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San Jose Sharks 2011 Young Stars Tournament Roster

Photo courtesy of Sharks.nhl.com

On Sept. 6, the San Jose Sharks revealed their roster that will participate in the organization’s second consecutive Young Stars Tournament.

Featuring prospect teams from the Sharks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets, the tournament will be held in Penticton, B.C. from Sept. 11 -15. 

At last year’s tournament, the Sharks finished with a 2-1 record in three games.  Forward Michael Sgarbossa finished as the tournament’s second leading scorer with four points {hat trick against the Oilers and one assist} in two games and forward Benn Ferriero finish tied for third among all scorers by registering three assists in two games.

The Sharks will be in action on Sept. 11 against the Flames at 7:30 p.m.;  Sept. 12 against the Jets at 4:00 p.m.;  Sept. 14 against the Canucks at 4:00 p.m.

{** Denotes prospect played for the Sharks in last year’s tournament}

FORWARDS

#90  Joe Antilla
{6-1, 220, L, 1/17/91}

2010-11 season:  Registered 40 points on 21 goals and 19 assists in 72 games played with the Kootenay Ice of the WHL to go along with 59 penalty minutes

#89  Trevor Cheek
{6-2, 210, L, 12/29/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 25 points on 10 goals and 15 assists in 57 games played with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL to go along with 37 penalty minutes.

#48  Mike Connolly
{5-9, 180, L, 7/3/89}

2010-11 season:  Registered 54 points on 28 goals and 26 assists in 42 games played with the Minnesota-Deluth Bulldogs of the WCHA to go along with 59 penalty minutes.

#85  Curt Gogol** 
{6-0, 185, L, 9/21/91}

2010-11 season:  Registered 12 points on 4 goals and 8 assists in 47 games played with the Chilliwack Bruins of the WHL to go along with 142 penalty minutes.  Registered 2 points on one goal and one assist in 15 games played with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL to go along with 59 penalty minutes.

#75  Freddie Hamilton** 
{6-1, 190, R, 1/1/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 83 points on 38 goals and 45 assists in 68 games played with the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL to go along with 20 penalty minutes.

#87  Charles Inglis
{5-11, 180, L, 5/7/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 60 points on 32 goals and 28 assists in 69 games played with the Prince George Cougars of the WHL to go along with 141 penalty minutes.

#63  James Livingston
{6-1, 210, R, 3/8/90}

2010-11 season:  Registered 50 points on 22 goals and 28 assists in 62 games played with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL to go along with 52 penalty minutes.

#38  Tony Lucia** 
{6-0, 190, L, 8/23/87}

2010-11 season:  Registered zero points in two games played with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.  Missed final 78 games of the season with concussion symptoms.

#45 – James Marcou** 
{5-8, 165, R, 2/19/88}

2010-11 season:  Registered 19 points on 4 goals and 15 assists in 41 games played with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL to go along with 18 penalty minutes.

#84  Nathan Moon
{5-11, 200, R, 1/4/90}

2010-11 season:  Registered 74 points on 32 goals and 42 assists in 65 games played with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL to go along with 89 penalty minutes.

#56  Brodie Reid
{6-1, 195, R, 9/25/89}

2010-11 season:  Registered 28 points on 11 goals and 17 assists in 37 games played with the Northeastern Huskies of the Hockey East College Conference to go along with 18 penalty minutes.

#76  Michael Sgarbossa** 
{5-11, 170, L, 7/25/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 62 points on 29 goals and 33 assists in 37 games played with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL to go along with 53 penalty minutes.  Registered 20 points on 7 goals and 13 assists in 26 games played with the Saginaw Spirit to go along with 24 penalty minutes.

#82  Ben Thomson
{6-4, 205, L, 1/16/93}

2010-11 season:  Registered 19 points on 6 goals and 13 assists in 68 games played with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL to go along with 107 penalty minutes.

#70  Scooter Vaughan
{6-0, 195, R, 4/8/89}

2010-11 season:  Registered 24 points on 14 goals and 10 assists in 44 games played with the Michigan Wolverines of the CCHA to go along with 45 penalty minutes.

#58  Marek Viedensky** 
{6-4, 210, R, 8/18/90}

2010-11 season:  Registered 88 points on 36 goals and 52 assists in 63 games played with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL to go along with 52 penalty minutes.

#50  Dylan Wruck
{5-8, 165, L, 9/23/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 78 points on 38 goals and 40 assists in 71 games played with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL to go along with 44 penalty minutes.

DEFENSE

#51  Konrad Abeltshauser** 
{6-5, 215, L, 9/2/92}


2010-11 season:  Registered 27 points on 8 goals and 19 assists in 58 games played with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL to go along with 47 penalty minutes.

#62  Sena Acolatse
{5-11, 205, R, 11/28/90}


2010-11 season:  Registered 63 points on 15 goals and 48 assists in 66 games played with the Prince George Cougars of the WHL to go along with 128 penalty minutes.  Appeared in one game for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.

#46  Zach Bell
{6-1, 215, R, 2/13/93}


2010-11 season:  Registered 12 points on 3 goals and 9 assists in 63 games played with the Brampton Battalion of the OHL to go along with 86 penalty minutes.

#79  Antoine Corbin
{6-2, 195, R, 6/18/92}


2010-11 season:  Registered 25 points on 6 goals and 19 assists in 45 games played with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL to go along with 81 penalty minutes.  Registered 4 points on 2 goals and 2 assists in 11 games played with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL to go along with 23 penalty minutes.

