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Development Camp comes to a close

by Julie Robenhymer / New Jersey Devils

Team White won the scrimmage 4-3 with goals by JD Dudek, Nate Bastian (times two) and Garrett Cockerill, but Team Red won the shootout with goals by Austin Gangelosi, Colton White, Brandon Braddock and Blake Speers. As goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood said in this post scrimmage interview, it's a wash:

Mike McLeod, of Team Red, had the only goal of the first half (the scrimmage consisted of two 25 minute halves with a running clock, with the second half being 4-on-4 and everyone participating in the shootout), but the flood gates opened up in the second half with more room on the ice and it was his fellow SuperBuddy that came through for Team White as Bastian's second goal, a wrister from the circle, proved to be the game winner.

They - whoever they are - always say that you only pull the crazy moves in situations where you are most comfortable and with seven Boston College Eagles here this week, it was easy for players like JD Dudek, who is heading back to Chestnut Hill for his senior season as one of five upperclassmen, to really be able to show what they've got.

I also spoke with Brandon Gignac, who was drafted in the third round this past June and came into camp knowing no one, about his experiences here this week and what he can take back with him to Quebec as he trains this off season.

If you've been paying attention, you already know about the internal points competition during the camp. If you missed that memo, the players earned points for excellent performances in the physical testing, winning drills/shootouts in practice, go-karting and, of course, the 3-on-3 competition and the scrimmage. Here is the final leaderboard….

First: Chris Shero - 13 points

Second: Brett Seney - 12 points

Third: John Quenneville, Jesper Bratt, Josh Jacobs, Marc Biega - 11 points

Top goalie: Ken Appleby - 9.5 points

Best shootout move: JD Dudek

The players enjoyed a barbecue to close camp with one final team bonding event that included some aggressive games of cornhole as the North Americans showed the Europeans the ropes!

The fellas close out #NJDevCamp16 with a final team building event - BBQ & cornhole. The Europeans caught on quick!

A photo posted by Julie Robenhymer (@julierobenhymer) on

Until next time!!

~ Julie

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