Building the Herd – Connor StandingPosted: 28/05/2011
#?? Connor Standing
Born: Basingstoke, Hampshire
Announced as signed: Bison “Meet and Greet” event 25th May
Signing number 3 from the meet and greet was certainly a different one as Steve Moria announced that 16 year old netminder Connor Standing would be added to the Bison for the 2011-12 EPL season.
Standing, a product of the Bison junior system will be training with the team as 3rd netminder to cover in the event of injuries. A South West Conference and England goalie, Standing appeared in all 18 of the Bison U18’s league games this season finishing with an 0.846 save percentage and a 6.16 goals against average which saw him finish 10th in the goalie stats for South 1.
Living in Southampton I sadly get very few chances to watch the junior teams play. That said it hadn’t stopped word of Connor’s talents reaching me.
The Bison U18’s didn’t have an amazing season going 7-2-9 (they still have draws in the league at that level) finishing 6th.
This does put Connor’s personal stats a bit more in perspective I feel. Out of context you could read those stats and look down at them a bit like it’s nothing special. When you take into account some of the opposition they were facing along with fact that he faced on average 40 shots a game, you start to wonder how good the shots he let in were.
Now don’t get me wrong, bar a massive problem Connor will not see any action at all this season. This is all about development for young Mr Standing. With 2 more seasons of eligibility at U18 level left, there is no need to rush him into senior hockey. Skinns and Colclough are two very good netminders and working with the two of them can only aid his development as he moves towards playing ENL or EPL hockey in the future.
This is obviously going to be a shorter one than normal but just because we don’t know a great deal about him doesn’t detract from something worth pointing out. Moria isn’t stupid and ultimately this lad who has been called up to play conference and nationally for England must have something for Moria to add him to the roster and feel he is worth bringing on as part of the Bison senior side. All the best to Connor and welcome.