August 6, 2007

Jr. | F | Two Harbors, Minn.

Carlson's nine goals ranked fourth on the Catamounts last season.


Key Statistics: Carlson finished fifth on the team in scoring last year with nine goals and eight assists for 17 points. He registered six goals and nine assists in his freshman year.

What He Does: The 5-foot-10, 175-pound right winger is an intelligent player, and he can impact the power play as a result. Carlson was second on the team with five extra-man goals last season. He was a proven scorer during his time in the USHL in 2004-05, racking up 27 goals and 45 assists, but he hasn’t yet exploded onto the college scene in that regard.

The Bigger Picture: Part of a very talented junior class, it says a lot that Kevin Sneddon named him, along with fellow junior Dean Strong, an assistant captain on this season’s squad. On a team that struggled to score last year – 2.23 goals per game, seventh in Hockey East – and faced with the loss of leading scorer and co-captain Torrey Mitchell (12-23—35), Carlson’s impact will be key to the Catamounts’ success. Vermont will need Carlson to grow both from sophomore to assistant captain, and as a scorer as well.

Vermont head coach Kevin Sneddon on Carlson, from a team release: “Dean Strong and Corey Carlson will be our assistant captains next season. Both have been immediate impact players for our program since their arrival and we expect big things from them this upcoming season. We have been extremely fortunate to have great leadership within our program for the past four years, and this leadership group will continue that trend. Our staff is very excited to work closely with these student-athletes as we continue our quest to win a championship.”

— Jeff Howe