Tuesday, February 13, 2007

A Selke for Pandolfo?

At BU, he was a Hobey Baker finalist, a dynamic offensive player who found the net 38 times his senior year and added 29 assists. He was a weapon on defense, too, once recording a short handed hattrick against Northeastern.

In ten pro seasons, however, Jay Pandolfo’s contributions have been concentrated on the defensive side of the puck. Together with former Michigan Wolverine John Madden—his nemesis in the 1996 NCAA semifinal—Pando gives the Devils the NHL’s best penalty-killing duo. At full strength, he generally finds himself covering each opponent’s best right wing. Madden has received more recognition in the past, but now Pandolfo is being discussed as a potential Selke Award winner. NHL.com offers a profile of the Winchester native, including a mention of how Jack Parker still uses Jay’s career evolution in his recruiting efforts.

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