The Milwaukee Admirals have announced that they have signed Boston College captain Teddy Doherty to a one-year AHL contract.
Press Release via Milwaukee Admirals:
Milwaukee, WI—The Milwaukee Admirals have signed defenseman Teddy Doherty to a American Hockey League Contract for the 2016-17 season.
This past season Doherty captained Boston College to the regular season Hockey East title and a berth in the Frozen Four. The Hopkinton, MA native led BC defenseman with 13 goals on the year and was second among team blueliners with 26 points, while posting a +17 rating and playing in all 40 games in four seasons at Boston College Doherty tallied 22 goals and 58 assists for 77 points in 144 games and helped the club to the NCAA tournament all four seasons and a pair of Frozen Four appearances.
The Admirals will open up the home portion of their 2016-17 season on Saturday October 29th at the UWM Panther Arena. The remainder of the schedule will be released later this summer.
Doherty is a 22-year old left-handed shooting defenseman who comes from two phenomenal hockey factories: Shattuck St. Mary’s and Boston College. Players who’ve come through the Shattuck St. Mary’s pipeline include Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, and Zach Parise. Following that experience he joined Boston College where he played in 144 games, scored 80 points (22 goals, 58 assists), and amassing 64 penalty minutes with a plus/minus rating of +52. He was team captain in the 2015-16 season and did make his pro debut at the ECHL level at the end of the season with the Missouri Mavericks.
One might make a quick assessment of this signing by looking at Doherty’s height, 5-9, and wondering if the Admirals are doubling up on a similar style defenseman in Trevor Murphy. They’re both small in size but skate well and have an eye for offense. If anything it is a really a nice depth signing with upside. It will bring into question a matter of speed versus strength, though. If you put Dogerty in the mix down the left, behind Murphy and Jimmy Oligny but over Jonathan Diaby, the Admirals don’t have a defenseman standing above 5-10. Size might not be everything but some variety does make a difference in my book.
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