August 15, 2005

Jr. | F | Aurora, Ontario

Jarman was a fourth-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2003.


Key Statistics: On a team that never found a true go-to scorer after the season-ending ankle injury to star Matt Anderson in December, Jarman quietly closed out the year with the third-most points on the Minutemen with 21. His 14 assists were tops on the team, and his seven goals tied him for fourth on the roster. It was no coincidence that Jarman picked up his play toward the end of the season when the Minutemen began to play their best hockey, as he tallied a point in five of the team’s last six games.

What He Does: Jarman breaks the mold of the stereotypical, small and skinny Hockey East forward. At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, the Toronto-born winger throws his body around on the ice like a defenseman, but he still has the scoring ability of a top forward. The coaching staff absolutely loves him, and they are drooling in anticipation to see how good he can be once his skills mature to meet his large frame. As are the Columbus Blue Jackets, who selected him in the fourth round (103rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft, making him the youngest member of the Minutemen to ever be selected.

The Bigger Picture: Last season was a forgettable one for the Minutemen, who suffered through a mind numbing amount of injuries. Only five players appeared in all 38 games, and Jarman was one of four who played in 37 contests. With the return of Anderson, the growth of last year’s rookies and the arrival of a highly acclaimed freshman class, UMass is expected to improve on last year's eighth-place Hockey East finish. Jarman should have no problem staying on one of the first two lines, and he has the natural ability to score double-digit goals for the first time in his collegiate career.

Massachusetts head coach Don Cahoon on Jarman: “I think he’ll be a little more consistent with his goal scoring. I think he’ll be on the scoresheet early in the season, and I think you’ll see him on the scoresheet throughout the season. I think you’ll also feel his presence because he is going to be one of the more physically stronger forwards in the entire league. I think you are going to feel his presence game to game.”

— Jeff Howe

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