Sr. | F | Jefferson Hills, Pa.
Zeiler and the Saints have high expectations for 2005-06.
Statistics: Zeiler led the Saints with 23 assists
last year and was second on the team in overall scoring (32
points) to linemate T.J. Trevelyan. Five of his nine goals
were scored on the power play.
What He Does: Zeiler is a prototypical first-line
forward. He’s skilled, turns in a consistent effort,
and wants the puck on his stick in big situations. He was
probably overshadowed in past seasons by Trevelyan and Rich
Peverley, but as a senior, this Phoenix Coyote draft pick
is due for a big year.
The Bigger Picture: The Saints are, “on
paper,” one of the most talented teams in the ECAC Hockey
League. It starts at the top, with Zeiler and Trevelyan. Those
two players – and a pair of excellent defensemen in
senior Mike Madill and junior Drew Bagnall – know that
the time is now if they want to challenge for an ECACHL championship.
The quartet is taking the responsibility on their shoulders
and it will be a tremendous disappointment to them if they
don’t lead their team to the league’s championship
weekend in Albany.
St. Lawrence head coach Joe Marsh on Zeiler:
"John Zeiler is going to be a big factor for us this
season, as he has been in the past. He brings a lot to the
table. He is a tough, honest hockey player who plays a physical
game and has excellent offensive talent. He works extremely
well with T.J. Trevelyan, and we feel the two of them will
be among the top forwards in the east this season."