Pro report: Smith thrives in Cup run
Not only did Reilly Smith lead expansion Vegas in points in that team’s Stanley Cup final run, his 17 assists and 22 points were both Miami alumni playoff records.
In the final series alone, he posted three goals and three helpers, recording multiple points twice during the Golden Knights’ historic run vs. eventual champion Washington.
Dan Boyle held the previous RedHawks record with 16 points in 2010-11 during San Jose’s postseason run.
Smith is second all-time to Boyle in Stanley Cup playoff points with 35. Boyle notched 81 during his 17-season NHL career.
During the regular season, Smith blew away the field, leading 11 former Miamians by posting 60 points on 22 goals and 38 assists and tallying a plus-31 rating.
Here is a look at some of the other highlights by ex-RedHawks during the 2017-18 regular season and playoffs:
NHL: Smith and defenseman Andy Greene both eclipsed the 200-point mark in the NHL. Greene ended the season with three goals and 10 assists for the New Jersey Devils.
Smith is now fourth all-time on the Miami leaderboard with 247 points, and Greene ranks fifth with 210.
– It was forward Blake Coleman’s first full NHL season, and he thrived, rolling up 13 goals and 12 assists in 75 games as Greene’s teammate on the Devils. He also scored twice in five postseason games.
After dressing just once for Winnipeg in 2016-17, Jack Roslovic played in 31 games for the Jets this season, going 5-9-14, and he also logged 10 playoff games in which he picked up three helpers.
Roslovic forced his way into the NHL with 35 points in 32 AHL games.
Louie Belpedio made the most of his first and only NHL appearance. He dished for two assists in his debut and finished the game plus-1.
AHL: Defenseman Vincent LoVerde won his second Calder Cup championship, and he tallied a pair of assists in Game 7 of the final to help Toronto secure that title.
LoVerde also skated that trophy with Manchester in 2014-15. He has played in 364 AHL games in six seasons, posting 141 points, and has been on the ice for 65 more postseason contests.
Providence’s Austin Czarnik finished third in the league in points with 69 as he eclipsed both the 100- and 150-point marks for his career in this league.
Czarnik was also fourth in the AHL in power play goals (13) despite playing just 64 games because of stints with NHL Boston.
Czarnik was signed by Calgary on Sunday and is expected to compete for a job with the Flames this fall.
Texas’ Curtis McKenzie played against LoVerde’s Toronto team in the championship, and despite falling in the finals, he was the AHL’s leader in postseason goals (11) and power play goals (5).
McKenzie also picked up nine assists for 20 playoff points, ranking second in the postseason.
He will rejoin his former Oxford roommate Smith in Vegas, as he was signed by the Golden Knights last week.
Last season was Carter Camper’s eighth in the AHL, but it was first time he eclipsed 60 points. Camper went 16-45-61 for Cleveland and Tucson, and he added nine more points in the postseason.
Camper, a Cleveland-area native, was dealt to Grand Rapids last week, and when he hits the ice this fall that will be the eighth AHL team for which he will have dressed.
Camper has played in 443 AHL games, scoring 87 times and adding 243 assists for 330 points plus an 18-27-45 line in the playoffs.
ECHL: He had never scored more than 14 goals in any of his previous six pro seasons, but Justin Vaive netted 32 with Cincinnati in 2017-18 at age 29, and he added five more in five playoff games with the Cyclones.
Between the regular and postseasons, Vaive found the net 37 times in 53 games at this level.
After a nightmarish end to his Miami hockeycareer, Jimmy Mullin finally had the chance to prove himself in the pros. And he thrived in Kalamazoo.
Mullin went 21-24-45 in 68 games after a major injury ultimately cost him nearly two seasons.
Speaking of feel-good stories, defensive defenseman Taylor Richart scored 17 goals and assisted on 24 more for 41 points with Utah.
At 5-feet-9, he earned his inaugural call-up to the AHL and went 1-2-3 in two games for San Antonio.
Alex Wideman led all former Miamians with 48 ECHL points. With a line of 16-32-48 in 2017-18, he has 103 regular season points the past two seasons.
SPHL: Mississippi fifth-year pro Devin Mantha set a career high in points with 58. Mantha scored 22 times and earned 36 assists in 56 games, and he went 1-2-3 in three playoff games.
