The way Amarillo Bulls coach Rocky Russo sees it, Logan Jenuwine loves to score goals, whether it is in practice, in regular-season games or, as was the case earlier this week, at the North American Hockey League Top Prospects Tournament.
“He’s big, he’s strong, he protects the hockey puck extremely well,” Russo said of his 20-year-old forward from Romeo, Michigan. “He genuinely loves to score goals. Whether it’s practice or games, he does all the things that are necessary to put the puck in the net.”
That is something Jenuwine has done 43 times in 46 regular-season games, or eight more times than any other player in the NAHL.
The co-leading scorer in the NAHL regular season showed off his point-producing prowess at the Top Prospects Tournament in Attleboro, Massachusetts, on Monday and Tuesday.
Jenuwine, of the division-leading Bulls, helped the South Division go 2-0 in the event. The NAHL points leader with 81 and the Johnstown Tomahawks’ Carson Briere, the NAHL’s number three scorer with 75, were the only two players in the event to produce four points in their two games.
The spotlight was great, but Russo insists he sees Jenuwine pile up goals in any setting.
“He has very good habits in practice,” Russo said. “His compete level is very high and he shoots the puck like a pro. When you combine all those factors together, you get a season like he has produced to this point.”
Playing at an event that drew more than 220 scouts from the National Hockey League, National Collegiate Athletic Association, additional colleges and other junior leagues, Jenuwine got right to work.
Jenuwine scored the South’s first goal early in Monday’s 4-0 win over the Select Red and fired the shot that turned into a rebound goal and an assist for a 2-0 lead.
The next day, Jenuwine assisted both South goals in a 2-1 overtime win over the Midwest.
Jenuwine credits much of his success to choosing the right situation when it came time to find a team after things didn’t work out with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League during training camp.
Positive reviews from other Michigan players on the Bulls roster led Jenuwine back to the NAHL after playing 74 games for three different USHL teams in the previous two seasons.
Now, the season he has put together and the show he put on in Massachusetts have Jenuwine looking carefully at his next hockey-related decision.
The recruiting interest was already on the rise for Jenuwine because of his play in Amarillo, something for which he said he also has to be thankful to linemate Gabriel Seger.
“He’s in my opinion probably the best centerman in the league,” Jenuwine said. “He has a very high percentage on faceoffs and he’s very good in the defensive zone.
“I feel like we work very well together. He’s very strong in the offensive zone like I am. We’re both big bodies and we can grind things out.”
Jenuwine, who had 17 points in 19 games in his previous time in the NAHL, brought many of those offensive skills with him to Amarillo. He said he has been trying to work on becoming stronger defensively.
While doing so, the point totals keep going up.
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