Bruins Prospect Trent Frederic Records First Pro Goal

(Brighton, MA 07/07/17) #57 Trent Frederic jumps over a rope during Bruins development camp at the Warrior Ice Arena. Friday, July 7, 2017. Staff photo by John Wilcox.

By: Mark Allred   |   Follow On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Last night in a thrilling 5-4 Providence Bruins overtime victory over Atlantic Division-leading Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 2016 first-round draft selection Trent Frederic scored his first professional goal in his second American Hockey League game. The first of many goals from this talented young man from the St. Louis, Missouri area came at the 11:05 mark of the second period and was unassisted as seen in the Tweet below followed by some interesting insight from @BruinsNetwork account owner Anthony Kwetkowski.

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The top-shelf tallie is just a small sample size of what this 6′-5″ 2015-pound forward can do with only two games with the top minor-pro affiliate of the Boston Bruins. Before joining his Providence team, the now 20-year-old center chose to shorten his colligate hockey career with the University of Wisconsin Badgers after his sophomore year for the next level in the higher ranks of professional play. In 66 games playing in the NCAA Big-Ten Conference, the 29th selection from the National Hockey Leagues Entry Draft from Buffalo, New York contributed 65 points (32-33-65) under the exceptional tutelage of former NHL’er and Badgers current Head Coach Tony Granato.

Granato had this to say to Wisconsin State Journal’s Todd D. Milewski in his article on March 14, 2018, after Frederic went public with his decision to leave school and turn pro.  “Trent Frederic is 100 percent an NHL player. No question in my mind,” Granato said. “Does Boston want him to play in Providence for the remainder of this year and 40 games next year, similar to what Minnesota just did with Luke? Only they know that plan, and that plan changes fast.””Does it leave a void at center ice for us temporarily? Absolutely,” Granato said. “You take Trent Frederic out of your lineup, a guy that probably could have got 25 or 30 goals in college hockey next year, you don’t just all of a sudden find another one in your backyard.”

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Tony also mentioned the loss and value in taking a player of Frederic’s caliber out of the lineup for the 2018-19 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey season. “Does it leave a void at center ice for us temporarily? Absolutely,” Granato said. “You take Trent Frederic out of your lineup, a guy that probably could have got 25 or 30 goals in college hockey next year, you don’t just all of a sudden find another one in your backyard.”

Many Bruins fans didn’t approve of his selection in the first-round and believed he was a reach for possibly being a mid-second-round projection, but it’s heavily rumored the Anaheim Ducks were going to select him with the 30th pick from intel gathered on that particular 2016 draft day. It was a solid pick in my opinion and continues the additions to the depth up the middle of this franchise even though the center position throughout the organization may be over-filled.

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Frederic had this to say about his departure from the Big-Ten team and movement closer to the east coast and dream of reaching the top professional league in the world. “I wish I would have won some more games and left a bigger mark on the program,” Frederic said. “That’s one of the reasons I wanted to come back. It was really hard to leave. “But I just thought in my heart, that’s where I wanted to go. I want to make the National Hockey League, and I thought this was the best opportunity for me.”

Trent had decent success at the international level appearing in the World Junior Championships with his 2016 U-18 team which captured a bronze medal contributing seven points in seven games (4-3-7) and took home another bronze medal at the 2018 U-20 WJC scoring five points in seven games. His four-goal game from this year’s tournament from Buffalo, New York can be seen below in the video provided below.

Providence first-year Head Coach Jay Leach told Providence Journal’s Bruins beat writer Mark Divver after he skated in his first pro game on March 18, 2018, against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. ‘He didn’t even skate with us (before today). He literally skated with three guys yesterday. So we just kind of threw him in. Clearly has ability. I’m excited to get him into some practices this week, so he can really get used to the way we play….

The 39-21-3-2 Providence Bruins are back in action tonight in the second straight game in as many nights against the 42-16-4-5 Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The B’s are 1-2-0 against Lehigh Valley and in six games last season went 2-2-2-0, and both teams are seemingly going to avoid playing each other in the AHL’s Calder Cup Playoff first-round matchup when the season ends. Including tonight’s game, the Bruins have 11 regular season contests before returning to the postseason a place the B’s had decent success reaching the Eastern Conference Finals ultimately losing to the stronger Syracuse Crunch last spring.

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Bruins Prospect Frederic Has Big Weekend vs Michigan

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By: Mark Allred                  Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

This weekend the Wisconsin Badgers traveled to Big Ten rival Michigan to play back-to-back games at the Yost Arena in Ann Arbor Michigan home of the Wolverines team and even though both teams earned a victory it was a Boston Bruins prospect that made the most noise. B’s 2016 first round selection and Badgers forward Trent Frederic had a goal and two assists in Friday night’s 5-3 loss to Michigan and repeated that effort on Saturday night contributing another three-point night in a 4-2 win over the 20th ranked Wolverines team according to the USCHO poll distributed last month.

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With a six-point weekend, Frederic now has 14-13-27 numbers in 30 games so far this season and currently has 11 points in his last seven games. Last season as a freshman the 6′-0″ 216-pound forward posted 33 points in 30 games and with four games remaining on the Badgers NCAA Men’s Hockey schedule he has a chance to pass his career high in points. The final four games of the season won’t be an easy task as they’ll square up against two Big Ten Conference foes in 12th ranked Minnesota next weekend for two games and 5th ranked Ohio State the following weekend to end the regular season.

Frederic told Wisconsin State Journal sports reporter Todd D. Milewski “Any time you can get ahead in the game, I think we feel more confident playing ahead,” Frederic said. “It’s good to get that first one.”

