As soon as once more, it’s time for my annual checklist of the highest 100 males’s NCAA gamers I am excited to observe this season.
For individuals who are new, this isn’t a “finest faculty gamers” rating, as I’m targeted on NHL prospects – there are definitely some nice undrafted names on the market who will make an influence, however that is not my checklist. I additionally are inclined to favor freshmen and sophomores, as a result of they’re the most recent shiny issues, although plenty of upperclassmen made the minimize as nicely. And I do not got down to characterize each program, although if somebody is warranted, I do like to have as many groups as attainable on the rankings.
This 12 months, it is fairly apparent that Boston School and Boston College will likely be extremely enjoyable to observe (particularly once they play one another), whereas Michigan State hits the checklist arduous due to the recruiting acumen of second-year coach Adam Nightingale. And if I am not mistaken, we have got some first-time colleges on the checklist, together with Dartmouth, Sacred Coronary heart and St. Thomas.
And one closing be aware: Maine’s Artem Duda, an Arizona prospect, was not included as a result of he was nonetheless getting cleared for eligibility by the NCAA. But when he does be part of the Black Bears (which could possibly be any day now), he’ll be huge for them.
So right here it’s, the highest 100 NCAA gamers to observe for 2023-24.
1. Mack Celebrini, C, Boston U. – The highest prospect within the 2024 NHL draft brings his phenom ability set to the Terriers after blitzing the USHL final season. Makes everybody round him higher.
2. Cutter Gauthier, C, Boston School – The Philadelphia Flyers first-rounder can construct on his nice frosh 12 months by taking the Eagles to new heights as a sophomore.
3. Artyom Levshunov, D, Michigan State – One other high prospect for 2024, Levshunov offers the Spartans an enormous, sturdy, two-way defenseman to construct round.
4. Will Smith, C, Boston School – The San Jose Sharks first-rounder leads that vaunted freshman NTDP class that can give the Eagles an enormous offensive increase.
5. Ryan Leonard, RW, Boston School – Smith’s liney on the NTDP is a Washington first-rounder who brings drive, scoring punch and the flexibility to assist out on each particular groups.
6. Trey Augustine, G, Michigan State – Freshmen goalies do not get extra hyped than Augustine, however the Detroit Pink Wings decide has confirmed to be gifted past his years already.
7. Seamus Casey, D, Michigan – Devastating offensive defenseman is a New Jersey Devils decide who will likely be one to observe with each the Wolverines and Staff USA’s world junior squad.
8. Lane Hutson, D, Boston U. – The Montreal Canadiens decide has an identical resume to Casey; he’ll be essential for the Terriers and an vital veteran for the People.
9. Michael Hrabal, G, UMass – Probably the most thrilling goalie prospects within the sport, the Arizona Coyotes decide brings his huge body and nice ability set to the Minutemen.
10. Jimmy Snuggerud, RW, Minnesota – His buddy Logan Cooley is gone, however Snuggerud, the St. Louis Blues first-rounder, has loads of his personal firepower to assist tempo the Golden Gophers.
11. Matthew Wooden, RW, UConn – He was spectacular as a freshman, now Wooden comes again as a Nashville Predators first-rounder. Count on him to pile up the objectives.
12. Tom Willander, D, Boston U. – The Vancouver Canucks first-rounder comes over from Sweden, the place he had already proved himself as a tantalizing expertise.
13. Charlie Stramel, C, Wisconsin – Massive, sturdy and surly in entrance of the web, Stramel is a Minnesota Wild first-rounder who will get a brand new coach in Mike Hastings.
14. Zeev Buium, D, Denver – Buium, a 2024 draft prospect, joins older brother Shai in Denver. Zeev is available in as a real freshman after a formidable stint with the NTDP.
15. Gabe Perreault, LW, Boston School – The third member of BC’s first-round NTDP haul, Perreault is a blinding offensive machine, taken by the New York Rangers.
