January 12, 2016
The Clarkson University Golden Knights stunned many pundits and spectators alike when their hot start to the season, winning five of their first six contests and creeping up the national rankings.
Clarkson has since fallen off, dropping to 9-9-2 overall, but Penguins prospect Troy Josephs is doing his best to trudge his team out of the mud.
Josephs, a junior with the Golden Knights, has three goals and an assist in his last five games. His team dropped three of those five contests, but Josephs’ Golden Knights picked up a big 3-1 win yesterday night against rival St. Lawrence University.
His recent production gives Josephs seven points (4G-3A) this season. More than half of his total offensive output this season has come when his team has needed him most as they slowly tumbled down the standings. He’s already topped his previous NCAA career-high of three goals and is on pace to reach his 17 points from last year.
The Whitby, Ont. native was Pittsburgh’s sixth selection (seventh round, 209 overall) back in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Nikita Pavlychev, Pittsburgh’s six-foot-seven seventh round pick from last year, has started to see the offensive side of his game click as of late. Pavlychev had a goal and three assists in two games last weekend and has seven points (4G-6A) in his last eight contests. The Des Moines Buccaneers forward from Yaroslavl, Russia played two season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights before going to the USHL and is committed to play at Penn State next year.
Jake Guentzel and the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks were swept by the University of Denver Pioneers, 3-0 and 4-3, this past weekend. However, Guentzel– the reliable source of offense that he is– mustered an assist in one of the games. Pittsburgh’s 2013 third round pick (77th overall) now has 10 points (4G-6A) in his last six games, and leads the Mavericks in points (27) and assists (17).
Anthony Angello, nearly a point-a-game player in his freshman season at Cornell University, had two goals and two assists in a weekend series with Merrimack College. Angello was taken 145th overall by the Penguins in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Teddy Blueger leads Minnesota State in points (18) and assists (13) through 22 games this season. Through the first half of the season, the Mavericks (yes, another team named the Mavericks) aren’t quite as strong as their No. 1-ranked team from last year, but Pittsburgh’s 2012 second rounder (52nd overall) hasn’t missed a beat.
Sean Maguire, goalie for the Boston University Terriers, earned two impressive wins over the past weekend, making 57 saves between two games against UMass and top 10-ranked Harvard University. Maguire was chosen in the fourth round, 113th overall by Pittsburgh at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.