Léveillé had 40 points in 2003-04, good for 10th among Hockey East players.
Statistics: Ineligible as a freshman, he stepped
into the Maine lineup last year and finished second on the
team with 40 points (six goals, 34 assists). Earned Hockey
East Rookie of the Year honors.
Does: In the mold of an Adam Oates, Léveillé
is a pass-first, shoot-second centerman who makes players
around him better. If anything, he can be too unselfish –
he was eighth on the team in shots last year with 72, a figure
that head coach Tim Whitehead would like to see increase.
Picture: With the loss of goal scorers like Todd Jackson,
Colin Shields and Dustin Penner, Léveillé’s
playmaking will be counted on to help others find the back
of the net. While his patience and passing stand out, Léveillé’s
contributions don’t stop there. He sprained his knee
on the second shift of the national championship game last
spring, keeping him from taking faceoffs the rest of the way.
He could still play the wing, but the Black Bears felt his
absence in the circle, which is a testament to his all-around
coach Tim Whitehead on Léveillé: “He’s
got great hockey sense. He’s a fluid skater who can
make plays at high speed. He likes to have the puck on his
stick in key situations – and we like him to have it,
too, which works well.”