Hainsey Leads Habs’ NCAA’ers

By Chris Boucher

Matt Shasby -D (Drafted-99(5/150))

Alaska-Anchorage University’s Matt Shasby started the season strong with 3 points in the first 2 games. He trailed off in the middle of the season, but his offensive drought was directly related to UAA’s 20-game winless streak.

The 6’3″,196 lbs. Shasby played 35 games. He had 18 points (4-14-18), with 32 minutes in penalties. He had point-scoring streaks of 2 games on four different occasions, as well as one streak of 3 straight games with at least 1 point. Shasby finished with exactly twice as many points as last season, and was 3rd overall in team scoring He also tied for the team lead in powerplay goals with 3.

Shasby is considered by some observers to be UAA’s best all-round player. He is very poised, and is an above-average skater. He has strong puck-moving skills, but must increase his upper-body strength. Which is something his strong work-ethic should help him achieve.

Scott Selig -C/RW (Drafted-00(6/172))

Northeastern University’s Scott Selig started off the season with 5 points in his first 3 College games. He was named Hockey East’s rookie of the week on 2 different occasions in October, and was also named top rookie for the entire month of October. Unfortunately Selig was unable to keep up his offensive pace, as he all but disappeared offensively during the last third of the season. He registered only 1 point in his last 14 games.

The 6’3″, 180 lbs. Selig played 35 games. He had 15 points (7-8-15), with 32 minutes in penalties. He had point-scoring streaks of 2 games on three different occasion, as well as one streak of 3 straight games with at least 1 point.

Selig has strong offensive skills, but must improve his overall strength. His lack of consistency was invariably due to his inability to compete physically. With some added muscle, and increased ice-time look for Selig to average nearly 1 point per game next season.

Ryan Glenn -D (Drafted-00(5/145))

Many observers expected more offensively from St. Lawrence University’s Ryan Glenn. Last season with Walpole of the EJHL he averaged 1.10 PPG. His lack of offense is due mainly to diminished ice-time. He’s a Freshman on a very strong team (ECAC Champions), and did not see the kind of ice-time (particularly on the powerplay) he once saw in Junior hockey.

The 6’2″, 210 lbs. Glenn played 37 games. He had 4 points (3-1-4), with 32 minutes in penalties. His First College goal came on January 27th , during a 6-3 win over Cornell. Look for Glenn’s production to increase three-fold next season.

Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))

U Mass-Lowell’s Ron Hainsey is the popular choice as the Canadiens’ top prospect. He played consistently well all season, going no more than 2 straight games without a point. He registered 16 points in his first 10 games, and was named Hockey East’s player of the week for the week ending November 12th.

The 6’3″, 194 lbs. Hainsey has played 33 games. He has 36 points (10-26-36), with 51 minutes in penalties. Six of his goals were scored on the powerplay, while 1 was scored short-handed. He had point-scoring streaks of 4 games on two different occasions, as well as one streak of 3 straight games with at least 1 point.

Hainsey also played for the US squad in the World Junior Championships. He had a strong tournament, as he put his puck movement skills on display. He played 7 games, helping the US finish with a 5-2 record; Good enough for 5th place. He had 5 points (0-5-5), and was +3 with 2 minutes in penalties. He also registered 14 shots on net during the tournament.

Hainsey has all the skills to be an NHL regular. He must however increase his upper body strength. Rumours abound over what his intentions are for next season. A jump to the NHL would be an incredible achievement. However if he does decide to forgo his remaining College years, a more likely destination would be the AHL’s Quebec Citadelles.

Chris Dyment -D (Drafted-99(4/97))

Boston University’s Chris Dyment experienced a disappointing Junior season. He finished the season with just over half as many points as he scored last year. His regression is difficult to explain, however a pre-season injury could be the reason for the drop in production.

The 6’3″, 202 lbs. Dyment played 37 games. He had 11 points (1-10-11), with 38 minutes in penalties. He finished with the 6th most shots among BU players, yet scored no powerplay goals; Compared to 6 last season.

Dyment is a very good skater, with a long smooth stride. He is not overly physical, but effectively takes his man out of the play. Look for Dyment to rebound next season. He has the skills and the work-ethic to return to, and possibly surpass his performance during the 99-00 season.

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