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Nash will be counted on to provide more offense,
and maintain his good play in the defensive zone.
Key Statistics: Nash
played in 29 of Cornell's 31 games and had 14 points.
Both of his two goals came on the power play. He took
19 minor penalties for 38 minutes.
What He Does: When Sasha
Pokulok signed a pro contract after his sophomore year
following the 2005-06 season, there was room on the
Cornell blue line for a puck-moving defenseman who can
make good reads and has good hockey sense. That player
was Brendon Nash, who enjoyed a fine freshman season
under some duress as a key contributor on a very young
defense corps. With confidence from a strong second
half last year, and an increased understanding of the
physical and mental rigors of college hockey at an Ivy
League institution, Nash is poised for a great sophomore
The Bigger Picture: Brendon Nash will
be the second-most noticed Nash on the Big Red this
year, as his younger brother Riley arrives for his freshman
campaign after recently being drafted in the first round
of the NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers earlier
this summer. That doesn't mean that Brendon will be
the second-most important. Even though he's only a sophomore,
he'll be a top-four defenseman for the Big Red and will
be relied on to contribute at both ends of the ice.
Cornell assistant coach Brent
Brekke on Brendon Nash: "He really matured
in the second half of the season and took on added ice
time with the injuries on our defense and especially
to Jared Seminoff. People know about his puck-moving
ability and his hockey sense, but we were please with
how he played defensively and on the penalty kill."