15 NHL prospects named to 2011 All-American teams

By DJ Powers
Photo: Matt Frattin (TOR) was among the 15 players named to this year’s All-America team that was either drafted or signed by an NHL team. (Photo courtesy of Holly Gunning/HF)

15 of the 24 players named to this year’s All-America teams are current NHL prospects either drafted or signed by NHL teams as free agents.

The All-America East First Team includes Boston College sophomore defenseman Brian Dumoulin (CAR), New Hampshire junior defenseman Blake Kessel (NYI), Boston College junior RW Cam Atkinson and New Hampshire senior LW Paul Thompson (PIT).

The All-America West First Team includes Ferris State senior goaltender Pat Nagle (TB), top scoring Wisconsin sophomore defenseman Justin Schultz (ANA), national top goal-scorer and North Dakota senior Matt Frattin (TOR), and Miami senior and the 2011 Hobey Baker Award recipient Andy Miele (PHO).

Among those comprising the All-America East Second Team are Princeton senior defenseman Taylor Fedun (EDM), Merrimack sophomore center Stephane Da Costa (OTT), and Maine junior RW Gustav Nyquist (DET).

Among those comprising the All-America West Second Team are Wisconsin junior defenseman Jake Gardiner (TOR), Ferris State senior defenseman Zach Redmond (ATL), Miami senior center Carter Camper (BOS) and Michigan senior LW Carl Hagelin (NYR).

Blake Kessel (NYI) was one of two players (Minnesota-Duluth junior Jack Connolly was the other) that were All-American Second Team selections last year. Nyquist was an All-American First Team selection in 2009-10.

RPI senior Chase Polacek, who recently signed with the Peoria Rivermen (AHL) as a free agent, is this year’s only repeat First Team selection.

This year’s list of All-Americans was also global too. Of the 24 players named, 14 are from the United States, seven are from Canada, and one is from France.

All ten of this year’s Hobey Baker finalists were also named to the All-America teams.

Of the 24 players on the list, 19 participated in the NCAA Tournament this year and six have advanced to the Frozen Four. Three of them – Jack Connolly, Mike Connolly and Carl Hagelin will be playing in Saturday’s National Championship game as well.