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 %|
So the biggest question surrounding the Miami hockey team this off-season was: Will Jack Roslovic return for 2016-17?
RedHawks players, coaches and fans got their answer just a month before classes started, as the first-round pick of the Winnipeg Jets officially signed with his NHL club on Monday, ending his college career.
Here’s how we got to this point.
Roslovic was drafted 25th overall by Winnipeg last June. His talent was undeniable, as he turned heads playing for the U.S. National Development team. He had maintained that school was important to him, which is a key reason he chose Miami over the Ontario Hockey League, in which Flint (Mich.) held his rights.
In Oxford, Roslovic scored eight times in the RedHawks’ first 13 games, and on a team that struggled mightily to find the net early in the season, he was a savior.
Things went south for Miami toward the end of the 2015 calendar year, which the RedHawks finished 0-5-1. They were swept at Colorado College, the NCHC cellar dweller, in early December to wrap up the first half of the season.
Bad things go down when things go badly for sports teams, and the series against CC was nearly a breaking point for Miami. It wasn’t a well-kept secret that Roslovic considered leaving the team at that point, but to his credit remained in Oxford and finished the school year.
Defenses adjusted to Roslovic, who found the net just two more times in 2015-16. His defense also left much to be desired at times and he turned the puck over frequently.
But keep in mind he was 18 entering his freshman campaign, which overall was an immensely successful one, evidenced by the seven assists he picked up the last 12 games playing on a line with two other Columbus-raised forwards.
Fast forward to late last month: The Trade. His OHL rights were swapped from Flint to London, which everyone figured had to happen for a reason. That reason was one part of equation must’ve changed and London now thought it could lure Roslovic north of the border for his fourth juniors-eligible season.
Some Canadian media had his departure as a done deal. London has a history of picking off college and would-be collegiate players and is expected to be loaded after winning the Memorial Cup this spring.
Also on the pro-London side for Roslovic is the presence of Kole Sherwood, younger brother of RedHawks forward Kiefer Sherwood, who stars for the Knights.
But the NHL draft came and went, as did Winnipeg’s camp earlier this month, and Roslovic still had not packed his hockey bag for Canada.
This story came out in the Winnipeg Sun two weeks ago, in which Roslovic ultimately indicated the plan was for him to return to Oxford this fall.
One comment did leave the door open, however:
“We had a good team, there were just a few mishaps throughout the season that bit us,” said Roslovic. “But it was a great time. It’s a great college town. Going to school is definitely not my forte, but I kept up with my grades and had good marks.
Maybe not the most PC remark, but he’s 19 and people should respect honesty among athletes. And like he said, he received good grades.
By all accounts he had a strong camp with the Jets, but as the days after continued to click by, the odds increased that Roslovic would return to Miami.
Over the weekend, however, word started to get out that he had signed, which killed his NCAA eligibility.
Personal bias here, but BoB thinks he would learn more about improving his defense and other non-scoring aspects of his game if he stayed. Reilly Smith said as much in his final season at Miami, and look what the Oxford experience has done for him.
It probably won’t matter. Roslovic can flat-out play, and all paths likely will lead him to a lucrative NHL career. If he has improved enough, he may stick with Winnipeg (a long shot at this point) or be assigned to its AHL club (a lot more likely) and never see a puck drop with London.
Whatever happens after today, BoB respects the incredibly difficult decision this must’ve been for the teen sensation.
And whichever team he lands on this fall will be lucky to have him lacing up the skates.
BoB would like to wish the ultra-talented forward the best of luck in his professional career and thank him for a fun season.
We just selfishly wish we could’ve seen a couple more years of him.
It was a memorable spring for several former Miamians, as ex-RedHawks won hockey championships in the top three North American pro leagues this playoff season.
Goalie Jeff Zatkoff will have his name etched on hockey’s most coveted trophy, the Stanley Cup, after a the backup’s Pittsburgh Penguins beat San Jose in a six-game title series that wrapped up on Sunday.
