Top Prospects: 2019 NCAA Hockey Tournament
The NCAA hockey tournament is scheduled to start at the end of the week, and as is the case for me with basketball, many viewers tuning in to the hockey tournament may have not seen a single game all season. If you are a fan of any NHL team, you should know that this can be a pretty exciting time, as some of these athletes’ college careers will end and they will join an NHL team quickly.
NCAA hockey has produced some of the best players in the NHL including Jack Eichel, Johnny Gaudreau, Martin St. Louis and many more. It has been the year of the defensemen in the NCAA, as 6 of the 10 Hobey Baker (Heisman for hockey) finalists are defensemen. Here are some of the NCAA’s best who are sure to make an impact in this year’s tournament and beyond.
Cale Makar (D, Umass-Amherst): The 2017 Colorado Avalanche draft pick is the frontrunner for the Hobey Baker Award, as he tallied 46 points in 37 games. Being in the top 5 in scoring as a defenseman is unheard of. Makar also ended the regular season at a plus-minus rating of 29. He is expected to join the Avalanche after the tournament and will be a positive addition in the Avs’ playoff run.
Adam Fox (D, Harvard): Another high scoring defenseman, Fox put up 45 points in 31 games and landed in the top 10 for scoring in the NCAA. Fox is hailed as one of the USA’s most promising prospects, with his rights currently belonging to the Hurricanes. Fox is a true playmaker with great vision and has been compared to the Sharks Erik Karlsson.
Mason Jobst (C, Ohio State): In his four-year career at Ohio State, the Hobey Baker finalist has put up 164 points in 149 games. As an unsigned senior, Jobst is sure to be one of the most sought after college free agents on the market. He is smaller in terms of size in the NHL but has very good stick-handling that allows him to create space. He also boasts incredible leadership qualities that will be relied upon if Ohio State expects to make a run at the NCAA Title.
Cayden Primeau (G, Northeastern): The Canadiens seem to have found another solid goaltender in their system. The son of legend Keith Primeau, the sophomore had a dominant 18-19 campaign. With a save percentage of .936 and goals against average of 2.00, he led the Northeastern Huskies to a Beanpot Tournament win and has been named a semi-finalist for the Mike Richter Award (Top goaltender). Montreal stole him in the seventh round of the draft and Primeau is sure to make an impact as the successor of the great Carey Price.