There are several college players who are owned by NHL teams, and a lot of these prospects are competing in the Frozen Four tournament. Here’s a look at some of the best prospects in the bracket.
Danny Larkin- Michigan- Detroit Red Wings
The 2014 first round draft pick was named the Big Ten rookie of the year after his strong second half of the season. The Michigan native has 47 points on the season and is the second best rookie scoring wise right behind mega prospect Jack Eichel. Larkin won’t be in the NHL next season, but he’s a name to watch.
Sean Kuraly- Miami of Ohio- San Jose Sharks
Kuraly is a junior with the Redhawks and was a fifth round pick in 2011 by the Sharks. Going into the season he wasn’t even a sleeper to watch but his strong year has put him in the conversation for top 20 college prospects. Kuraly had nine game winning goals this season with 27 points overall. The defensive minded center is a big body at 6’2 and after next season the Sharks could give him a serious look.
Jimmy Vesey- Harvard- Nashville Predators
The Predators farm system is stacked and that includes their college prospects, of which Vesey is the best. The left wing has 55 points this season, 29 of which are goals, both which lead all NHL prospects in the NCAA. Harvard made the tournament thanks to their big win on the last day of the season and a player like Vesey gives them a chance even against the toughest opponents.
Kevin Roy- Northeastern- Anaheim Ducks
Drafted in the fourth round by the Ducks in 2012, Roy scored 44 points this season to lead the team in points for the third straight season. Being a fourth round pick, he has been a bit of an underrated prospect but the Ducks know what they have in him. He’s a junior so he has one year left, but get used to seeing him in an Anaheim uniform soon.
Riley Barber- Miami of Ohio- Washington Capitals
This Capitals prospect returned to Miami for his junior year even though he could have signed an NHL contract to play with the Caps. He should be there next year, but playing this season has boosted his value even more. He led the Redhawks with 20 goals and the right wing was dynamic with Kuraly to have some of the best prospects in the NCAA in Ohio.