Europe: Andy Miele won the Le Mat Trophy this spring, the Swedish Hockey League’s version of the Stanley Cup, as his Vaxjo team swept Skelleftea in the final.
Miele picked up an assist in the clinching game, a 5-0 win. He finished 1-8-9 in 13 postseason games.
Matt Tomassoni also won a championship, as he was a member of EBEL’s Bolzano Foxes team that won that league’s title in April.
Tomassoni picked up an assist and was plus-2 in Game 7 the 3-2 finale of Bolzano’s championship series.
Here are the final regular season and playoff stats for all former Miamians playing around the world:
FINAL 2017-18 REGULAR SEASON
|Reilly Smith||Vegas Golden Knights||F||67||22||38||60||31||24|
|Blake Coleman||New Jersey Devils||F||79||13||12||25||7||50|
|Alec Martinez||Los Angeles Kings||D||77||9||16||25||3||34|
|Tommy Wingels||Chicago Blackhawks||F||75||9||8||17||-11||45|
|Sean Kuraly||Boston Bruins||F||75||6||8||14||-5||40|
|Jack Roslovic||Winnipeg Jets||F||31||5||9||14||5||2|
|Andy Greene||New Jersey Devils||D||81||3||10||13||-9||21|
|Chris Wideman||Ottawa Senators||D||16||3||5||8||5||6|
|Austin Czarnik||Boston Bruins||F||10||0||4||4||-1||0|
|Curtis McKenzie||Dallas Stars||F||7||0||2||2||3||11|
|Louie Belpedio||Minnesota Wild||F||1||0||2||2||1||0|
|Trent Vogelhuber||San Antonio||F||59||4||8||12||-7||26|
|Taylor Richart||San Antonio||D||2||1||2||3||-1||0|
|Matthew Caito||Rapid City||D||28||5||14||19||4||18|
|Conor Lemirande||South Carolina||F||2||0||0||0||-1||2|
|Andy Miele||Vaxjo (SweHL)||F||46||10||22||32||-7||39|
|Ryan Jones||Cologne (DEL)||F||52||15||14||29||-1||8|
|Marc Hagel||Lorenskog (Eliteserien)||F||39||16||12||28||-14||86|
|Matt Tomassoni||Bolzano (AUS)||F||54||4||17||21||-3||28|
|Will Weber||Crimmitschau ETC (DEL-2)||D||39||3||5||8||10||132|
|Cody Murphy||Bjorkloven (Allsvenskan)||F||16||3||3||6||3||2|
FINAL 2017-18 PLAYOFFS
|Reilly Smith||Vegas Golden Knights||F||20||5||17||22||5||10|
|Sean Kuraly||Boston Bruins||F||12||2||2||4||5||2|
|Jack Roslovic||Winnipeg Jets||F||10||0||3||3||4||2|
|Blake Coleman||New Jersey Devils||F||5||2||0||2||1||4|
|Andy Greene||New Jersey Devils||D||5||0||2||2||-4||6|
|Alec Martinez||Los Angeles Kings||D||4||0||0||0||-2||0|
|Andy Miele||Vaxjo (SweHL)||F||13||1||8||9||8||24|
|Matt Tomassoni||Bolzano (AUS)||F||18||1||8||9||3||2|
|Cody Murphy||Bjorkloven (Allsvenskan)||F||5||2||2||4||0||0|
|Ryan Jones||Cologne (DEL)||F||6||1||1||2||-3||2|
|Marc Hagel||Lorenskog (Eliteserien)||F||4||1||0||1||-3||18|
|Will Weber||Crimmitschau ETC (DEL-2)||D||9||0||1||1||3||4|
Other leagues: SPHL’s Mantha thrives
Devin Mantha logged his fourth season in the SPHL, and despite playing just 32 games, he tallied 18 goals and 21 points for his best career points-per-game ratio in the pros.
Mantha, whose father is former NHL-er Moe Mantha, has scored 63 goals and dished for 86 assists for 149 points in just 170 games with Mississippi since 2013.
Max Cook finished the season with 11 goals and 13 assists in 47 games with Fayetteville, and rookie Andrew Schmit tallied six goals, 16 assists and 91 PIMs in 55 games with Pensacola.
