Sam Lafferty

by Mark Allan on March 10, 2018


 

Sam Lafferty, C/LW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-1

Weight: 185

Born: 1993-04-06

Hometown: Holidaysburg, Pa, USA

Drafted: 4th round 2013 (113th overall) by Pittsburgh

 

Observations:

March 2018 – A two-year, entry-level contract kicks in next season after his AHL audition with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on an amateur tryout pact. The 23-year-old completed his fourth season at Brown University as the team leader with 14 assists and 22 points. His eight goals were second in a campaign that he ended in style with 13 points in his final 11 collegiate games. Lafferty was named the ECAC Player of the Week after a hat trick against Harvard, and made the All-Ivy Second Team for the second straight campaign. Expect him to pay some dues in the AHL beginning in 2018-19. Mark Allan

 

 

December 2017 – The 22-year-old is off to a decent start with three goals and five points in nine games in his fourth and final collegiate campaign, although he’ll have to pick up the pace to match his 35 points in 31 games as a junior. While Brown University is off to an uninspiring 4-5 ECAC start, Lafferty had two goals (including the winner) in a 4-2 win over Holy Cross, the Bears’ first non-conference game this season. Mark Allan

 

June 2017 – Lafferty parlayed a 31-game, 35-point junior campaign at Brown University into a long-list Hoby Baker Trophy nomination, which never looks bad on a hockey player’s resume. The good-but-not-great all-around forward will try to have an even-better senior season to earn a Pittsburgh contract like other collegiate Penguin draftees have before him. Mark Allan

December 2016 – Although Pittsburgh drafted him in the fourth round, the Brown University NCAA forward remains a raw project with strong skating and decent size. Scouts are hard-pressed to identify any facet his game that is upper-echelon, although an effective wrist shot and a not-bad hockey IQ don’t hurt his game. After three high school seasons with Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, highlighted by 55 points in 25 games in his final season there, he’s got three NCAA campaigns under his belt with Brown. After compiling a mere 22 points in 62 games in his first two seasons there, he’s piquing the Penguins’ interest by producing at better than a point-per-game clip in his third outing as well as maintaining a neutral plus-minus number, which is an improvement on the previous two seasons.

Lafferty’s game remains rough around the edges and he would surely spend time in the minors before he gets any kind of shot at the NHL. Mark Allan

 

Fantasy Outlook: C-

 

Lafferty’s skill set, which includes decent size and some athleticism, projects him down the road as a useful bottom-six forward who kills penalties and occasionally contributes offense.

 

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Sam Lafferty describes being drafted by Pittsburgh as a dream come true:

 

 

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