Ken Appleby

Hometown:

North Bay Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1995-04-10

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2013

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2015

Weight:

205 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Ken Appleby played midget AAA hockey for the North Bay Trappers, posting a 2.19 goals against in 21 regular season and allowing four goals in his only playoff game. He had a 3.33 goals against in two games for NOHA Wolves at the OHL Cup and was selected by Oshawa in the second round (35th overall) in the 2011 OHL Priority Draft.

2011-12: Appleby played for the Kirkland Lake Blue Devils and the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League and played for Canada Ontario at the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge.

2012-13: Appleby appeared in 18 games as a backup to Carolina prospect Daniel Altshuller in his first OHL season with the Oshawa Generals. He was 6-4-2 with a 2.70 goals against and .886 save percentage. The Generals finished second in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Appleby did not appear in any playoff games.

2013-14: Appleby played in 24 games for Oshawa as a backup to Altshuller in his second OHL season. He was 11-7-3 with three shutouts and had a 2.48 goals against and .920 save percentage. The Generals finished first in the East Division and reached the Eastern Conference finals against North Bay. Appleby was 0-1 in his only playoff game, allowing 3 goals on 28 shots. Not selected in the 2014 NHL Draft, he attended prospect camps with Arizona and Chicago but was not signed to a contract.

2014-15: Appleby took over as the starter for Oshawa as the Generals won the OHL championship and captured the Memorial Cup. He was 38-7-4 with six shutouts in 50 regular season games and had a 2.08 goals against and .924 save percentage. Appleby was 16-5 and had two shutouts in 21 OHL playoff games, finishing with a 2.24 goals against and .922 save percentage. In four games at the Memorial Cup he was 4-0 with a 2.08 goals against and .915 save percentage. Oshawa defeated Kelowna, 2-1, in the championship game.

Future

Appleby attended training camp with the New Jersey Devils after not being selected in the 2015 NHL Draft. Released from training camp at the end of September, he signed a three-year entry-level contract with New Jersey a week later. In his first professional season in 2015-16, he has been impressive, both in limited action with the AHL's Albany Devils and with Adirondack in the ECHL. The emergence of Cory Schneider as an elite NHL goaltender along with the presence of prospects Scott Wedgewood and Mackenzie Blackwood in the Devils' system suggest Appleby faces a big task to one day playing in New Jersey. On the plus side, his size and athleticism suggest a significant upside and the northern Ontario native could emerge as an NHL starter one day.

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