2016 NWHL Draft prospect profile: Hayley Scamurra
Scamurra will be making her Beauts debut this weekend
2016 NWHL Draft Info
Selected 10th overall by the Buffalo Beauts in the third round of the 2016 NWHL Entry Draft, Scamurra was the second Northeastern player to be drafted after Patty Kazmaier-winner Kendall Coyne was taken third overall by the Pride in 2015. Scamurra was the third pick by the Beauts in the 2016 draft; Buffalo also selected Lee Stecklein and Cayley Mercer prior to Scamurra, creating a strong pipeline of players on both sides of the ice.
Scamurra is a native of Williamsville, New York, and was excited to be drafted by her hometown team.
Scamurra was named the Best Defensive Forward in Hockey East after her senior campaign. In the 2016-17 season she amassed 31 points in 37 games, and was rewarded for her plus-19 rating in league play, 41 blocked shots, and 321 faceoff wins — more than any other Husky this year.
Scamurra has been anchoring the top line for several years and has been pivotal in setting up Northeastern’s elite scoring forwards. This year she played alongside Denisa Krizova, a Czech National player, and McKenna Brand, an emerging goal scorer; in the past, she played with Krizova and Coyne.
In her freshman season she was honored as part of the 2013-14 WHEA All-Rookie Team. That year, she paced the Husky rookies with 22 points on seven goals and 15 assists.
Scamurra centered one of the most potent top lines in her conference and the country and saw action in all on-ice situations. Scamurra was rewarded for her defensive prowess and ability to play in her own zone — and rightfully so, as she has always had a good understanding of defensive zone play — but her offense was also impressive. In total she scored 31 points on 8 goals and 23 assists. Three of those goals came on the powerplay, and one was a shorthanded tally. She also fired 134 shots on goal, second most on the team.
The Huskies advanced to the Beanpot Final and WHEA Championship games this season, but were defeated in both by the Boston College Eagles.
Scamurra has continued her development into a legitimate two-way threat on the ice, and will no doubt be a positive addition to the Beauts.
“I am blessed to be able to continue to play hockey in the NWHL after my college career and am honored to turn pro for my hometown team,” said Scamurra after her professional contract was announced.
“She is an explosive forward who excels at every aspect of the game,” said the Beauts, explaining why they added Scamurra.
Born December 14, 1994. 5’8”, 160 lbs, left-handed shot. Top-line center. Good passer. Creates a number of scoring opportunities. Elite defensive center, excels on faceoffs and limiting opposing scoring opportunities. Plays in all on-ice situations.
Beauts fans take a look! See Scamurra’s hard charging style earn her a gritty goal:
WATCH: Hayley Scamurra goes hard to the net and finishes on the rebound to put the Huskies ahead 3-2! #GoNU pic.twitter.com/ayOM7BIKYE— Northeastern WHKY (@GoNUwhockey) February 3, 2017