Steven Whitney
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Steven Whitney

Hometown:

Reading Massachusetts

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-02-18

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

5-7

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2013

Weight:

168 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2007-08: Steven Whitney was the second-leading scorer for Lawrence Academy in Massachusetts as a junior and represented the USA in the 2008 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 15 goals with 22 assists in 30 games for Lawrence Academy. The Spartans finished 16-10-4. Whitney scored 2 goals with 2 assists and had 6 penalty minutes in six games at the WHC. The USA won a silver medal – falling to Canada Ontario, 3-0 in the championship game. Whitney committed to playing college hockey at Boston College in 2009-10.

2008-09: Whitney was the second-leading scorer for Lawrence Academy as a senior – trailing only fellow senior Union College-bound Wayne Simpson. Whitney scored 20 goals and led the Spartans with 33 assists in 30 games. Lawrence Academy reached the New England Prep League Large School quarterfinals, falling 2-0 to Andover.

2009-10: Whitney joined his older brother Joe Whitney, a junior, at Boston College — skating in all 42 games for the Eagles as a freshman as BC captured the national championship. He scored 7 goals with 21 assists and was +7 with 28 penalty minutes. After finishing second to New Hampshire in Hockey East during the regular season, the Eagles were 12-0-1 in their final 13 games to capture the Hockey East and Frozen Four titles. Both Whitneys assisted on Ben Smith's power play game-winner in BC's 5-0 win over Wisconsin in the Frozen Four Championship game.

2010-11: Whitney skated in 36 of 39 games for Boston College in his sophomore season — missing two games early in the year because of injury. Primarily in a third line role, he scored 6 goals with 10 assists and was an even plus/minus with 56 penalty minutes. The Eagles were one of the nation's top teams, capturing the Hockey East regular season and playoff titles, and entered the NCAA tournament with a 30-7-1 record but lost to Colorado College, 8-4, in the NCAA West Regional semifinals.

2011-12: Whitney was the fourth-leading scorer for Boston College in his junior season as the Eagles won the national championship for the second time in three years. He scored 16 goals and tied for second on the team with 23 assists in 44 games and was +15 with 65 penalty minutes (one behind team leaders Tommy Cross (Boston) and Chris Kreider (NYR)). The Eagles finished first in Hockey East in the regular season and won their final 19 games, including the Hockey East championship game against Maine (4-1) and the Frozen Four final against Ferris State (4-1).

2012-13: Whitney signed a two-year entry-level contract with Anaheim in April 2013; making his pro hockey debut with the Ducks AHL affiliate Norfolk following his senior season at Boston College. He played six games for the Admirals, including a 2-0 loss to his brother Joe and the Albany Devils on April 20th. Whitney was -5 and scored 1 goal for Norfolk, which finished two points out of an AHL playoff spot. He led Boston College in goals (26) and had 19 assists, trailing only John Gaudreau (51 points) for the Eagles' scoring lead. In 38 games he was +23 with 54 penalty minutes. BC finished second behind Massachusetts-Lowell in the regular season and won the Beanpot Tournament but the season came to a disappointing end with a loss to Boston University in the Hockey East semifinals and a 5-1 loss to Union in the NCAA East Regional semifinals.

 

Talent Analysis

Steven Whitney has been a standout player with Boston College in his last two seasons and was one of the most coveted free agent college players at the end of the 2013 season. While very undersized at 5’7, he is not shy about physical play and will get into dirty areas of the ice. He has a fantastic offensive skill set and often finds himself in the right place at the right time. He has a natural leadership about him as well as a knack for scoring timely goals and important goals. He could be valuable asset on any powerplay given his on-ice vision and shifty puck movement.

 

Future

The Ducks were big winners in the Whitney sweepstakes in 2013 and now they get to see if they will reap the benefits of their prize. The size of Whitney has to be of concern moving forward with the way the rough and tumble Pacific Division plays and the way Whitney plays. He will likely be looking at a season of AHL seasoning before getting a real sniff at the bigs. He has to prove he can physically endure the rigors of pro hockey beating on him night after night before seeing the NHL.

 

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