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“Fearsome Young Sharks” Prospect Profile – Cody Ferriero

Photo courtesy of Alexander Zimmermann {@Alex_Z_Sharkie}

On June 26, 2010, the San Jose Sharks drafted Cody Ferriero, the younger brother of current Sharks forward Benn Ferriero, in the fifth round {127th overall} of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

“I try to do a little of everything similar to Benn, with a little more physical {play},” said Cody in a 2008 interview with Bill Kipouras of gloucestertimes.com.  “Speed is a part of my game.  I’ve gotten faster the last few years.”

While some scouts were weary of Cody’s maturity and discipline, citing Cody’s tendencies to take a bad penalty and trying to do it all on his own with the puck on his stick, San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke defended the organization’s selection of Cody in an interview with The Mercury News following the draft.

“Feisty kid with real good skill level,” said Burke.  “He’s not six-feet, but he’s built for hockey.  The kid’s got an edge to him.”

Happily following in Benn’s footsteps, Cody played at Shore County Day School in Beverly, Massachusetts, which has an informal hockey program, and The Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts, for high school in the Independent School League

In four years at The Governor’s Academy, Cody registered 91 points on 50 goals and 41 assists to go along with 251 penalty minutes.  Serving as team captain for the 2009-10 season, Cody set career highs in points {40}, goals {21}, assists {19} and penalty minutes {112} in 27 games played, earning first-team All-ISL honors while leading The Governor’s Academy to an overall record of 14-14-1 {7-7 ISL record}.

During his junior year at The Governor’s Academy, Cody verbally committed to accept a scholarship to Boston College, where Benn won a National Championship in 2008.

“I’m excited about BC, about following Benn,” said Cody in the Kipouras interview.  “He {Benn} felt it was the right fit for me.  It’s where I wanted to go.  I didn’t look around too much.  My heart was pretty much set on BC.”

A couple of weeks before Cody was supposed to be on the Boston College campus in Chestnut Hill, Cody changed his mind and decided to attend Northeastern University.

“After thinking about it for a while, I looked at a few other schools,” said Cody in a 2010 interview with Jared Shafran of huntnewsnu.com.  “Northeastern was probably my top choice after BC and after a while {Northeastern was} the place I wanted to be.”

One reason Cody decided on Northeastern was that playing in both the Hockey East and staying in the Boston area were important to him.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the Hockey East and in the Beanpot,” said Cody in the Shafran interview.  “BU {Boston University} wasn’t really the kind of school I wanted to go to and I’m definitely not smart enough to play at Harvard.  It means a lot to me to play in my hometown around my friends and I’m really excited for it.”

Another reason for Cody’s decision to play at Northeastern was the chance to play under head coach Greg Cronin, who just recently accepted an assistant coaching position with the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs.

“He’s got pro experience,” said Cody in the Shafran interview.  “All the guys that come out of here are NHL ready right away and he plays smash mouth, NHL style hockey.  NHL GMs {General Managers} respect him, and Tim Burke, who is in player development at San Jose talks very highly of him.” 

Playing in 34-0f-38 games at forward for the Huskies this past season, Cody registered seven points on four goals {two via the power play} and three assists to go along with 38 penalty minutes.  While Cody’s numbers weren’t eye-popping, hockeysfuture.com stated that as a first-year player, Cody was counted on to take care of his own end before anything else and like Benn, Cody is a solid two-way player who is very responsible at both ends of the rink.

“Hopefully, we’ll have a chance to play together in a few years when he gets here {in San Jose},” said Benn in a July 2010 interview with Dan Guttenplan of newburyportnews.com.  Added Cody, “It’s always been a dream to play together in the NHL, and it’s starting to become more real.”

As Benn and Cody eagerly await the day they both play together in teal, their youngest brother Nathan, who just completed his junior year at The Governor’s Academy, has already committed to Northeastern for 2013.  If the stars align correctly, there’s a chance Sharks fans may someday see the “Ferriero Line” take the ice at HP Pavilion.

