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was one of eight Eagles (two of them freshmen) to play
in all 40 games last season.
Statistics: Had a modest 3-5—8 in 40 games
as a true freshman out of BC High. While Greene was a staple
in the lineup throughout the year, his role grew considerably
as the season progressed, especially on an injury-depleted
BC team in the Hockey East playoffs.
He Does: In many ways, he’s the quintessential
BC forward – small and shifty, and even compared to
Stephen Gionta and Chris Collins by associate head coach Mike
Cavanaugh. But Greene’s more solid than his 5-foot-8
frame would suggest, even if he’s never confused (in
person, at least) with the 6-foot-3 Matt Greene at North Dakota.
That strength on his skates, combined with outstanding speed,
makes him an effective penalty killer and a slippery forward
in the offensive zone.
Bigger Picture: Greene’s increased role late
last year foreshadowed what’s to come in 2005-06. The
departure of Ryan Shannon, Dave Spina, Ned Havern and possibly
Patrick Eaves leaves plenty of spots available on the Eagles’
top three lines. He’s assured of plenty of penalty killing
time, and while his on-ice vision and shot have room for improvement,
he could find a role on a power play unit as well.
Associate head coach Mike Cavanaugh on Greene:
“I’m interested to see how he takes on more of
a leadership role this year. I’d like to see him take
things more into his own hands.”