Thursday, September 29, 2011

P-Bruins Player Puckbag: Lane MacDermid

Opening statement
In each of his first two professional seasons, Hartford native and Providence winger Lane MacDermid has constituted one-half of the P-Bruins 1-2 pugilist punch. No reason to expect that to change in Year 3, but his impact on the scoring front is on the right course to steadily ascend.

2010-11 Highlights
• Improved his plus/minus rating by 13 points from the previous season, finishing with a plus-3, making him one of only four Providence skaters to retain a positive rating in more than 60 games-played. And this was after MacDermid’s rating stood at a minus-7 on New Year’s.
• Went from a 2-3-5 scoring log in 65 games as a rookie to 7-12-19 totals in 78 games last year.
• Notched an assist in each installment of a season-opening home-and-home series versus Springfield.
• Charged up his first two-point game Feb. 18 with a goal and an assist as part of an eventual 4-3 shootout win over Portland.
• Took at least one shot on net in 35 of his last 39 games-played.
• Scored six goals and 10 assists over his last 41 games-played.

2010-11 Lowlights
• Scored one goal and two assists over his first 35 games-played.
• Accumulated a minus-4 rating in a span of three games over one weekend to curtain the month of October.
• Was on the ice for three opposing goals in a 6-2 loss at Abbotsford on Feb. 26.
• Went on a 14-game pointless skid, beginning on Nov. 21 and running through the end of December.
• Endured a three-month cold spell that saw him score two goals and one assist within a span of 35 games (Oct. 15-Jan. 15).

2011-12 Outlook
MacDermid turned a few heads at Boston’s training camp. He even shoveled in a goal during the preseason opener against Ottawa while playing on a line with Shawn Thornton.

Was that scoring play symbolic of things to come at The Dunk? Will the pugnacious winger elevate his offensive punch to become Thornton’s AHL equivalent?

At the rate he has gone, especially given how much he pitched in during the second half of last season, cracking double-digits in the goal column is not out of the question for MacDermid.