Virtually taking the last call at the eleventh hour prior to training camp, Holy Cross graduate Everett Sheen will try his luck to earn a space in the 2011-12 P-Bruins dressing room.
2010-11 Highlights (With Holy Cross)
• Set career highs as a senior with a 17-18-35 scoring log and led the Crusaders with 17 goals.
• Started the season with a four-game scoring streak, averaging precisely two points per night.
• Assisted on two goals and retained a plus-2 rating in a 6-3 opening-night loss to Calle Ridderwall’s Notre Dame team Oct. 8.
• Took only three minor penalties within his first 26 appearances and twice went eight consecutive outings with no infractions.
• Charged up a 2-1-3 transcript on three occasions, scoring the game-winning goal each time.
• Scored both a power-play and shorthanded goal and chipped in a helper to beat Niagara, 5-1, on Jan. 8.
• Posted a single-game, season-high plus-3 rating as part of a 7-3 romp of Canisius on March 13.
• Steadily dropped his plus/minus rating by six points while mustering only one assist in a span of four games (Oct. 23-Nov. 6).
• Held without a point for three consecutive games on three occasions: Between Oct. 29 and Nov. 6, Nov. 20 and Dec. 3 and again between Jan. 21 and Jan. 28.
• Failed to score on any of eight shots on net against American International Oct. 15.
• Failed to connect despite taking eight shots on goal in a Jan. 22 battle with the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Having scored on back-to-back nights in a preseason series against the Springfield Falcons, Sheen has done nothing to diminish his ostensibly brittle odds. Nonetheless, reality has a full six-plus months and 76 regular-season games left to sink in.
With such an overload of returnees, more prominent rookies and seasoned offseason acquisitions, Sheen cannot afford to take a breather if he wants to stick around in Providence.