Talented Ferris State Sophomore Earning Deserved Recognition

Ferris State University's Zach Redmond (Traverse City), who will enter his sophomore year as a member of the 2008-09 Bulldog men's ice hockey team was recently recognized as part of Inside College Hockey.com's (INCH) "A to Z 2008-09 Preview".

Redmond earned 2007-08 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) All-Rookie Team Honorable Mention plaudits and was also named Ferris State's Rookie of the Year for the 2007-08 campaign. He led all Bulldog defensemen in scoring with 19 points on six goals and 13 assists in 37 outings. Redmond placed sixth in team scoring and produced the second highest points total among FSU's freshmen skaters a season ago.

The Bulldog defender tie for fourth place on the squad with three multiple-point game performances while his plus 14 efficiency rating represented a tie for second best on the squad.

Redmond played a key role in guiding Ferris State to an 18-16-5 overall record for the 2007-08 season as the Bulldogs placed fifth in the CCHA standings with a 12-12-4 league mark (28 points).

The 6-1, 190-pound defenseman was selected as the third player in the final round of the 2008 National Hockey League (NHL) Draft, which was held June 20-21 in Ottawa, Ontario.

Here's what INCH writer James V. Dowd wrote about Redmond.

Zach Redmond
Zach Redmond, a 2007-08 CCHA All-Rookie Team member, should once again play a pivotal role in Ferris State's upcoming 2008-09 season.

Key Statistics: As a freshman, Redmond delivered on expectations that he had a great offensive upside, leading Ferris State's defensemen and finishing sixth in his team's scoring race with 19 points. And while many, including his coaches, thought he may be suspect in his own end of the ice, the sophomore-to-be finished tied for second on the squad with a plus-14 rating.

What He Does: Standing at 6-1 and 191 pounds, Redmond has adequate size to play a physical game, but chooses to defend with more finesse. He takes advantage of excellent stick skills to strip opponents of the puck. In addition to disarming opponents’ forwards, Redmond uses this ability to steal the puck to contribute to the breakout and offensive game. While many defenders rely on beating people to loose pucks, Redmond can build offensive momentum quickly by taking pucks directly from opponents and clearing them to forwards emerging from their own zone.

The Bigger Picture: One key to Redmond’s defensive success last season was good chemistry with defense partner and fellow freshman Scott Wietecha. While it would be ideal to keep the two together this coming year, there may be difficulty in doing so because they’re both right-handed shots. The pair was able to overcome this obstacle last year, but there is some concern that if two left-handed shots are then forced to skate together, they might struggle in covering the zone. Regardless of who he plays with, Redmond should enjoy success, and he gets along well with his teammates and is respected as a team leader – so much so that he’ll be rewarded with a 'A' for the '08-'09 season.

Ferris State Coach Bob Daniels on Redmond: "I see him improving on those offensive numbers. He's not the kind of kid to have a sophomore jinx or get full of himself. He'll continue to push himself and work hard, and won't come in thinking he's figured it out."

The entire article can be viewed by clicking on this link at Inside College Hockey.com.

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