Prospect Ramblings: Which Drafted College Players Could be in the NHL Soon?

Josh Tessler



The NCAA regular season is done and the playoffs are underway. At this point in the year, several college hockey players have made their way to the NHL once their program is officially done. In years past, we have seen several college hockey players jump to the NHL and make an impact right away. In 2011-12, Chris Kreider joined the New York Rangers in the playoffs after the Boston College Eagles won the national championship. In 2016-17, Charlie McAvoy joined the Boston Bruins for the playoffs once the Boston University Terriers had concluded their season. Last season, Cale Makar joined the Colorado Avalanche in the playoffs after the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Minutemen lost to the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs in the National Championship. In addition, Dante Fabbro joined the Nashville Predators last season after the Boston University Terriers’ year was complete.


​With the season ending next month and the playoffs almost here, it is time to look at which college hockey prospects could be on the move to the NHL. Recently, Corey Pronman of The Athletic wrote a column in which he listed the top free agents from college hockey, European leagues and major leagues. Pronman had listed Scott Perunovich (University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs/St. Louis Blues, left-handed defenseman) and David Cotton (Boston College Eagles/Carolina Hurricanes, center) in his top five free agents. To be clear, both prospects are restricted free agents and are due for entry-level contracts. If the team that owns their rights fails to sign them, they can be signed by any team in the NHL. Given the talent levels of the Cotton and Perunovic