2014-15 Team: Merrimack College (Hockey East)
Hometown: London, Ontario
Date of Birth: 2/29/96
Final Central Scouting Ranking: 198
It was a tale of two seasons for Merrimack freshman forward Brett Seney, but his arrival in North Andover sparked a first half revival. When the London, Ontario native was healthy and on the ice, he made a world of difference for Mark Dennehy's Warriors.
Seney's final ranking by Central Scouting was 57 spots lower than the midterm, but injuries had as much to do with that fall than anything else. Seney, who came to Merrimack a year earlier than expected, had 23 points through his first 23 games, but found the scoresheet just three more times over the last 11 games he played. He also missed four games due to a lower body injury during that time.
Seney is undersized, but there were very few players with better speed in Hockey East this past season. There were a couple goals he scored during the first half where he picked off an errant pass in the neutral zone, circled back into the zone and just completely blew past the defense en route to an easy goal.
His quickness and ability to make plays with the puck really showed in transition as a majority of his goals and assists came on the rush. He also made several highlight reel assists by waiting to draw the defense and goaltender to him before slipping a pass to a linemate hitting the backdoor.
One weakness to his game was his defensive zone coverage, but that is somewhat expected as a younger freshman in Hockey East, coming out of the OJHL -- a junior league often known for its offense. Seney was -9 in his last 11 games. He was +12 in his first 23 games.
This is Seney's second year of draft eligibility and there is no guarantee he will hear his name called in Sunrise, Fla. at the 2015 NHL Draft, but a team might take a late round pick on a player they believe has some upside due to exceptional speed and good hands.
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