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PROSPECT WATCH: Prospects Make World Junior Camps

In Verizon's Prospect Watch, we provide the latest on Devils prospects currently in action

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

The beat goes on for Devils prospects around the world, another week of highlights from some of the top prospects. 

With the World Juniors on the horizon, the Devils have several players at World Junior camps, hoping to make their national teams for the 2021 tournament, set to start on December 26th. 

For more, catch up with our Devils prospects around the globe in Verizon's Prospect Watch: 

UNITED STATES

Patrick Moynihan

Moynihan was named to USA Hockey's World Junior camp this past week, the lone Devils prospect on the camp roster, and one of 29 players invited to camp. 

Moynihan is entering his second season at Providence College; it's 2020-21 season was scheduled to begin on November 28th in a game against UMass Lowell, but the opener was postponed due to a Covid-19 positive test by a member of the program. In his rookie year, the 19-year-old centerman scored 21 points with 13 goals and eight assists with the Friars and just eight penalty minutes in 34 games

Matthew Hellickson 

Hellickson's Notre Dame team has won their first two games of the season. After starting the year with two losses against Wisconsin, the Fighting Irish swept their series on the road this week against Michigan. 

Hellickson has one assist in his first four games. 

Cole Brady 

Goaltender Cole Brady has his first win of the year with Arizona State. The 6'5 freshman was in net for the university's first win of the year after starting the season with three losses and a tie. 

Brady backstopped the Sun Devils to an 8-5 win over Wisconsin, making 33 saves on 38 shots for the Sun Devils

Aarne Talvitie 

Aarne Talvitie is wearing an 'A' on his jersey with Penn State this season. In his first four games, Talvitie has one assist. 

Tweet from @PennStateMHKY: "I like to play fast and pretty straight-forward, I try to do everything I can for the team. I want to be a good two-way forward and also score some goals," - junior alternate captain @AarneTalvitie.#WeAre #HockeyValley pic.twitter.com/S50H9VFSwc

Penn State has started with four consecutive losses to start the year.  

Ethan Edwards

The 2020 draft pick has started his season with the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL. The left-shooting defenseman has played in three games and has yet to register a point.

He has committed to the University of Michigan for the 2021-22 season. 

CANADA

Dawson Mercer & Graeme Clarke

Dawson Mercer and Graeme Clarke are currently in Red Deer, Alberta with Team Canada as part of the World Junior Camp. Hockey Canada has shut down the camp in Alberta after two positive Covid tests, mandating a 14-day quarantine.  

Camp is expected to resume on December 6th

RUSSIA

Shakir Mukhamadullin 

Sitting on 30 games and nine points, including two goals, with his Ufa team in the KHL, Mukhamadullin has stepped away from his club team to join Team Russia ahead of the World Junior Championship. 

Mukhamadullin is one of nine defensemen at camp with Russia, with the tournament set to begin on December 26th in Alberta. Expect the Devils prospect to play a key role on defense for Russia. 

Yegor Sharangovich  

There never appears to be a dull moment for Yegor Sharangovich while he's playing in the KHL. He has been consistently among the league's leading scorers, a threat every time he steps on the ice with Dinamo Minsk. 

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Sharangovich's seasons' totals bring him to 21 points in 30 games, after a two-goal performance on December 1st. With 17 goals Sharangovich is tied for second in league goal-scoring, behind Dmitrij Jaskin's 20 goals with Dynamo Moskow. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: Our prospect Yegor Sharangovich is a KHL cheat code right now. 👀pic.twitter.com/ENMk3fiyrd

He is the youngest of the Top 10 goal scorers in the KHL this season. 

Arseni Gritsyuk

Gritsyuk will be competing for a spot on Russia's World Junior roster. Gritsyuk has played in seven games with Avangard Omsk this season, while also suiting up in eight VHL games with two goals and four assists, as well as six MHL games where he has his best offensive numbers with nine points (four goals, five assists) in six games. 

Daniil Misyul 

Misyul has played a total of 24 games with Lokomotiv and has two assists. 

Yegor Zaitsev 

Defenseman Yegor Zaitsev has a season total of 30 games played with Dynamo Moscow. He has five assists and 14 penalty minutes in his 30 games. 

Artur Gavrus 

Gavrus is suiting up with St. Petersburg in the VHL, the 26-year-old has eight points in 14 games (three goals, five assists) 

Mikhail Maltsev

Maltsev's loan with St. Petersburg has come to an end. He finished having played in just our games on loan with SKA, recording one assist. 

Nikita Popugayev

Popugayev has played in eight games with the KHL's Dynamo Moskova with a single assist. He has also appeared in seven VHL games, to date, where he has one goal. 

SWEDEN

Alexander Holtz

The Devils' first pick in the 2020 NHL draft is showing just why he was selected seventh overall this year. He has been playing on the Djurgårdens top line, nearly all of the SHL season. 

 The 18-year-old is just one off the team lead in points, with 13 in 17 games and he is also one off the team lead in goals with six this season. 

 It's exciting to see what he has been able to do in the SHL this year, least of all working on that brilliant wrist shot. 

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He's a sneaky player as well and has made a dynamic duo with his line-mate William Eklund, who is eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft. 

Watch the two of them combine for a goal here: 

Tweet from @cmoresport: Eklund 🤝 Holtz #twittpuck #shl pic.twitter.com/uANJNwzGRU

Fabian Zetterlund

Playing in the HockeyAllsvenskan with AIK on loan, Zetterlund has two goals and three assists in eight games played, including a goal and an assist in the last week.  

Nikola Pasic

With Linköping HC, Pasic has four goals in 16 games to put him in the Top Five in team goal-scoring, tied for third on the roster. 

He also happens to be only one of two players who have played at least 10 games who has yet to be called for a penalty. 

Jesper Boqvist 

Boqvist has totaled 10 points in 13 games with Timrå IK in the HockeyAllsvenskan, Sweden's second-highest hockey league. His three goals with Timra puts Boqvist in the team's top ten goal scorers, sitting seventh.

FINLAND

Janne Kuokkanen 

On loan with With Kärpät in Liiga, Kuokkanen has seven points in 16 games, sitting within the team's Top 10 in points. 

At the moment the Finnish league has suspended operations due to stricter restrictions in certain Finnish regions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The league is expected to resume on December 19th

Nick Merkley

Merkley's loan has ended with Assat in Finland. He was a key player for the club, playing in 19 games during his time with the club. The 23-year-old had four goals and 13 points for the club. 

Eetu Päkkilä

With Ilves in Liiga, Pakkila has totaled eight points in 15 games, with two goals and six assists. 

SLOVAKIA

Marian Studenic

Studenic has been playing in his native Slovakia with HC Slovan Bratislava and sits in the Top 10 in goal scoring with six goals, the third most on his team. 

SWITZERLAND

Christoph Bertschy

Playing with Lausanne in Switzerland, Bertschy had a three-point week with two goals and an assist in two games this last week to bring his season totals to seven goals and an assist in 12 games played. 

Ben Baumgartner

In eight games with Davos, the 2020 draft pick has five points in eight games, after registering an assist in his lone game this past week. 

GERMANY

Nico Daws

Goaltender Nico Daws will be playing with ERC Ingolstadt of the DEL, the top tier league in Germany, until there the Ontario Hockey League season begins. The season in Germany has not yet started, with a December 17th opening night on the horizon. 

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