Wisconsin Head coach and former National Hockey League player Tony Granato who’s about to jump on a plane for the long trip to coach the United States team in the 2018 Winter Olympics held in PyeongChang, South Korea had this to say about Frederic’s game over the weekend “He’s on a roll now,” Granato said. “It’s not the goals. It’s the faceoff battle, it’s the defensive play, it’s the penalty kill. It’s everything. He’s just playing great.”

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It’s hard to figure what Frederic’s future plans will be pertaining to his education or his willingness to leave school to turn pro and join the Bruins organization presumably a start in the American Hockey League with the Providence Bruins. I’m kind of getting the feeling the B’s will go the route similar to the path they took with current Bruins Danton Heinen when he left Denver after his sophomore year. Regardless of where he plays next season whether it’s back in the NCAA for continued development with his Badgers team or a first-year pro, he’ll add a significant piece to the future depth of this Bruins franchise as they build the team to be competitive on a yearly basis and properly construct a roster from the hard work of management and scouting staff.

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Bruins Prospect Frederic Shines In Overtime Loss

(Brighton, MA 07/07/17) #57 Trent Frederic jumps over a rope during Bruins development camp at the Warrior Ice Arena. Friday, July 7, 2017. Staff photo by John Wilcox.

By: Mark Allred                     Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

The Wisconsin Badgers snapped a three-game winning streak last night with a 5-4 overtime loss to the hands of the Northern Michigan Wildcats. The Badgers will try to seek redemption today as both teams are set to face each other at 5pm CT. Although the second loss in six games was tough, the efforts of Boston Bruins forward prospect Trent Frederic cannot go unmentioned.

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Frederic, a 6′-3″ 215-pound St. Louis, Missouri native was selected with the 29th pick in the 2016 National Hockey League entry-draft and is currently playing in his sophomore year with the Badgers contributing seven points in six games this season and is riding a three-game point streak going 3-1-4 during that time. His longest career NCAA  Men’s Hockey point streak was in his freshman year when he had points in eight straight games during the 2016-17 season.

Below are clips of Frederic’s two-goal effort from last night which was a 2017-18 season high for him.

First Period – Frederic ties the score at one with his third goal of the season assisted by Peter Tischke and Matt Ustaski at 14:39

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Third Period – Frederic once again there to tie the score at four and forcing the Wildcats to overtime with his fourth goal of the year with the lone assist to Ryan Wagner at 17:50

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Trent is on track to pass his career high of 33 points in 30 games last year where he missed some time with an upper-body injury, so if he remains healthy for the remainder of the season, I can definitely see him passing his 15-18-33 numbers as he continues to develop under the guidance of former NHL player and now Badgers Head Coach Tony Granato.

 

Bruins Prospect Frederic Adjusting Well At Wisconsin

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By Mark Allred   Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

When the Boston Bruins selected forward Trent Frederic in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft from Buffalo, New York, It wasn’t the most popular pick for B’s fans and some popular hockey personalities alike. It would seem that Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney and scouting staff weren’t drafting the best available players in the past two seasons, but addressing positional needs for opportunities that might come sooner than expected.

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Frederic, who start the 2016-17 season as a freshman at the University of Wisconsin is playing well in his first year of NCAA Division 1 hockey in the Big Ten Conference. The 19-year-old St. Louis, Missouri native has appeared in 19 games this season and has contributed 10-15-25 numbers which are second on the Badgers team three points behind leading Luke Kunin who has 28.

The 6′-2″ 201-pound center is learning all aspects of the collegiate game but has been impressive in the special team’s department ranking him second on the team with five power play goals and second with one shorthanded goal. A very well positioned center is gaining valuable experience every game and getting high praise from many scouts and hockey writers covering the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey ranks. Frederic is currently on a three-game point streak where he’s posted 3-4-7 numbers and has produced 13 points in his last ten games (5-8-13).

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Badgers Head Coach and former National Hockey League forward Tony Granato had this to say about the skill forward and his progression in his first year of college hockey.

Granato said “For a 19-year-old kid, he’s just a remarkable hockey player,” Granato said. “He’s a competitor. He wants to get better — he’s hungry to get better. He’s a sponge for absorbing information on what he needs to do.”

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This is all good news for a developing player as he rises through the developmental leagues to the NHL and is projected to be a third-line center in the future. The depth at that particular position is seemingly stacked but if the young Frederic plays a full NCAA career at Wisconsin and doesn’t leave school early, he could be very well on track to be a bottom six or even top six forward to a Bruins team looking to rely heavily on youth in the next couple seasons.

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The number six ranked Badgers have nine games remaining in the regular season starting tonight when they play host against the surprisingly good Penn State Nittany Lions. Puck drops at 7:07 this evening from the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Last night the Badgers lost to Penn State by the score of 6-3 in front of the home crowd and look to change the outcome of tonight’s event.

 

Bruins Prospect Trent Frederic Injured In Practice

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By: Mark Allred  ( @BlackAndGold277 )

According to Todd D. Milewski of the Wisconsin State Journal, Wisconsin Badgers forward and Boston Bruins 2016 first round draft pick Trent Frederic was injured in a practice session held yesterday (Thursday, November 17, 2016) morning at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Badgers head coach, and former long-time NHL player Tony Granato confirmed that the first-year collegiate player will miss this weekend’s series against Merrimack College and could miss more time with an upper-body injury.

Frederic’s played in eight games this season and had contributed 10 points (4-6-10) which have him tied for the team lead with Grant Besse (3-7-10) who’s played in seven games. The 18-year-old center from St. Louis, Missouri has been a key player on special teams leading the Badger team in power-play goals (3) and shorthanded goals (1).  The 6′-2″ 201-pound forward is also tied for the team lead in shots with 25.