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Devils fans answer poll questions about prospects

by Gordy Stillman / New Jersey Devils
2015 first round draft pick Pavel Zacha passes the puck to a teammate entering the offensive zone in the Red-White Scrimage at the Devils' 2015 Development Camp. Fans filled Amerihealth Arena twice over the week to watch prospects play for the coaches. Photo by Courtney Gfroerer

As the New Jersey Devils closed out the team’s 2015 Development Camp on Saturday with the Red-White Scrimmage, where Team White defeated Team Red 5-2, a sample of Devils fans in attendance answered poll questions about the week. Below are the results.

Q: Which prospect has been the most impressive at Development Camp?

Pavel Zacha 24 percent

Reid Boucher 24 percent

Joeseph Blandisi 13 percent

Mackenzie Blackwood 9.5 percent

Blake Coleman 9.5 percent

Miles Wood 5 percent

Steven Santini 5 percent

Damon Severson 5 percent

Tyler Kelleher 5 percent

Forwards Pavel Zacha and Reid Boucher took the lead with 24 percent of the vote each, ahead of Joeseph Blandisi who received 13 percent for third place. In the end, nine prospects earned nominations, but only the top three passed 10 percent of the votes.

Q: Which prospects at Development Camp do fans think are most likely to reach the Devils’ roster in the 2015-16 season? Fans could nominate up to three players.

Zacha 25 percent

Severson 19 percent

Boucher 17 percent

Blandisi 15 percent

Coleman 6 percent

Raman Hrabarenka 4 percent

John Quenneville 4 percent

Vojtech Mozik 2 percent

Reece Scarlett 2 percent

Ben Thomson 2 percent

Jacob Sweeney 2 percent

Alexandre Goulet 2 percent

With perhaps very little surprise, 2015 first round draft pick Pavel Zacha was the most popular nomination, garnering 25 percent of the nominations. Other popular picks were Damon Severson, who spent last year on the Devils roster with 19 percent of the votes and Reid Boucher with 17 percent. Stepping outside of players who’ve already played for the Devils, fans expressed hope to see Joe Blandisi reach the top team, sending 15 percent of the votes his way.

Q: Which of the following prospects could have the greatest impact on scoring goals in the future?

Blandisi 50 percent

Quenneville 33.3 percent

Coleman 5.5 percent

Sergey Kalinin 11.1 percent

In this question, fans only had four choices, and Blandisi ran away with half of the votes. Recent signee John Quenneville took 33 percent of the nominations, while Sergey Kalinin, fresh from the KHL garnered 11 percent and Blake Coleman took the final 5 percent.

Other than Damon Severson, which defenseman at camp do fans hope to see with the Devils next season?

Hrabarenka 35 percent

Santini 30 percent

Sweeney 15 percent

Scarlett 10 percent

Mozik 5 percent

Six prospects earned nominations. Defenseman Raman Hrabarenka, who played in one game at the end of the 2014-15 season took the lead, with 35 percent of the votes. Steven Santini, who’s headed back to Boston College in the fall, earned second place with 30 percent, showing fans are eager for him to complete his education and try to join the team. Mozik, White, Scarlett and Sweeney round out the nominations, with 5-15 percent of the votes, each.

Beyond the poll questions, fans were eager to discuss the highlights of Development Camp.

Brandon Chrisafis, a warehouse worker from Washington, NJ said his favorite part has been watching the goalies play. At the 3-on-3 tournament on Wednesday, Chrisafis said he enjoyed watching Anthony Brodeur, son of Martin Brodeur, play between the pipes. Better yet, Chrisafis was excited about the youth movement on the team, and the chance to watch hockey in July, easing the wait between the end of the season and the start of training camp.

Glen Davidson, a fan from Bloomfield, said he followed the camp via twitter, reading tweets from local news outlets as well as the team. Davidson said he was excited about the future of the team, with Zacha, Quenneville and Blackwood in the pipeline of future talent.

Hillside resident, Michael Mandy, a teacher, said he most liked the chance to see the team over the summer. “I remember being a little kid and going to South Mountain…we get to see these guys try to make an impact, and they’re giving 100 percent. Explaining his excitement about hockey in July, Mandy stated, “I named my son after Patrik Elias, so any time there’s hockey is a good time of year.”

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