August 19, 2004

Jr. | D | Trenton, Mich.

It ain't easy beating Greene: the Miami defenseman owns a career plus-minus rating of +19..


Key Statistics: Followed up a 23-point effort in his first season at Miami with seven goals and 19 assists for the RedHawks last year. In two seasons, Greene boasts a combined plus-minus rating of +19. He was named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team as a freshman and in 2003-04 was an All-CCHA first team selection and earned a spot on the league's all-tournament team.

What He Does: There are CCHA defensemen with higher profiles, but the undrafted Greene is the league's best all-around blueliner. Greene, who'll turn 22 the day before Halloween, sees loads of ice time and keys the RedHawks' top power-play and penalty-killing units. A better skater than he's given credit for, Greene is a smart, mobile rearguard who can spark the team by blocking shots, delivering crushing hits or creating opportunities for teammates on offense.

The Bigger Picture: On the basis of skill alone, Greene is likely to repeat as an all-conference first-teamer and should receive serious consideration for All-America honors. But his most important attribute may be his leadership skills. Greene's teammates voted him an assistant captain as a sophomore; he'll wear the 'C' this season. Miami coach Enrico Blasi says Greene demands a lot from himself and the players around him. While the RedHawks will need contributions from returnees and newcomers to replace the offensive prowess of the departed Derek Edwardson, Greg Hogeboom and Mike Kompon, Blasi points out that the team's leadership framework, anchored by Greene, returns intact.

Miami coach Enrico Blasi on Greene: “He makes people around him better. The respect that he has in the locker room and from the coaches is huge. He's going to play at the next level. He's a player, period.”

— Mike Eidelbes

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