The NWHL announced before the start of this season that the league would be expanding the number of games the teams will play. I want to take a look at the players stats to see how players are taking advantage of the extended schedule and possible expanded roles on their respective teams. The player we are looking at in this case is Boston’s Emily Fluke.
Emily Fluke played for Middlebury College, where she scored 54 goals and added 61 assists for 115 points, which is good enough for 7th all time in points, during her four years of college hockey. (According to Elite Prospects.) She came into the league after a small hiatus from college hockey and signed for the Connecticut Whale.
She had a great rookie year, in which she played 16 games that season. Being a player that can do everything, playing every forward position. She also played on the powerplay and she could penalty kill when called upon. She would go on to notch 4 goals and added 7 assists for 11 points for the season. She played in the playoff game against the Metropolitan Riveters, and unfortunately was unable to get on the score sheet, as the Whale would bow out. The Riveters would go on to win the championship that season. For her rookie year, she lead or was tied for the lead in every major offensive category for the Whale! Incredible.
She would re-sign for the Whale in the off-season, coming back for her sophomore season in the league. She would later be named team Captain, and earned herself top line minutes. She played most of the year with top players like Katerina Mrázová, Nina Rodgers, and Michelle Löwenhielm. Some players might have a dip in their second season, dubbed the “sophomore slump,” however Fluke’s ability to be on the score sheet shined. She played 16 games that season too, in which she tallied 3 goals and added 8 assists for 11 points on the year again.
That season, Fluke would be named an All Star by the NWHL fans and would showcase her skills in Nashville!
In the playoff game against those pesky Riveters, she would get on the score sheet, scoring a goal. Unfortunately, the Whale would bow out against the Rivs again. While she did not lead the team in every major offensive category again, she proved that she was one of the hardest working players on the team, with a complete 200 ft game.
In her third year in the league, she would not re-sign with the Whale in favor of playing closer to home, signing for the Boston Pride.
So far this season, she has played 20 games, mostly on the second line, but that hasn’t stopped the incredible offensive output she is producing. She has tallied 9 goals and has added 14 assists for 23 points so far, and the Pride still have 3 more games to play! She is currently right now producing over a point per game! She’s been skating mostly with Alyssa Wohlfeiler and Mary Parker this season. The line has had incredible chemistry and scoring as it has so far helped the Boston Pride obtain an incredible record of 20-1-0 this season.
She has definitely taken full advantage of having an expanded schedule. She is primed for many great things for the rest of the year. She is primed to have a legitimate run at the Isobel Cup this season! I very much look forward to seeing how she’ll do with the remaining 3 games.