CHN Rookie of the Year: Sam Anas
CHN Staff Report
In a season filled with a number of high-end rookie defensemen, it was a forward that stood just a bit above them all.
Quinnipiac freshman Sam Anas, fresh off a 22-goal season that led the nation for freshmen, was named CHN's Rookie of the Year today.
Anas bested a number of players who had seasons equally worthy of the award, such as Boston College's Ian McCoshen, Colorado College's Jaccob Slavin, and St. Lawrence's Gavin Bayreuther. BC goalie Thatcher Demko certainly earned some attention as well, as did forwards JT Compher of Michigan, Hudson Fasching of Minnesota, Mario Puskarich of Vermont and Mike Szmatula of Northeastern.
At just 5-foot-8, 150 pounds, Anas is a 20-year old free agent from Potomac, Md., the same hometown as former ECAC star Jeff Halpern. He played most of the season on a line with Kellen and Connor Jones.
"Sam just scores points, scores goals and makes plays," Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold said. "He is a really nice complement to Connor and Kellen, who have long been two of our best players."
Anas came out of the gate with four points in his first ECAC game, against Colgate on Nov. 1. He had a midseason stretch of scoring a goal in five straight games, and finished with 22-21—43.
"Sam is very opportunistic and does the little things well," Pecknold said. "When he gets chances, he can finish. He is probably our best pure goal scorer."
Quinnipiac finished the season 24-10-6, losing to Providence in the First Round of the NCAA tournament last Friday.
Anas becomes the first forward to win CHN's ROTY since Notre Dame's T.J. Tynan in 2011.