Anton Kadeykin Update and NJ Notes

By Jared Ramsden

Prospect Progress Report: Anton Kadeykin

Name: Anton Kadeykin

Position: D

Shoots: Left

Height: 6-3

Weight: 198 lbs

Birthdate: 1984-04-17

Hometown: Elektrostal, Russia

Acquired: NJ’s 2nd Round Pick (51st) in 2002

Current Stats: Team: Sarnia League: OHL GP: 26 G: 1 A: 6 Pts: 7 +/-: 12 PIM: 16

Prospect Update: Anton has made a very smooth transition to North American hockey after playing last season in the Russian Elite League. Anton has progressed much quicker than the Devils had anticipated and they have been thrilled with his quick adjustment to the North American style of hockey. With the OHL’s Sarnia Sting, Anton has been one of the Sting’s most reliable defenders with a very impressive +12 rating, until a minor knee injury recently knocked him out of the line-up. He has been out of commission for a week, but is expected to be back in the Sting line-up soon. Known primarily as a big, smart, physical, stay at home defenceman, Anton has slowly started developing the offensive aspects of his game. While the Devils don’t expect Anton to light up the scoreboard, Anton does possess an underrated shot, and his offensive game should progress slowly, but surely. Anton has been averaging close to 20 minutes a game with the Sting, and with his steady play in his own end, one of the surprise selections of the NHL entry draft is on his way to developing into a two-way, top 4 NHL defenceman.

River Rat Rumblings: While the Rats have struggled to win games and score goals lately, the goaltending is surely not to blame. G Scott Clemmensen has only won 5 games this season, but his GAA of 2.42 and his .910 Sv%, still rank among the best in the league……… And although G Ari Ahonen has only won 5 games too, his numbers continue to get better. Since the last report, his GAA has dropped from 2.99 to 2.52 and his Sv% has skyrocketed from .900 to .916. He also recorded his first shut-out of the season……… C Adrian Foster has still not received clearance to play. He has recovered completely from his last abdominal injury, but it is a new abdominal injury that is postponing his AHL debut. It is still not known as to when we will be able to return to the ice, but the Devils are being very cautious with their 2001 1st round choice………C Chris Hartsburg continues to impress. He is tied for 2nd on the team with 6 goals, has 2 game winning goals and also has the Rats only shorthanded marker. He also is one of the few Rats players to be on the + side of the plus/minus with a +2 rating ……… LW Max Birbraer, is tied for 2nd on the team in goals with 6, but along with most other Rats, has had difficulty finding the net lately……… D Mikko Jokela has continued his rock solid play and has become one of the Rats most reliable defenders. He is second in team scoring with 13 points (4 goals and 9 assists) and his +2 rating is tops among Rats blueliners……… C Mike Rupp has struggled to find his offensive game. He has only 5 goals and 5 assists for 10 points. He is second on the team with 62 PIM’s……… C Eric Johansson has had a little trouble adjusting to the pro game. The prolific junior scorer has been held to 3 goals and 2 assists for 5 points in 22 games……… 2nd year LW Scott Cameron although putting up modest numbers, is closing in on his offensive totals from last season. He already has 3 goals and 5 assists for 8 points, one point shy of his total from all of last season. And he is the only Rat forward to have not missed a game this season……… D Krisjanis Redlihs has been playing well of late. His +/- rating of 0 is second best on the team.

CHL and NCAA Notes: LW Jason Rynzar is still only seeing limited action with the Wolverines. He has 2 assists in 7 games……… RW/C Aaron Voros had an eventful month of November. On Nov. 4th, he was diagnosed with a bone tumor in his leg, and it was thought that he would be out of action indefinitely. However, luckily for Aaron, the tumor was benign, and he was able to return to action on Nov. 29th. He has 2 goals and 5 assists for 7 points in 12 games, and is second on the team with 28 PIM’s ……… D Paul Martin has slowed down a bit after a very hot start for the Golden Gophers, however, he still is the team’s top scoring defenceman with 5 goals and 15 assists for 20 points in 17 games.……… D Matt DeMarchi has continued his strong play. Not known for his scoring, Matt has already scored 4 goals and 3 assists for 7 points, while still continuing his rock solid defensive play. He leads the Gophers in PIM’s with 41 and +/- with a +4 rating……… Fellow Golden Gopher, RW Barry Tallackson has had a forgettable season so far. He has only played in 8 games and has only 2 assists. He was to take part in the World Junior Championships for Team USA, but a separated shoulder will keep him from participating. He is to miss 6-8 weeks of action……… D David Hale has continued his steady play for the NCAA’s top ranked North Dakota Fighting Sioux. He has 1 goal and 5 assists for 6 points in 16 games and has a very impressive +16 rating and leads the team in PIM’s with 45……… Another Fighting Sioux, RW James Massen, has had a very impressive season thus far. After being seldom used last season, he is 4th in team scoring with 10 goals and 10 assists in 20 games, to go along with a solid +12 rating……… LW Brandon Nolan has kept up his torrid scoring pace. He leads the Oshawa Generals in goals with 20 and is second on the team in scoring with 43 points……… Sarnia D Marek Chvatal has 2 goals and 6 assists for 8 points, and has a solid +4 rating. He has played in 32 of 33 games for the Sting so far……… RW Robin LeBlanc has scored 13 goals and 14 assists for a total of 27 points in 33 games for the Baie Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL.

Overseas Info: When RW Alexander Suglobov was transferred to Neftekhimik from Yaroslavl, it was thought that the change in teams would help his development. However, it has not done much for Alex at all. He has received better ice time and has been playing with skilled players, but the results have not been there. In 6 games with his new club, he was pointless, and he has been a healthy scratch in 5 other games. It is quite likely that due to his poor performance with his new team, he may be sent back to Yaroslavl……… LW Andrei Posnov, after a decent training camp with the Devils, has so far posted 3 goals and 3 assists for 6 points in 19 games for Spartak Moscow. He leads the team in PIM’s with 87……… LW Tuomas Pihlman, last month’s feature in the Prospect Progress Report, is continuing his breakout campaign with JYP. He is third in team scoring with 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points in 28 games……… RW Temmu Laine has not scored much with Finnish powerhouse Jokerit, but has seen action in 30 of 32 games, playing mostly on the 4th line. He has 2 goals and 1 assist, and 32 PIM’s.