Jan. 12, 2017
In Sam Lafferty’s first draft year, there was little hype surrounding the slim forward at Deerfield Academy. He returned to prep school for an explosive season, and received an unexpected call the following summer.
Lafferty had been drafted.
Not only was he now property of an NHL club, but the Hollidaysburg, Pa. native was taken by his favorite team: The Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Penguins are in all likelihood very pleased with their 2014 fourth round pick, as he’s enjoying by far his best season of college hockey at Brown University at the moment. He has 22 points in 15 games this season which leads in team. In fact, he’s coming off a four-point performance (1G-3A) in Brown’s last game, a 7-4 loss to New Hampshire on Jan. 8.
Last Sunday was Lafferty’s second four-point game and sixth multi-point showing this season, signaling that his outburst this season is not a flash in the pan and likely to continue throughout the year. In his freshman year at Brown, he had 12 points in 31 games. Lafferty regressed to 10 points in 31 games the next season, but this year, he’s been Brown’s most reliable offensive weapon in addition to playing a responsible defensive game, as well.
Daniel Sprong returned to action for the first time this season over the weekend, recording one assist in his season debut with Charlottetown and throwing 12 shots on goal in two games. Sprong is playing in the QMJHL after sustaining a shoulder injury last summer that kept him out for seven months.
Troy Josephs, Pittsburgh’s seven round pick in 2013, had a two-assist outing in Clarkson University’s last game on Jan. 7 vs. Rennesslaer. Josephs has five points in his last four games, and has 15 points in 18 games this season with the Golden Knights.
No. 1-ranked Penn State went a month between games, and returned with a weekend series split with No. 14 Ohio State. Nikita Pavlychev had an assist in the Nittany Lions’ 4-2 win on Jan. 7. The six-foot-seven centerman and 2015 seventh rounder centers Penn State’s third line, and is second on the team with 22 penalty minutes.