-Matt Bergland (F): 7-16-23
-Alex Beaudry (G): 3.04 GAA, .896 SV%
Key Returning Players:
-Ross Mauermann (F): 15-15-25
-Derek Army (F): 11-11-22
-Tim Schaller (F): 14-7-21
-Jon Gillies (G): 2.77 GAA, .915 SV%
-Mark Jankowski (F): (Prep)
-Paul DeJersey (F): 41-47-98 (BCHL)
After being terrible for the past few years, Providence ousted Head Coach Tim Army last year and installed Nate Leaman from Union as coach. Leaman came in and launched Providence ahead, finishing with a much-improved 14-20-4 record overall and finishing 7th in Hockey East. This year, Providence has snapped up Jon Gillies, who decommitted from Northeastern during the spring, and is also bringing in 1st round NHL draft pick Mark Jankowski, who comes straight from high school.
Leaman is a great coach who has a lot more resources than he had at Union, and Providence will likely be good over the next few years. However, Providence faces two impediments to better success this year. First, they have an unproven goaltender. While Gillies was drafted by the Flames and comes highly touted, he had an unfortunate tendency to drop some big games, such as the games he played for Team-USA in Ivan Hlinka. Gillies is almost certainly better than Beaudry, but inconsistency may wreak havoc at the start of the season. Secondly, Providence lacked offense, ranking 9th in scoring offense, and 9th in Power Play conversion. While guys like DeJersey and Jankowski will no doubt add offense, they’ll need to step it up a lot more to rise out of 7th. For now, I think they’ll end up at 5th with a strong end of season finish.