Stars 2008-09 NCAA prospects update

By Mike Farkas

Richard Bachman, G
Colorado College, sophomore
4th round pick (120th overall) in 2006

Colorado College netminder Richard Bachman had all eyes on him to start the year after a splendid, albeit unexpected, freshman campaign. While he’s not living up to the bar set by last year’s expectations, he’s not the biggest reason why the team is fifth in the WCHA. In 25 games played this year, Bachman is 11-8-6 with a 2.60 GAA, .914 save percentage and three shutouts. Fittingly, he ranks fifth in the conference in terms of GAA, and places third, in a close-knit group, in save percentage. His performance has been almost all downhill since pitching two shutouts to start the season against Alabama-Huntsville and Michigan Tech. He’s been yanked in four of his last 13 starts and has given up 17 goals in his last four games (pulled twice). He’s going to need to perform better against higher quality competition in order for the Tigers to become a serious threat.

Mike Bergin, D
RPI, freshman
7th round pick (209th overall) in 2008

Bergin was selected as an overager from Smiths Falls, a Canadian Junior A team. He moved to Rensselaer this year, but his freshman campaign seemed to be halted just as soon as it began. Bergin has appeared in just six games this year, notching one assist and a minus-3 rating. The Kanata, Ontario native separated his right shoulder during the course of RPI’s 0-5 start (Bergin missed one game during that stretch), he missed a month before returning for two more games (also losses). Unfortunately, he injured his left shoulder and decided to shut it down for the season to get surgery on his right shoulder. Bergin will return to RPI next season and search for not only his first collegiate goal, but his first collegiate win.

Pat McGann, G
Quinnipiac University, sophomore
7th round pick (223rd overall) in 2005

After appearing in just eight games last season for Quinnipiac (2-1, 4.72 GAA, .808 save percentage), McGann has been relegated to fourth on the university’s goaltending depth chart. He has not appeared in a game this season. It seems unlikely at this point that McGann will see the ice this year, making a professional future unlikely.

Nico Sacchetti, C
University of Minnesota, freshman
2nd round pick (50th overall) in 2007

Sacchetti made the jump from the Omaha Lancers (USHL) to the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers this season. His role on the team, like most freshmen, is a relatively limited one. Through his first 22 games at the collegiate level, Sacchetti has picked up two goals and two assists and a team-worst minus-8 rating. The Minnesota-native sees only spot duty on special teams and hasn’t been very reliable in the faceoff dot. For Sacchetti it will be a waiting game at "The U" of hockey, as there remains a lot of talent and seniority ahead of him and until those players graduate or turn pro, the second rounder will have the make the most of his ice time.

Austin Smith, RW
Colgate University, freshman
5th round pick (128th overall) in 2007

Smith has been all over North America in the past few years. Born in Dallas, Texas, then it was off to Penticton, British Columbia to play for the Vees of the BCHL and now in New York, he plays for Colgate University. He’s made quite the impression as a 20-year-old freshman. He’s second on the team in points with 23 (only two players on the club have more than 15 points, he and former Stars prospect David McIntyre [29]). Smith has played a good portion of the season with McIntyre, helping each other to rank seventh and third, respectively, in ECAC scoring.

Matt Watkins, RW
North Dakota University, senior
5th round pick (160th overall) in 2005

Watkins returned to North Dakota for his fourth season in 2008-09. Through 28 games, Watkins has generated four goals and 11 points – the fewest among senior forwards on the club. He is also a team-worst minus-4. He logs quality minutes when the Sioux are down a man and uses his speed to generate shorthanded scoring chances. His offensive game hasn’t progressed as much as anyone thought it would. Meanwhile, some of his former linemates have excelled and been promoted to better lines. With his time running low at North Dakota, it’s still somewhat up in the air as to whether Watkins will be signed.