By: Joey Partridge | Follow Me On Twitter @joey_partridge
The NCAA Division 1 season is officially underway with Wisconsin University’s victory over Notre Dame on Friday night. What does this mean for the Boston Bruins? The Bruins have a handful of prospects getting ready to take the ice for their seasons in the next stage of their development. Let’s take a look at the Universities that some of these prospects call home.
University of Michigan
When talking about Bruins prospects in the NCAA, you can’t overlook Michigan. You can argue that the best college prospect is John Beecher, and he is entering his sophomore season for the Wolverines. Beecher put up a respectable 16 points in 31 games in his freshman season at Michigan. The Bruins’ 2019 first-round draft pick looks to improve his game in his sophomore season. Beecher also looks like a great candidate to make the United States World Junior Team again. The Bruins will be keeping a close eye on Beecher as he is an important part of the Bruins center plans in the future.
Jack Becker was the Bruins’ seventh-round draft pick in 2015. He is entering his senior season at Michigan University and has been named a team captain. He is coming off a 12-point junior season. After this season, the Bruins will have to make a decision whether to sign him to an entry level contract or let him become a free agent. The forward looks to lead Michigan to a hopeful successful season in the B1G 10.
A very underrated Bruins’ prospect in the system attends Yale University. He was drafted in 2018 fourth-round. He put up a very respectable 27 points in 28 games in his sophomore season in New Haven, Connecticut. He was a depth player on the World Junior team last year with Bruins’ prospect John Beecher. He has aged out of that tournament, so he won’t be able to play. Hall looks to take his game to the next level as he enters his junior season. However, there is one hiccup. The Ivy League has cancelled their season so it is unsure where Hall will play his hockey this coming season. Wherever he ends up, he will bring his speed and grittiness to the table.
University of Minnesota-Duluth
Boston Bruins’ 2019 third-round draft pick Quinn Olson is entering his sophomore season for the Bulldogs. As a freshman, he put up 15 points in 31 games. The talented winger looks to add some more offensive production to help lead the Bulldogs to another national title. It is not believed for Olson to make the Canadian World Junior Team this coming Holiday season.
When talking college hockey, Boston College always seems to be in the mix as they always have a very solid team. Bruins’ 2020 third-round draft pick Trevor Kuntar looks to step in as a freshman and help the Eagles to a successful season. With a big frame and a cannon of a shot, Bruins’ fans hope to see a lot of red lights coming from this kid.
The Bruins third round draft pick, Trevor Kuntar in 2018… pic.twitter.com/c5uL6ENx7L— Alex (@bigbadbruins73) October 7, 2020
Lastly, we have the Bruins’ 2018 sixth-round draft pick. Dustyn McFaul is entering his sophomore season after putting up seven points in his freshman season. An important stat to look at for defensemen is +/- and McFaul was a +7 his freshman season. McFaul looks to keep hold of the blue line for the Golden Knights.