The RedHawks were guaranteed a Stanley Cup champion, as Tommy Wingels skated for the Sharks in all six games of that final.
Forward Trent Vogelhuber also skated a trophy, winning the Calder Cup with the AHL Cleveland-based Lake Erie Monsters, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ top affiliate.
Gary Steffes was an integral member of the ECHL Allen Americans, who won their second consecutive Kelly Cup.
Zatkoff picked up one of Pittsburgh’s 16 postseason wins, posting a .908 save percentage. He went 4-8 in the regular season with a 2.79 goals-against average and a save percentage of .917.
Zatkoff has 16 career wins in 1,940 regular-season minutes, and he has one shutout. He played three seasons for Miami in 2006-09.
Vogelhuber went 2-5-7 this playoff year after recording 11 goals and 16 assists in 70 games in the regular season. He has played parts of five seasons with Lake Erie, racking up 24 markers and 35 helpers for 59 points.
Steffes scored 13 goals in the playoffs for the second straight season and has 29 career playoff postseason tallies in 65 ECHL games. He went 22-23-45 in the regular season and has scored 84 times in the last three seasons with Allen.
Other season highlights…
NHL – Forward Reilly Smith made quite an impression in his first year with Florida, scoring a career-high 25 goals and notching four more in six postseason games. Smith has 150 career points and has missed just one game the past three seasons.
Defenseman Alec Martinez also set a career high, racking up 31 points including 10 goals for the Los Angeles Kings. Martinez is 39-69-108 in 337 career games.
Defenseman Dan Boyle became the first former RedHawks to reach 600 NHL points, as he went 10-24-34 this season for the New York Rangers. Boyle is Miami’s all-time leader in NHL games played (1,093), assists (442) and points (605), and he second to Brian Savage in goals with 163.
AHL – Forward Andy Miele set several personal milestones this season, eclipsing 100 goals, 200 assists and 300 points for his AHL career. Miele went 18-44-62 this season with Grand Rapids, giving him 106 goals, 205 assists and 311 career points. He has played 355 AHL games in five seasons, averaging 0.88 points per game.
Forward Pat Cannone established career highs in goals (20) and points (52) with Chicago this season. Cannone has scored 80 career goals in the AHL and surpassed the 200-point mark for his career, finishing this regular season with 203.
Forwards Riley Barber and Austin Czarnik may be on different teams now, but they both proved they can roll up the points in the pros. Barber scored 26 goals and added 29 assists for 55 points for Hershey in his first AHL action. Czarnik went 20-41-61, giving him 63 career points in 71 games for Providence including his three-game stint at the end of 2014-15.
Forward Carter Camper was a playoff stud, racking up six goals and 10 assists in 19 games as Barber’s teammate with Hershey. The Bears lost to Lake Erie in the Calder Cup final.
ECHL – In addition to his playoff scoring, Steffes reached 150 points for his ECHL career this regular season. He has 84 goals and 59 assists for 153 points in three seasons with Allen. Steffes has scored 150 goals and dished for 126 assists in six minor league seasons between the CHL, the ECHL and the AHL.
While Steffes led all former Miamians in the ECHL, forward Alex Wideman also had a strong showing, going 15-24-39 in 58 games with Evansville.