#74  Dylan DeMelo
{6-0, 195, R, 5/1/93}


2010-11 season:  Registered 27 points on 3 goals and 24 assists in 67 games played with the Mississauga St. Michael’s  Majors of the OHL to go along with 70 penalty minutes.

#77  Taylor Doherty** 
{6-7, 230, R, 3/2/91}


2010-11 season:  Registered 53 points on 14 goals and 39 assists in 68 games played with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL to go along with 86 penalty minutes.  Appeared in three games for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.

#59  Justin Sefton
{6-3, 215, R, 4/14/93}


2010-11 season:  Registered 11 points on 5 goals and 6 assists in 66 games played with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL to go along with 124 penalty minutes.

#49  William Wrenn
{6-1, 205, R, 3/16/91}


2010-11 seasonRegistered 13 points on 2 goals and 11 assists in 29 games played with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL to go along with 17 penalty minutes.  Registered 1 assist in 18 games played at the University of Denver to go along with 2 penalty minutes.

GOALIES

#36  J.P. Anderson** 
{5-11, 190, R, 4/27/92}


2010-11 season:  Posted a 38-10-1 record with a 2.36 goals-against-average in 51 games played for the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors of the OHL to go along with 6 shutouts.

#33  Thomas Heemskerk** 
{6-0, 195, R, 4/11/90}


2010-11 season:  Posted a 36-21-6 record with a 2.94 goals-against-average in 65 games played for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL to go along with 2 shutouts.

#35  Harri Sateri
{6-1, 210, L, 12/29/89}


2010-11 season:  Posted a 9-19-8 record with a 2.96 goals-against-average in 37 games played for Taparra Jr in Finland to go along with 2 shutouts.  Posted a 1-3-1 record with a 2.56 goals-against average in 7 games played played for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.

*Photos and information courtesy of www.sharksahl.com, sharks.nhl.com, www.denverpioneers.com, www.hockeysfuture.com, www.londonjuniorknights.com, www.whl.ca, www.tri-cityherald.com, jets.nhl.com, penguins.nhl.com, theswhl.com, mgoblue.com, hockeyeastonline.com, whl.simhl.net, islanders.nhl.com, fox21online.com, hfboards.com for this post entry.*

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“One-on-One” with San Jose Sharks prospect Lee Moffie

Lee Moffie walks up the tunnel at Michigan Stadium after a Dec. 10, 2010 practice before the "Big Chill" game against Michigan State. Photo courtesy of John T. Greilick of detnews.com

Before I begin, I would like to thank Lee Moffie for answering all these questions.  Be sure to follow him on Twitter @ljmoffie and check out his “Fearsome Young Sharks” Prospect Profile post by clicking HERE.

How did this year’s San Jose Sharks Development Camp compare to last year’s?
“It was good.  I learned a lot of new things to work on.  Having attended Camp last year, I was more comfortable and knew what to expect in terms of the camp structure and how it was going to be run.”

What did this year’s Sharks Camp help you with that you will take back to Michigan for the upcoming season?
“Definitely the defensive things they preached were new to me.  I’m going to implement those the most this upcoming season.”

Did you have a moment when you knew you wanted to be a pro hockey player?
“When I was younger I knew that’s what I wanted to be.  I think when your younger and playing, its a dream that you hope comes true one day.”

Were you a Sharks fan growing up and if so, who was your favorite Shark?
“I never really had an NHL team.  I’m a big Boston fan but not a Bruins fan which is weird.  But I like the Bruins over the Rangers.”

Did the grind of being a “5-and-a-half-dayer” at Avon Farms ever get to you mentally or physically?
“Not at all.  I lived close to the school and it was nice to come home on Saturday’s for a break.  It was more a good thing than a negative.”

How much did your season with the Waterloo Blackhawks of the United States Hockey League {USHL} help prepare you for the collegiate game?
“HUGE!  The players they have put out is very impressive and it prepared me for the next level with the game schedule and the competition.”

Why was playing at Michigan a childhood dream?
“My family was a big football family and I attended the hockey camps at Ann Arbor.  I just fell in love with the town and its where I wanted to be.”

What have you enjoyed the most about playing at Michigan?
“I love the school.  It’s the total package from the academics to the fun stuff to playing for a top program and one of the best hockey programs in the nation.  It’s a fantastic place to play at.”

Why do you wear #13 at Michigan?
“When I was at Avon Farms, I was the last one picked and the only number left was 13 so I embraced it and now I like it.  I don’t want another number.”

What has been the best piece of advice you have ever received?
“To keep working hard and try to be the hardest worker on and off the ice.”

What do you feel are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?
“I’m pretty good with the puck and can improvise.  I need to improve my defensive play and skating a bit.”

California or Michigan weather?
“Michigan winter’s are brutal but I do like the seasons.  California weather is nice and would like to enjoy it for more than a week.”

I saw on Twitter you located the In & Out Burger for the last day of Sharks Camp.  What is your favorite item at In & Out?
“I ended up not going {laughs}.  I haven’t been there yet but am looking forward to it.”

Xbox360, Playstation 3 or Wii?
“I don’t do a lot of it as I’m not a big game guy but I’ll go with Xbox because I’ve played more of it.”

What can Sharks fans expect when the day comes you take the ice at HP Pavilion?
“Hopefully I’m fortunate enough to make it there as it would be a dream come true.  Fans can expect a high energy player who is physical, responsible and can score some points.”

“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.*