Victor's David Farrance enjoyed his time at the NHL Scouting Combine

Will attend Boston University in the fall

Paul Hamilton
June 05, 2017 - 11:10 am

Photo courtesy of USA Hockey (Rena Laverty)


Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - A local defenseman took part in last week’s NHL Scouting Combine. Dave Farrance grew up about an hour away in Victor and has always been a Sabres fan.

If you’re hoping Farrance gets drafted by his hometown team there’s one thing that says it may not happen. Farrance said he was not interviewed by the Sabres last week. I’m a little surprised by that because Farrance although undersized, is a puck moving defenseman.

Farrance is a defenseman so it may be a surprise who he looked up to growing up, “My favorite player was Derek Roy. He wore my favorite number, number 9, he was just a great player I thought growing up.”

Farrance was a kid the last time the Sabres were good with Chris Drury and Danny Briere. He said, “I miss those days, hopefully they come back soon, but I think the Sabres are headed in the right direction.”

Central Scouting has Farrance ranked as the 46th best North American skater while the Hockey News has him 77th overall. He liked being able to go through this process close to home, “It’s pretty cool. I played at the HarborCenter growing up with the Syracuse Stars and it’s pretty cool to come back and see how much the building’s grown and the changes they’ve made.”

Farrance didn’t get to speak to the Sabres, but he did talk to 17 teams. He said, “They were pretty similar, a lot of the same questions, but I think all the staff for each team does a great job with the interviewing process and all the questions.”

Farrance is a puck moving defenseman because he knows that’s what the pro game has become, “The game these days is growing.” Farrance said.  “I think it’s important that there are offensive defensemen and good skating defensemen, puck movers and I think it’s really growing towards that side for defensemen.”

For the past two seasons Farrance has played for the U.S. National Program. On the Under-17 team he had four goals and nine assists for 13 points in 31 games. On the Under-18 team he had one goal and 16 assists for 17 points in 25 games. Farrance said he’s glad he got the opportunity to play in that elite program, “It really did help, it matured me as a person and as a player, I really developed all parts of my game and the coaching staff does an excellent job there, so I was lucky to be there.”

By playing well in the U.S. National Program, Farrance earned a chance to play at BU in the fall. He said, “I love the city of Boston, I love being close to Fenway. I know a couple of guys on the BU team already, they’re all great guys and I’m excited to be a part of that.”

Farrance is listed at 5’11, 187. He said he doesn’t worry about the criticism that he’s too small, “I think height and size, it matters in the game, but I think the game is growing to a little more, not the smaller side, but a little more speed and creativity.”

“I’ve been able to deal with it fine and I think it’s no problem for me, but it is what it is and hopefully, I can play with some bigger guys.”

Knowing the kind of style Farrance plays it only makes sense that he patterns his game after somebody. Farrance said, “I think I would like to play like Erik Karlsson, it’s a bit of a stretch, but, why not?”

“I like how he skates, how he controls the puck. When the puck’s on his stick he can control games, so I like that part of his game.”

Chances are pretty good that in the first round the Sabres will be looking at Cale Makar, Miro Heiskanen, Timothy Liljegren or Cal Foote, but in the late rounds? Who knows. Maybe the local kid will come into play.

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