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PROSPECT REPORT: Hoelscher Ready for a Break-Out Year

Take a look at Mitchell Hoelscher in our weekly prospect report

by Peter Robinson / Special to

The grin said it all. Well, the grin and the black eye. 

When Devils prospect Mitchell Hoelscher, a center with the Ontario Hockey League's Ottawa 67's, was asked to explain the dark circle around his left eye, he flashed a smile and offered a blunt explanation.

A puck? An errant stick? 


"I took a couple of uppercuts," he said. 

During a recent game between the 67's and London Knights, a matchup that could be a preview of the OHL Final in the spring, things got a little chippy at the end of the game. 

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PROSPECT REPORT: A Look at the 67's Boys

In our weekly prospect update, get a look at the Devils connections with the Ottawa 67's

by Peter Robinson / Special to

New Jersey Devils fans may feel that in many ways the team's future has arrived as Jack Hughes has already made his NHL debut. 

But 500 miles away from Prudential Center on Sunday afternoon, a trio of players who may one day join Hughes were playing at the Kitchener Auditorium when the Kitchener Rangers host the Ottawa 67's. Forwards Graeme Clarke and Mitchell Hoelscher suited for the 67's, while the Rangers will have Michael Vukojevic anchoring their blueline.

Video: HIGHLIGHTS | Vukojevic's SO Goal

The game would have had a fourth Devil's prospect, but 67's defenseman Nikita Okhotyuk has not yet returned from an injured finger, though he is expected back soon.

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FEATURE: Camp Invite Weight Soaked in Experience

Danny Weight, the son of former NHL player Doug Weight, relished the experience of participating in Devils Development Camp

by Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott /

NEWARK, NJ - Each year, Development Camp serves as a valuable learning opportunity for New Jersey's prospect pool. But it's also important for undrafted camp invites, such as Danny Weight, who was thankful for the whole experience.

"Going through it all, having a bunch of meetings about the Devils' culture and the organization," he said. "I [just tried] to soak it all in and, yeah, the experience. Obviously, I wasn't a draft pick, so I'm just here as a free agent. Just trying to work hard, take experience, and try to get drafted next year."

Weight would see the past week as a victory if he could make an NHL organization take notice. He did everything in his power to make that happen, and was noticeable in the final scrimmage on Saturday.

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FEATURE: Billet Brothers and Best Friends Reunited with Devils

Three members of the OHL's Ottawa 67's Attended Devils Development Camp last week.

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

NEWARK, NJ - Take a moment to speak with Devils prospect Nikita Okhotyuk and you'd never know.

Sure, his English is broken, and you can see the wheels turning in his brain to try to translate the question he's being asked. But this time two years ago, Okhotyuk did not know a single word in English. 

"When I came to Ottawa, it was camp, and I couldn't speak English - like, zero," Okhotyuk said.

Clearly, that's no longer the case. 

He picked up the language so quickly, he doesn't shy away from participating in interviews.  

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FEATURE: Fitzgerald Sees Dev Camp as Another Chance to Grow Culture

Devils Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald talks about the purpose of Development Camp and the team's mission during the week

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

NEWARK - "That's the great part of these development camps, seeing boys turn into men."

During the week, New Jersey Devils Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald could be seen most days sitting atop the RWJBarnabas Health HockeyHouse stands to overlook the prospect pool.

Video: RAW | Tom Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald, along with his duties as assistant GM in New Jersey, is also the General Manager of the Binghamton Devils. Many of the players at New Jersey's development camp will find themselves working their way through the Devils AHL system, one that Fitzgerald has tried to replenish since his arrival along with GM Ray Shero in 2015.

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10 TAKEAWAYS: Dev Camp Scrimmage

Amanda Stein recaps the 2019 Development Camp Scrimmage in her 10 Takeaways, presented by Ticketmaster

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

NEWARK, NJ - Just like that, another Development Camp has wrapped up in New Jersey. And as is the custom, the week-long event closes with a Red versus White scrimmage which got underway on Saturday afternoon. In front of a packed house, the future generation of New Jersey Devils took to the ice for one last time before dispersing for the summer.

Video: ANALYSIS | Dev Camp Scrimmage

It was Team Red that took home the 3-2 overtime victory against Team White and here are 10 takeaways from the scrimmage:

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BLOG: Friday's Development Camp Content

Our content team got behind-the-scenes access to Jack Hughes' contract signing and provided more coverage from Friday at Development Camp

by Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott /

NEWARK, NJ - Friday at Development Camp started with a big announcement that Jack Hughes had signed his entry-level contract. We took you behind the scenes inside Ray Shero's office where that all went down.

Video: BEHIND-THE-SCENES | Hughes' Signing

On Friday, we also published more behind-the-scenes videos from the team-bonding axe-throwing event. It was a fun, hilarious evening and you don't want to miss out on the chirping video.

Check out all the coverage links from Friday below.

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FEATURE: Tough Questions with Jesper Boqvist

Boqvist is ready for his next challenge as he eyes a roster spot with the Devils

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

NEWARK, NJ - Jesper Boqvist has a couple of brains to pick over the summer.

Boqvist, who lives about an hour and a half from Devils forward Jesper Bratt in their native Sweden says along with Bratt, he'll have a few questions for his fellow country-men Washington Capitals Niklas Backstrom and Calgary Flames Elias Lindholm when he returns to Sweden after New Jersey Devils Development Camp.

Video: RAW | Jesper Boqvist

Boqvist is hoping to compete for a spot on the Devils NHL roster for the 2019-20 season when he arrives back in New Jersey for main camp. He'll lean on the experience of his fellow Swedes to help prepare him for the process.

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FEATURE: Mark Dennehy Relishing Role of AHL Head Coach

Binghamton's head coach sat down with for an exclusive 1-on-1 chat about his past season and adjusting to the AHL

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

NEWARK, NJ - Behind every NHL coach, there is an AHL coach.

And for New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes, that counterpart is Mark Dennehy - head coach of the Binghamton Devils.

Video: 1 ON 1 | Mark Dennehy

Dennehy is about to enter his second season with Binghamton, although he has only been with the organization for 11 months. The 51-year-old coach was hired on August 1, 2018, missing out on last years Development Camp. This year, Dennehy is at the helm, helping implement the New Jersey Devil way to the team's prospects.

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BLOG: Thursday's Development Camp Content

Check out all the coverage and content from Thursday at Devils Development Camp

by Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott /

NEWARK, NJ - Thursday brought the prospects back to the Prudential Center for some off-ice workouts and interviews with the media. We chatted with a few players and posted a behind-the-scenes look at the players' visit to Whole Foods to learn more about good nutrition.

Video: BEHIND-THE-SCENES | Devils Nutrition

Also, Reporter Amanda Stein sat down with Binghamton Head Coach Mark Dennehy as he runs his first Development Camp with the Devils.

Video: 1 ON 1 | Mark Dennehy

Check out links to coverage below. 

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