Denver's hockey Twitter account announced on Wednesday that junior defenseman Joey LaLeggia, a draft choice of the Edmonton Oilers, would be returning to the Pioneers for his senior season:
LaLeggia is one of the exciting offensive defensemen in the country. He's been a top-four scorer for Denver in each of his first three seasons, including last year, when he finished third on the team in scoring with 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points. He was named to the 2nd team West All-American team this year for his efforts.
LaLeggia came in ranked 47th on our list of the Top 100 NHL Prospects in the NCAA this past season. Here's what we had to say about him:
With strong skating and a devastatingly accurate and heavy shot, LaLeggia is almost like a fourth forward from the blue line. His defensive play can be somewhat of a concern at times, but he's got a future as a potential power play quarterback.
LaLeggia was one of the few question marks for next year on a Denver sqaud that will lose starting goalie Sam Brittain, and defensemen David Makowski, but not very much. LaLeggia's return should help Denver return to their place as one of the stronger teams in the country next year.