WNY Hockey Prospects

Matt Lane

 

Greece, NY

Position: Forward
Shoots: Right
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 175 lbs
Current Team: Boston University Terriers 
Previous Team: USNTDP U18 – USHL (2011 – 2012)

 

Junior Draft Status:

Drafted 2010 Round 5 #82 Overall by Brampton Battalion in OHL Priority Selection

 

Western New York Hockey Prospects Overall Rank: #15 Overall

 

Matt Lane was the hardest prospect on this list to find a spot for and could very likely play his way to a much higher ranking during the 2014-2015 post season. If you don’t know why this years NCAA Division I post season could effect Lane’s ranking so significantly, you clearly don’t know the player. Matt Lane is a clutch hockey player who always shows up in the big games and plays his best hockey on the biggest of stages. Much like Malone, Bardreau & Billitier, Lane developed his early game as a member of the USNTDP in Ann Arbor, Michigan. During his first season with USNTDP Lane won a Silver Medal with Team USA a the 2010 U17 World Hockey Championships. The following year Lane’s 3 goals and 4 assists in six games helped lead Team USA to a Gold Medal at the 2011 U18 World Junior Championships. Following his two year stint with the USNTDP Lane began his NCAA career at Boston University as a true freshman, an accomplishment in and of itself. Lane, currently a junior with the Terriers, might not put up eye popping stats during the regular season, but there is no doubt he plays his best when it’s needed. Lane was invited to the Pittsburgh Penguins 2013 Rookie Development Camp and never looked out of place on the ice with players like Scott Harrington, Derrick Pouliot and Olli Maatta. Lane will likely never be a player who scores 30 goals in an NHL season but based off of his past performances, I wouldn’t at all be surprised if Matt Lane makes me regret this #15 rankings three or four years from now.