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2022 Frozen Four – Top NHL prospects to watch in Boston


The 2022 Frozen Four in Boston is brimming with top-notch talent as more than 40 members of the four teams competing for the Men’s College Hockey National Championship — Michigan, Minnesota, Denver and Minnesota State — have been drafted by NHL teams.

Much of that buzz has centered on the Wolverines, who feature four of the top five picks in the 2021 draft, but Minnesota has the most rookies on its roster with 14, followed by Michigan with 13 and Denver with 12. .

Minnesota State has only two players who have been drafted, but the Mavericks are led by one of the most intriguing free agents in senior guard Dryden McKay. The NCAA’s all-time leader with 34 shutouts, McKay has a career record of 112-19-4, with a 1.45 goals-against average and .933 save percentage, and is one of three finalists from Hobey Baker for the second time.

Another undrafted free agent who should get a lot of attention after this weekend is Big Ten Player of the Year Ben Meyers, who led Minnesota’s offense with 17 goals and 41 points. His profile rose with a strong showing for Team USA at the Beijing Olympics.

The Frozen Four semifinals are on Thursday, with Michigan taking on Denver at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2, followed by Minnesota meeting Minnesota State at 8:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The winners face off for the national title Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Here are the NHL Drafts to watch during games in Boston (players listed with round, overall pick and year they were drafted and their stats from that season):

2022 Frozen Four – Top NHL prospects to watch in Boston Michigan

D Owen Power, Sabers
First Round, No. 1, 2021
3-29–32; +27; 32 GPs

The first pick in last year’s draft, Power was a dominant two-way player on Michigan’s blue line in addition to being a key contributor for Canada at the Beijing Olympics. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 214 pounds, he certainly won’t be moved to the NHL.

C Matty Beniers, Kraken
First Round, No. 2, 2021
20-23–43; +30; 36 GPs

The first draft pick in the Kraken expansion, Beniers is expected to join Seattle after the Frozen Four. He leads the Wolverines in points, and our Greg Wyshynski said Beniers was consistently one of Team USA’s best forwards on both sides of the ice in Beijing.

Dr. Luke Hughes, Devils
First Round, No. 4, 2021
17-22–39; +28; 40 GP

With NHL-level skating and puck handling, Hughes has established himself as perhaps the best offensive defenseman in the country. He won’t turn 19 until September, so he might take another year at school to get bigger and stronger.

C Kent Johnson, Blue Jackets
First Round, No. 5, 2021
8-29–37; +26; 31 GP

Johnson is another Wolverine who could be in the NHL this time next week. He was third nationally in assists per game and was one of Team Canada’s best players at the Olympics, averaging five points in five games despite averaging just under 14 minutes in time. of ice.

C Brendan Brisson, Golden Knights
First round, n°29, 2020
21-21–42; +19; 37 GP

Leading Michigan with 21 goals, Brisson is a legitimate NHL prospect who scored twice in Beijing, including Team USA’s game-winning game against Canada, and has always been impressive with the puck, according to Wyshynski .

C Thomas Bordeleau, Sharks
Second round, n°38, 2020
11-25–36; +18; 36 GPs

Another Team USA Olympian, Bordeleau had two solid years at Michigan, coming off a 30-point (in 24 games) campaign in 2020-21 with 36 points (and counting?) this season.

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G Erik Portillo, Sabers
Third round, n° 67, 2019
31-9-1; 2.13 GAA; 0.926% savings.

Dr. Ethan Edwards, Devils
Fourth round, n° 120, 2020
3-8–11; +2; 35 GP

Dr. Jacob Truscott, Canucks
Fifth round, n° 144, 2020
2-15–17; +29; 39 GPs

W/L Johnny Beecher, Bruins
First round, n°30, 2019
6-9–15; +3; 33 GPs

C Dylan Duke, Lightning
Fourth round, n°126, 2021
10-9–19; +7; 40 GP

RW/C Mackie Samoskevich, Panthers
First round, n°24, 2021
10-19–29; +10; 39 GPs

AD Eric Ciccolini, Rangers
Seventh round, n° 205, 2019
Limited to four games due to injury


2022 Frozen Four – Top NHL prospects to watch in Boston Minnesota

D Brock Faber, Kings
Second round, n° 45, 2020
2-12–14; +11; 31 GP

The fluid-skating, cerebral defenseman led Team USA with 24:45 of ice time per game at the Olympics. Although his offensive numbers aren’t obvious, he’s a rock on defense and would seem to be comfortable as an NHL defenseman.

