September 1, 2004

Michigan State
Sr. | F | Cheboygan, Mich.

Adam Nightingale, who transferred to Michigan State from Lake Superior State, scored 16 points in his first season with the Spartans.


Key Statistics: Scored 16 points in 36 games for the Spartans last season. Of his nine goals, three were game winners, two came on the power play and one was shorthanded.

What He Does: Nightingale, who sat out the 2002-03 season after transferring to Michigan State from Lake Superior State, proved to be a valuable commodity for coach Rick Comley because his ability to play in a variety of situations. In addition to his dependability, Nightingale wasted no time in becoming a leader for the Spartans. He served as an assistant captain for MSU last season, and will assume a similar role this year.

The Bigger Picture: He doesn’t boast five-star talent in any one phase of the game, but Nightingale is versatile. He’s a solid offensive contributor (a combined 31 points in his last season at Lake Superior State and his first year at MSU), responsible in the defensive zone and willing to play with an edge. Comley has used him on both the penalty-killing and power play units. That he also brings leadership qualities to the table is an added bonus. With only two seniors last season, the Spartans had a dearth of take-charge guys in the locker room, a shortage that manifested itself on the ice at times. The dependable, hard-working Nightingale and second-year captain Jim Slater should make leadership a strength this year.

— Mike Eidelbes

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