While the Calgary Flames’ NHL season did not end on much of a positive note, and their AHL affiliate Stockton Heat also missed a playoff berth, it is still a franchise very much in transition and trending the right direction. Despite a difficult year as an organization in the standings, there are a number of young talents to be excited about at all levels. When you go over the list of prospects and young players the Flames currently have in the fold, the feeling is that these difficult years are being put behind them. It has been an altogether difficult season for some, but for others there is recognition that is deserved.
The struggles of the Calgary Flames in the 2015-16 season have been high-profile. They have failed to build upon a Cinderella run last year that saw the team beat the analytics and crash out after getting to the Division Finals. With struggles coming from the big club, you would like to at least see some good coming from their AHL affiliate in their inaugural season in Stockton, California. Unfortunately, it that has not been the case.
Part 2 of the Hockey’s Future ECAC season preview takes a look at the six Ivy League teams. This season, the Ivy League features 22 NHL prospects representing four of the six member schools. Harvard leads with nine prospects, followed by Cornell with seven. Dartmouth and Princeton are the two Ivy League teams that do not have a prospect on their roster this season.
In part two of Hockey’s Future’s two-part preview of the ECAC, we take a closer look at the six Ivy League schools. All noted start dates are for non-exhibition, regular season games.
The defending ECAC Tournament Champions will look to successfully defend their title when they open their 2010-11 on Oct. 29 hosting New Hampshire.
Cornell’s traditionally stingy defense was evident in last season’s run to the NCAA Tournament. The Big Red ranked second in the nation with a defense that allowed just 1.97 goals per game. The 67 total goals surrendered were the fewest in the ECAC. Of their 34 games last season, Cornell allowed three or more goals in just 12 of them. Equally as strong was their penalty-killing, which ranked third with an 87.9 percent efficiency rating. Interestingly, Cornell was also one of five teams nationally that did not post a shorthanded goal last season.
Coming into this season however, the Big Red’s strong defense will be severely tested with the loss of three key defensive cogs to graduation. And nowhere will it be felt more than in goal.
Below is the list of all NCAA-bound players appearing on Central Scouting’s final rankings whose commitments (verbal or otherwise) to college programs have been verified. Unless otherwise indicated (V – Verbal Commitment), all players listed have signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) and will be with their respective programs in the fall of 2010. Ivy League schools (Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton and Yale) do not accept NLIs.
CS RANK PLAYER POS. COLLEGE COMMITMENT HT./WT. DOB CURRENT/PREVIOUS JR. TEAM