Panthers NCAA prospects update

By HF Staff

Tanner Glass, F (9th round, 2003) – Dartmouth College

Height: 6’1, Weight: 207

Dartmouth is currently in the middle of the ECACHL standings with a 5-5-2 record and Glass is one of the main contributors to the Big Green’s recent success.  Glass ranks second on his team with 17 points through the first 19 games and has notched two out of his school’s nine game-winners.

The senior forward is on pace to break his career high in points (28 in 2005-06) this season and though a late round pick of the Panthers in 2003, Glass could climb the organization’s ladder if he can bring his gritty play (40 PIM) to the professional level.

Zach Bearson, F (7th round, 2005) – University of Wisconsin

Height: 6’2, Weight: 185

The 19-year-old Bearson has only played in five games for the Badgers in 2006-07, a healthy scratch for much of the time (plus one weekend of illness). When he is in the lineup, it is usually on the fourth line. He has no points on the season. But only a freshman, the former USHL playmaker will be looked at to take on a bigger role in the future.

With his size, Bearson has the necessary qualities to make him a sound player in the WCHA.  He should be more productive once he earns a regular shift and ice time. 

Drew Bagnall, D (6th round, 2003) — St. Lawrence University

Height: 6’3, Weight: 215

Bagnall is St. Lawrence’s top offensive defenseman with 15 points in 24 games, ranking him fourth in team scoring.

The senior has proven he is a two-way player at the collegiate level and unafraid of mixing it up with his team-high 48 PIM. 

Scoring two game-winners for the Saints and providing leadership through his grinding style, Bagnall has the ability to be a stable defender.

Matt Duffy, D (4th round, 2005) – University of Maine

Height: 6’2, Weight: 195

Duffy, only a sophomore, has been doing a solid job on the Maine blue line this season.  Third in defensive scoring with seven points in 23 games, he has played a major role in the Black Bears 15-6-2 record.

The Windham, Massachusetts native plays on the power play as well as providing a physical presence with heavy hits, and has already matched his freshman year scoring total in three fewer games.

Luke Beaverson, D (9th round, 2004) – Univ. of Alaska – Anchorage

Height: 6’5, Weight: 227

The physical Beaverson is showing his stability once again having played in all of the Seawolves’ games to date.  A reliable defensive defenseman, Beaverson has kept his scoring at a respectable level with four goals and four assists in 26 games. 

A junior, Beaverson’s size should help him at the professional level after his time in Anchorage.  His experience on the penalty kill is one of his strongest assets.

Brian Foster, G (5th round, 2005) – University of New Hampshire

Height: 6’2, Weight: 175

Foster, just a freshman this season, has seen limited time in net for the Wildcats behind junior Kevin Regan (BOS).  The former EJHL and USHL standout, Foster is a promising netminder for the Panthers.

Seeing action in only five games (198:23 minutes) this season, Foster has a goals against average of 0.91 and a save percentage of .970 for a 2-1-0 record.  He started the year with two shutouts, and most recently had 35 saves on 38 shots in loss to UMass on Jan. 20.

The UNH goalie for the future, Foster is already displaying his extraordinary talent in his first year.

Dan Travis, F (5th round, 2003) — Quinnipiac

Height: 6’3, Weight: 215

Travis, a transfer student from the University of New Hampshire, produced admirably for Quinnipiac before suffering a season-ending knee injury on Jan. 6 against Princeton.  He was the fourth-leading scorer on the team with four goals and 10 assists in 18 games when he went down, having doubled his production from his freshman year at UNH.

Though his stock has taken a hit since he was drafted in 2005, Travis showed signs of being back on track after having to sit out last season, but this knee injury is a major setback. He’ll be 24 years old when he graduates.

Spencer Dillon, D (9th round, 2004) — Northern Michigan University

Height: 6’4, Weight: 205

Dillon was kicked of the Northern Michigan roster in December for a violation of team rules.

A sophomore, Dillon played in 15 of Wildcats 23 games, after only appearing in six in 2005-06.  He has tallied one assist on the season to go along with his 16 penalty minutes.

The late pick of the Panthers in 2004, Dillon has to overcome a lot if he plans on having a successful career in the pros.  The once heavily hyped USHL and BCHL defenseman, Dillon kept his hard-hitting physical play going in college, but struggled overall. 

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