Below is a list of 2015-16 stats for Miamians playing in the pros around the world, and RedHawks’ pro stats can always be accessed at this link:
2015-16 STATS – FINAL REGULAR SEASON
|Reilly Smith||Florida Panthers||F||82||25||25||50||19||31|
|Alec Martinez||Los Angeles Kings||D||78||10||21||31||16||40|
|Dan Boyle||NY Rangers||D||74||10||14||24||0||30|
|Tommy Wingels||San Jose Sharks||F||68||7||11||18||-10||63||Chris Wideman||Ottawa Senators||D||64||6||7||13||4||34|
|Andy Greene||New Jersey Devils||D||82||4||9||13||7||26|
|Curtis McKenzie||Dallas Stars||F||3||0||0||0||-1||0|
|Jeff Zatkoff||Pittsburgh Penguins||14||728||4||7||2.79||.917||0|
|Andy Miele||Grand Rapids||F||75||18||44||62||18||77|
|Trent Vogelhuber||Lake Erie||F||70||11||16||27||13||65|
|Gary Steffes||San Jose||F||2||0||1||1||-1||2|
|Alden Hirschfeld||Grand Rapids||F||5||0||1||1||1||2|
|Chris Joyaux||St. John’s||D||8||0||1||1||-3||6|
|Will Weber||San Antonio||D||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Connor Knapp||Lehigh Valley||2||113||1||0||5.31||.821||0|
|Will Weber||Fort Wayne||D||64||3||8||11||10||103|
|Justin Mercier||Val Gardena (Italy)$||F||39||20||24||44||0||72|
|Matt Tomassoni||Frankfurt (DEL-2)%||F||52||11||31||42||13||38|
|Dan Stewart||Fife (EIHL)+||D||59||14||20||34||0||75|
|Ryan Jones||Cologne (DEL)#||F||41||15||15||30||3||55|
|Mitch Ganzak||Belfast (EIHL)+||F||63||9||18||27||0||146|
|Cody Murphy||Vasteras (Sweden)@||F||52||9||13||22||11||16|
|Mike Glumac||Zagreb (KHL)&||F||58||8||3||11||-4||30|
|Chris Bergeron||Bowling Green||WCHA||39||23||11||5||.654|
|Reilly Smith||Florida Panthers||F||6||4||4||8||7||0|
|Tommy Wingels||San Jose Sharks||F||18||2||0||2||4||21|
|Dan Boyle||NY Rangers||D||4||0||1||1||0||0|
|Alec Martinez||Los Angeles Kings||D||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Curtis McKenzie||Dallas Stars||F||1||0||0||0||0||5|
|Andy Miele||Grand Rapids||F||9||2||5||7||7||12|
|Trent Vogelhuber||Lake Erie||F||15||2||5||7||6||8|
|Will Weber||Fort Wayne||D||16||0||3||3||2||22|
|Justin Mercier||Val Gardena (Italy)$||F||5||3||7||10||2|
|Ryan Jones||Cologne (DEL)#||F||11||3||2||5||4|
|Matt Tomassoni||Frankfurt (DEL-2)%||F||4||0||0||0||-3||18|
Last updated: 6-4-2016
*-no longer with team
$-Val Gardena is in the Italian League Serie A, the top league in Italy.
%-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.
@-Vasteras is in HockeyAllsvenskan, the second highest league in Sweden.
+-Fife and Belfast are in the Elite Ice Hockey League, the highest league in the United Kingdom.
&-Zagreb is in the Kontinental Hockey League, the top league in Russia, its territories and surrounding countries.
Here’s a well-crafted production by the Dallas Stars after yesterday’s morning skate in which former Miami forward Reilly Smith participated for the first time as a professional hockey player. Good luck to Reilly and the Stars down the stretch.
Click HERE as the video won’t automatically embed.
We all knew it was a possibility and it has indeed happened: Reilly Smith has signed a 3 year entry-level contract with the NHL’s Dallas Stars. Some, if not most saw the writing on the wall after Miami’s early exit from the NCAA tournament with a 4-3 OT loss to UMass-Lowell on Friday night- a game that Smith would most likely wish be kept off of his impressive Miami resume. Some say his mind was made up after the CCHA consolation game last weekend that saw the RedHawks defeat the Bowling Green Falcons at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
Nevertheless, the junior captain finished his Miami career with 66 goals and 56 assists for 122 points and is one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. He will join Dallas as the team embarks on a four game roadtrip beginning Monday night in Calgary.
Best of luck to Reilly. He sure was fun to watch during his three years in Oxford.
More to come.
