Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins’ general manager David Dorsey thought Jayson Angus would be an impact rookie this season, but to have a Central States Hockey League-best 12 goals at this point?
Not a chance.
In fact, Dorsey said Angus would have more assists than the three he currently has.
“Though his stats do not indicate it, he is more of a playmaker than a goal scorer,” said Dorsey. “He has been hot for us and everything he has been shooting is ending up in the back of the net.”
A three-time Pennsylvania state champion at Latrobe High School, Angus played last season for the Jr. Penguins Junior B team in the Empire Junior Hockey League. He knew after the 2009-2010 season that moving up to the CSHL was a very reasonable goal for this year.
“I think it’s every hockey player’s dream to play Junior A hockey sometime in their careers and I’m no different,” Angus said. “I definitely pushed myself both on and off the ice and made it a goal to be able to play for the CSHL in Pittsburgh.
“I did not expect to have 12 goals this fast at all. I have just been fortunate enough to catch some bounces and be in the right spot at the right time and being able to capitalize on the opportunities I have had. I think this year I have focused a little bit more attention to detail and tried to take pucks to the net and find those soft areas where you can score some goals, but I would have to contribute most of my offense to my teammates and coaches for presenting me with those opportunities to be successful.”
Playing on a line mostly with league top scorer Charles Williams and D.J. Dinnison, Angus explained how all three complement each other. All three are in the top six among CSHL leading scorers.
“Charles is a guy who takes pucks to the net and battles each shift and works hard to be successful and D.J. is another one who likes to create a lot of offense and get pucks to the net,” Angus said. “They are both really skilled guys who have been fun to play with.”
Growing up, Angus always put points on the board, but in his mind, nothing that would make him something of a scoring machine.
“I think of myself as being more of a playmaker,” said Angus. “I like to control the puck and open up space for my teammates and get them the puck. This year, everything has just been finding its way to the back of the net for me. I don’t know that I would consider myself to ever be a big point-getter, but someone who can produce some points if that’s what I’m asked to do to help the team win games. That’s the most important thing.”
Winning games is something Pittsburgh did in bunches last year and the momentum has carried over into this season.
Still, Angus realizes it’s a long season and one where he is ready to help the Jr. Penguins to an extended season come late March.
“I think our team goal is a pretty simple one – that being to make it to the Hurster Cup and then to nationals,” Angus said. “I would just like to improve each and every day and be able to help my team in whatever way I can, whether that may be contributing offensively, or being held accountable defensively in my own end.”
“Jayson is a real strong skater and hard-working player,” said Dorsey. “He is sometimes overlooked as a player because of his size (5-foot-10, 155 pounds), but his skating and knowledge of the game more than make up for that.
“I believe that if given the chance, he can play at the next level because of his skating ability alone.”