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New Jersey Devils: An Inside Look at Their Top Goaltending Prospects

Robert TheodorsonSenior Analyst IOctober 1, 2016

New Jersey Devils: An Inside Look at Their Top Goaltending Prospects

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    Perhaps the least known Devils goalie prospect could have one of the biggest impacts before the others see NHL action. Keith Kincaid, the Farmingville, New York native was signed as a free agent in 2011. 

    Kincaid tore through minor league teams posting 20 or more wins in three season. Earning goalie of the month honors in the NAHL. Last season he was sent to the Devils' American Hockey League affiliate, the Albany Devils, where the youngster was again noted for his fantastic play. 

    While his numbers in the AHL don't necessarily reflect what he is capable of, the American had respectable numbers in his first pro year. Kincaid finished last season with a .904 save percentage and a 2.94 GAA.

    Kincaid is a sizable goalie, standing at 6'3" and a lean 180 pounds. At 23 years old, he is obviously done growing.

Maxime Clermont

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    A QMJHL veteran, Maxime Clermont hails from Martin Brodeur's hometown of Montreal, Quebec. 

    A sixth-round pick in 2010, Clermont has been able to put up scores of wins in the minors, but has struggled with maintaining a decent save percentage and goals against average. 

    That may not be Clermont's fault though, other than up and coming superstar of his generation, Claude Giroux, Clermont has not yet had the pleasure or privilege of playing with any major talents who have graduated to the NHL.

    A workhorse, Clermont most resembles legendary goalie Martin Brodeur with his ability play the majority of games for his club. At 21 years old, Maxime has the frame and technical soundness to move on to full-time pro duty in the AHL next year, as cited by Hockey's Future's player assessment

Jeff Frazee

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    The highest drafted goalie in the Devils' system, Jeff Frazee was once the unquestioned successor to Martin Brodeur's place in the crease. 

    Times have changed and unfortunately the 25-year-old might have run out of time to prove to the Devils that he is indeed their goalie of the future. 

    With Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg both signed to two-year deals this offseason, there is virtually no way that Frazee is going to get NHL playing time unless there is a major injury to either goaltender. 

Scott Wedgewood

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    Last season the Ontarian had the honor of representing the Canadian team at the World Juniors, earning two wins and a shutout, resulting in a bronze medal for Canada. 

    Scott Wedgewood has proved all he can in the minors, playing his heart out in the OHL with the Plymouth Whalers. His last two seasons saw back-to-back 28-win seasons, and not a ton of losses. 

    The 20-year-old is a few seasons away from even being considered an option as a call up in case of injury to either Martin Brodeur or Johan Hedberg, but that's all to Wedgewood's benefit in the long run.

    Currently, Wedgewood is the Devils' top goaltending prospect according to Hockey's Future's rankings of the Devils' organization. 

    Bandits goalie school has provided a training video of Scott Wedgewood after his announced entry level contract signing with the Devils. 

    At the moment, Wedgewood, is the most likely candidate to take over for Brodeur, hopefully two or more years down the road. 

Keith Kinkaid

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    Perhaps the least known Devils goalie prospect could have one of the biggest impacts before the others see NHL action. Keith Kinkaid, the Farmingville, New York native was signed as a free agent in 2011. 

    Kinkaid tore through minor league teams posting 20 or more wins in three season. Earning goalie of the month honors in the NAHL. Last season he was sent to the Devils' American Hockey League affiliate, the Albany Devils, where the youngster was again noted for his fantastic play. 

    While his numbers in the AHL don't necessarily reflect what he is capable of, the American had respectable numbers in his first pro year. Kincaid finished last season with a .904 save percentage and a 2.94 GAA.

    Kinkaid is a sizable goalie, standing at 6'3" and a lean 180 pounds. At 23 years old, he is obviously done growing.

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