As the US continues to supply an growing quantity of the sport’s prime stars, the NCAA stays one of many go-to routes for American-born gamers – and a lot of prime Canadians and a few Europeans, too. Made up of 60 groups and 6 conferences (in addition to one unbiased workforce), the NCAA is the perfect it will get in the US for creating NHL expertise.
Following our have a look at which CHL organizations have developed essentially the most NHL expertise for the reason that 2004-05 lockout, we’ll now check out which NCAA workforce’s alumni have performed essentially the most NHL video games for the reason that lockout by the top of the 2018-19 season. If a participant cut up time between a number of colleges, the NHL video games they’ve performed will probably be cut up between these colleges, as nicely. For instance, if a participant performed 75 video games at Boston Faculty and 25 video games at Michigan, Boston Faculty will probably be credited with 75 per cent of the NHL video games performed and Michigan with 25 per cent.
All colleges who’ve produced no NHL gamers since 2005 lockout (7)
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T52. Arizona State: 1Notable Alumni: Joey Daccord
T52. Mercyhurst: 1Notable Alumni: Jamie Hunt
T50. Niagara: 13Notable Alumni: Matt Ryan
T50. Penn State: 13Notable Alumni: Casey Bailey
49. Connecticut: 112Notable Alumni: Tage Thompson
48. Quinnipiac: 138Notable Alumni: Devon Toews
47. Ferris State: 167Notable Alumni: Zach Redmond
46. Canisius: 189Notable Alumni: Cory Conacher
45. Merrimack: 195Notable Alumni: Matt Foy
44. Alabama-Huntsville: 301Notable Alumni: Cam Talbot
43. Lake Superior State: 312Notable Alumni: Derek Smith
42. Rensselaer: 317Notable Alumni: Brandon Pirri
41. R.I.T.: 481Notable Alumni: Chris Tanev
40. Yale: 500Notable Alumni: Mark Arcobello, John Hayden
39. Northern Michigan: 661Notable Alumni: Erik Gustafsson, Mike Santorelli
38. Colgate: 690Notable Alumni: Chris Wagner, Jesse Winchester
37. Bemidji State: 795Notable Alumni: Brad Hunt, Matt Learn
36. Union: 797Notable Alumni: Shayne Gostisbehere, Keith Kinkaid
35. Alaska-Fairbanks: 822Notable Alumni: Chad Johnson, Colton Parayko
34. St. Lawrence: 831Notable Alumni: Brandon Bollig, Wealthy Peverley
33. Brown: 863Notable Alumni: Ryan Garbutt, Garnet Hathaway
32. Clarkson: 868Notable Alumni: Mark Borowiecki, Kent Huskins
31. Michigan Tech: 883Notable Alumni: Jujhar Khaira, John Scott
30. Massachusetts-Lowell: 1,zero25Notable Alumni: Christian Folin, Connor Hellebuyck, Carter Hutton
29. Alaska-Anchorage: 1,048Notable Alumni: Jay Beagle, Curtis Glencross
28. Bowling Inexperienced: 1,145Notable Alumni: Kevin Bieksa, Ryan Carpenter
27. Princeton: 1,244Notable Alumni: Mike Condon, Taylor Fedun, George Parros
26. Harvard: 1,408Notable Alumni: Alex Kerfoot, Alex Killorn, Jimmy Vesey
25. Northeastern: 1,424Notable Alumni: Josh Manson, Jamie Oleksiak, Joe Vitale
24. Windfall: 1,525Notable Alumni: Mark Jankowski, Tim Schaller, Brandon Tanev
23. Nebraska-Omaha: 1,591Notable Alumni: Jake Guentzel, Andrej Sustr, Greg Zanon
22. Vermont: 1,600Notable Alumni: Kevan Miller, Torrey Mitchell, Viktor Stalberg
21. St. Cloud State: 1,827Notable Alumni: Dennis Cholowski, Matt Hendricks, Nick Jensen
20. Minnesota State: 1,866Notable Alumni: Ryan Carter, David Backes, Tyler Pitlick
19. Western Michigan: 2,261Notable Alumni: Kevin Connauton, Danny Dekeyser, Mark Letestu
18. Massachusetts: 2,374Notable Alumni: Justin Braun, Brandon Montour, Jonathan Fast
17. New Hampshire: 2,525Notable Alumni: Brett Pesce, James van Riemsdyk, Daniel Winnik
16. Ohio State: 2,663Notable Alumni: Ryan Dzingel, David Steckel, R.J. Umberger
15. Cornell: 2,682Notable Alumni: Matt Moulson, Douglas Murray, Riley Nash
14. Colorado Faculty: 2,787Notable Alumni: Curtis McElhinney, Jaden Schwartz, Jaccob Slavin, Mark Stuart
13. Dartmouth: 2,828Notable Alumni: Tanner Glass, David Jones, Lee Stempniak
12. Notre Dame: three,643Notable Alumni: Ian Cole, Anders Lee, Kyle Palmieri, Riley Sheahan
11. Miami: three,742Notable Alumni: Andy Greene, Alec Martinez, Reilly Smith, Tommy Wingels
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10. Maine: four,zero41Notable Alumni: Ben Bishop, Jimmy Howard, Gustav Nyquist, Dustin Penner, Teddy Purcell
Maine hasn’t shared the identical success as others featured within the prime 10, failing to achieve the Frozen 4 since 2007 and with out an NCAA crown since 1999. They’ve, nevertheless, developed a number of gamers who made and proceed to make an affect within the NHL. Ben Bishop was a Vezina Trophy finalist final season with the Dallas Stars, Jimmy Howard stays a starter with the Detroit Crimson Wings and Gustav Nyquist inked four-year deal within the offseason with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
9. Minnesota-Duluth: four,098Notable Alumni: J.T. Brown, Jason Garrison, Justin Faulk, Matt Niskanen, Mason Raymond
Winners of back-to-back nationwide championships, Minnesota-Duluth has been the perfect it will get within the NCAA. Maybe the 2 most notable names the Bulldogs have produced for the reason that lockout are defensemen Justin Faulk and Matt Niskanen. And there are one other pair of defensemen, Scott Perunovich and Dylan Samberg, on the best way. For now, they’ll be trying to full the three-peat.
