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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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AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51