Previewing Wild Prospects In NCAA Conference Tournaments
Image courtesy of Matt Christians-SB Nation College PuckBig Ten (March 17-19, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota)
D Nicholas Boka - University of Michigan (6th round pick in 2015 NHL Draft)
The freshman has played in all 34 games for the Wolverines this season, and will be on the blue line when Michigan plays either Penn State or Wisconsin in the semifinals on Friday. The Wild's 2015 sixth round pick has tallied just eight points (all assists) in those 34 games this season.
D Nolan De Jong - University of Michigan (7th round pick in 2013 NHL Draft)
De Jong (a junior this season), much like his teammate Boka, has played in all 34 games for Michigan this season. All of his 11 points on the season have come via assist as well.
D John Draeger - Michigan State University (3rd round pick in 2012 NHL Draft)
Much like the rest of the Big Ten, it was a down year for the Spartans (10-22-4 record entering the tournament). Draeger manned the MSU blue line for all 36 games this season, tallying eight points (1G-7A). Barring a Cinderella run to the championship, this will be the final weekend Draeger (a senior) puts on the green and white.
D Jack Sadek - University of Minnesota (7th round pick in 2015 NHL Draft)
The former Lakeville North defenseman was in and out of the Gophers lineup this season, as he just played in 15 games. During those 15 games, he tallied five assists for Minnesota. It is unclear as to if he will be in the lineup for the Gophers' semifinal matchup on Friday night.
D Nick Seeler - University of Minnesota (5th round pick in 2011 NHL Draft)
Due to being redshirted for 2014-15 after transferring from Nebraska-Omaha, Seeler will have one more season in college, should he elect to stay next season. He scored 10 points (all assists) in 34 games for Minnesota this season.
ECAC (March 18-19, Herb Brooks Arena, Lake Placid, New York)
F Louis Nanne - RPI (7th round pick in 2012 NHL Draft)
Nanne tallied two assists in RPI's loss to Harvard last weekend, which eliminated them from the ECAC tournament. RPI is currently ranked 25th in the Pairwise, so they are going to be on the outside looking in when the NCAA tournament is announced on Sunday. Nanne scored six goals and 17 assists in 40 games for the Engineers this season.
Hockey East (March 18-19, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts)
F Adam Gilmour - Boston College (4th round pick in 2012 NHL Draft)
Gilmour manned the top line center position for the Eagles most of this season. In 37 games, the junior registered 12 goals and 13 assists for Boston College. The Eagles are the top seed in the Hockey East tournament, and take on Northeastern in the semifinals on Friday night.
F Jordan Greenway - Boston University (2nd round pick in 2015 NHL Draft)
In his first season with the Terriers, Greenway tallied 25 points (5G-20A) in 38 games. Boston University was defeated in the quarterfinals of the Hockey East Tournament last weekend by UMass-Lowell, but they should find a way into the NCAA tournament with an at-large bid.
F Mario Lucia - Notre Dame (2nd round pick in 2011 NHL Draft)
All eyes will be on Lucia, in what could be his final weekend with the Irish. Notre Dame currently sits 12th in the Pairwise and will need some top seeds to win the other tournaments this weekend to help them get in the NCAAs, as they lost to Northeastern in the quarterfinals last weekend. For the season, Lucia has 12 goals and 12 assists in 36 games.
F Alex Tuch - Boston College (1st round pick in 2014 NHL Draft)
Entering this weekend, Tuch has scored six points (2G-4A) in his past seven games. For the season Tuch (sophomore) has scored 14 goals and 16 assists for the top ranked Eagles (5th in the Pairwise).
NCHC (March 18-19, Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota)
D Louis Belpedio - Miami University (3rd round pick in 2014 NHL Draft)
Belpedio and the RedHawks were defeated in the quarterfinals last weekend, by Minnesota-Duluth two games to zero. Miami is not going to make it into the NCAA's, so Belpedio's sophomore season has come to an end. In 34 games this season, Belpedio scored four goals and 13 assists.
D Carson Soucy - University of Minnesota-Duluth (5th round pick in 2013 NHL Draft)
The Bulldogs need at least a win over North Dakota this weekend to help their chances of making the NCAA tournament next week. Soucy and the Bulldogs have the Fighting Hawks on Friday afternoon, in what should be a spirited matchup between two old WCHA teams. Soucy, a junior, has netted two goals and nine assists for the Bulldogs this season (34 games).
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