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.

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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. 

2014-15: Coleman was the third-leading scorer for Miami University while leading the Redhawks in penalty minutes in his final season of college hockey. The senior tied Capitals’ prospect Riley Barber for the team lead with 20 goals and had 17 assists in 38 games, finishing +16 with 99 penalty minutes. The RedHawks finished second in the NCHC in the regular season and earned an NCAA tournament bid after defeating St. Cloud State, 3-2, in the NCHC tournament championship game. Coleman scored all three goals for Miami in the win over the Huskies but received a misconduct penalty for a hit late in the game and was suspended for the RedHawks next game — a wild 7-5 loss to eventual national champion Providence in the NCAA East regional semifinals. He signed a two-year entry-level contract with New Jersey in July 2015.

Talent Analysis

Coleman is a versatile forward who can play center and wing. His style and physical make-up seem to translate better on the wing, but he excels on face-offs and has proven to be a positive possession player. He plays the game with a blend of physicality and good puck skills to bull his way down low to the pristine scoring areas. Coleman can also tee off on the puck with his slap shot and the hand-eye coordination to deflect shots.

Future

Coleman attended training camp with New Jersey at the start of the 2015-16 season before reporting to AHL affiliate Albany to begin his pro career. He was off to a decent start, providing both secondary scoring and physical play before suffering an upper-body injury in his 14th game on a hit by former Devils defenseman Mark Fraser. Coleman is out indefinitely after surgery for an upper-body injury. His physicality and work ethic, along with some offensive skills, suggest he can be an effective second or third line forward once he is healthy and gains experience.

Coleman, Didier, Hjelle named USHL Players of the Week

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The United States Hockey League today announced the weekly award winners for the fourteenth week of the 2010-11 USHL regular season. 

Congratulations to forward Blake Coleman of the Indiana Ice, named CCM Offensive Player of the Week; defenseman Josiah Didier of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, selected as CCM Defensive Player of the Week; and Brady Hjelle of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders who earned honors as the Reebok USHL Goaltender of the Week.

Coleman scored 10 points (3g, 7a) and posted a plus-three rating to lead the Ice to three straight wins.  He tallied a pair of power play goals and dished out an assist in the 7-2 win over Youngstown on Tuesday.  The 19-year-old then scored his first career USHL shorthanded goal and added an assist in the 5-4 victory against Youngstown on Friday.  Coleman completed his week setting a League season high with five assists in the 6-2 win over Waterloo on Sunday.  The five-assist game set a team record and equaled a team record for points in a game.  The native of Plano, Texas now leads the USHL in scoring with 38 points (13g, 25a) in 26 games.

Didier recorded four points (2g, 2a) and a plus-five rating as the Riders won a pair of games before the end of 2010.  He dished out two assists, including a helper on the game-winning goal, in the 5-2 win against Waterloo on W Read more»

Coleman, Schmaltz, Diebold named USHL Players of the Week

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The United States Hockey League today announced the weekly award winners for the eleventh week of the 2010-11 USHL regular season.

Congratulations to forward Blake Coleman of the Indiana Ice, named CCM Offensive Player of the Week; defenseman Jordan Schmaltz of Sioux City Musketeers, selected as CCM Defensive Player of the Week; and Scott Diebold of the Tri-City Storm who earned honors as the Reebok USHL Goaltender of the Week.

Coleman recorded six points (3g, 3a) as he helped the Ice extend their winning streak to six games.  He scored a goal in each of the team’s three weekend victories.  The 19-year-old scored the game-tying goal in the third period before the Ice went on to defeat Chicago 3-2 on Friday.  Coleman then had multiple points in each of Indiana’s wins over Team USA on Saturday and Sunday.  His goal on Sunday extended his point streak to seven games as he has 13 points (5g, 8a) and a plus-eight rating during that span.  The native of Plano, Texas is playing in his second USHL season.  He currently ranks third overall in League scoring with 27 points (9g, 18a) and is fourth with a plus-13 rating through 21 games. 

Schmaltz scored three points (2g, 1a) and posted a plus-two rating as the Musketeers earned three of four points in the standings during the week.  He dished out an assist and netted the game-winning goal in the 8-3 victory against Sioux Falls Read more»