HIGHLIGHTS

Cody Ferriero scores against New Hampshire  {Courtesy of YouTube user “Northeastern”}
In this video clip, Cody scores his second goal of the season against New Hampshire on February 26, 2011.  Cody’s highlight starts at the 1:18 mark of the video.

Cody Ferriero scores against Boston College  {Courtesy of YouTube user “Northeastern”}
In this video clip, Cody scores his third goal of the season against Boston University on March 4, 2011.  Cody’s highlight starts at the 2:15 mark of the video.

Cody Ferriero scores against Boston College  {Courtesy of YouTube user “Northeastern”}
In this video clip, Cody scores his fourth goal of the season against Boston University on March 13, 2011.  Cody’s highlight is at the beginning of the video clip.

Cody Ferriero assist against Boston College  {Courtesy of YouTube user “hockeyeastonline”}
In this video clip, Cody registers his first postseason assist on Garrett Vermeersch’s Power Play goal against Boston College on March 18, 2011.  Cody’s highlight starts at the 5:35 mark of the video.

*Videos and information were used from sharks.nhl.com, www.hockeydb.com, www.fearthefin.com, www.mercurynews.com, www.sharkspage.com, www.newburyportnews.com, huntnewsnu.com, www.gonu.com, www.hockeysfuture.com, www.gloucestertimes.com and www.youtube.com for this post entry.*

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“Teal Town Tweet Talk” for week of 6/19/11 – 6/25/11

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Before I begin this installment of “Teal Town Tweet Talk,” the Teal Town Twitter population has lost one resident as earlier this week, San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced that both Scott Nichol and Jamal Mayers {@jamalmayers10} would not be returning to the Sharks for the 2011-12 season.  If you would like to still follow Mayers or any other former Sharks player, please check the “Alumni” section of the Twitter page in the menu bar on the home page.

Sena Acolatse

“Congrats brother. Duncan Siemens to the Colorado Avalanche. Now you and Elliot can still be best friends #dubboys #TSN”  {June 24}

Jame Baker

“The nature of pro sports Eh! Wow, Seto to Minny for Burns. Honestly, very good trade for both teams – you have to give up something to get!”  {June 24}

Brodie Brazil

“SETO TRADED just about 24 hours after he signed a 3 year deal with #sjsharks. Defenseman Brent Burns headed to San Jose.”  {June 24}

Logan Couture

“Congrats to Jeff Skinner, what a year! Just an honor to be here. Thanks for the support fans!!”  {June 22}

Ryane Clowe

“First tweet in a long time, figured it was a good time to send a shout out to a great friend and teammate D Seto. Good luck bud!  {June 25}

Dan DaSilva

“Whatta beauty day here in the toon. Cleaned up the truck and now loungin in the back. Tarps definately optional”  {June 22}

Bret Hedican

“Bittersweet trade for Sharks! Lose Seto but get a great defenseman in Burns! Good luck to Seto in my home state of Minnesota!”  {June 24}

Jamal Mayers

“Sharks fans thanks for such great support this yr! Gonna miss playing in the tank as a Shark! #greatplaceteampeople”  {June 20}

Jamie McGinn

“Philly making moves. Playing the game #letsmakeadeal with bob barker or is it price is right? Happy Gilmore doesn’t know”  {June 23}

Frazer McLaren

“Hope my boy @Logancouture brings home the calder this week in vegas! #beehank”  {June 20}

SJ Sharkie

“been so busy today, haven’t even looked at the schedule. which game are you looking most forward to? (other than the cup clinching one) #fb”  {June 23}

Sean Sullivan

“Another beautiful day in Seattle…. I mean Boston.”  {June 23}

Tommy Wingels

“Congrats jarod and vi. First of the guys, awesome day. So happy for you guys.”  {June 25}

