Photo: Boston University defenseman and Boston Bruins prospect Matt Grzelcyk was one of the top rookies playing in Hockey East last season (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)
Being a 5'9” defenseman is no easy task, but Boston Bruins prospect and Boston University defenseman Matt Grzelcyk is making a quick impression.
Photo: With Montreal Canadiens top pick Mike McCarron moving on to the OHL, Florida Panthers selection Ian McCoshen becomes the top pick from the 2013 NHL Draft to commit to an NCAA program (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
Below is the list of all players taken in the NHL Draft that have committed (verbally or otherwise) to NCAA teams as of June 30th. An Asterisk (*) indicates that the player has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) that has been verified. Please note that Ivy League schools (Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton and Yale) do not accept NLI's. Unless otherwise indicated, all players will play in the NCAA this fall. This list does not include players that played in the NCAA in 2012-13.
Photo: University of New Hampshire defenseman Brett Pesce was the highest drafted player out of the NCAA, going to the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
60 collegians (current or future) representing 29 NCAA programs and 27 NHL teams were taken in the 2013 NHL Draft. The 60 players selected are slightly down from last year when 66 committed players (at the time of the draft) were taken.
Photo: Denver University forward Quentin Shore, shown here competing at the 2012 All-American Prospects Game, hopes to join brothers Drew and Nick as an NHL prospect (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Colorado College’s Gustav Olofsson watched on from his Broomfield, CO, home as Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks began taking their rounds hoisting the Stanley Cup following the Blackhawks wild, come-from-behind 3-2 Game 6 victory.
Photo: University of New Hampshire defenseman Brett Pesce has an impressive season for the Wildcats as a true freshman (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
This year’s class of collegians eligible for this year’s NHL Draft isn’t as strong as in recent drafts. Nevertheless, the NCAA does have some players who could hear their names called when the draft gets underway on June 30th at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.