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    NCAA college free agents

    We are getting close to the end of the NCAA college hockey season. We have 4 roster spots we can fill.

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    FRANK SERAVALLI
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    Friday Five: NHL teams turn focus to top NCAA free agents
    This season’s crop of college players might not be as deep as past years, but as Frank Seravalli writes, there has still been no shortage of interest in these high-end free agents.
    By Frank Seravalli





    It’s a Mail-it-in March edition of the Friday Five. March means all eyes in NHL scouting circles have turned toward college hockey, where each team is attempting to mine a diamond from the rough. This is their annual shot at “free players,” potential prospects who won’t cost a draft pick because they’ve already been passed over in the draft for one reason or another.
    This season’s crop might not be as deep as past years, but there has still been no shortage of interest in the high-end free agents.
    Here are five undrafted NCAA free agents who are generating significant interest from NHL teams this spring:
    1. LD Connor Mackey - Junior, Minnesota State (Mankato)
    6-foot-2, 200 pounds
    Age: 23
    Stats: 34 GP, 6 goals, 17 assists, 23 points
    Exactly 28 of the NHL’s 31 teams have expressed interest in Mackey since he set foot on Mankato’s campus. He was highly sought after last season but returned for his junior campaign and set some ground rules: no contact from NHL teams after Christmas so he could focus completely on the season. Seven NHL teams personally met with Mackey before Christmas, two others have joined the fray since, and all nine are willing to offer Mackey a chance to immediately step into the NHL this season and burn the first year off his entry-level contract. Mackey, 23, has NHL bloodlines - his father, David, played 126 games - and he’s expected to set a new college career high in points as a big blueliner who can skate.
    2. G John Lethemon - Senior, Michigan State
    6-foot-2, 190 pounds
    Age: 23
    Stats: 31 GP, 2.10 GAA, .937 SV%
    Lethemon would probably scoff at the notion that he is a “late bloomer.” The 6-foot-2 netminder has started nearly half of the Spartans’ games each of his four seasons in East Lansing. There were NHL teams – including the Winnipeg Jets – that had interest in spending a late-round pick on Lethemon back when he was draft eligible. Plus, goaltenders routinely take the longest to develop. But it’s this season – with his consistency and the third-best save percentage in the country – that has really caught the eye of NHL teams. He cemented his status as the premiere free agent goalie when he outduelled the other candidate, Penn State’s Peyton Jones, in a 48-save shutout in Happy Valley in November. There are six or seven clubs with serious interest. For Lethemon, it will all be about the best fit as opposed to just upfront dollars because he has his eyes set on a long and fruitful pro career - a mirror of his time at Michigan State.
    3. LD Brinson Pasichnuk - Senior, Arizona State
    5-foot-10, 208 pounds
    Age: 22
    Stats: 36 GP, 11 goals, 26 assists, 37 points
    The waiting has been the hardest part for Pasichnuk. Since the Sun Devils are an independent, they don’t have a conference tournament and automatic bid. The team has been sitting around since Feb. 22 waiting to find out whether their season will continue in the NCAA tournament. Pasichnuk is an undersized, but thickly built offensive genius who is third among all defenceman in the nation in scoring this year. The co-captain and power play quarterback, seemingly on the ice half the game with fellow undrafted free agent Josh Maniscalco, is very likely to step into the NHL this season. After 20 teams displayed varied interest, the Bonnyville, Alta., native is believed to be down to three suitors. All three are willing to have him burn the year on his entry-level deal this season. Now the hope is that the wait, almost like an NHL training camp for Pasichnuk, will not cost him some meaningful pro games.
    4. LW Drew O’Connor - Sophomore, Dartmouth
    6-foot-3, 200 pounds
    Age: 21
    Stats: 29 GP, 21 goals, 11 assists, 32 points
    The ECAC’s Co-Player of the Year has sprouted into a can’t-miss find. O’Connor was just 5-foot-8 at age 18, a big reason he wasn’t on NHL radars in his draft year, but has grown to 6-foot-3 while playing for the appropriately named for the Big Green. NHL teams have flocked to watch O’Connor, who they see as a legitimate NHL power forward prospect with a nose for the net. His 38 goals (in 68 games) are the third most in the country over the last two seasons – with a 16 per cent shooting percentage this season – but his overall game has grown as much as his body. There is definitely no shortage of NHL interest in O’Connor, but there is no guarantee the sophomore will decide to leave school early.
    5. RW Mitchell Chaffee - Junior, Massachusetts
    6 feet, 200 pounds
    Age: 22
    Stats: 30 GP, 16 goals, 13 assists, 29 points
    If Cale Makar was UMass’ engine on their Frozen Four run last year, Chaffee was one of the key cogs offensively. He took home the Herb Gallagher Award as best forward as voted by the New England College Hockey Writers, won the Hockey East scoring title, and was named a first-team All-American. Those accolades don’t come by accident, even if they didn’t bring quite as much name recognition. This season, Chaffee’s total point production has dipped a bit with the departure of some significant talent from the team, but he’s on track to set a new career high in goals. Scouts see Chaffee as a talented skater whose game has matured, and one who could well find his way to the NHL. The Michigan native and two-time Hockey East All-Academic team player will have plenty of options available if he decides to depart Amherst after three years.
    Also under consideration: C Josh Dunne (Clarkson), C Patrick Khodorenko (Michigan State), C Will Graber (Dartmouth), LD Matt Kiersted (North Dakota), LW Marc Michaelis (Minnesota State/Mankato), LD Colton Poolman (North Dakota), RD Josh Maniscalco (Arizona State).
    Contact Frank Seravalli on Twitter: @frank_seravalli

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    O'connor would be a nice add for us.

