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Devils select Blake Coleman in third round

Center led USHL in scoring, secured Player of the Year honors

Saturday, 06.25.2011 / 1:01 PM / Draft
By Eric Marin
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ST. PAUL -- Blake Coleman's totals speak volumes for the kind of season he had in 2010-11.

Skating for the Indiana Ice, Coleman, a center, led the USHL in scoring with 92 points (34g-58a) – the league's highest total in more than a decade. Selected in the third round, 75th overall, by the Devils at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, he hopes to bring that scoring touch to New Jersey someday.

"I'm just ecstatic," Coleman said of becoming a Devil. "I just can't even describe it right now."

After meeting with the club, he had a hunch he might pulling on a red and black jersey Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center. He was ranked 198th among North American skaters by Central Scouting.

"I met with them this week and I thought things went well, but like I said I can't even describe it right now, I'm so excited," he said.

Asked what he brings, Coleman described a "can't-be-denied attitude." The native of Plano, Tex., grew up supporting the Dallas Stars. While he wasn't a fan of the Devils when they beat the Stars for the 2000 Stanley Cup, he said Saturday, "I sure am now."

Coleman's development is a testament to the growth of hockey in non-traditional hockey regions such as the southwest.

"I played my midgets there, I played youth hockey – I grew up through Dallas," he said. "I spent one year in the Detroit through that whole stint but the rest was all Dallas."

As for his outstanding season in Indiana, Coleman credited his coaches and linemates.

"Just great coaching, a lot of work in the weight room, a lot of work on the ice," he said. "It wasn't easy, but a great team, great linemates. Everything had to come together for it, but it all worked out."

Coleman's 92 points marked the first time a USHLer surpassed 90 since Thomas Vanek put up 91 for Sioux Falls in 2001-02. Coleman measures 5-10, 198 lbs.

More on Coleman from indianaice.com:

• Coleman had 17 more points than the next highest scorer and his 58 assists were the most in the USHL since the 2007-08 season.

• It was the second USHL campaign for the native of Plano, Texas and a breakout season offensively after he tallied 28 points (10g, 18a) in 2009-10.

• Coleman also led the USHL with a plus-52 rating, the highest mark on record since the USHL became Tier I in 2002. He was listed on the NHL Central Scouting final rankings and is set to begin his collegiate career at Miami University next season.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 40 10 16 -1 26
J. Jagr 43 9 16 -10 25
M. Cammalleri 35 15 6 -3 21
P. Elias 37 6 14 -14 20
M. Zidlicky 47 4 16 -7 20
M. Ryder 42 6 12 -2 18
T. Zajac 39 8 8 -7 16
S. Gomez 23 4 12 -5 16
S. Bernier 32 6 7 1 13
M. Havlat 29 5 7 -10 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 19 4 .920 2.41
K. Kinkaid 1 3 3 .913 2.54