2006-07: Teddy Purcell made quite a splash in his first year at the University of Maine, where he helped guide the Black Bears to their second consecutive appearance in the Frozen Four. The St. John’s, New Foundland native led all Hockey East rookies in scoring with 43 points (16 goals, 27 assists) and was named the Hockey East Rookie of the Year. He was the only Black Bears freshman to play in all 40 games this season. In addition to leading Maine in rookie scoring, Purcell also led the team in assists and game-winning goals (5). Purcell (pronounced “PURSE-ell”) was particularly dangerous on Maine’s outstanding power play. Of his 43 points, 20 (six goals, 14 assists) came on the man advantage. Purcell capped his freshman campaign with being named the recipient of Maine’s Howard Neville Award as the team’s top rookie.
2007-08: Purcell was assigned to Manchester after a great showing in preseason and proceeded to dominate the AHL. He led the AHL in scoring most of the season, only giving up the lead late as he began to receive short call-ups to Los Angeles, but managed to lead all AHL rookies in scoring by an enormous margin. Purcell did not look out of place in the few games he played with Los Angeles and quickly rose to the status of a Top 50 prospect.
2008-09: Purcell experienced his first taste of full-time NHL hockey in the 2008-09 season, with mixed results. His 16 points in 40 games is a modest total for a rookie. But he did at least spend a majority of the season in the NHL, demonstrating progression in his development in what may prove to be his coming out season.
Purcell is a tall, lanky forward who is blessed with great hands. While he is better known as a playmaker, Purcell has also demonstrated that he can be a terrific goal scorer as well. He is very deft in his stick-work and has the ability to make things happen every time he is on the ice. Purcell is smart, creative, opportunistic, and has a knack for scoring timely goals. He has good speed and moves quite well with the puck. He can also maneuver his way through traffic pretty well too. Purcell possesses tremendous hockey sense and has great poise and patience with the puck. He has a great shot with a very quick release. While Purcell is not an overly physical player, he won’t shy away from delivering a check when necessary. Two areas where he showed continual improvement were in his acceleration and willingness to shoot the puck more, both of which greatly benefited his Maine Black Bears team. Purcell’s most glaring weakness his is lack of size and strength, which should increase with continued development.
Purcell was dealt by the Edmonton Oilers to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a third round pick.