A.J. Greer
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A.J. Greer

Hometown:

Joliette Quebec

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-12-14

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

2nd Round (39th Overall), 2015

Weight:

204 lbs.

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History

2011-12: A.J. Greer played for the Telus Cup runner-up College Esther-Blondin Phenix in Quebec midget AAA hockey. In 42 regular season games he scored 15 goals with 13 assists and 75 penalty minutes. Greer scored 7 goals with 3 assists and 4 penalty minutes in 13 QMAAA playoff games and had 5 assists with 4 penalty minutes in seven games at the Telus Cup. College Esther-Blondin entered the championship game undefeated before falling to Pacific champion Red Deer, 6-5. Greer committed to playing college hockey at Penn State in 2015-16 in August 2012. 

2012-13: Greer went to Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire to play prep school hockey. Playing for the Wildcats as a sophomore, he scored 16 goals with 19 assists in 30 games. Kimball Union (27-3) entered the Stuart/Corkery prep tournament as the top-seeded team, falling 4-1 to Gunnery in a quarterfinal game. Greer was selected by Rouyn-Noranda in the 11th round (193rd overall) in the QMJHL Entry Draft and was taken by DesMoines in the fifth round (66th overall) in the USHL Entry Draft. 

2013-14:Greer made his USHL debut with Des Moines following his junior season at Kimball Union and played for the Boston Junior Bruins U18 team. He scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was +3 with 2 penalty minutes in two games with the Buccaneers. Greer scored 2 goals with 4 assists in eight games with the Junior Bruins. Skating on a line with NHL prospects Tyler Bird (Columbus) and Joey Dudek (New Jersey) as Kimball Union captured the New England small schools championship, he led the Wildcats in scoring with 24 goals and 39 assists in 34 games. After de-committing from Penn State he announced in January 2014 that he would be playing college hockey at Boston University in 2015-16. 

2014-15: Greer arrived at Boston University earlier than expected — skating in 37 games for the Terriers as a freshman. He scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was +1 with 18 penalty minutes. Boston University dominated college hockey much of the year, capturing the Hockey East regular season and playoff titles. The Terriers won eight straight games to reach the Frozen Four championship game before falling to Hockey East rival Providence, 4-3. Greer was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and was ranked 69th amongst North American prospects in the Central Scouting final rankings prior to the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Greer is not your typical power forward who can only hit and grind. His skating and agility helps him move around the ice very well. His work ethic is second to none and he has the tools to develop an underrated offensive game if given time.

Future

Greer returned to Boston University for his sophomore season in 2015-16. Playing primarily in a third line role for the Terriers he left school in December to play for the Rouyn-Nouranda Huskies in the QMJHL. Greer's size and skill set suggest he can be an effective power forward and his game may be better suited to the pro game than college hockey. At the same time his inability to put up points on a consistent basis at BU is a cause for concern. The Avalanche have two more years to determine whether they are willing to offer Greer an entry-level contract.

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