16. Oliver Moore, C, Minnesota – One other NTDP alum, Moore has among the finest wheels within the land. The Chicago Blackhawks grabbed him with the second first-rounder this summer season.
17. Frank Nazar, C, Michigan – Like Moore, Nazar is a Chicago Blackhawks decide. Nazar missed plenty of his freshman marketing campaign because of harm, however he’ll be an vital driver this season.
18. Scott Morrow, D UMass – The large Carolina Hurricanes prospect led the Minutemen in scoring as a sophomore – not dangerous contemplating he did it as a defenseman.
19. Rutger McGroarty, LW, Michigan – Again for his sophomore marketing campaign, McGroarty is a Winnipeg Jets first-rounder who performs a wise, two-way sport.
20. Arsenii Sergeev, G, UConn – Probably the most intriguing goalie prospects within the sport, Sergeev is a Calgary Flames decide coming off a stable freshman marketing campaign.
21. Aku Koskenvuo, G, Harvard – He did not see a lot motion as a freshman, however anticipate extra reps for the Finnish nationwide as a sophomore. He is a Vancouver Canucks decide.
22. Ryan Chesley, D, Minnesota – With Brock Faber gone, the Gophers will want Chesley to step up on the blueline. The Washington Capitals decide has plenty of potential to take action.
23. Gavin Brindley, RW, Michigan – He had a unbelievable frosh marketing campaign with the Wolverines, now the feisty winger comes again as a Columbus Blue Jackets prospect.
24. Sean Behrens, D, Denver – An extremely gifted defenseman, Behrens is a Colorado Avalanche second-rounder searching for his second nationwide championship with the Pioneers.
25. Isaac Howard, LW, Michigan State – Transferring from UMD, Howard will attempt to recapture the dynamic offense he had on the NTDP. He is a Tampa Bay Lightning first-rounder.
26. Danny Nelson, C, Notre Dame – The New York Islanders prospect involves South Bend with an enormous body and a few nice attributes he hopes to hone with the Preventing Irish.
27. Bradly Nadeau, LW, Maine – The Black Bears get a sharpshooter to spice up their offense in Nadeau, who went to the Carolina Hurricanes within the draft this previous summer season.
28. William Whitelaw, RW, Wisconsin – He is the type of participant you hate to line up towards as a result of he is received grit, ability and velocity. Whitelaw is a Columbus Blue Jackets decide.
29. Jackson Blake, RW, North Dakota – After main the Preventing Hawks in scoring as a freshman, Blake returns for extra. He is a Carolina Hurricanes prospect.
30. Sam Rinzel, D, Minnesota – A freshman Gopher with the prospect to make an influence on the again finish, the cellular Rinzel is a Chicago Blackhawks first-rounder.
31. Jack Peart, D, St. Cloud State – His sophomore totals had been higher than his frosh numbers – they usually had been already spectacular. Peart is a Minnesota Wild prospect.
32. Jacob Fowler, G, Boston School – The Eagles have a ton of firepower however somebody nonetheless has to cease pucks and Fowler, a Montreal Canadiens decide, is fairly good at doing that.
33. Shai Buium, D, Denver – Lengthy, cellular and gifted, Buium is prepared for his junior marketing campaign in Denver and now the Detroit Pink Wings decide has youthful brother Zeev to mentor.
34. Cam Lund, RW, Northeastern – Burgeoning energy ahead seemed nice at Staff USA’s summer season world junior camp; Huskies will profit once more from the San Jose Sharks prospect.
35. Hoyt Stanley, D, Cornell – Cellular defenseman was a buzzed-about commodity out of the BCHL; the Ottawa Senators snapped up the Massive Pink commit within the fourth spherical.
36. Ben MacDonald, LW, Harvard – Heavy on potential, MacDonald is a superb skater and two-way participant simply coming into his personal. He is a Seattle Kraken draft decide.
