophomore year

One of the biggest surprises this year has been the play of the Golden Gophers as well as Paul Martin. Minnesota entered the past weekend undefeated and the number one team in NCAA Men’s Division One. Just two weeks ago, after a weekend set with Colgate, Paul Martin was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week after tallying four points (1 g, 3 a). Over the past weekend, Martin extended his five game scoring streak to seven with a power play goal on Friday and an assist on Saturday during an extra man attack against Michigan Tech. Paul has three goals and nine assists on the season with 2 power play goals. He is a large part of both special team units, especially the kill. Last year it took Paul 24 games to score ten points.

2001/02 stats: 7 games, 3 g, 9 a, 4 PIM

3.) Matt DeMarchi, Defense, University of Minnesota, junior year

The Golden Gophers have enjoyed early success through their strong and dedicated play. Unfortunately, much of the success that the Golden Gophers have
enjoyed early in this season has been without the services of defensive tough guy Matt DeMarchi. After playing in one game, he suffered a high ankle sprain
which forced him to sit on the shelf for a while. Since Minnesota faced weaker, non-conference teams, there was no rush to bring him back. However, as he
prepared in practice after feeling a lot better, he re-injured the same ankle. It seems DeMarchi will not return until the end of the month for the remainder and bulk of the season. The injury is not too serious, however they are being cautious and not letting it get out of control.

2001/02 stats: 1 game, 0 g, 0 a, 0 PIM

4.) Chris Hartsburg, Center, Colorado College, senior season

Colorado College has started the season off in a rough way going 2 and 4. Their defensive minded center, Chris Hartsburg, has appeared in 6 games thus far and tallied 2 assists. His rough, determined and aggressive ways have continued by racking up 18 minutes in the sin bin. After losing two games over the weekend to Denver including a heartbreaker in overtime, the Tigers will be facing off against St.Cloud in Minnesota. Hopefully Chris’ defense will limit the number one ranked team and their many offensive threats.

2000/01 stats: 6 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 18 PIM

5.) Kenny Magowan, Forward, Boston University, sophomore season

The Terriers of Boston University are out to a fast start going 4-0-1 in the first five games of the season. Sophomore forward and Devils’ prospect Kenny Magowan has also done the same by notching five points thus far. Over the weekend in the first game against Northeastern, the youngster had a two-point game. His first point of the game came late in the first period when he assisted Frantisek Skladany on BU’s second goal of the night. His second point proved to be the helper on the game winner goal early in the third frame. In a short-handed situation, Kenny had a one on one break out towards the Northeastern net. Chris Dyment joined the rush and Magowan gave him a pass over a sprawling defender. Dyment buried the puck after it rattled off the post making it 4-3.

2000/01 stats: 5 games, 1 goal, 4 assists, 2 PIM

6.) James Massen, Forward, North Dakota, freshman season

Freshman winger James Massen has played in six of nine Sioux games this season but has seen very little ice time. Hopefully he will develop and improve over the next several months, however it may be difficult to get quality ice time on a struggling team.

2000/01 stats: 6 games, 0 g, 0 a, 6 PIM

6.) Aaron Voros, Forward, Alaska-Fairbanks, freshman season

One of the biggest surprises thus far in the Devils organization has been recently drafted youngster Aaron Voros. After playing in the BCJHL, Voros signed on to attend Alaska-Fairbanks and has performed very well for the Nanooks this season. In ten games, he already has 6 points including a two-goal game in his first NCAA career contest against Air Force and two assists in a match with Alaska-Anchorage. The Nanooks have lost their last three games and have only scored twice, Voros is responsible for one of those tallies in a loss to Michigan last Friday. It seems Aaron has started a very promising collegiate career and I look forward to what he is able to accomplish.

2000/01 stats: 10 games, 4 g, 2 a