W/L Matthew Knies, Maple Leafs
Second round, n° 57, 2021
14-18–32; +16; 32 GPs

Knies, who scored a SportsCenter-worthy goal late in the third period of Minnesota’s overtime win over UMass in regionals, has the size (6-3, 210) and strength to play in the NHL. “I’m ready to jump,” he said recently, according to TSN. Nick Abruzzese, who played with Knies for Team USA in Beijing, told TSN that Knies is “really gifted and kind of a moose on the ice.”

Dr. Ryan Johnson, Sabers
First Round, No. 31, 2019
3-16–19; +6; 38 GPs

Paired with Faber on the blue line, Johnson has been a key cog in the Gophers’ rock-solid defense. He’s also adept at getting pucks out of the zone with solid skating and smart passing.

D Jackson LaCombe, Ducks
Second round, n° 39, 2019
3-27–30; +25; 38 GPs

LaCombe continues to improve his offensive game, leading the Gophers in assists as well as over/under. He also has a great impact on defense; his 63 blocked shots are by far the most of any Frozen Four player.

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Dr. Ben Brinkman, stars
Sixth round, n° 173, 2019
1-7–8; +7; 36 GPs

Dr. Mike Koster, Maple Leafs
Fifth round, n° 146, 2019
3-11–14; +18; 35 GP

RW Bryce Brodzinski, Flyers
Seventh round, n° 196, 2019
12-13–25; +7; 38 GPs

F Tristan Broz, Penguins
Second round, n° 58, 2021
6-5–11; +6; 35 GP

F Aaron Huglen, Sabers
Fourth round, n° 102, 2019
7-9–16; +16; 36 GPs

LW/C Blake McLaughlin, ducks
Third round, n° 79, 2018
13-20–33; +9; 38 GPs

RW/D Jack Perbix, Ducks
Fourth round, n° 116, 2018
5-7–12; +3; 37 GP

AG Rhett Pitlick, Canadians
Fifth round, n° 131, 2019
5-13–18; +20; 29 GP

C Sammy Walker, Lightning
Seventh round, n° 200, 2017
14-13–27; +14; 38 GPs

C Chaz Lucius, Jets
First round, n°18, 2021
9-10–19; +5; 24 GP (out since February 12 with injury)


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RW Bobby Brink, Flyers
Second round, n° 34, 2019
14-42–56; +25; 39 GPs

Brink was one of three finalists for Hobey Baker and led the NCAA in scoring, making a big leap from his first two seasons in Denver (35 points combined).

AG Carter Savoy, Oilers
Fourth Round, No. 100, 2020
22-22–44; +19; 37 GP

Savoie, who turned 20 on March 28, was the youngest college hockey player to score 20 goals. He’s stepped up his two-way game this season, going from a 0 plus/minus as a freshman to +19 this season.

AG Carter Mazur, Red Wings
Third round, n°70, 2021
14-22–36; +20; 39 GPs

Mazur is a quick and nimble skater who had a great freshman season, giving the high-octane trailblazers some scoring depth behind their top line (Brink, Cole Guttman and Savoie).

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G Magnus Chrona, Sharks
Fifth round, n° 152, 2018
26-8-1; 2.16 GAA; .909 save pct.

Dr. Sean Behrens, Avalanche
Second round, n° 61, 2021
3-26–29; +8; 35 GP

Dr. Mike Benning, Panthers
Fourth round, n°95, 2020
14-20–34; +28; 39 GPs

D Shai Buium, red wings
Second round, n°36, 2021
3-14–17; +14; 37 GP

D Antti Tuomisto, Red Wings
Second round, n° 35, 2019
1-8–9; +19; 33 GPs

C Cole Guttman, Lightning
Sixth round, n° 180, 2017
19-26–45; +19; 39 GPs

C Massimo Rizzo, Hurricanes
Seventh round, n° 216, 2019
23-11–34; +13; 37 GP

C Brett Stapley, Canadians
Seventh round, n° 190, 2018
16-25–41; +19; 39 GPs

LW McKade Webster, Lightning
Seventh round, n° 213, 2019
6-8–14; +11; 37 GP


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C Nathan Smith, Coyotes
Third round, n° 91, 2018
19-31–50; +27; 36 GPs

In his third season at Minnesota State, Smith leads the Mavericks in points, doubling his production from last season and is second nationally in points per game. He scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Notre Dame in the regionals and also scored the game-winning goal for Team USA in their win over Germany at the Beijing Olympics.

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Dr Benton Maass, Capitals
Sixth round, n° 182, 2017
2-11–13; +23; 40 GP

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