Former Miami captain Tommy Wingels scored his first NHL goal last night in his hometown of Chicago as the San Jose Sharks dropped a 4-3 decision to the Blackhawks. Wingels, who helped lead Miami to back-to-back Frozen Four appearances has 13 goals in 29 games for the Worcester Sharks this year. Last season, he netted 17 goals and 33 points for Worcester in 69 games, but in his 12th NHL game, he finally broke through off a rebound of a point blast by former Miami All-America defenseman Dan Boyle.
Here’s a link to the video at NHL.com
Former Miami RedHawk Jarod Palmer is likely to make his NHL debut tonight when the Minnesota Wild host the New York Islanders in St. Paul.
Palmer, who was signed following the completion of the 2010 season as an undrafted free agent has spent parts of the last two seasons playing for the Wild’s AHL affiliate, the Houston Aeros, where he has registered 13-25-38 and an impressive +20 in 91 career games.
This is tremendous news because obviously Palmer holds a special place in the hearts of RedHawk fans as he was so instrumental in leading Miami to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Frozen Four in 2009 and 2010.
In his Miami career, Palmer never missed a game recording 137 points (47-90=137) in 169 outings for the Red and White and was an integral part of Miami’s incredibly successful penalty killing unit that dominated opponents. I fondly remember he and Andy Miele working the first PK unit together and literally maintaining possession in the offensive zone, sometimes throughout the kill.
Well, that didn’t take long.
Former Miami stand out and Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner, Andy Miele, registered a gigantic night offensively with 2-3-5 as his Portland Pirates defeated the Manchester Monarchs 5-3 on Wednesday night.
Miele, the only Hobey Baker Award winner in Miami hockey history, now has a season line of 3-4-7 in just four games with AHL Portland. And, earlier today, his performance was more than enough to earn him a quick promotion to the Pirates NHL parent club, the Phoenix Coyotes, with whom Miele signed a pro contract last spring. Presumably, Miele will suit up for his first NHL regular season game on Sunday night when the offensively challenged Coyotes (2-3-1) will face the Anaheim Ducks (4-1) at the Pond.
Congratulations, again, Andy! And, best of luck in your NHL debut — whenever that may be!
Hobey Baker Award winner Andy Miele and former Miami captain Carter Camper are getting plenty of attention at their first NHL training camps. Miele, who signed with the Phoenix Coyotes just after the end of Miami’s season, has been mentioned as a gifted playmaker and hard worker by many observers. Camper, who signed with Boston, notched 183 career points in 156 games with the RedHawks and has been equally impressive demonstrating the same skill that helped him become the second highest scorer in Miami hockey history at Bruins rookie camp.
Here are several links to the coverage.
The following is from a great piece over on the Chatham-Kent Sports Network about former RedHawk Ryan Jones and his current status in the NHL. As of July 1, 2011 the ex-Miami captain will become an Unrestricted Free Agent-free to sign with any team that bids for his services and there is said to be no guarantee that the third year pro (I know, third year…really?) will return to the Edmonton Oilers.
Here’s Jonesy on where he and the Oil stand:
“We are still in talks right now,” said Jones. ”We aren’t in a huge rush right now as both my agent and the Oilers management have lots of stuff on their plates right now. The things I am taking into consideration right now would be my fit in the organization and the fact that both my wife and I enjoy being in Edmonton and playing there. That being said like any player I want some stability so that is where we are at right now.” (CKSN)
The problem with Jones is that many in the NHL feel he is a “3rd line plus” player- a guy that provides energy, competes every shift and chips in a few goals if he gets some bounces. While those of us who followed his college career need no introduction to his goal scoring ability, guys that carry a “bottom six” reputation as Jones does aren’t usually in high demand on the free agent market. Many teams, however, believe they can fill these role player spots with players from within the organization (i.e. the minors). The best case scenario is that the Oilers (and teams wishing to sign him) will view his career-high 18 goals (tied for tops on the Oilers) as yet untapped potential and utilize his skill-set on the second or third line, not on a checking line as most of his career has been spent.
By the way, Jones was also honored as Edmonton’s representative for the NHL’s Bill Masterton trophy, an annual award given to the player on each team that is said to most exhibit a dedication to hockey.