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Ross Colton Scores Stanley Cup Clincher

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Ross Colton Scores The Only Goal

Over the years New Jersey natives such as Jim Dowd of Brick, NJ helped win it with the New Jersey Devils in 1995. The other New Jersey native Trevor Van Riemsdyk who brought the Stanley Cup to Middletown, New Jersey with the Chicago Blackhawks. Ross Colton, a native of Robbinsville, New Jersey scored the only goal of game five of the Stanley Cup finals for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Stanley Cup To The Garden State

The Garden State center for the Tampa Bay Lightning will be the second New Jersey native to bring Lord Stanley’s Cup back to New Jersey. This is the type of hometown hero who is forever gonna be engraved on The Stanley Cup had 12 points in 30 games played during the regular season and six points in 23 games played during the playoffs. Yes, Colton may not boast the stardom of Johnny Gaudreau, and Bobby Ryan as the top-scoring forwards New Jersey has produced, but Ross Colton has grown and chipped in at the right moments.

When the New Jersey Devils first came in 1982 it took 13 years to eventually get a New Jersey native in Jim Dowd to become that guy. Now with another local boy helping his team win The Cup it also will not only build more interest in ice hockey in New Jersey but grow and help the game flourish for a lot of young kids to one daydream about achieving the ultimate prize as Ross Colton did.

The Future is Bright For Colton

Ross Colton has amassed 12.5% in shot percentage in 23 games played during The Stanley Cup Playoffs. He did underachieve a bit in the faceoff circle going up against other top centers from Montreal but he’s gonna win even more faceoffs as he gains more and more experience. Ross had 12 blocks and 46 hits in the playoffs which tells me he’s a very reliable physical and 2-way center. He’s gonna be a player that teams might look for if Tampa Bay doesn’t hold onto to see if he can become a bottom center to a mid 6 centerman. Ross Colton was a 4th round pick at 118 overall in the 2016 NHL Draft so this is why you hold onto mid-rounders, and why the second draft day is very important.

He’s gonna be a player that teams might look for if Tampa Bay doesn’t hold onto to see if he can become a bottom center to a mid 6 centerman. Ross Colton was a 4th round pick at 118 overall in the 2016 NHL Draft so this is why you hold onto mid-rounders, and why the second draft day is very important. Having seen Ross Colton play a crucial role in a decisive game that helped Tampa Bay clinch their 2nd Cup in a row now adding 3 to the franchise total in Tampa Bay. Watching Ross Colton grow into the Tampa Bay Lightning franchise won’t be an easy task for him to try and become a more full-time player, but with the Lightning over the cap currently, there will be moves to be made. 

Those kinds of moves are inevitable for a young man like Colton who can crack a roster spot at the NHL level on a full-time basis. However, the expansion draft and trades will create some roster spots for all the other 32 teams with the help of Seattle coming into the Nation Hockey League. This will be not only crucial to Ross Colton’s development in the 2021-2022 season but going forward into him trying to establish himself as a pro hockey player. 

For Colton, it is only a matter of when he makes an NHL lineup but gets in every other night and proves to coach Cooper that he is pro hockey material. Ross’s play will most certainly determine his fate going into training camp and will be something to prove in pre-season with the NHL beginning to renormalize their typical NHL schedule routines. The future is very bright for this young forward going forward in the early days of his NHL career and the future for this New Jersey native will only get better. 

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Former writer for Pucks and Pitchforks and The Puck Authority. I cover New Jersey Devils hockey and NHL Draft prospects. I have a podcast called Heads Up Hockey on Anchor.fm