The Bruins Will Be Well Represented At The NCAA Tourney
Boston Bruins have six of their prospects in this years 2107 NCAA Men’s Division I Tournament. The Tournament begins this weekend.
Anders Bjork (Norte Dame): Before we get to the tournament, Bjork is one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker award as college hockey’s best player. Unfortunately for Bjork and the Fighting Irish lost to UMass Lowell in the Hockey-East semifinals last weekend but they are still in the tournament but just barley. Notre Dame is the 13 seed. Bjork and the Irish will face a tough team in Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Game will take place for the Northeast Regional on Friday at 3:30 pm in Manchester, New Hampshire. Game will be broadcast on ESPNU.
Bjork lead Norte Dame with 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists). He is in his Junior year and was selected in the 2014 Draft in the fifth-round. If he plays well in the tourney look to see him on the Bruins next season. Bjork another forward who will bring a scoring touch and depth the Bruins.
Charlie McAvoy and JFK (Boston University): The terriers fell to Boston College in the semifinals of the Hockey-East Tournament 3-2. Even with the loss BU enters the tourney as the seventh seed. They will take on North Dakota, Friday at 3 and that game will be aired on ESPN2.
JFK is third on the terriers in points with 32 and second in goals with 13. Forsbacka-Karlsson was a 2105 second-round pick. JFK will be af force to reckon with and I could see him as a solid third line winger to start with plenty of potential. McAvoy was pick 14th overall in last June’s Draft. He was named as a Hockey-East All Star last week. This season McAvoy had four goals and 20 assists through 36 games in his Sophomore year. Charlie has the potential to be a top 2 D-man but we will have to wait and see.
Ryan Donato and Wiley Sherman (Harvard): Harvard will enter this years tourney as the second seed. Harvard also took down Rivals Cornell in the ECAC championship.
Donato who has had a spectacular season had two goals while Sherman had an assist in the victory.
Donato a second-round pick in ’14 has 20 goals, and 38 points this season in only 33 games. He was also a plus 16 on the season. I could see Donato be slotted into the top 6 once he makes the move to the Bruins. Sherman (’13 fifth-round) had no goals and 12 assists in 33 games. Sherman in a 6’7” defenseman who will be a solid shutdown d-man. He was a plus 18 this season.
The two will face Providence at 4 on Friday. Game can be seen on ESPNU.
Ryan Lindgren (Minnesota)
Lindgren and the gophers fell to Pen State in double-overtime in the Big Ten Tournament last Friday. The game marked the longest in Conference history. Minnesota will face Bjork and the Irish.
Lindgren who was selected in the second-round in 2016 will unfortunately miss the tourney with a lower-leg injury. The injury came in the Gophers final regular season games. During the regular season he scored one goal and added six assists in his first year with the Gophers in 32 games. Do not look to see him anytime soon as he has plenty to learn.
End of the season for some: Boston College’s Ryan Fitzgerald season came to an end when they fell to UMass Lowell in the Hockey-East Finals. BC needed to win this game in order to make it into the NCAA tournament. He was a fourth-round pick in 2013. Since he will not play in the tournament his collegiate career has come to an end. This season he scored 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points, fourth on BC. Fitzgerald could possibly play for the team next season, he will help add some depth to a team that is in need a good players.
Also Trent Frederic and Cameron Hughes from Wisconsin also fell to Penn State in double-overtime, of the Big-Ten title game. Frederic 29th overall pick in 2016 finished his first year with 15 goals, 18 assists for 33 points, ranking him second on the Badgers in goals and points. Hughes a sixth rounder in 2015 finished his Junior year, potting seven goals, 25 assists for 32 points(third on team).
Cam Clarke of Ferris State also finished his freshman year with one goal and 10 assists. He was a fifth rounder in 2016.