The Tampa Bay Lightning drafted Cameron Darcy in the seventh round, 185th overall, at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The South Boston, Massachusetts, native is making his presence felt with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League (AHL). Crunch head coach Rob Zettler described him as a player with a good skill set.
Before debuting with the Crunch this season, the 6-foot, 190 pound center played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with two different clubs: the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and the Sherbrooke Phoenix.
When asked about his adjustment from the QMJHL to the AHL, Zettler said that the talent in the AHL is bigger, faster and stronger. “He had trouble versus bigger players, but he has figured out how to play against them.”
During the 2013-2014 season, the assistant captain of the Screaming Eagles was the leading scorer with 35 goals in 65 games played along with gathering 47 assists in that stretch. Last season, Darcy surged with the Phoenix after being traded from Cape Breton as he put up 20 goals and 45 points in a 47-game span. His dominance continued in the playoffs as he scored five goals to go with four assists in a six game stretch before the Phoenix bowed out to the Charlottetown Islanders in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs.
This season, he’s played in seven professional games with the Crunch. On Saturday, Darcy tallied his first professional point with a game-winning assist that helped the Crunch defeat the St. John’s IceCaps 2-1 in overtime.
When asked about the milestone, Zettler said that he was happy for him. He also discussed his play over the weekend: “He’s competed hard and has been on the right side of the puck. You can visibly see his confidence grow.”
Darcy has steadily been improving as he gains more experience at the AHL level in his first year in the pros. He will be one of the key players for Lightning fans to keep on their radar as the season progresses.