Carl Sneep
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Carl Sneep

Hometown:

Nisswa Minnesota

Team:

Dallas Stars

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1987-11-05

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2006

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

Trade with Pittsburgh, 2013

Weight:

210 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

Carl Sneep was an honorable mention to the AP All-State Team his junior year, and during his senior year he was named to the AP All-State First Team. The Mr. Hockey finalist was the only high school player to finish his season playing in the USHL playoffs. The Boston College bound Sneep joined 40 other skaters in August 2006 competing in Lake Placid, N.Y. for a place on the National Junior Team.

2006-07: Sneep made a seamless transition to the NCAA game in 2006-07, where he spent his freshman campaign with the Boston College Eagles. The blueliner recorded a goal and nine assists in 38 games with BC. One figure that jumps out is the eight penalty minutes the 6'4 Sneep accumulated — a low figure for anyone.

2007-08: Because of some suspensions on his team at the beginning of the season, Sneep saw added ice time and in the process led all defensemen on his team in scoring en route to a national championship as the Boston College Sreaming Eagles overtook Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Frozen Four with a final score of 4-1.  During the championship game, the right-handed shooting defenseman took a puck to the ankle and sat out the remainder of the contest.

2008-09: Sneep played 33 games in his junior season, registering 2 goals and 9 assists in the process.

2009-10: In his senior year, Sneep posted 11 goals and 17 assists en route to a Frozen Four championship. He played top minutes and was used in all situations for Boston College.

2010-11: As an AHL rookie, Sneep saw his ice time flux throughout the season. He showed that he can play in all situations and with a variety of assignments. He managed 4 goals, 13 assists, and a plus-17 in 61 games.

2011-12: Sneep made his NHL debut on December 17th, seeing 16 minutes of action and finishing plus-one with 1 assist in his only game with the Penguins. He spent most of the season with Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton; appearing in 40 games before suffering a serious "lower body" injury which kept him out of the lineup for most of January and February and eventually ended his season prematurely. He finished the year plus-five with 10 assists and had 26 penalty minutes. He was re-signed to a one-year contract by the Penguins as a restricted free agent in July, 2012.

 

Talent Analysis

Sneep is a two-way defenseman that, while he possesses good size, is otherwise not distinguished in any particular facet of the game. He is competent with the puck, and can move it up ice fairly quickly, but lacks the speed, shot, and passing ability to be much of an offensive threat from the blue line. He does possess a decent stick and the proper  mindset to play as a bottom pairing defenseman in the NHL, but he at the moment needs to improve his mobility and strength before he can get there.

 

Future

Sneep will play the majority of the 2012-13 season in the AHL and will remain on the shortlist for injury call-ups.

Sneep was dealt by the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Dallas Stars in January, 2013.

 

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