37. Maxim Strbak, D, Michigan State – Slovakian nationwide was a USHL standout and can undoubtedly play on the world juniors once more; he is a Buffalo Sabres decide.
38. Stephen Halliday, C, Ohio State – As a freshman, he led the Buckeyes in scoring. Now the large, gifted Ottawa Senators decide seems to be to construct on his totals as a sophomore.
39. Aaron Pionk, D, Minnesota-Duluth – Late-blooming blueliner is a Minnesota Wild decide coming off a stable USHL season. Youthful brother of NHLer Neal Pionk.
40. Jaroslav Chemelar, RW, Windfall School – Aggressive energy ahead from Czechia is a New York Rangers prospect who can construct off his freshman season with the Friars.
41. Emmett Croteau, G, Clarkson – The freshman joins the Golden Knights after a profitable USHL profession; he is one other Montreal Canadiens goalie decide taking part in faculty hockey.
42. Cruz Lucius, RW, Wisconsin – The Carolina Hurricanes decide was a point-per-gamer and the Badgers’ high scorer throughout his freshman marketing campaign. Search for much more from the playmaker.
43. Kyle Kukkonen, RW, Michigan Tech – As a freshman, his 18 objectives had been tops on the Huskies and his 27 factors put the Anaheim Geese draft decide second on the squad.
44. Jonathan Castagna, C, Cornell – His mixture of velocity and nastiness make Castagna a ache to play towards and the Arizona Coyotes decide comes into Ithaca with a pleasant two-way sport.
45. Ryan Ufko, D, UMass – The Nashville Predators decide noticed his numbers drop as a sophomore, however the expertise is there for the offensive defenseman to rebound as a junior.
46. Quinn Finley, LW, Wisconsin – The freshman arrives through the USHL, the place his mixture of ability and grit will likely be welcomed. Finley is a New York Islanders draft decide.
47. Sam Lipkin, C, Quinnipiac – With the Bobcats defending as nationwide champs, they’re going to have a goal on their backs. Lipkin, the Arizona Coyotes decide, has the scale and ability to assist once more.
48. Ryan Greene, C, Boston U. – Two-way middle with terrific skating acumen, Greene is a Chicago Blackhawks decide who put up spectacular numbers as a freshman.
49. Nick Moldenhauer, C, Michigan – Dynamic weapon was a high-scorer within the USHL. The Toronto Maple Leafs decide can assist replenish among the scoring Michigan misplaced over the summer season.
50. Chase Clark, G, Sacred Coronary heart – Netminder with superior dimension (6-foot-6) transfers over from Quinnipiac to assist out the Pioneers. Clark is a Washington Capitals prospect.
51. Ayrton Martino, LW, Clarkson – Slick playmaker bumped up his factors as a sophomore and ended up as Clarkson’s main scorer. Martino’s a Dallas Stars draft decide.
52. Aiden Fink, RW, Penn State – The Nashville Predators decide could also be undersized, however he packs a ton of scoring punch in his body. The AJHL product lit up the league final 12 months.
53. Andre Gasseau, C, Boston School – Massive middle was one of many Eagles’ high scorers as a freshman and now the workforce has extra depth. He is a Boston Bruins decide.
54. Veeti Miettinen, RW, St. Cloud State – The Finnish winger and Toronto Maple Leafs decide made an enormous offensive leap final 12 months; let’s have a look at how excessive he can push his numbers.
55. Philip Svedeback, G, Windfall School – Massive netminder was a starter for the Friars as a freshman and put up stable numbers. The Boston Bruins decide is again for extra.
56. Garrett Brown, D, Denver – Defensive defenseman with NHL roots (dad Curtis Brown) brings dimension and championship expertise. He is a Winnipeg Jets draft decide.
57. Ty Murchison, D, Arizona State – Murchison is not right here to attain factors, he is right here to maintain the opposition off the board. The Philadelphia Flyers drafted the large blueliner.