“Fearsome Young Sharks” Prospect Profile – Lee Moffie

Photo courtesy of Alexander Zimmermann {@Alex_Z_Sharkie}

On June 26, 2010, the San Jose Sharks selected University of Michigan defenseman Lee Moffie in the seventh round {188th overall} of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

“I was very surprised,” said Moffie in an April 2011 interview with DJ Powers of hockeysfuture.com.  “I was in my last year {of draft eligibility} and I didn’t play in every game, so it did come as a surprise to me.  I went to their developmental camp and it did wonders for my game both confidence wise and development wise.  I feel very fortunate to have been drafted by a great organization like them.”

Moffie wasn’t the only person surprised when the Sharks drafted him as an anonymous NHL scout who had seen Moffie play over the years told sharkspage.com for their 2010 NHL Entry Draft recap that “if Moffie hadn’t improved significantly since he last saw him, then he {Moffie} was a stretch to be picked even in the seventh round.”

San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke defended the organization’s selection of Moffie, who would have been able to sign with any of the 30 NHL teams had he not been drafted, in an interview with the The Mercury News following the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. 

“He’s a kid that we’ve watched over a three-or-four-year period and he’s gotten better every year.  We think he’s a leader.  He can move pucks.  He’s got a physical element to him.”

A native of Wallingford Connecticut, Moffie became interested in hockey through his family as his father played growing up and his older brothers were playing at the time.  At age two-and-a-half, Moffie started playing hockey on backyard rinks and was playing organized hockey by age three.  After playing for local high school Lyman Hall his freshman year, Moffie transferred to Avon Old Farms boarding school, 40 miles from Wallingford, where Moffie became a “five-and-a-half-day boarder” as he would return home on Saturday nights following his classes that day.

“My two older brothers went to Avon so I had been going to Avon games my whole life and I knew it was a place I wanted to be,” said Moffie in a March 2008 interview with Vincent Montalbano of mckeenshockey.rivals.com.  “I watched an Avon defenseman named Mick Monsey who went on and played for UNH and I wanted to model the road he took before he went on to play college.  The expectation every year at Avon is bringing home a New England Championship and anything less is a failure.  That is the great thing about playing at Avon as you’re the team to beat and everyone wants a shot at you.  It’s a great place to play and get better.”

After winning back-to-back New England Division I prep championships, Moffie, who registered 14 points {3 goals, 11 assists} and 32 points {7 goals, 25 assists} during his sophomore and junior years respectively, left Avon his senior year to play for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League {USHL} for the 2008-09 season {Moffie did graduate from Avon in 2009}.

“It was a tough decision and I did a lot of research on it,” said Moffie in a 2009 interview with Matt Trevor of mgoblue.com.  “I’m pretty close with Max Pacioretty and I saw what it did for him not only for the draft but in preparing him to play better college hockey.  I talked to a lot of people and the consensus was that it was the next closest level to playing Division I hockey.”

In 55 regular season games for the Black Hawks, Moffie, a two-time USHL Defensive Player of the Week honoree, led all Black Hawks defensemen with 44 points on nine goals {seven via the power play} and 35 assists {second best on team} to go along with 97 penalty minutes. 

Prior to leaving for Waterloo, Moffie fulfilled a childhood dream by committing to the University of Michigan during his junior year at Avon.  Joining the Wolverines as a walk-on for the 2009-10 season, Moffie registered 12 points on four goals and eight assists to go along with 27 penalty minutes in 29 games played.

This past season, Moffie provided an offensive punch from the blue line for the Wolverines as he set career highs in goals {eight, which led all Wolverines defensemen}, assists {nine} and points {17} to go along with 16 penalty minutes in 32 games played, and was a key contributor in the Wolverines run to the NCAA National Championship game where they were defeated by fellow Sharks prospect Mike Connolly‘s Minnesota-Deluth Bulldogs in an overtime thriller. 

