This season, the WCHA will feature the most NHL prospects of any NCAA conference with 74. All member teams except Alaska-Anchorage have at least one NHL prospect on their roster. The University of Minnesota leads both the WCHA and the nation with 17, followed by the University of North Dakota with 15, and the University of Denver with 10.
University of Minnesota-Duluth
The reigning National Champions will look to successfully defend their crown when they open their 2011-12 season on October 7th hosting Notre Dame in a rematch of their Frozen Four semi-final game from last April.
This year’s top ten group of collegians eligible for the NHL Draft consists of six forwards and five defensemen (two players are tied for 10th), all of whom have just completed their freshman year. These players represent four of the five NCAA conferences. Five of this year’s top ten players are from Hockey East, while four are from the WCHA and the remaining two are from the CCHA and the ECAC. Also noted is each player’s ranking on Central Scouting’s final rankings.