A product of the USNTDP, Jordan Schroeder has excelled in his first year with the Minnesota Golden Gophers. He consistently was one of the team's scoring leaders, playing on a line with recent Avalanche signee Ryan Stoa and Jay Barriball. He finished second in scoring on the team with 45 points through 35 games, while Stoa lead the team with 46 points. More of a playmaker than a goal scorer, Schroeder danced around NCAA defenders all season, leading the Gophers with 32 assists along with his 13 goals. A true freshman, Schroeder has been twice selected to the US U20 World Junior team, leading the team this past year in Ottawa with 8 assists and 11 points through 6 games.
Some have been critical of Schroeder because of his size, but he would be a useful asset to any team in terms of his skill alone. Schroeder is a wizard with the puck, consistently findings ways to penetrate defenses with his deft stickhandling or speed. Schroeder does need to bulk up some to play professionally, but his skill level is already near-NHL caliber. Don't be surprised to see Schroeder as a first or second-line center in the near future.
Submitted by: John Vaughan
Jordan Schroeder has excelled with the Minnesota Golden Gophers as a star center. He possesses the skills do distribute the puck effectively every night. Jordan has a rare play-making ability similar to that of Daniel Briere. His passing is excellent but needs to shoot more often. He lacks NHL size, but makes up for it with deft skating and streamlined stick-handling. Look for Schroeder’s name to be called early in the first round this year in Montreal. He will likely be a top-flight talent in the NHL for years to come.
Submitted by: Zach Ranallo