In addition, Moffie was named CCHA Defenseman of the Week on January 17 after registering three points on two goals and an assist in the Wolverines home-and-home series sweep of the Ferris State Bulldogs on January 14 and 15.  Moffie became the the first Wolverines defenseman since former defensive pairing partner Steve Kampfer {November 30, 2009} to receive CCHA Defenseman of the Week honors.

Moffie will be returning for his junior season as the Wolverines will look to contend once again for the NCAA Championship.

HIGHLIGHTS

Moffie overtime winner for Waterloo  {Courtesy of YouTube user “berrigirl2008”}
In this video clip, Moffie scores the game winning goal in overtime against the Indiana Ice on January 9, 2009.

Lee Moffie first hockey fight  {Courtesy of YouTube user “waterlooblackhawks”}
In this video clip, Moffie drops the gloves for the first time as he scraps with Sean Little of the Green Bay Gamblers.

Lee Moffie interview  {Courtesy of YouTube user “MGoBlueVideo”}
In this video clip, Moffie is interviewed about the Wolverines defense.

Lee Moffie sparks comeback  {Courtesy of YouTube user “MGoBlueVideo”}
In this video clip, Moffie sparks a Wolverine comeback to defeat Ferris State 3-2 on January 14, 2011.

Lee Moffie two-goal game  {Courtesy of YouTube user “MGoBlueVideo”}
In this video clip, Moffie lights the lamp two times to lead the Wolverines to a 4-1 victory over Bowling Green to advance to the CCHA Semifinals.

*Videos and information were used from www.hockeysfuture.com, www.mgoblue.com, www.hockeydb.com, www.nhregister.com, www.sharkspage.com, www.fearthefin.com, mckeenshockey.rivals.com and www.youtube.com for this post entry.*

“Fearsome Young Sharks” Prospect Profile – William Wrenn

Photo courtesy of Alexander Zimmermann {@Alex_Z_Sharkie}

On June 27, 2009, the San Jose Sharks drafted American defenseman William Wrenn with the 43rd pick in the second round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

“My strong point is playing hard, tough defense,” said Wrenn in a June 2009 interview with John McGourty of nhl.com that was posted on the San Jose Sharks website shortly after being drafted.  “I like to hit and be physical, get in kids’ faces.  I’m good making the first pass to get out of our zone and I’m well positioned.”

A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Wrenn moved to Los Angeles, California, at the age of 14 to play for the elite Los Angeles Selects AAA Team as he said the caliber of hockey was better and got noticed by USA Hockey.  The following year, Wrenn agreed to join the United States National Team Development Program {US NTDP} team.

Over the next two seasons {2007-08, 2008-09}, Wrenn skated for the US NTDP in Ann Arbor, Michigan, playing a basic collegiate schedule against teams such as Colorado College and Michigan

Captaining the 2008-09 squad, Wrenn registered 17 points on six goals and 11 assists in 60 games while leading Team USA to gold medals at the 2008 Under-18 Four Nations Cup in Lake Placid, New York, the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation {IIHF} Under-18 Five Nations Cup in Nykoping, Sweeden and the 2009 IIHF Under-18 World Championships in Fargo, North Dakota, the first time a U.S. team had won an international hockey tournament on American soil since the 1980 men’s Olympic hockey team.

“I had won a national peewee championship with the L.A. selects, but winning the World Under-18s were definitely the biggest accomplishment in my career,” said Wrenn in the McGourty interview.  “We worked two years for that gold medal and it actually happened.  The crowd was chanting, ‘USA, USA.’  Going up to get that trophy and then bringing it back to my teammates was the best feeling I have ever had.”

After the World Under 18s, Wrenn headed to Denver University to begin his collegiate career.  In 23 games in the 2009-10 season, Wrenn registered seven points on seven assists to go along with 107 hits and 23 blocked shots.  Unfortunately, Wrenn missed 14 games with a hip injury that required surgery.

