The following article was posted by www.northjersey.com featuring former Cornell standout Nick Lappin.
By: Abbey Mastracco
NEWARK -- If you’re looking at the numbers alone, Nick Lappin’s are looking like he’s ready for the next step in his hockey career. A 31-goal season and a 53-point season for Binghamton of the American Hockey League in 2017-18 is nothing to discount. It was a down year for the Binghamton Devils, but it’s still tough to produce like that in the NHL’s top development league.
The 25-year-old right wing out of Geneva, Illinois, picked up right where he left off on Monday night scoring twice -- once on the power play -- in the Devils’ preseason split-squad game against the Rangers at Prudential Center.
“The other night was a typical Nick Lappin game against the Rangers,” Hynes said. “He was feisty, he was getting to the net. He did score the two goals but he had two or three really great opportunities right in or around the net on rebounds. He played with the intensity level he needed to play with.”
The Devils need more offensive production outside of Taylor Hall, especially with Miles Wood’s contract status in flux. But it’s about more than just scoring. It’s about his skating and the intangible aspects needed to perform on a nightly basis in the NHL.
Lappin had an extended stint in the NHL in 2016-17, with four goals and seven points in 43 games. He spent six games with New Jersey last season. Each time he was called up, he started strong but faded.
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