On September 17 and 18, Devils rookies and prospects will take part in the 2016 Prospects Challenge at Harborcenter in Buffalo. They will face Sabres prospects on the 17th and prospects sent by the Boston Bruins on the 18th.
The full roster sees three goalies: Ken Appleby, Evan Cormier and Mackenzie Blackwood, three first round draft picks in forwards Michael McLeod, Pavel Zacha and John Quenneville as well as four players who have skated in the NHL with the Devils last season in forwards Joseph Blandisi, Blake Pietila and Miles Wood and defenseman Steven Santini.
The rest of the roster consists of forwards Nick Lappin, Blake Coleman, Brandon Baddock, Ryan Kujawinski, Jan Mandat, Kevin Rooney, Brandon Gignac, Nathan Bastian and Blake Speers. Defensemen will include Joshua Jacobs, Marcus Crawford, Colby Sissons, Ralph Jarratt and Alexander Kuqali.
According to the Devils website, the players will report to New Jersey and then travel to Buffalo together on September 15th.
This is a good way for the Devils to kick off rookie camp, as it will let the players play some organized games against other teams’ prospects. There is no better way to get into game shape than by actually competing. Hopefully all of the Devils players in the tournament can make a good showing.