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    #NYR and Khodorenko have agreed to terms. Expectation is Khodorenko will arrive in Hartford on ATO.
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    Wolf Pack general manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has signed defenseman Zach Giuttari to an Amateur Tryout (ATO) agreement.

    Giuttari, a 6-2, 190-pound native of Warwick, RI, just completed a four-year career at Brown University. The 23-year-old Giuttari served as Brown’s captain this season, and led the team in points and assists, with four goals and 11 assists for 15 points, along with ten penalty minutes. His four goals tied for tops among Bruin defensemen, and for fourth overall on the team. That earned Giuttari his second consecutive Second-Team All-Ivy selection.

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    Frank Seravalli reports Drew O’Connor has signed with Pittsburgh.

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    #Badgers coach Tony Granato said defenseman K'Andre Miller and the Rangers have talked. A decision on whether he'll sign is expected soon. I've heard talk that Miller could finish the season with Hartford in the AHL.
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    As for Miller, there are no guarantees that he doesn’t return to Wisconsin for his junior season in 2020-2021. However, in a recent conversation with The Athletic, Miller admitted that he mostly viewed his time at Wisconsin as a path to the Rangers and little else.

    “They’re not easy classes so there’s a lot of work behind them. Managing that in the right way with hockey has been fun … I guess,” Miller says with a chuckle. “I struggle to stay motivated. I don’t know. I love hockey. It’s kind of bad to say but I feel like school is always second to hockey. It’s just getting by in school and doing whatever I need to do to make it (to New York).”
    If the Rangers offer him the chance to turn pro, either right now or for the 2020-2021 season, and there’s no reason to believe they wouldn’t, then it would be difficult to believe he’d instead head back to a struggling Wisconsin team.

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    Miller was suspended earlier in the season by Granato. But after he made the comment that college was not for him, it leads me to believe its more about his grades and not his play or his attitude hockey wise.
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    NY Post had this today

    The effort to bring K’Andre Miller into the Rangers organization is “pretty far down the road,” an individual with knowledge of discussions between general manager Jeff Gorton and the Wisconsin sophomore defenseman’s camp told The Post.

    “The ball is rolling for K’Andre to be a Ranger,” the person said.

    More specifically, the ball is rolling for Miller, the 22nd-overall selection in the 2018 entry draft, to become a member of the AHL Wolf Pack on an ATO (amateur tryout).

    Miller, a 6-4, 205-pound lefty, recorded 18 points (7-11) in 36 games this

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    Hartford Wolfpack site has this:

    Wolf Pack general manager Chris Drury announced today that the Wolf Pack has signed forward Mike O’Leary to an AHL contract.

    The 6-1, 200-pound O’Leary comes to the Wolf Pack from the University of Notre Dame, where he recently completed a four-year career. In 37 games this season with the Fighting Irish, O’Leary, a 22-year-old native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, scored nine goals and added 14 assists for 23 points, while serving 20 minutes in penalties. Those totals were good for third on the Notre Dame squad in both points and goals.

    In 151 career games at Notre Dame, O’Leary amassed 20 goals and 37 assists for 57 points, along with 102 PIM. He helped lead the Fighting Irish to the NCAA Frozen Four twice (2016-17 and 2017-18), including an appearance in the championship final in 2018. O’Leary’s pre-college experience included two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15) of action at Salisbury School in Salisbury, CT.

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    Hartford Wolfpack site has this:


    The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Patrick Khodorenko on an entry-level contract. Khodorenko’s contract begins in 2020-21, and he will join the Wolf Pack immediately on an Amateur Try-Out (ATO).

    Khodorenko, 21, skated in 36 games with Michigan State University this season, registering 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points, along with 20 penalty minutes. He led the Spartans in several categories in 2019-20, including goals, assists, points, and shots on goal (96). Khodorenko posted 11 multi-point games this season, including four multi-point games during his six-game point streak from Oct. 26 – Nov. 14. He also served as an alternate captain for Michigan State during the season.

    The 6-0, 200-pounder skated in 143 career collegiate games over four seasons (2016-17 – 2019-20) with Michigan State, registering 54 goals and 66 assists for 120 points. Khodorenko was selected to the Big Ten Second All-Star Team in 2018-19, as he established collegiate career-highs in goals (18) and points (39). He did not miss a game throughout his four-season collegiate career, and he recorded at least 13 goals and 32 points in each of his final three seasons.

    Internationally, the Walnut Creek, California native represented the United States at the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge. Khodorenko helped the United States earn a silver medal in the tournament, as he registered six points (one goal, five assists) in six contests.

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    This id from the score.com, John matsiz


    The New York Rangers signed forward Austin Rueschhoff to a two-year entry-level contract, theScore has learned. The deal starts in 2020-21.

    Rueschhoff, a 22-year-old right winger out of Western Michigan University, scored 12 goals and added 14 assists in 36 games this past season. The 6-foot-7, 230-pound junior had a plus-9 rating and 24 penalty minutes.

    An undrafted free agent, Rueschhoff attended an NHL development camp each of the past three summers - the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2017, St. Louis Blues in 2018, and Columbus Blue Jackets in 2019.

    Rueschhoff, a native of Wentzville, Missouri, scored a goal in his final college game, an 8-4 win over the University of Miami (Ohio) on March 7.

    Five days later, on March 12, the NCAA canceled all remaining winter and spring competition in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

    WMU had been scheduled to face off against St. Cloud State University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, during the NCHC quarterfinal round last weekend.

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    Rangers sign Justin Richards, a “defensive forward” from University of Minnesota-Duluth. He’s the son of Todd Richards, asst. coach of TB and former head coach of various NHL teams.

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