Once again it has been a tough year to be a prospect in the Minnesota Wild organization. Chris Porter, Jarret Stoll, David Jones, and Nate Prosser took some of the minutes in the NHL often reserved for younger players but the team lacked for better options. Although Christian Folin (eventually) graduated, Mike Reilly looked like a possible fit during his stint, and Kurtis Gabriel got a great opportunity to play a role in the playoffs, the team’s lack of NHL-ready depth was a major factor in a disappointing season.
A goal scored in the second period goal by Landon Smith and an electrifying, last-second glove stop by goaltender Michael Garteig provided the difference as Quinnipiac University moved on to the title game with a 3-2 semi-final win over Boston College at the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four. Read more»
And then there were four.
Boston College, Denver, North Dakota and Quinnipiac comprise this year’s NCAA Frozen Four, which will be held at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. Both semi-final games on April 7th will be aired live on ESPN2, at 5:00 PM and 8:30 PM EDT respectively. The winners of each semi-final will advance to the National Championship game on April 9th, which will be aired live on ESPN at 8 PM EDT. Read more»
The Wild’s NCAA prospects form the heart of the team’s developmental system, yet perhaps the team’s best assets are playing in professional leagues in Europe this season. College players have been central to Chuck Fletcher’s developmental approach – perhaps because he himself is a college man – with half of the Spring Top 20 coming out of NCAA programs.