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Motherwell tied for fourth among Hockey East defensemen
with 19 assists. He also led BC rookies in that
Key Statistics: Motherwell
benefited from BC’s fast-paced game last season,
and by pushing the puck up the ice to the likes of Chris
Collins, Brian Boyle and Stephen Gionta, he recorded
19 assists – the most of any BC freshmen and tied
for fourth-most among Hockey East defensemen. He also
chipped in with four goals.
What He Does: He hardly
looked like a freshman last season, a statement that
isn’t often made about many Hockey East rookie
blueliners. At 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, he could certainly
lay the wood, but he could also provide an offensive
spark. A little more than seven minutes into the Eagles’
Frozen Four win over North Dakota last season, Motherwell
collected a loose puck in the neutral zone and eventually
blasted a high slapper over the shoulder of Jordan Parise
to stake BC to a 1-0 lead.
The Bigger Picture: The
youngsters in the Eagles’ locker room grew up
quickly last season; maybe none faster than Motherwell.
With the way Peter Harrold was looked at to lead the
blue line last year following the departure of Andrew
Alberts, Motherwell will be asked to do the same because
of Harrold’s absence. Along the same lines, since
Harrold is the only Eagle defenseman to fly away after
last year, a group that allowed just 2.26 goals per
game in 2005-06 might be even better. Of course, Cory
Schneider will have a lot to do with that.
Omaha coach Mike Hastings on
Motherwell, courtesy of Hockeysfuture.com:
“Brett’s decision-making process is one
where there isn’t a lot of panic in his game.
He has the ability to play a quick yet poised game.
He might not be 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-3, but he’s
a wide body that moves real well. He’s a powerful
skater, and his skating has never been a question. His
feet allow him to move east and west, but his strength
allows him to play bigger than he is. Brett’s
body strength is definitely one of his greatest assets.
His hockey sense, the ability to see the ice and other
people are also some of Brett’s greatest attributes.”