Blake Coleman
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Blake Coleman

Hometown:

Plano Texas

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1991-11-28

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

3rd round (75th overall), 2011

Weight:

198 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Blake Coleman played alongside Minnesota Wild 2009 draft pick Anthony Hamburg on the Dallas Stars midget major U-18 squad. Coleman led the team with 21 goals and also had 24 assists while racking up 120 PMs. Coleman was selected by the Tri-City Storm in the 2nd round (14th overall) of the 2009 USHL Entry Draft.

2009-10: Coleman started his rookie USHL season with the Tri-City Storm, appearing in 22 games, before being traded to Indiana and finishing the season with the Ice. In 58 games between the two clubs, he scored 10 goals with 18 assists while accumulating 56 PMs and had a minus-10 plus/minus rating. In nine playoff games for Indiana, he had 2 assists and 13 PMs with an even plus/minus. The Ice defeated Cedar Rapids in a first-round series before being swept in four games by eventual Clark Cup-champion Green Bay in the second round. Coleman committed to playing college hockey at Miami University in 2011-12.

2010-11: Coleman had a breakout year centering import forward Daniil Tarasov and Bruins prospect Brian Ferlin for Indiana on what was the USHL’s top scoring line. In 59 games, he scored 34 goals (11 on the power play) with 58 assists and was plus-52. Coleman was named USHL Player of the Year for his efforts. In addition to his offensive exploits, Coleman accumulated 72 PMs. In five playoff games, he scored 2 goals (both on the power play) with 2 assists and was minus-1 with 10 PMs. After winning a two-game, preliminary round series, the Ice were swept by Green Bay in a best-of-five second round series. Coleman was ranked 198th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was selected by the Devils in the 3rd round (75th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Coleman made a successful jump from the USHL to college hockey – skating in 39 games for Miami University as a freshman. His 12 goals were second only to leading scorer Reilly Smith (DAL) for the Redhawks. Primarily Miami’s third center behind senior Trent Vogelhuber (CBJ) and fellow freshman Austin Czarnik, he was plus-13 with 11 assists and had 56 penalty minutes. Miami finished fourth in the CCHA and won ten straight before stumbling against Western Michigan in the CCHA tournament semifinals. Miami won the league’s third place game and garnered an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

2012-13: Coleman played in 40 of 42 games for Miami in his sophomore season. Playing with a variety of linemates as Redhawks coach Enrico Biasi mixed and matched lines, Coleman scored 9 goals with 10 assists and was plus-6 with 56 penalty minutes. After finishing first in the CCHA in the regular season, Miami was upset by Michigan in the semifinals of the conference’s last post-season tournament. The RedHawks defeated Minnesota State before falling to St. Cloud State, 4-1, in the NCAA Midwest Regional final. Coleman had two assists in the win over Minnesota State and scored Miami’s only goal in the loss to St. Cloud State in the regional final. 

2013-14: Coleman scored 19 goals for Miami as a junior — sharing the team lead with Riley Barber (WSH) despite missing 11 games after undergoing surgery for an arm injury. Seven of his goals came on the power play and in 27 games he had 9 assists and was plus-8 with 65 penalty minutes; playing an integral part in the RedHawks late season run. After finishing last in the inaugural NCHC regular season, Miami swept first-place St. Cloud State and shutout North Dakota to reach the NCHC championship game, falling short of an automatic NCAA bid after falling to Denver, 4-3. 

Talent Analysis

Coleman is a versatile forward that can play center and wing. His style and physical make-up seem to translate better to the wing, which is likely where his future lies as a pro. He is a guts and effort player. The Texas native has rediscovered his scoring touch which has made him a factor whenever he is on the ice.

Future

Coleman is a senior at Miami University in 2014-15. After a breakout offensive year as a junior with the Redhawks he is once again among the leading scorers for a veteran-laden team that has been among the top teams in college hockey. His unique blend of talent, physicality, and work ethic make Coleman a fascinating prospect to keep an eye on and it would appear likely that New Jersey signs him to an entry-level contract following his senior season. While his overall skill level and skating ability may not allow him to be the type of scorer he's been at the junior and college levels in pro hockey, his competitiveness and determination could make him a valuable two-way player one day.

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