58. Dylan James, LW, North Dakota – Two-way ahead who does not thoughts doing the nook work, James is a Detroit Pink Wings decide coming off a stable freshman marketing campaign.
59. Artem Shlaine, C, Northern Michigan – Shlaine himself has a pleasant gritty ingredient to his sport and put up nice numbers with the Wildcats final 12 months. He is a New Jersey Devils decide.
60. Noah Laba, C, Colorado School – The kind of bodily and aggressive ahead you hate to play towards, Laba is a New York Rangers prospect heading into his sophomore marketing campaign.
61. Joaquim Lemay, D, Nebraska-Omaha – Gifted, cellular defenseman is a Washington Capitals decide who can construct on a stable freshman season with the Mavericks.
62. Aydar Suniev, LW, UMass – The Calgary Flames decide and UMass freshman is a brilliant offensive participant who is aware of easy methods to shoot the puck and the place to seek out passes.
63. Alex Bump, LW, Western Michigan – Sturdy child with dynamic offensive toolbox is a Philadelphia Flyers decide and a late get for the Broncos.
64. Alex Jefferies, LW, Merrimack – Led the workforce in scoring final 12 months and can undoubtedly be a significant menace to place up numbers as a senior. He is a New York Islanders choice.
65. Ryder Donovan, C, St. Thomas – Massive middle comes over from Wisconsin, the place he’ll attempt to discover his offense with the Tommies. Donovan is a Vegas Golden Knights decide.
66. Cole Knuble, C, Notre Dame – The Philadelphia Flyers decide comes into South Bend with a terrific two-way sport and stable goal-scoring acumen. Might make USA world junior squad.
67. Sutter Muzzatti, C, R.P.I. – Towering sophomore put up stable numbers for the Engineers as a freshman, tying for the workforce lead. He is a Nashville Predators decide.
68. Taige Harding, D, Windfall School – One other monster, Harding is a Chicago Blackhawks decide who makes use of his dimension on the blueline and added a ton extra offense as a sophomore.
69. Luke Mittelstadt, D, Minnesota – The Montreal Canadiens drafted the cellular defenseman after he had been handed over earlier than, however Mittlestadt has come into his personal.
70. Carter Gylander, G, Colgate – Veteran netminder coming off his finest season with the Raiders, because the Detroit Pink Wings decide rocked a .914 save proportion.
71. Kenny Connors, LW, UMass – The gifted Los Angeles Kings draft decide is coming off a stable freshman marketing campaign that additionally included world junior obligation with Staff USA.
72. Aidan Thompson, C, Denver – Some extent-per-gamer as a freshman with the Pioneers, Thompson is a wonderful playmaker and a Chicago Blackhawks decide.
73. Pink Savage, C, Michigan State – Transferring from Miami to the Spartans, Savage is an ace faceoff specialist and two-way middle taken by the Detroit Pink Wings.
74. John Fusco, D, Dartmouth – Fusco is a Toronto Maple Leafs draft decide who discovered his offense in his first 12 months with the Massive Inexperienced after transferring from Harvard.
75. Jackson Dorrington, D, Northeastern – The athletic shutdown defenseman in a Vancouver Canucks decide now coming into his sophomore season with the Huskies.
76. Miko Matikka, RW, Denver – Massive Finn had a terrific first season in North America whereas taking part in within the USHL, now the Arizona Coyotes decide takes his abilities to Colorado.
77. Brady Cleveland, D, Wisconsin – One other biggie, Cleveland is a bodily shutdown defenseman coming into his first 12 months with the Badgers. He is a Detroit Pink Wings decide.
78. Matthew Morden, D, Harvard – Persevering with the development, Morden brings nice dimension and two-way skill to the Crimson again finish after getting drafted by the Arizona Coyotes.
