Blaine Byron

Mark Allan

2017-08-26

 

Blaine Byron, C

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 185

Born: 1995-02-21

Hometown: Manotick, ON, CAN

Drafted: 2013 by Pittsburgh, 179th Overall

 

Observations:

August 2017 – Florida’s AHL affiliate signed UFA Byron to a one-year AHL contract. A sixth-round (179th overall) pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2013, the center joined the Springfield Thunderbirds after a four-year collegiate stint with the University of Maine, serving as the Black Bears' assistant captain as a senior. The 6-1, 186-pound Byron had a team-high 18 goals and led the Black Bears with 41 points in just 36 games in 2016-17. During four years with Maine, Byron scored 46 goals and added 62 assists for 108 points in 145 NCAA contests, a .71 point-per-game clip. He also was minus-25, not as bad as you’d think considering the Bears hibernated their way to a 24-51-4 record for those four campaigns. Mark Allan

June 2017 – After concluding his four years at the U of Maine with impressive senior stats of 18 goals and 41 points in 36 games, Byron is expected to spurn any contract offers from the Penguins and head to the free-agent market a la Jimmy Vesey. Media speculation centers on Pittsburgh’s recent signing of high-scoring free-agent forward Zach Aston-Reese for Byron’s reluctance to join the Penguins. The 22-year-old might also be looking more broadly at the organization’s startling depth of skilled young forwards and deciding he has a shorter road to the NHL with another franchise. Mark Allan

January 2017 – Byron is having a respectable senior NCAA season at the University of Maine, scoring at a point-per-game clip, although he's minus-7. In fact, he's finished on the wrong side of the +/- ledger each season starting with his sophomore campaign. Pittsburgh might offer the late-round draft choice a contract when he graduates, but he's going to have to pay some minor-league dues before he gets a sniff at the big time. Mark Allan 

October 2016 – Byron is back for his senior year at the University of Maine, which hasn't played an NCAA league game yet this season. <