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Tedenby scores four in Friday scrimmage

by Eric Marin / New Jersey Devils

Tedenby proved tough to knock off the puck Friday, scoring four goals in a rookie camp scrimmage. Fans are invited to stop by Saturday's 10 a.m. scrimmage at AmeriHealth Pavilion, free of charge. – Mattias Tedenby had to break in a new pair of skates when Devils' rookie camp began on Monday. He was apparently feeling much more comfortable on Friday, when he struck for four goals in the morning's scrimmage.

The White squad routed Black, 7-2, with Vladimir Zharkov, Alexander Vasyunov and Jacob Josefson also scoring in the victory. Rod Pelley and Jean-Sebastien Berube scored for Black.

"It felt really good," said Tedenby, the Devils' first-round pick in 2008. "My legs felt great, with a lot of power."

McIntyre centered Tedenby on Friday and assisted on his third goal.
He added: "It's always fun to score goals."

Tedenby, 19, had his best showing of the six-day camp and skated for the first time on a line centered by David McIntyre. He had previously been on the left side of fellow Swede Josefson, the 20th overall pick in this year's draft.

Josefson was moved between Zharkov and Nathan Perkovich.

"We played great together," Tedenby said of his trio with McIntyre and right wing Matt Halischuk. "We skated well."

McIntyre lauded his new linemates.

"Mattias is a great player," he said. "He's got great offensive instincts and Matty (Halischuk) is just as good – he's really smart with the puck down low and knows where to find you. I'd like to think we complemented each other pretty well."

After camp concludes Saturday, Tedenby will head back to Sweden for the national team's Under-20 camp beginning later this month. The week has been a success for the native of Vetlanda, who will return to HV-71 of the Swedish league for at least one more season.

"It feels good to show the trainers and coaches what I can do," he said.

McIntyre set up Tedenby's third goal, a one-timer from the left circle that made it 5-0 in the third period. Tedenby redirected Justin Pender's shot from the point for his fourth of the day and a 6-0 lead.

"I was flying down the wing and Matty gave me the puck while I was streaking," McIntyre said. "I picked my head up and saw that Mattias was driving the net. The defense committed to Matty, so I waited out the other defenseman and Mattias was wide open – he just had to tap it in."

McIntyre, 22, was acquired from Anaheim for defenseman Sheldon Brookbank last February. He's entering his senior season at Colgate (ECAC), where he had a career-high 21 goals and 22 assists in 2008-09. The Oakville, Ontario native was a 2009 Hobey Baker finalist.

"Right now, I'm just interested in having the best possible year," he said, looking forward. "Whatever New Jersey tells me after that is what I'll do. Hopefully after next season, things will continue to happen, and next summer I can be here."

Halischuk, 21, has skated on Tedenby's line for most of this week. Selected with the Devils' fourth choice in 2007, Halischuk had 14 goals and 15 assists in an injury-shortened 2008-09 season in Lowell (AHL). He was recalled by New Jersey last October and recorded an assist versus Toronto on Oct. 29 in his lone NHL appearance.

"From the first time you watch a guy like that, you know he has the ability to do that," he said of Tedenby. "It wasn't really a surprise to me to see him put four in the net."

Goaltender Charles Long was burned for two of Tedenby's tallies. The teams shared a rotation of three netminders, including Jeff Frazee and Anthony Felice. 

"He can definitely dangle," Long, 22, said. "It looks like he's out there in his shoes and playing on concrete the way he just stops and starts, and changes it up. He's a really good player."

Like McIntyre, Long is set to be a senior at Colgate. He was 10-10-6 in 28 appearances last season with a 2.52 goals-against average and two shutouts for the Raiders.

When it comes to stopping a player with Tedenby's talents, Long asks his defensemen to take the body as much as they can. That strategy had little effect on Friday.

"I watch him come down on some of the bigger defensemen, and he just blows by them to get the puck," he said. "You definitely have to be aware when he's out there, more so than a lot of other players. He's a lot more dangerous with the puck. I've only played against him for the last four days, but he's got a lot of tools in that toolbox."
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