Sam Lafferty

Hometown:

Hollidaysburg Pennsylvania

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1995-03-06

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

4th round (113th overall), 2014

Weight:

184 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Sam Lafferty skated for the varsity team at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts as a sophomore. He scored 8 goals with 8 assists in 25 games. 

2012-13: Lafferty returned to Deerfield for his junior season and skated for the Altoona, Pennsylvania based Mid-State Mustangs team that reached the semifinals of the Tier II 3A U18 National Championships. Lafferty scored 6 goals with 15 assists in 24 games for Deeerfield. In November he announced that he would play college hockey at Brown University in 2015-16. In five games at the U18 national championships he scored 2 goals with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes. Lafferty attended the USA Hockey Select 17 Development Camp in July.  

2013-14: Lafferty appeared in 11 midget U18 games with the Boston Junior Bruins before returning to Deerfield Academy for his senior season and led all scorers at the Tier II 18U 3A tournament as the Mid-State Mustangs captured the national championship. He scored 2 goals with 9 assists and 2 penalty minutes skating for the Junior Bruins. In 25 games for Deerfield he scored 21 goals with 34 assists. In six games with Mid-State at the national tournament he scored 14 goals with 7 assists. The Mustangs defeated the Delaware Ducks, 6-1, in the championship game. Ranked 184th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings, Lafferty was selected by Pittsburgh in the fourth round (113th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft. 

2014-15: Lafferty was one of three 2014 NHL Draft picks to skate in the lineup for Brown University as freshmen. Playing in all 31 games, he score 4 goals with 8 assists and was -9 with 16 penalty minutes. Brown finished 11th ahead of only last-place Princeton in ECAC Hockey and was swept by eventual league champion Harvard in a best-of-three first-round series.

2015-16: Lafferty had a challenging sophomore season at Brown as the Bears struggled to win games. He scored 4 goals with 6 assists and was -7 with 4 penalty minutes in 31 games. Brown again finished 11th in the 12-team ECAC Hockey conference and was swept by Rensselaer in a preliminary round best-of-three series.

Talent Analysis

Lafferty is a raw forward prospect who has spent three seasons playing for Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and a year in the NCAA. He does not possess any one distinctive quality that stands out, but is a strong skater and has fairly good size. He also has a good wrist shot and a solid hockey IQ. He needs to work on many aspects of his game, as he remains very raw, but has good size and overall speed.

Future

Lafferty skated for Brown University as a sophomore in 2015-16. Still a long-term project, he has the size, athleticism and technical skill package to develop into a solid depth forward who can chip in occasional goals and kill penalties.

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