No World Juniors Hangover For Boston's Jordan Greenway
In his first 16 games this season, the New York native scored at a point per game with six goals and 10 assists for 16 points. Greenway averaged 2.75 shots per game and had a plus-5 rating in that time.
His impressive play was rewarded by his selection to Team USA for the 2017 World Junior Championship. Greenway's breakout effort saw him finish second on the team in scoring with three goals and eight points in seven games, an effort that helped capture the gold medal, America's first since 2013.
In six games since the tournament, Greenway has scored a goal and five assists, fired off 15 shots and gone plus-4, a big reason why the Terriers are 5-1 in that time.
He is visibly more confident in himself and is doing everything right as he continues to improve his overall game.
His path to MinnesotaGreenway was drafted in the second round of the 2015 NHL draft by the Minnesota Wild.
The 6-foot-5, 229-pound left-winger models his game after Philadelphia Flyers power-forward Wayne Simmonds. At just 19 years old, Greenway is still maturing into his own body, yet he already has three inches and roughly 30 pounds on Simmonds.
Simmonds uses his size to go hard to the net, finish every hit and never allow the opposition a shift off. Greenway has already learned how to bring it every game and he did it on an international stage where he shined brightly.
When a player comes in Greenway's size it often sparks criticism of skating and natural skill. That's not the case for the promising prospect. While he's certainly big and heavy on the puck on and along the boards, he packs a lot of talent.
Greenway has strong offensive ability with a powerful shot and smooth passing game. His defensive play is often overlooked, as well, but he never gives up on plays, evidenced by having only found himself with a minus in five of his 22 games this season.
Minnesota will likely ask Greenway to stay in college and graduate before joining their AHL affiliate the Iowa Wild or even push for a roster spot with Minnesota.