Making a full recovery for his sophomore season, Wrenn found himself near the bottom of a seven-man rotation on defense that wasn’t to his liking.  “I just wasn’t fitting back in the lineup, no matter what I did,” said Wrenn in an April 2011 interview with Jim Beseda of oregonlive.com.  “The coaches were trying to work everybody in, but it’s hard to flow as a team with seven defensemen.  I just felt I’d hit a block and I wasn’t going to move anytime soon.”

Registering one assist and a team worst plus/minus rating of -7 in 18 games, Wrenn felt his game wasn’t developing fast enough and with no guarantee from Denver University head coach George Gwozdecky or the coaching staff that his scarce ice time would increase, Wrenn opted to walk away from one of the nation’s top Division I hockey programs to play major junior hockey for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League {WHL}.

“It was tough to leave a school like that and the academic opportunity I had there, but I want to be a hockey player,” said Wrenn in the Beseda article.  “That’s what I’ve always wanted, so I decided to take a chance and go for it.”  You know, I can always go back to school, but the window of opportunity to play hockey stays open for only so long.”

Gwozdecky harbored no ill-will towards Wrenn, stating in a January 3 interview with the Denver University Athletics website that “William feels he will have a better opportunity to play on a regular basis and contribute in a more important role at the junior hockey level.  He was a good teammate and was well liked in our locker room.  William will be missed by our program.”

On January 4, 2011, Winterhawks General Manager and Head Coach Mike Johnston welcomed Wrenn to the Winterhawks, the same team who had listed then 14-year old Wrenn on their 50-player protected list in May 2006 following the 2006 WHL Bantam Draft despite Wrenn telling everybody at the time of his intentions to play college hockey.

Getting Wrenn when they did proved to be a blessing for the Winterhawks as three weeks after Wrenn’s arrival, veteran defenseman and team captain Brett Ponich needed surgery to reconstruct a torn cruciate ligament in his left knee, sidelining Ponich for the remainder of the regular season and most of the WHL Memorial Cup Playoffs.

Having to quickly adjust to the demanding WHL schedule, Wrenn was paired with defenseman Taylor Aronson and together, the duo became a steady force on the blue line as they led the Winterhawks to the WHL Finals {The Kootenay Ice defeated the Winterhawks in five games to win the series} and were consistently used against the opposition’s top forward lines.

“If you’re a forward and you’re going to play against William Wrenn, you’re going to have to really compete hard, because he battles hard and he’s got a competitive edge to him,” said Johnston in the Beseda article.  “We were very fortunate that we got him when we did from Denver.  He’s been a huge addition.”

Wrenn finished the regular season with 13 points on two goals and 11 assists in 29 games to go along with 17 penalty minutes and was named the Winterhawks Co-Defensive Player of the Year along with Aronson in a voting by the players.

“The team welcomed me right away and put me in a position where I could play a lot,” said Wrenn in the Beseda article.  “It’s been an unbelievable experience ever since I’ve been here.  I feel as if my game is actually progressing again and I’m slowly moving forward instead of just idling like I felt I had been at Denver.”

HIGHLIGHTS

William Wrenn 2009 NHL Draft Video  {Courtesy of YouTube user “C1n3m4”}

William Wrenn USA Hockey Hit  {Courtesy of YouTube user “Slaphappypappy100”}

William Wrenn Goals vs. Russia at U18s  {Courtesy of YouTube user “Slaphappypappy100”}

Jacob Doty vs. William Wrenn WHL Fight Jan. 22, 2011  {Courtesy of YouTube user “hockeyfightsplus”}

Multiple Fist-Fights Jan. 22, 2011  {Courtesy of YouTube user “giddyup523”}

*Videos and information were used from sharks.nhl.com, www.denverpioneers.com, www.hockeydb.com, www.denverpost.com, www.winterhawks.com, www.oregonlive.com, www.fearthefin.com and www.youtube.com for this post entry.*