EUROPE: Only four former Miamians suited up for European teams in 2016-17, and F/D Matt Tomassoni led ex-RedHawks in points with 32 on seven goals and 25 assists in 41 games with Frankfurt.
Ryan Jones scored 19 goals for Cologne, which plays in the the top league in Germany.
Cody Murphy tallied 12 goals and 15 assists in 42 games for Bjorkloven (Sweden), and Mike Glumac – in his 15th pro season – went 8-8-16 for Zagreb in his fourth season with the Croatian-based KHL team.
PLAYOFFS?! PLAYOFFS?!?!?!?!? – No former Miamian playing in the SPHL or Europe was able to enjoy a late playoff run.
Schmit and Cook notched a goal and an assist in four games in their respective series, as both saw their teams eliminated in the first round. Cook dished for an assist in two games and Mantha picked up a helper in three contests, as his team also exited the playoffs early.
Jones played seven postseason games overseas and recorded one assist.
MILESTONES: Despite being limited to seven games, Jones tallied his 200th professional point last season. He needed just three to reach that mark and finished with a pair of goals and two helpers. That give him 121 pro goals and 90 assists between the NHL, AHL and Europe.
Glumac has now logged 921 games between the ECHL, AHL, NHL and Europe. Now the elder skatesman among former Miamians in the pros, he has 297 goals and 262 assists for 559 career points over 15 seasons.
See also: BoB’s look at RedHawks in the NHL, as well as RedHawks in the AHL in 2016-17 and RedHawks in the ECHL.
A look at all RedHawks that appeared in other leagues this season:
FINAL 2016-17 REGULAR SEASON STATS
|Matt Tomassoni||Frankfurt (DEL-2)%||F||41||7||25||32||17||8|
|Ryan Jones||Cologne (DEL)#||F||49||19||11||30||8||49|
|Cody Murphy||Bjorkloven (Sweden)@||F||42||12||15||27||-2||41|
|Mike Glumac||Zagreb (KHL)&||F||60||8||8||16||-10||31|
FINAL 2016-17 PLAYOFF STATS
|Ryan Jones||Cologne (DEL)#||F||7||0||1||1||8|
%-Frankfurt is in the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga and plays in DEL2, the second highest league in Germany.
#-Cologne is in the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), the top league in Germany.
@-Bjorkloven is in HockeyAllsvenskan, the second highest league in Sweden.
&-Zagreb is in the Kontinental Hockey League, the top league in Russia, its territories and surrounding countries.
NHL report: 6 made debuts in 16-17
Six former Miamians made their NHL debuts in 2016-17, bringing the total number of ex-RedHawks to play in the world’s best hockey league to 33.
Scoring their first NHL goals were rookies Austin Czarnik and Blake Coleman, who became the 18th and 19th players to hit the net in that league after playing their collegiate hockey in Oxford.
Miamians have logged a total of 5,831 NHL games, tallying 798 goals and accounting for 2,205 points.
BoB takes a look at ProHawks’ milestones and highlights of the 2016-17 NHL season:
FIRST LOOKS: Dressing in their first NHL games this season were Czarnik, Coleman, Riley Barber, Sean Kuraly, Pat Cannone and Jack Roslovic.
Czarnik had the best rookie year from a points perspective, scoring five times and dishing for eight assists for 13 points in 49 games for the Boston Bruins.
Coleman played in 23 games for the New Jersey Devils, finishing 1-1-2 in 23 games.
Kuraly picked up a lone assist in eight games with Boston, but he scored twice in the same game in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the tying goal with under three minutes left in the third period and the overtime game winner in a 3-2 win over Ottawa.
Cannone (Minnesota) debuted at the age of 30, and both he and Barber (Washington) logged three games without a point, while Roslovic (Winnipeg) took the ice for one game and was held off the scoresheet.
CALLING IT A CAREER: Dan Boyle called it quits prior to the season, ending his career with 1,093 games played, 163 goals and 442 assists for 605 points. He is tops all time among ex-Miamians in games, helpers and points and is second only to Brian Savage in markers.
SCORING LEADER: Los Angeles D Alec Martinez was tops among former RedHawks in NHL scoring with 39 points, including nine goals. F Reilly Smith was No. 1 in goals, scoring 15 times for Florida.
