Morning Free Association: February 3

Good morning, hope you all have had a restful evening and are gearing up for some good plans this weekend. I’m not doing a food pairing this morning, but thought it’d be good to do sort of a prospects round up. I’ve gone back through the last three draft years, and have left out all players currently playing for Boston or Providence.

So let’s start with the college kids.

NameSchoolDraft year | RoundPositionGoalsAssistsPoints
Charlie McAvoyBoston University2016 | 1Defense31215
Trent FredricUniversity of Wisconsin2016 | 1Center71118
Ryan LindgrenUniversity of Minnesota2016 | 2Defense145
Cam ClarkFerris State University2016 | 5Defense167
Jakob Forsbacka KarlssonBoston University2015 | 2Center101424
Cameron HughesUniversity of Wisconsin2015 | 6Center51520
Ryan DonatoHarvard University2014 | 2Center11920
Anders BjorkNotre Dame2014 | 5Center / Left Wing162238

Twenty seven points off the blueline, very encouraging. Anders Bjork (who I still can’t believe is an American. He’s like a reverse Sean Bergenheim in terms of name vs country) is still lighting the NCAA on fire, leading all Bruins collegiate prospects by a wide majority.

What about our friends to the north?

NameTeam | LeagueDraft year | RoundPositionGoalsAssistsPoints
Jakub ZborilSaint John Sea Dogs | QMJHL2015 | 1Defense61824
Zach SenyshynSoo Greyhounds | OHL2015 | 1Right Wing281341
Jeremy LauzonRouyn-Noranda Huskies | QMJHL2015 | 2Defense31114
Jesse GabriellePrince George Cougars | WHL2015Left Wing231942

No real surprises here as by this point we all know who the CHL guys are.

Last but not least are the European skaters.

NameTeam | CountryDraft year | RoundPositionGoalsAssistsPoints
Joona KoppanenIlvas U20 | Finland2016 | 5Left Wing / Center91726
Oskar SteenFärjestad BK | Sweden2016 | 6Center / Right Wing112
Emil JohanssonDjurgårdens IF | Sweden2014 | 7Defense6713

Very surprised to see the point totals of Johansson & Steen. A defenseman with 13 points isn’t unheard of by any means, but to be outscoring Steen by 11 points is something. Granted Johansson has 2 years more experience, but hey, we’re talking about a 6th and 7th rounder here.

What’s on tap for the weekend?

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