In practice leading up to and during the preseason exhibition matchup with the Royal Military College of Canada this past Saturday, Pritchard skated on the starting line with John Leonard and Philip Lagunov. Leonard, who was drafted 182nd overall by the San Jose Sharks this past summer, took note of Pritchard’s previous success at St. Lawrence.
The sophomore considers Pritchard to be a “great locker room guy,” someone that is always fun to be around — but mostly importantly, Lagunov considers him a good teammate, who had “no problem fitting in.”
“Last year I played with Phil the entire year and then right now he's in the middle of [me and Pritchard],” Leonard said. “I've got some [chemistry] with Phil and now also playing with Pritchard for about a month or so. He's a great player who likes to shoot the puck, same as me, likes to create offense. So, I think we'll work well together this year."
Putting Leonard, who led UMass in scoring last year with 28 points (13 goals and 15 assists), on the same line as Pritchard was a move that Carvel believes teams will take notice of come the season.
Carvel is pleased with how much depth has been added to his group of scorers, with the transfer of Pritchard as well as the addition of Bobby Trivigno and Anthony Del Gaizo this offseason. But Pritchard, who notched a goal and assist during the exhibition game, might be even more thrilled about it.
“I was on a team that won eight games, so it's tough you're always looking at what other teams are doing,” Pritchard recalled. “I want to create offense, score goals, be in the top six. Just produce offensively, that's what I'm best at and that's why I'm here."