PLAYOFFS? PLAYOFFS?!?! While 13 players who spent time in Oxford logged NHL games in 2016-17, only three participated in the Stanley Cup playoffs: Kuraly, Tommy Wingels and Chris Wideman. Kuraly scored two goals in four games, including a game-tying goal and an OT winner. Wideman made his NHL postseason debut, and notched a goal and three assists in 15 contests. Wingels dressed for nine games but did not tally a point. Wideman and Wingels both played for the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa eliminated Boston in the first round before being knocked off in the conference final.
HEADING TO CANADA: Wingels was traded to Ottawa mid-season and rolled up four points including two goals in 36 games after his move. He had eight points (5-3-8) in 37 games with San Jose, but that team was bounced in the first round of the playoffs.
IRON MAN: For the fourth straight season, Smith played in at least 80 games. He dressed for exactly 80 in 2016-17, which actually represented a four-year low for the forward. He has also recorded at least 20 assists and 35 points in each season during that span.
MILESTONES: Andy Greene moved into second place on the all-time games-played list by former Miamians, and dressed for the 700th time in his career, all with New Jersey. He also earned his 150th career assist in 2016-17.
Martinez moved into sixth in games played, eclipsing the 400 mark, and passed Kevyn Adams to move into sixth place in career points.
Wingels became the sixth former RedHawk to scored 50 NHL goals. He had eight in 2016-17, giving him 53 total. Wingels has now played in 54 postseason contests, fourth-most by a former Miamian.
On deck: BoB takes a look at Miamians in the AHL.
FINAL 2016-17 REGULAR SEASON STATS
|Alec Martinez||Los Angeles Kings||D||82||9||30||39||-17||24|
|Reilly Smith||Florida Panthers||F||80||15||22||37||-13||17|
|Chris Wideman||Ottawa Senators||D||76||5||12||17||7||46|
|Curtis McKenzie||Dallas Stars||F||53||6||10||16||5||72|
|Austin Czarnik||Boston Bruins||F||49||5||8||13||-10||12|
|Andy Greene||New Jersey Devils||D||66||4||9||13||-15||8|
|Tommy Wingels||Ottawa Senators||F||73||7||5||12||-11||27|
|Blake Coleman||New Jersey Devils||F||23||1||1||2||-7||27|
|Sean Kuraly||Boston Bruins||F||8||0||1||1||-1||2|
|Pat Cannone||Minnesota Wild||F||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|Riley Barber||Washington Capitals||F||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|Jack Roslovic||Winnipeg Jets||F||1||0||0||0||-1||0|
|Jeff Zatkoff||Los Angeles Kings||13||555||2||8||2.94||.879||0|
FINAL 2016-17 PLAYOFF STATS
|Chris Wideman||Ottawa Senators||D||15||1||3||4||4|
|Sean Kuraly||Boston Bruins||F||4||2||0||2||4|
|Tommy Wingels||Ottawa Senators||F||9||0||0||0||4|
ALL-TIME NHL STATS
ALL-TIME PLAYOFF STATS
|Player||S. Cups||Games||Min.||W||L||SHO||GAA||Sv %|
Czarnik makes NHL debut for Boston
Austin Czarnik became the 28th former Miamian to log an NHL game when he made his debut for the Boston Bruins in Columbus on Thursday.
Czarnik, tied for fifth on the RedHawks’ all-time points leaderboard with 169 and second in team history with 123 assists, logged 15 minutes in his first game in the world’s premier hockey league.
The center from Washington, Mich., scored 20 goals and picked up 41 helpers in his first full pro season with AHL Providence in 2015-16. He turned professional immediately following his senior season at Miami in March of 2015 and notched two assists in three games for the P-Bruins.
Czarnik was Miami’s captain his final two seasons and tallied at least 37 points in all four of his seasons in Oxford.
Camper nets first career NHL goal
It wasn’t a pretty wrister that we saw time after time at Miami, but rather, former RedHawk captain Carter Camper went to the hard area of the ice and capitalized on a rebound while fighting off an Ottawa defenseman to net his first career goal in just his second NHL game, a 5-3 Boston winner. Camper was the Bruins’ best faceoff man in his first outing, a 4-2 win over the Blues, and got his first goal in last night’s win over the Senators despite going 0-for-4 on draws.