Prospects Ramblings: College Hockey Signings You Need To Know

Peter Harling

2018-03-26

Last week in my ramblings I spoke about some NCAA college players that signed and are free agents.  This weekend Hayden took the ball and ran with it covering a number of players that signed since my original post.

Since the weekend a number of prominent prospects have dropped out of the NCAA Tournament and have since signed their ELC contracts. These players are very likely to make their NHL debuts this year effectively burning a year of their ELC  and more importantly, moving front and centre on your fantasy watch list as prospects you need to look at for you next fantasy draft.

Each year we see more and more prospects stepping into the NHL and having an immediate impact on the score sheet. Mathew Barzal, Brock Boeser, Clayton Keller, and Mikhail Sergachev are a few that may be winning you your league this year.

Let’s get caught up with who the latest additions are.

Casey Mittelstadt – Buffalo Sabres

Some underrated Mittelstadt in his draft year because he played the majority of the year in Highschool. That was a mistake. His freshman year of college hockey was a success and his performance with USA at the World Junior was dominant. He is a one-and-done college player and will have an immediate impact with Buffalo playing behind Jack Eichel in the second line center position. Look for similar success that Mathew Barzal had playing as a rookie behind John Tavares on Long Island this year. 37% Fantrax ownership means he is potentially available and if you need to look at drafting him, project him in the neighbourhood of 60-70 points

Henrik Borgstrom – Florida Panthers

When the Panthers drafted him, many people thought Florida was reaching in picking him at 23rd overall. But since then he has silenced those critics by being named the NCAA Rookie of the Year and Leading Denver to a NCAA Championship. In his sophomore season he earned a Hobey Baker nomination as top College player and is the Panthers top prospect. Borgstrom will compete for a roster position to start the year in Florida at the start of next season and should be competing for a top six spot before the season ends. Borgstrom is currently only 22% owned on Fantrax so if you can add him now, don’t hesitate. Otherwise draft him early.

Adam Gaudette – Vancouver Canucks

Gaudette has become one of our most viewed profiles, and for good reason. Our Canucks writer Cam Robinson does a good job of pumping his tires and it’s easy to see why. He is a Hobey Baker finalist, and was named the Hockey East Player of the Year as the NCAA point leader. At 21-years-old the 6-1, 183 pound center is already strong defensively and dynamic offensively. Watch to see what level of impact he can make out of the gate as the Canucks season winds down but don’t sleep on this kid as he is projected to make an impact in a top six role as soon as immediately. His