With a lot of people caught up on NCAA round ball thought I’d give an update on the Pens draft picks playing in the Real March Madness along with some names worth keeping an eye on.
Got my 1st look at Teddy Blueger from MN State-Mankato and came away very impressed by his smooth skating and speed to go with good hands, skill and instinct. Kind of reminds me of Boedker from PHX. Pens 2nd round pick from 2012 has some work to do but has a good foundation to build on.
Scott Wilson from UML and Bryan Rust from Notre Dame are names we've all heard for a while. They've both accomplished quite a bit in college and look like they may be ready to test themselves at the next level. I view Wilson as having higher upside once he improves his shot but hard to tell for now.
As far as potential free agents, MN state Mankato has some impressive prospects. For starters their Goalie Cole Huggins passed the eye test with flying colors while matching Hellebuyck’s brilliance save for save. His anticipation and quickness in net definitely makes him worth a look in prospect camp.
Brett Stern, is a stout stay at home dman for them who looks like a strong skater and isn’t shy when it comes to dropping the hammer. His presence and skating ability makes him intriguing and worth a look. Casey Nelson is another dman worth keeping an eye on as well due to him being RH and 6’2 with mobility.
Dylan Margonari, is a kid from Greensburg with wheels, grit and possibly some untapped skill. Uses his speed to play center effectively but with his sandpaper edge could be an effective winger at the pro level. From what I saw he looks like a strong skater with grit and the size to be a bottom 6 player. Probably worth a look too.
UML is loaded. Besides players like Wilson and Arnold who are drafted they have several undrafted players that are definitely worth a look. Joseph Pendenza, UML leading scorer, is one of the most underrated players in the entire NCAA. Not the biggest center being listed at 5’11 but is a stout 190lbs and is a very smooth, fast and strong skater with great instincts and good skill up and down the ice. Zach Kamrass is another quality dman for UML but he’s LH and not as big as Folin.
As far as other intriguing forwards go, Mark Zengerle from Wisconsin is a very active and skilled player that will be available as a FA. He's not the biggest player but is stout on the puck and has the grit to play wing. Although I have a feeling he'll end up in Columbus along with Joel Rumpel who was a very solid Goalie for the Badgers.
Another intriguing forward is Cory Kane for Ferris State. He's a bigger player with skill and grit who could be an interesting pick up for any team looking for forward depth.
And as you guys know, signing Christian Folin once UML’s season is over is still a must for the Pens and will hopefully be priority #1!
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