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Prospect Pipeline: Seney joins Devils following strong college career

Devils prospect Brett Seney's collegiate career at Merrimack College officially ended on Saturday

by Julie Robenhymer @JulieRobenhymer / newjerseydevils.com

Devils prospect Brett Seney's collegiate career at Merrimack College officially ended on Saturday when Boston College defeated them in overtime to eliminate the Warriors in the quarterfinals of the Hockey East playoffs.

Seney, selected in the 6th round of the 2015 NHL Draft, lead his team in scoring the past four years and finished his collegiate career with 42 goals, 73 assists for 115 points in 139 games. He's on the smaller side - 5-foot-10, 180 pounds - but Devils assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald says his competitiveness more than outweighs any perceived disadvantages due to his size, especially because of his willingness to go to the dirty areas and his success at generating offensive chances from winning those puck battles.

Fitzgerald said Seney will be offered a two-way entry level contract, which would likely start next season, and will also be offered an Amateur Try-Out (ATO) agreement to finish the season with Binghamton. He is not expected to join the team until after their two-game road trip to Charlotte this weekend to allow him time to tie things up at Merrimack - where he already earned his bachelor's degree last May and has been working on his master's degree in business this year - and get at least a couple practices with the team before earning a spot in the lineup.

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Joey Anderson, Jeremy Davies, Matt Hellickson, Reilly Walsh and their respective teams have all advanced to conference championship weekend and their games will be televised and/or available for online streaming for your viewing pleasure.

Reilly Walsh and Harvard will take on Clarkson in the ECAC semifinal at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid at 7:35 p.m. and will be live streamed atwww.ecachockey.com

Should they advance to the championship game, it will also be available for online streaming at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Walsh, who was drafted in the 3rd round this past June, has six goals and 12 assists for 18 points in 32 games in his freshman season on the blueline in Cambridge. The 18-year-old often jumps into the play as the fourth forward and is most noticeable on the power play. He was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team earlier this week.

Jeremy Davies and Northeastern will face Providence in the Hockey East semifinal at TD Garden in Boston at 8 p.m. and will be televised on NESN/NESN+. Should they advance to the championship game, it will also air on NESN/NESN+ at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Davies, drafted in the 7th round in 2016, has six goals and 27 assists for 33 points in 34 games and is an important cog in the wheel that drives the offensive attack for Northeastern due to his transitional game and vision, especially on the power play.

Joey Anderson and Minnesota-Duluth will faceoff against Denver, a rematch of last year's NCAA championship game, in the NCHC semifinal at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, MN at 8:30 p.m. and will be televised nationally on CBS Sports. Should they advance to the championship game, it will also air on CBS Sports at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Anderson, who was drafted in the 3rd round in 2016, has ten goals and 16 assists for 26 points in 30 games. He missed time with a shoulder injury early in the season and then as he captained Team USA to a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, but has come on strong in the second half of the regular season for the Bulldogs. While he and his teammates aim for another shot at the national championship, Fitzgerald said they will talk to the sophomore about the possibility of signing an NHL contract once his season is over.

Matt Hellickson and Notre Dame won their semifinal matchup against Penn State last weekend and will face Ohio State on in the Big Ten championship game at Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend. You can watch it on the Big Ten Network at 8p.m. on Saturday.

Hellickson, who was drafted in the 7th round in June, has quickly earned the trust of head coach Jeff Jackson and plays monster minutes in all situations for the Irish in his freshman season. Despite only having two goals and nine assists for 11 points in 35 games to show for it so far this year, the two-way defenseman has had a huge impact on Notre Dame's transition game and effectiveness on the power play.

The 16-team NCAA tournament field will be announced at noon on Sunday live on ESPNU. Anderson, Davies and Hellickson will all have the opportunity to compete for a national championship as all three of their programs rank in the Top Ten and will earn at-large bids regardless of their results this weekend. Only Walsh and Harvard must win their conference championship and earn an automatic bid to advance.

Another programming note for you: On Saturday afternoon, Michael McLeod and the Mississauga Steelheads will take on the Niagara Ice Dogs live on NHL Network at 3:30 p.m. With three games left in the regular season, Mississauga has already secured a playoff spot and is looking to move up the standings.

Aarne Talvitie, drafted in the 6th round last June, was named the best player of the regular season for the Finnish Junior League earlier this week. The 19-year-old lead his hometown team - Espoo Blues - in all scoring categories, was third in the league in points and lead the league by seven goals with 34 total in 41 games. The Blues are currently down 0-1 against Tappara in a best-of-three quarterfinal series. They will play on Thursday and Saturday, if needed. He has committed to play college hockey at Penn State next season. 

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