Max Gottlieb to L.A. Kings development camp.
Max Gottlieb to L.A. Kings development camp.
Matt Lorito is leaving Albany for the NHL two year two way contract with the Red Wings. Nothing yet as to whether Bobby Farnham and Yann Danis will stay with the Devils organization. Harry Z signed a one year NHL two way contract with Nashville.
Kdiff: Have you gone to see Team Harlow play? I heard the other day that Nick Lappin is playing on the same line with Jimmy Vesey and Jack Eichel. Not a bad line
From a Penguins logger reporting on Sam Lafferty at Penguins Prospects Camp. Note his comment on Bobby Farnham.
BLUE MOUNTAIN MAN
The Johnstown area has always been a strong hockey market, which was proven again when the team was named Kraft Hockeyville and hosted a well-received exhibition game between the Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning last fall.
The State College area is an emerging hockey hotbed as well, with the Penn State program on the upswing and Terry Pegula bringing an NHL exhibition game between Buffalo and Minnesota to the University Park campus this fall.
Penguins prospect Sam Lafferty, a Hollidaysbur native, hails from right in the middle of those two towns.
“It’s good to see,” Lafferty said. “I know a lot of my friends went to that exhibition game in Johnstown. What a cool environment that was. I think the game is steadily growing in the area and it’s good to see.”
A fourth-round pick in the 2013 draft, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Lafferty has put up modest numbers in his two seasons at Brown University since being chosen. In his estimation, though, his prospect development is on the right track.
“I think just all-around, just staying on the right path, trying to get a little better,” Lafferty said. “I think that adds up over time. I definitely feel a step faster this year. I feel good.”
These days, Lafferty is fighting a perception problem when he lets people know he plays at Brown. The college’s most famous hockey alumnus, among Penguins fans anyway, is agitating winger Bobby Farnham.
No, Lafferty has to tell people, all Brown forwards don’t spend all their shifts flying around the ice like their hair is on fire like Farnham does.
Lafferty is more of a two-way forward with good athleticism and smarts who can kill penalties and chip in a bit offensively. He doesn’t play like Farnham, but he does look up to him.
“He’s done a great job, fighting to stay in the NHL,” Lafferty said. “He’s a guy I can definitely learn from.”
Nick Lappin to Devils prospect Camp. No surprise there.
Comments about Nick from Albany's coach and as well about Matt. Coach Kowasky was a really big Lorito supporter
Q: What stands out about forwards John Quenneville and Nick Lappin?
A: Well, Lap, he came in, same thing, we didn’t want to rush him. (Assistant GM) Tom Fitzgerald had a lot of good reports, was very high on him. Now that I know him, we were lucky to get him because he was certainly courted by a bunch of teams and he chose us. We eased him into the lineup, the old American League schedule, three games in three nights. By that third game, I think he scored the game winner late versus Toronto with 10 seconds left or something. He made a seamless transition to pro hockey. For some guys it’s tough to do, it’s tough to do at that time of year when there’s a lot of pressure in the games and you want to win and you’re pushing to get comfortable. We had a bit of cushioning which allowed us to take a look at (Kevin) Rooney and Lappin and Zacha. But he’s got a nose for the net and the puck seems to find him and he finds it and he’s got a knack for big goals. If that’s something that continues in his career, he’s going to have a successful one. But he really stepped in and scored goals for us and continued to score big goals for us right through the playoffs. Great kid. Good work ethic. I think he’s just starting to get his footing here and if his confidence is where it should be – at an all-time high – I’m very interested to see him at training camp. Quenneville I got to see last year, watched him a bit in the Memorial Cup. A skilled guy. Can make plays. It’ll be interesting to see him at the pro level where he’s playing against men as far as his play without the puck. His compete level, his willingness to go to those hard areas. I think it’s there. Whether it’s there consistently or not, we’ll see. But there’s no question he’s a world-class skill and another guy that I think we will look to, or should be able to play that two-way hockey that is always a huge asset
Q: What’s the value of seeing the players on tryouts?
A: I don’t want to say diamonds in the rough but there are certainly kids you can get a look at. This is the first year we’ve had some kids that are draft eligible next year. These are kids you get, quote/unquote a free look at it. But if you can pull a Matt Lorito or a Conor Sheary out of one of these development camps, kids who really weren’t on anybody else’s radar, you get a free look at them and you bring them back at training camp, they have a good camp, sign them to an American League deal, NHL deal, and it works out,
I saw a tweet that said Blake Weyrick is headed to Canisius this fall. Interesting.
Farnham has signed a two way deal with Montreal. http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=890002
2013 National Champions
Interesting view of Bobby Farnham in this article:
Have to be excited with what the staff has done on the recruiting trail this summer. Depending on who matriculates versus playing another year of junior the Incoming class of 2017-2018 is shaping up to be a great one.
RPI blog Without a Peer post about Brown http://www.withoutapeer.com/2016/07/...emy-brown.html.
Disclaimer: I have no connection with WaP except as a reader.
I for one am on the optimistic side.
Our defense returns 5/6th intact, with two highly regarded incoming recruits: Joe Maguire (USHL) and Zach Giutarri (BCHL). Everyone is a year older and stronger and we should be able to find 6 solid/reliable players out of a very deep stable.
Scherer, Rossi, Wynee
While other than Gottlieb perhaps none have the ability to be top tier puck moving playmakers, there is no reason why due to friendly competition to get in the lineup five guys cant emerge out of that group to produce reliable defense two nights a week. While quantity does not always lead to QUALITY, I have found that it does not hurt your changes at producing it.
Better defense ALWAYS leads to better goaltending... and closer games. I think the Bears will surprise some people in 2016-2017.
P.S. My early nominee for Most Improved Player in the entire ECAC is Charlie Corcoran (who I could see centering Marchin's line)
Against Holy Cross on October 28th, I'd like to see:
I think that gives us a good mix of puck-moving and shot-supressing abilities.
The forward corps is a bit more murky. Can anyone step up, whether individually or by committee, to replace the lost production of Lappin and Naclerio? I'd bet decent money that Lafferty, Willman, Bird, and Corcoran will see jumps in their point totals, but will that be enough?
The big question remains as you brought up who will be the top six and more importantly will they be able to develop chemistry to the point where we can score 5v5 and Man-Up.
Tyler Steel leaves Brown:
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