The Vees Announced two new recruits for next year, as Jack Ramsey and Max Coatta, who were teammates at Minnetonka High School, will join the Vees for the 2013-2014 season. Ramsey is a right-winger and is forgoing his senior season of varsity hockey in Minnesota. Coatta, 18, is centerman by trade and just finished his four-year varsity career for “The Skippers,” where he set program career records for goals, assists and points.
The two are skilled forwards but are well-rounded and will fit into the Vees mold of being “two-way” players. Ramsey has a good frame, as he’s 6’2 and is still filling out. Despite his size he isn’t your prototypical power forward, as he himself says his game “revolves around vision and hockey sense.” A good skater as well, this is a player who can use his size to create space but also sounds like he has some play-making ability. Oh, his dad Mike played over one thousand games in the NHL for Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Detroit and was an Assistant Coach in the NHL with Buffalo and Minnesota from 1997-2010. Mike was a defenseman in his playing days so I’m sure Jack knows a thing or two about playing without the puck.
Coatta was a consistent point producer in high school, as he scored 89 goals in 113 games and as mentioned, is the Minnetonka all-time scoring leader. He scored 23 or more goals in three of his four seasons of varsity hockey and that’s a schedule with 30 or less games. Coatta averaged 1.68 points per-game during his time with ‘Tonka and was named to the Star-Tribune All-Metro Boys’ First Team this past season. Coatta was the Captain this past season and will be a guy that can help out in the scoring department. I’m not saying he’s going to put up the same type of numbers but his experience and natural scoring ability will no doubt be a boost. Also he is a centerman and that’s an area that Vees need filled after a couple of off-season departures in Mike Rebry and Jedd Soleway; good centerman are worth their weight in gold at this level.
I will try and get some tape from Head Coach Fred Harbinson on the two players in the next coming days.