- 2017-18 SEASON REVIEW: CAREER-YEAR FOR HARGROVE
- Jun 18, 2018
Jun 18, 2018
2017-18 SEASON REVIEW: CAREER-YEAR FOR HARGROVE
When Colton Hargrove had his contract non-tendered at the start of the 2017 offseason, it could have spelled the end of his time in Providence after just two seasons. Fortunately for the P-Bruins, that was not the case as he re-signed with the club on an AHL deal for the 2017-18 season and was a solid source of scoring. The 25-year old left wing knew he would have to produce if he wanted to consistently crack a deep lineup, but the versatility he showed early in the season allowed him to do just that.
Perhaps no month was better for Hargrove than November as he established himself as a physical goal-scoring threat while earning a constant spot in the lineup. He scored four goals to take over the team lead and led the P-Bruins in rating for the month. His biggest moment came on the road against Binghamton, as 1:22 into overtime Hargrove sent Providence home 2-1 winners with their first OT win of the season.
Hargrove continued to be a pleasant surprise and source of production throughout the year regardless of where he slotted into the lineup. Mainly a left wing on the third line, head coach Jay Leach also had him skate at right wing on all four lines throughout the course of the season. No matter where he was, he played a solid 200-foot game which was something the coaching staff was looking for him to improve upon. His goal scoring came from all different areas of the ice as well, showing of some soft hands in addition to his straight-line, power style.
Despite missing some time due to injuries, Hargrove still posted a career-year in scoring. He scored 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points (all personal bests) along with a plus-10 rating (also a personal best). On a per-game-basis, he nearly doubled his production from a season ago and was a crucial part of the P-Bruin’s success in 2017-18. Once again an unrestricted free agent entering the offseason, Providence will hope to bring him back as solid, third line winger to provide energy and goal scoring throughout the AHL season.
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