Prospect Viewing: Sean Lorenz

Sean Lorenz, Defense
6'1", 207 Pounds 3/10/1990 Littleton, CO
Notre Dame

Lorenz, the Captain of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, was in town on The 7th to play the University of Minnesota in the Hall of Fame Game. A former member of the US National Team Development Program, Lorenz was voted the CCHA's Top Defensive Defenseman last year. He was selected in the 4th Round, 115th overall, by Minnesota in the 2008 Entry Draft.

Talent Analysis: Lorenz has good size to him, and has good mobility, which makes him a solid prospect. He uses the mobility to force puck carriers wide, and eliminating them from the play or using the center of the ice. Willing to engage physically, but he showed a tendency to roam a bit; it wasn't uncommon to find him along the walls by the faceoff circles in engagement despite the puck being elsewhere in the defensive zone. Not as stay at home as one would like to see, but he wasn't a complete defensive liability because seemingly there was always a forward who covered for Lorenz when he left position. Is mobile laterally, and willing to rush the puck up the ice; almost seems to relish it. Can make a good first pass. Lacks the natural intuition that a true offensive defenseman has- Lorenz is kind of stuck in the middle where he wants to play like that but is better suited toward being more of a shutdown type, where his mobility and physicality is best utilized. Doesn't have another gear when he has to skate flat out. Sees ice time in all important situations, including Power Play and Special Teams. The running joke was that he is "The King of The Secondary Assist", but it also speaks to the fact that he does things that lead to goals, like keeping the puck in the offensive zone, gets a shot in on goal creating a rebound, etc.

Lorenz has some potential to him, and frankly I would be shocked if he wasn't signed by The Fletcher Regime so that potential could be explored. Like I said, Lorenz is seemingly stuck in-between two roles, and maybe like a Greg Zanon, who put up points at the NCAA level, just needs to be coached up and put into a role that is more defense/shutdown oriented. For a cupboard that is suddenly forward heavy, a prospect like Sean Lorenz would be a welcome addition to Houston, where Head Coach John Torchetti, who relishes the teaching aspect of Coaching, can mold him into an NHL-caliber player.

photo courtesy of Dave Reginek

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