79. Sam Colangelo, C, Western Michigan – The Anaheim Geese decide has a mixture of dimension and ability. Colangelo joins Western Michigan after three years at Northeastern.
80. Drew Fortescue, D, Boston School – Sharp defender with some dimension joins Eagles from the NTDP. Fortescue is a New York Rangers draft decide.
81. George Fegaras, D, Cornell – All-around expertise on the again finish, Fegaras is a Dallas Stars decide coming in as a freshman after taking part in final season within the USHL.
82. Samu Salminen, C, UConn – Massive Finnish pivot discovered his toes with the Huskies as a freshman; let’s have a look at what the New Jersey Devils decide can do the second time round.
83. Eric Pohlkamp, D, Bemidji State – Stocky blueliner put up almost some extent per sport within the USHL final season. The Beavers freshman is a San Jose Sharks decide.
84. Dominic Basse, G, St. Cloud State – The 6-foot-6 Chicago Blackhawks netminding prospect shaved a complete purpose off his GAA final 12 months after transferring from Colorado School.
85. Jayden Perron, RW, North Dakota – Gifted playmaker had an enormous draft drop this summer season, however the Carolina Hurricanes had been more than pleased to reap the benefits of that chance.
86. Hudson Malinowski, C, Windfall School – Incoming freshman has dazzling playmaking abilities, honed with the firewagon AJHL Brooks Bandits. He is a Toronto Maple Leafs decide.
87. Shane Lachance, C, Boston U. – His huge body made him lots to deal with within the USHL; now the Edmonton Oilers decide follows in dad Scott’s footsteps by becoming a member of Terriers.
88. Joe Miller, C, Harvard – Diminutive and gifted pivot did not let the large ECAC sluggish him down as a freshman. Miller is a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect.
89. Tomas Mazura, RW, St. Lawrence – Massive pivot with ability is an Edmonton Oilers decide who begins his second 12 months with the Saints after transferring from Windfall School.
90. Abram Wiebe, D, North Dakota – With dimension and ability on the again finish, Wiebe made a meal out of the BCHL. Now the Vegas Golden Knights decide takes his abilities to Grand Forks.
91. Dans Locmelis, C, UMass – Latvian middle put up huge numbers in Swedish junior league. The Boston Bruins decide will likely be key for his nation on the world juniors once more, too.
92. Rhett Pitlick, LW, Minnesota – He is a Pitlick, so you are getting most effort from the Montreal Canadiens prospect. Stable development in first two years with Gophers.
93. Jack D. Hughes, C, Northeastern – It is a huge 12 months for the Los Angeles Kings decide, who had respectable offensive numbers in his first two campaigns with the Huskies.
94. Tyler Muszelik, G, New Hampshire – With David Fessenden off to Canisius, the 6-foot-3 Muszelik will get an opportunity to take over the Wildcats crease. He is a Florida Panthers decide.
95. Daimon Gardner, C, Clarkson – Massive middle comes into Clarkson after stable contributions within the USHL. Gardner is a Vancouver Canucks prospect.
96. Luca Munzenberger, D, Vermont – Keep-at-home defenseman with nice construct enters his third season with the Catamounts. The German nationwide is an Edmonton Oilers decide.
97. Dominic James, LW – Minnesota-Duluth – The Chicago Blackhawks prospect parlayed his velocity right into a world junior look with Staff USA, however he additionally put up numbers for the Canines.
98. Tanner Ludtke, C, Nebraska-Omaha – Gifted pivot and Arizona Coyotes prospect joins the Mavericks after placing up some very good numbers within the USHL.
99. Ben Meehan, D, UMass-Lowell – Heading into his senior 12 months, the Los Angeles Kings blueline prospect has seen his offensive contributions climb in each marketing campaign with the River Hawks.
100. Jack Devine, RW, Denver – Jack-of-all-trades (no pun meant) ahead noticed a pleasant increase in offense 12 months over 12 months. The junior is a Florida Panthers prospect.
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