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COYOTES PROSPECTS RECAP: NCAA

by Russell Brooks / Arizona Coyotes
Several current Coyotes, including Kyle Turris and Daniel Winnik, made their way to the NHL by first passing through the NCAA. In 2008-09, six players within the organization logged time in the NCAA. Here’s how they fared:


Pat Brosnihan – Right Wing – Yale (ECAC)
2008-09 Statistics: 33 GP, 6 G, 2 A, 8 P, 24 PIM

In his senior season at Yale, Brosnihan helped lead the Bulldogs to their first ECAC Tournament Championship and a berth in the NCAA East Regional.

Selected by the Coyotes in the seventh round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Brosnihan has altered his game over the past four years at Yale. Originally drafted for his scoring skills - he accumulated 118 points in his final two seasons at Worchester Academy - Brosnihan was counted on as a fourth-line defensive winger this past season at Yale with his offense as a bonus.

Scott Darling – Goaltender – Maine (Hockey East)
2008-09 Statistics: 27 GP, 10-14-3, 3 SO, .895 SV%, 3.06 GAA

Darling had an up-and-down season as a freshman with the Black Bears. Selected in the sixth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Darling got off to a 5-1-0 start in his first six games with a shutout, and helped Maine to a strong start.

“He moves pretty well for a big kid,” said Sean Burke, who is the Director of Prospect Development for the Coyotes. “I was impressed with him at our development camp. He is really raw. He played a lot of games taking over the number one job. He has upside with his size.”

In the second half of the season, Darling won just once in his final eight starts as the Black Bears faded and failed to make the NCAA Tournament.

Benn Ferriero – Center – Boston College (Hockey East)
2008-09 Statistics: 37 GP, 8 G, 18 A, 26 P, 44 PIM

Drafted in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Ferriero finished third in points on a team that failed to make the NCAA Tournament. Ferriero ended his collegiate career with a decline in offense after averaging nearly a point per game the previous two seasons.

“He has played hard, but for one reason or another he just hasn't reached that plateau of 20 goals we both thought he could do this year," Boston College Head Coach Jerry York told The Heights this season.

Chris Frank – Defenseman – Western Michigan (CCHA)
2008-09 Statistics: 38 GP, 2 G, 10 A, 12 P, 83 PIM

Frank served as team captain of the Broncos in his senior season. Selected in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Frank has established himself as one of the hardest hitters in the CCHA. Not known for his offense, Frank tied a career-high in points this season.

After finishing his college season, Frank signed an Amateur Try-out contract for the remainder of the season with the San Antonio Rampage, Phoenix’s top affiliate. He played in 12 games with the Rampage and finished with an assist and 35 PIM.

“He competed hard when he was with the Rampage,” Coyotes Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving said. “He is a physical defenseman.”

Brett Hextall – Center – North Dakota (WCHA)
2008-09 Statistics: 42 GP, 12 G, 14 A, 26 P, 91 PIM

Hextall’s freshman season was a season of streaks. Selected in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Hextall put together two five-game point streaks and accumulated 26 points in 42 games. He is attempting to become the fourth Hextall to play in the NHL.

“Brett had a real good year with North Dakota,” Treliving said. “He is a competitive, fiery guy who has surprised people with his skills.”

In the second half of the season, Hextall suffered a foot injury that required him to wear a boot.

Chris Summers – Defenseman – Michigan (CCHA)
2008-09 Statistics: 41 GP, 4 G, 13 A, 17 P, 40 PIM

Summers became a leader for the Wolverines in his junior season after Anaheim Ducks prospect Mark Mitera tore an ACL. As interim captain, Summers led the Wolverines to their 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance before falling in their opening game.

Summers split time between forward and defense this season and set a career-high with 17 points.

“He is the best skater on the ice most nights,” Burke said. “He is a guy that has had real success in college. He has a lot of confidence. He has to continue to get stronger and work on the defensive part of his game. He doesn’t get beat wide, wins the one-on-one battles and has a great attitude.”

EDITOR’S NOTE:
Check back soon for more updates on Coyotes prospects playing in the AHL, CHL, Junior leagues and Europe. If you have any questions about Coyotes prospects, e-mail Russell.brooks@phoenixcoyotes.com.



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