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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 ET / 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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59