Blake Coleman

Kevin Wickersham

2017-05-29

 

Blake Coleman, C

Shoots: L

Height: 5-10

Weight:195

Born: 1991-11-28

Hometown: Plano, Texas

Drafted: 2011 by New Jersey, 75th overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

March 2017 – Taking advantage of New Jersey's declining playoff chances, a few deadline deals, and a spate of injuries spurring the recall of several former Albany Devils, the 25-year-old Coleman has recently carved out a bottom-six center role with the NHL Devils. While averaging just 11:36 of icetime per game, Coleman has often been paired with Mike Cammalleri at even strength and on the power play while continuing to display his strong work ethic and willingness to grind. Coleman has one assist in seven games since his callup, including 12 hits. At AHL Albany, he ranked second to John Quenneville on the squad in scoring with 18 goals and 16 assists in 49 games and led the club with a plus-16 rating. Kevin Wickersham

December 2016 – Now fully-recovered from shoulder surgery, Coleman has taken on a leadership role with Albany’s AHL squad after several recent forward promotions, including Miles Wood and John Quenneville, to the parent New Jersey club. With five goals and three assists 20 games into the campaign, the 25 year-old Coleman isn’t a lethal scoring threat, but provides a solid presence and tenacity in the opponent’s zone which creates good scoring opportunities. With his injury history and several prospects finding their way to the big club ahead of him, Coleman’s path to the NHL doesn’t appear too promising at the moment. – Kevin Wickersham

January 2016 – Blake Coleman was playing some pretty good hockey in his first AHL season. In 14 games Coleman scored four goals and three assists. Scoring at a .50 point per game pace. This was before Coleman suffered a season ending injury to his left shoulder. He recently had surgery on his shoulder and it was successful. Tough news for the rookie who was having a pretty solid season despite playing limited minutes