This is the second season under Princeton’s current coaching staff, and the team has much of its roster returning. Several players stepped up last year, including underclassmen defensemn Tommy Davis and Joe Grabowski. This should be an even bigger year for the defensive pair, as well as co-captains Mike Ambrosia and Kyle Rankin.
Here are five Princeton players to watch this season:
1. Colton Phinney, G, Jr.
One of the best goaltenders in the ECAC, Phinney was Princeton’s lifeline. He kept Princeton in many of its games, helped the Tigers stay a defense-first team and served as a reliable backbone, especially important for a team learning a new system. Princeton’s best chance at winning comes from Phinney first, and when he’s at his best, they always have a chance. Since this will be Princeton’s second sason under Fogarty, the Tigers should be more stable and Phinney’s number should reflect that.
2. Tommy Davis, D, Jr.
Tommy Davis is Princeton’s best defenseman, and made up the top line with Joe Grabowski last season. Davis missed nearly his entire freshman year due to injuries and took time to adjust last year, but showed his speed and offensive ability at times. He’s the team’s fastest, best skating defenseman. His offensive production hasn’t been as expected, but it should pick up this season and add some much-needed offense for the Tigers.
3. Mike Ambrosia, F, Sr.
Mike Ambrosia has always been one of Princeton’s top forwards, but hasn’t played in a healthy season since donning orange and black. Through his three years he’s still played in 67 games, finishing with 29 points. He was a big part of a powerful Delbarton hockey championship program and is one of the more talented players on the team. If he can stay healthy, he should put up his best offensive numbers this season.
4. Joe Grabowski, D, So.
Joe Grabowski was the go-to freshman defenseman for Princeton and was tied for the team scoring lead amongst the rookies. In his first collegiate weekend, Grabowski proved he could play in all situations. The New Jersey native spent the season paried with Tommy Davis on the top line, bringing a staedy defensive presence. Grabowski will most likely continue in a top-pair role this season
5. Kyle Rankin, F, Sr.
The senior co-captain was tied for second in team scoring with 10 points, a career-high. Rankin also missed playing time due to an injury, but has usually been healthy over his time at Princeton. Rankin has improved in each of his seasons at Princeton, and should be one of several seniors with career seasons.
Others to watch:
David Hallisey (F, So.), Eric Robinson (F, S0.), Ben Foster (F, Jr.), Jonathan Liau (F, Sr.), Josh Teves (D, Fr.), Max Veronneau (F, Fr.), Alex Riche (F, Fr.), Ryan Kuffner (F, Fr.),