The NCHC’s prime 20 freshmen for 2022-23 – Grand Forks Herald

September 30, 2022

GRAND FORKS — Listed below are the Herald’s prime 20 freshmen within the Nationwide Collegiate Hockey Convention for the 2022-23 season:

1. Isaac Howard, F, Minnesota Duluth

The primary-round decide of the Tampa Bay Lightning will instantly add offense for the Bulldogs together with his quickness and talent stage.

2. Jackson Blake, F, North Dakota

Blake has the power to drag followers out of their seats together with his creativity, very like his father, Jason, did. He’s an unpredictable passer and an underrated finisher.

3. Aidan Thompson, F, Denver

Thompson, a third-round Blackhawks decide, completed third in factors per sport within the USHL final season.

4. Owen McLaughlin, F, North Dakota

McLaughlin is a pass-first middle who likes to gradual the sport down and discover the trailer on the push. UND will look to place goal-scorers across the Flyers decide. [

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5. Adam Ingram, F, St. Cloud State

The Manitoba product and third-round Nashville decide is coming off of an incredible 12 months with Youngstown within the USHL.

6. Jacob Guevin, D, Omaha

Guevin skates effectively and might be shifty on the blue line, the place he put up practically a degree per sport within the USHL final season.

7. Ben Steeves, F, Minn. Duluth

Steeves has a rocket for a shot and will be capable to produce on the ability play as a rookie.

8. Rieger Lorenz, F, Denver

Lorenz is a prototypical NHL-style participant. He has the dimensions and performs an entire sport. It might take a bit of little bit of time for him to develop into a big-time level producer, however it would come.

9. Simon Latkoczy, G, Omaha

The Slovakian netminder led Madison to the Clark Cup Finals, has excelled on the World Juniors and might be the starter for Omaha this season.

10. Dylan James, F, North Dakota

James is a flexible winger who can play up and down the lineup, however will in all probability begin on the underside six and earn penalty kill duties.

11. Ryan Beck, F, Colorado Faculty

The sub-6 foot, expert celebrity was an previous hallmark of nice CC groups (Brian Swanson, Peter Sejna, Marty Sertich, Brett Sterling). Beck is in the identical mildew.

12. Ryan McAllister, F, Western Michigan

McAllister is an elite goal-scorer, who put up 139 factors in 60 video games final season for Brooks within the AJHL.

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13. Joquim Lemay, D, Omaha

Lemay is a wonderful skater and makes use of it to leap up within the play. He can also distribute the puck from the again finish.

14. Noah Laba, F, Colorado Faculty

The 6-foot-2 ahead, who was beforehand dedicated to Colgate, is a powerful all-around participant and will wind up in CC’s prime six.

15. Cole Spicer, F, Minn. Duluth

The Grand Forks native switched his dedication from UND to Minnesota Duluth within the offseason so as to come to school hockey this season.

16. Ben Strinden, F, North Dakota

Strinden will begin on the decrease traces for UND, however can chip in offensively. He’s wonderful at tipping pucks and across the internet.

17. John Waldron, F, Miami

Waldron isn’t flashy and gained’t gentle up the scoresheet as a freshman, however he’ll chip in and be an excellent all-around participant for the RedHawks.

18. Samuel Sjolund, D, Western Michigan

Sjolund, a Dallas Stars draft decide, can be greater on this checklist if he have been eligible straight away. He is not going to be, although, and won’t play this season in any respect as a result of he performed in a league deemed skilled in Sweden.

19. Jared Wright, F, Denver

The Los Angeles Kings sixth-round draft decide has good measurement at 6-foot-2 and may skate.

20. Kaiden Mbereko, G, Colorado Faculty

Mbereko will come to school hockey with World Junior Championship expertise after taking part in for the U.S. this summer season, however he’ll doubtless begin the season behind veteran netminder Matt Vernon.

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