Sabres 2009-10 NCAA prospects update

By Trevor Miller

Forwards

Justin Jokinen, RW – Minnesota State – Mankato
6’02”, 165 lbs
Cloquet, MN
4th round, #101 Overall in 2008
 
The sophomore winger for Minnesota State-Mankato has struggled this season offensively. After a freshman campaign in which he registered five points in 24 games, Jokinen has only accumulated three goals and one assist in 23 games from the fourth line this season. The 20-year-old improved his strength this year, but he has more work to do. First, he’ll first need to stay in the line-up.

Corey Tropp, RW – Michigan State
5’11”, 184lbs
Gross Point, MI
3rd Round, #89 Overall in 2007
 
The third-year standout has had an impressive year with the Spartans, tied for fifth in  the NCAA in points. This has garnered Tropp some consideration for the Hobey Baker award. His 39 points this season in 32 games is a far cry from where the 20-year-old ended last season. In his sophomore year, Tropp was suspended for the remainder of the year after only 21 games, after notching 11 points. The suspension came from a nasty spear to a fallen opponent. But Tropp has bounced back in a major way and has the Spartans in contention for a tournament berth.

Defensemen

Alex Biega, D – Harvard
5’10”, 191lbs
Montreal, PQ
5th Round, #147 Overall in 2006
 
The senior currently plays on the Crimson with his two brothers Danny (2010-eligible) and Michael. While this most certainly helps off the ice, it has not helped the Crimson on it. With the team struggling this season, Alex has been less productive this year than in his other three seasons. The 21-year-old has only registered eight points through 23 games this season. Biega has put up respectable 18, 22 and 20-point seasons in his tenure at Harvard. But he is unlikely to match those totals this year.

Corey Fienhage, D – University of North Dakota
6’2”, 190lbs
Topeka, KS
3rd Round, #81 Overall in 2008
 
The sophomore for the Fighting Sioux has played nearly double the games this season than he did in his freshman year. In only nine games as a freshman, the Topeka native accumulated 28 minutes in penalties and battled injuries all season long. This season has allowed Fienhage some more consistency with playing time. While his game is not about offense, he has only put up two points in 19 games this season and has missed time due to injuries and been a healthy scratch. He is still just 19.

Drew MacKenzie, D – University of Vermont
6’2”, 200lbs
Stamford, CT
7th Round #209 Overall in 2007
 
In his freshman year, MacKenzie had 10 points in 31 games. As a sophomore, MacKenzie has eight points through 25 games and sees time on the power play. The 21-year-old has some work to do, but has time with the Catamounts to grow further as a player.

Goalies

Bradley Eidsness, G – University of North Dakota
6’0”, 173lbs
Chestermere, AB
5th Round, #139 Overall in 2007
 
Eidsness had a decent freshman campaign where he went 24-12-4 with a save percentage of .906 and one shutout. He has an identical save percentage this year, is 12-7-4  with a 2.26 GAA and one shutout. Eidsness has been sharing time with freshman Aaron Dell, with the 20-year-old Eidsness getting the bulk of the starts (26 to five).

Nick Eno, G – Bowling Green State
6’03”, 190lbs
Howell, MI
7th Round, #187 in 2007
 
In 15 starts this season, Eno is 4-11-3 and has really struggled with the Falcons with a .899 save percentage and 3.13 GAA. Eno is not the only Falcon struggling as Bowling Green State has not won a game this season without Eno in the net. Eno, currently in his third year, will likely play one more season with Bowling Green before moving on, but for now, the 20-year-old will try to make the most of a poor season.

Connor Knapp, G – Miami (Ohio)
6’5”, 215lbs
New York, NY
6th Round, #164 Overall in 2009
 
Knapp continues to battle fellow sophomore Cody Reichard for ice time. If this were a junior or pro league, the team could trade some of its goaltending to stock other positions. In college though, you work with the pieces you have. Given that the team is ranked No. 1 in the nation, the pieces are pretty good.

Knapp is fourth in the nation in GAA with 2.04, 20th in the nation in save percentage at .917, and eighth in the nation in winning percentage at .692. Reichard leads the nation in all categories. Knapp has played 12 games to Reichard’s 19.