Devils Draft Prospect Series: Brett Seney

The Devils Draft Prospect series continues today with another 2015 draft pick; I looked at both Pavel Zacha and MacKenzie Blackwood today. Check out the “Draft Prospect Series” tag for the rest of the 2017 and 2016 draft picks before development camp gets underway on Tuesday.

The New Jersey Devils selected LW Brett Seney 157th overall in the sixth round of the 2015 NHL Entry-Level Draft. The 20-year old Canadian left wing is 5′ 9″ and 170 pounds. He played for the Kingston Voyageurs (OJHL) for two seasons before committing to Merrimack College (NCAA) and has played there the last three years.

Here are some of his stats:

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In 102 NCAA games, Seney’s scored 29 goals and 54 assists, picking up 83 total points. He has 127 penalty minutes. He was named to HockeyEast’s All-Academic Team this past season and was a 2017 Hobey Baker nominee.

Seney has speed and skill but his size and strength are a big concern.

Here’s Hockey’sFuture’s talent analysis: “The first thing you notice about Seney is his speed. He is one of the fastest skaters in Hockey East and a dangerous transition player. Complimenting that with his offensive skills makes him a threat to score when he gets a step on his defender either on the rush or in the offensive zone. His size will be a concern going forward, but Seney is motivated by current NHLers Tyler Johnson, Brian Gionta and other diminutive scorers who have gone on to have great success. The area he wants to improve upon is his defense so he can become an all-around player.” They also go on to compare to two other former Devils forwards, Brian and Stephen Gionta.

Here’s an article from nj.com (June 2015) on Seney and his Devils aspirations and here’s a draft profile from SB Nation College Hockey. Here’s a good excerpt:

“Seney is undersized, but there were very few players with better speed in Hockey East this past season. There were a couple goals he scored during the first half where he picked off an errant pass in the neutral zone, circled back into the zone and just completely blew past the defense en route to an easy goal.

His quickness and ability to make plays with the puck really showed in transition as a majority of his goals and assists came on the rush. He also made several highlight reel assists by waiting to draw the defense and goaltender to him before slipping a pass to a linemate hitting the backdoor.

One weakness to his game was his defensive zone coverage, but that is somewhat expected as a younger freshman in Hockey East, coming out of the OJHL — a junior league often known for its offense. Seney was -9 in his last 11 games. He was +12 in his first 23 games.”

His future? Seney was invited to Devils development camp (I believe) but he won’t be attending. He’ll likely play his senior year at Merrimack this fall before pursuing a professional career next year.

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