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PRE-GAME REPORT: Devils Prospects vs. Bruins Prospects

Devils Prospects play their final game of the Prospects Challenge tournament on Monday against the Bruins

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils conclude their portion of the Prospects Challenge in Buffalo on Monday with a game against the Boston Bruins at 9:30 a.m.

The game can be seen on all the Devils channels, including Twitter, Facebook, njd.TV and YouTube. 

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Read our game preview and Pre-Game Report below plus links to videos from Sunday's practice. 

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PRE-GAME REPORT

BUFFALO, NY - The New Jersey Devils are set to wrap up their tournament on Monday morning with a game against the Boston Bruins. 

The team had a full practice on Sunday that lasted over an hour but it didn't provide a lot of clarity into who will be playing. 

One thing that is known is that Jack Hughes will play after missing Saturday's contest. The team's plan heading into the tournament was for him to play two out of the three games. 

Check back at NewJerseyDevils.com near warm-up time (around 9:00 a.m.) where we will have the full lineup available to you. 

ANDERSON FINE AFTER INJURY

There was a scare on Saturday for the Devils when Joey Anderson slid feet first into the boards and had to be helped off the ice. The good news is that he was able to practice with the team on Sunday. 

"I feel a lot better just a little sore," he said. "My leg completely locked up on me and I couldn't bend my leg at all. So I got up and I was just trying to start moving it again. It took about half an hour and then I was finally able to start walking on it and now it's feeling much better. I skated today and it felt pretty good 

The initial injury for Anderson was a bit of a delayed reaction. 

"It didn't hurt right away," he said. "But then I couldn't move my leg at all. I was trying to bend it and skate and I'm like this isn't working. Then I got off the ice and started trying to walk a little bit and then it was like, oh boy, this is killing."

Anderson added that he had a similar injury last year in camp but hasn't had any issues since. 

MCLEOD ROUNDING OUT GAME

After his first complete pro season last year, playing 55 games in Binghamton and another 22 in New Jersey, Mike McLeod had a good idea of what he needed in order to be a better player. 

"I think I just worked on rounding out my game," said McLeod. "I worked a lot of my skating kind of just getting smoother and more balanced and stronger on my skates going into corners going up against bigger guys.

"You play against bigger guys in pro and the D are stronger. They can push you around. I worked on that, got stronger and worked on my hands and all that stuff. So I'm feeling really good coming to camp."

This is the fourth camp that McLeod has been at here in Buffalo so despite still being a rookie at the NHL level, he's been able to lend his experience to his other teammates. 

"Talk to everyone get everyone involved, you know make everyone feel like a team part of the team. If someone makes a mistake, just go up to them and stuff like that," McLeod said when asked what he's been doing in a leadership role. 

"So just just recognizing that you've been through it and it's nerve-racking for the younger guys."

LEARNING FROM NHL EXPERIENCE

Last season was the first pro campaign for Joey Anderson and he played 34 of his 47 games at the NHL level. He was asked what he learned from that experience. 

"I think just kind of that whole it's a 24/7 job," he began. 

"You go home, you're always working. You're always taking care of yourself and making sure you're ready to play and it doesn't go away no matter where you are and you're representing the Devils wherever you go. So you gotta be on your best behavior and make sure that you're representing the Devils in a professional way."

Drafted by the team in 2016, he's been to a number of Development Camps and was here in Buffalo last year for the Propects Challenge. He talked about what he can lend to the younger players coming into their first camp this year. 

"The way you go about your business at the rink,you can kind of help the younger guys see on what you know. Hopefully I can pick some things up from last year from the older NHL guys and then they can see that and then they start to pick up on that.

"Especially when we're in these tight games like yesterday. Hopefully the guys can stick together and battle through some adversity."

PREVIEW

DEVILS PROSPECTS (0-2-0) vs. BRUINS PROSPECTS (1-1-0)

TV: 9:30 a.m. ET; NewJerseyDevils.com, Devils Facebook, YouTube & Twitter

Devils Team Scope:

The Devils have dropped their first two games of this tournament here in Buffalo. On Friday, they fell behind 6-0 before rallying but ultimately losing 6-4 to the host Sabres.

Saturday afternoon, they played much better but still dropped a 2-1 decision to Pittsburgh. In that game, the Devils outshot the Penguins 37-25 but Graeme Clarke's goal was the only one that they'd be able to register on the scoreboard.

Monday morning is the final game of the tournament for the Devils and after the game, they'll bus back to New Jersey with many of the rookies from this camp getting set to attend Devils main camp which kicks off on Friday.  

Bruins Team Scope:

On Friday, the Bruins Prospects were down 2-0 against Pittsburgh after the first period but rallied with three second-period tallies to move in front. The Pens tied it late in the middle frame but Boston scored the lone third-period goal to take it 4-3. 

Saturday, the Bruins fell behind in the second period 4-1 to the Sabres but scored a pair in the third period to make it close, ultimately faling 4-3. 

By the Numbers:

With two goals and an assist, Oskar Steen is the Bruins leading scorer so far in this tournament. Samuel Asselin, Anders Bjork and Jack Studnicka each have a goal and assist to rank near the top of the team's scoring leaders. 

Jesper Boqvist, Graeme Clarke and Colton White each have a goal and an assist to top the Devils leaderboard. Joey Anderson and Jack Hughes are the only others with a goal as New Jersey has five in this tournament through two games. 

-- Marc Ciampa, NewJerseyDevils.com

ROSTERS

DEVILS PROSPECTS

Forwards   
14 Joey Anderson
42 Nathan Bastian
90 Jesper Boqvist
92 Graeme Clarke
51 Brandon Gignac
57 Mitchell Hoelscher
86 Jack Hughes
74 Ludvig Larson
73 Mikhail Maltsev
41 Michael McLeod
70 Nikita Popugaev
53 Yegor Sharangovich
46 Blake Speers
67 Marian Studenic
59 Fabian Zetterlund
 
Defense   
62 Xavier Bernard
83 Nicholas Canade
75 Jeremy Groleau
78 Noah King
82 Nikita Okhotyuk
71 Colby Sissons
24 Ty Smith
81 Michael Vukojevic
2 Colton White

Goaltenders   
50 Evan Cormier
33 Akira Schmid
31 Gilles Senn

BRUINS PROSPECTS

Forwards
58 Urho Vaakanainen
59 Cooper Zech
65 Riley Mccourt
66 Andrew Perrott
76 Jordan Sambrook
84 Wiley Sherman
89 Axel Andersson
91 Alexey Solovyev
97 Max Martin

Defense
10 Anders Bjork
45 Joona Koppanen
51 Pavel Shen
53 Cameron Hughes
57 Robert Lantosi
61 Samuel Asselin
62 Oskar Steen
68 Jack Studnicka
82 Trent Frederic
92 Jacob Gaucher
93 Dante Hannoun
94 Jakub Lauko
95 Tom Marchin
96 Alex-Olivier Voyer
98 Scott Conway

Goaltenders
80 Dan Vladar
85 Kyle Keyser
90 Taylot Gauthier

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