Riley Nash, F – Cornell
Acquired: 1st Round, 21st overall in 2007
Nash, a 20-year-old junior, surpassed the 30-point mark in each of his first two seasons at Cornell. This year, Nash currently has 14 points in 16 games for the highly-ranked Big Red. Nash led Cornell in scoring last season but his five goals and nine assists so far this campaign are only good for fourth on the team. Nash centers the Cornell second line and has played with a number of different linemates this season, a fact that has no doubt affected his production. Cornell is 9-4-3.
Jeff Petry, D – Michigan State
Acquired: 2nd Round, 45th overall in 2006
Petry, a junior, has already surpassed last season’s point total of 14 with three goals and 16 assists for 19 points in 26 games for the top-ten ranked Michigan State Spartans. Petry, 22, is the fifth leading scorer on the team and the highest-scoring defenseman. He also boasts a +6 rating. Petry is part of Michigan State’s first power-play unit and contributes on the penalty kill. Michigan State is 15-7-4.
Chris Vande Velde, F – North Dakota
Acquired: 4th Round, 97th overall in 2005
Vande Velde, 22, is the fourth highest scorer for national powerhouse North Dakota. The Fighting Sioux forward currently has six goals and 12 assists for a total of 18 points in 23 games. Vande Velde, a senior, has a disappointing -3 rating but has contributed three power-play and two game-winning goals this season. Vande Velde has seen time on the top line this season, recently alongside Matt Frattin (TOR) and Jason Gregoire (NYI). North Dakota have shown indifferent conference form but boast a 12-7-5 overall record.
Kyle Bigos, D – Merrimack
Acquired: 4th Round, 99th overall in 2009
Bigos, a 20-year-old freshman defenseman who possesses great size, has registered six points in 18 games this season at Merrimack. Bigos has also added 36 penalty minutes for the struggling Warriors. Both of Bigos’ two goals have come on the power play, one of which was also a game winner. Bigos, who has played a lot for Merrimack in his first season, was recently singled out for his poor play by coach Mark Dennehy and benched in the team’s 4-2 loss to Maine. Merrimack sit last in Hockey East and have a 7-12-0 overall record.
Robby Dee, F – Maine
Acquired: 3rd Round, 86th overall in 2005
Dee finally seems to be adjusting to NCAA hockey in his junior year with the Black Bears. After scoring just 14 points in a total of 57 games in his first two seasons at Maine, Dee has 16 points in 18 games so far this season. While these statistics aren’t stunning by any means, the fact that Dee’s points are evenly distributed between goals and assists demonstrates that the junior has emerged as a solid all-around forward. Additionally, the 22-year-old Dee has been a contributor on the power play, scoring four goals as part of the extra man unit. Dee fractured his foot versus Merrimack in mid-January and should miss between two and four weeks. This injury follows a two-game absence in December with a shoulder injury. Maine is 11-9-2.