Prospect Update - NCAA Regular Season

Bruce Bennett

The 2013-14 NCAA Regular Season has come to a close, so let's take a look at how the Pittsburgh Penguins prospects fared before they begin their playoff runs.

The 2013-14 NCAA season has drawn to a close, while the Major Juniors and Euro Leagues are still plodding through the final couple of weeks of their seasons. So we are going to split the Pittsburgh Penguins prospects in half this month in order to encompass the final games. You can check back on past updates from October, November, December, January, and February if you want to see how they performed in past months.

NCAA

Bryan Rust, Senior F and Alternate Captain with the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, had 12 Goals, 26 Points, and a +9 in 34 games played. 4 of his Goals and 7 of his Assists were scored on the PP while 2 of his Goals and 1 of his Assists were scored shorthanded. He is #3 on the team in both Goals and Assists while being #4 in Points and Plus/Minus. Notre Dame went 20-12-2 and finished tied for #7 in the Hockey East conference. They face off against Boston University next weekend for the first round of the Hockey East playoffs. As a Senior, Rust can join the WBS Baby Pens after the conclusion of the NCAA playoffs as a member of their Black Aces squad.

Josh Archibald, Junior F with the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks, had 28 Goals, 41 Points, and a +4 in 32 games played. 8 of his Goals and 5 of his Assists were scored on the PP. He leads the team in Goals, is #6 in Points, leads the team in Points, and is #4 in Plus/Minus. He leads the entire NCHC in Goals and Points, including Power Play Goals, Power Play Points, and Game Winning Goals. Out of the entire NCAA he finished #2 in Goals and #9 in Points, as well as #10 in Power Play Goals and #7 in Game Winning Goals. UNO went 15-15-2 and finished #3 in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. They face off against the University of Minnesota-Duluth next weekend for the first round of the NCHC playoffs.

Scott Wilson, Junior F with the University of Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks, had 5 Goals, 14 Points, and a +5 in 24 games played. 1 of his Goals and 3 of his Assists were scored on the PP. He is #6 in Goals, #7 in Assists, #8 in Points, and #13 in Plus/Minus on his team. However, he was injured and missed the final two games in January and all of February before returning to finish out the year this weekend, so he had played 10 fewer games than most of the team. UMass-Lowell went 21-9-4 and finished #2 in the Hockey East conference. They have a bye through the first round and await their opponent in the Quarterfinals 2 weekends from now.

Theodor Blueger, Sophomore F with the Minnesota State-Mankato Mavericks, had 3 Goals, 18 Points, and a -2 in 33 games played. 2 of his Goals and 5 of his Assists were scored on the PP.  He is #12 in Goals, #5 in Assists, #6 in Points, and #13 in Plus/Minus on his team. Minnesota State went 21-13-0 and finished tied for #1 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association conference. They face off against Michigan Tech next weekend for the first round of the WCHA playoffs.

Sean Maguire, Sophomore G with the Boston University Terriers, had a 3-12-0 record with a 2.90 GAA and .919 Sv%. They used a platoon goaltending system, splitting starts. The other goaltender had better overall stats, but Maguire had better numbers against in-conference opponents. He had a 2.68 GAA and .928 Sv% in the games that counted. He is #10 in GAA and #5 in Sv% amongst Hockey East goaltenders. BU went 10-20-4 and finished #9 in the Hockey East conference. They face off against Notre Dame next weekend for the first round of the Hockey East playoffs.

Jake Guentzel, Freshman F with UNO, had 6 Goals, 28 Points, and a -2 in 32 games played. 2 of his Goals and 6 of his Assists were scored on the PP. He is #5 in Goals, #2 in Assists, #5 in Points, and #18 in Plus/Minus on his team. However, amongst Freshmen he is #2 in Goals and #1 in both Assists and Points. He is #1 in Assists, #3 in Points, and #1 in Freshman scoring in the NCHC. Out of the entire NCAA he was the #5 Freshman in Assists and #9 Freshman in Points.

Ryan Segalla, Freshman D with the University of Connecticut Huskies, had 1 Goal, 14 Points, and a -2 in 32 games played. 1 of his Assists was scored on the PP. He is #15 in Goals, #3 in Assists, #9 in Points, and #15 in Plus/Minus. Amongst the D, he is #3 in Goals, #1 in Assists, and #2 in Points. Amongst Freshman he is #4 in Goals, #1 in Assists, and #2 in Points. Amongst Freshman D he is #2 in Goals and #1 in both Assists and Points. UConn went 18-12-4 and finished tied for #3 in the Atlantic Hockey conference. They have a bye through the first round and await their opponent in the Quarterfinals 2 weekends from now.

Blaine Byron, Freshman F of the University of Maine Black Bears, had 8 Goals, 15 Points, and an even 0 in 29 games played. 2 of his Goals and 2 of his Assists were scored on the PP. He was #5 in Goals, #8 in Assists and Points, and #16 in Plus/Minus on his team. Amongst Freshmen he is #1 in Goals, #3 in Assists, and #2 in Points. Maine went 15-13-4 and finished #6 in the Hockey East conference. They face off against Merrimack College next weekend in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs.

Dane Birks, D committed to Michigan Tech for next year, is still playing in the Junior A with the BCHL Merritt Centennials, but the BCHL finished up their regular season this weekend as well. He had 4 Goals and 21 Points in 50 games played. He is #15 in Goals, #10 in Assists, and #12 in Points on his team. Amongst D, he is #3 in Goals as well as #4 in Assists and Points. Merritt went 31-22-4-1 and finished #4 in the Interior Division. They open up the playoffs this week against the Penticton Vees.

Troy Josephs, Freshman F of the Clarkson Golden Knights, had 2 Goals, 5 Points, and a -7 in 27 games played. He was #14 in Goals, #15 in Assists, #14 in Points, and #23 in Plus/Minus on his team. Amongst Freshmen he is #3 in Goals, #5 in Assists, and #4 in Points. Clarkson went 18-14-4 and finished tied for #5 in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference. They face off against Princeton University next weekend in the first round of the ECAC playoffs.

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