eight. Denver: four,952Notable Alumni: Tyler Bozak, Will Butcher, Matt Carle, Paul Stastny, Jason Zucker
Denver has produced a number of top-six forwards, together with Tyler Bozak, Paul Stastny and Jason Zucker. Defenseman Will Butcher additionally made his mark with Denver whereas changing into a extremely sought-after free agent forward of the 2017-18 NHL season. The varsity’s most up-to-date NCAA Championships got here in 2005 and 2017, whereas they haven’t missed the NCAA match since 2007.
7. Michigan State: 5,314Notable Alumni: Justin Abdelkader, David Sales space, Duncan Keith, Drew Miller, Jeff Petry, Jim Slater, Torey Krug
Although Michigan State hasn’t essentially produced a ton of NHL stars, they’ve developed serviceable gamers who’ve been capable of carve out spots within the league. Justin Abdelkader, David Sales space, Drew Miller, Jim Slater and Jeff Petry all surpassed the 500-game mark, whereas defenseman Torey Krug stays a key a part of the Boston Bruins blue line and blueliner Duncan Keith is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion and Conn Smythe winner.
6. Boston College: 5,969Notable Alumni: Nick Bonino, Charlie Coyle, Jack Eichel, Clayton Keller, Charlie McAvoy, Matt Nieto, Kevin Shattenkirk, Brady Tkachuk, Ryan Whitney, Colin Wilson
Boston College could not rank forward of rival Boston Faculty on this record, however the Terriers have despatched some massive names onto NHL success, together with kids Clayton Keller, Charlie McAvoy and Brady Tkachuk. In the meantime, Jack Eichel, who registered 71 factors in 40 video games as an 18-year-old with the college, is already the captain of the Buffalo Sabres.
5. Boston Faculty: eight,128Notable Alumni: Cam Atkinson, Brian Boyle, Brian Dumoulin, Patrick Eaves, Johnny Gaudreau, Noah Hanifin, Kevin Hayes, Chris Kreider, Cory Schneider, Alex Tuch
There’s definitely a niche between the top-five NCAA groups and the remainder of the pack, every producing gamers with a complete of greater than eight,000 NHL video games for the reason that lockout. Each different workforce is under the 6,000-game mark. And it’s no shock to see three-time nationwide champion Boston Faculty in a top-five spot.
The varsity’s most up-to-date all-star alumnus is Johnny Gaudreau, who attended Boston Faculty for 3 years and registered 80 factors in 40 video games in his closing season earlier than heading to the Flames. Former Boston Faculty defenseman and 2015 fifth-overall choose Noah Hanifin is Gaudreau’s teammate in Calgary.
four. North Dakota: eight,724Notable Alumni: Brock Boeser, Drake Caggiula, Tyson Jost, Matt Greene, Brock Nelson, T.J. Oshie, Zach Parise, Nick Schmaltz, Drew Stafford, Jonathan Toews, Travis Zajac
North Dakota has had one of the vital profitable NCAA applications for the reason that lockout 12 months, reaching the Frozen 4 eight instances in that span. Their 2016 Championship workforce was led by Brock Boeser, Drake Caggiula and Nick Schmaltz, who mixed for 157 factors that season. Their skill to develop prime NHL expertise does return additional, although, as T.J. Oshie, Zach Parise and Jonathan Toews all got here from the college, as nicely.
three. Minnesota: eight,954Notable Alumni: Keith Ballard, Nick Bjugstad, Alex Goligoski, Erik Haula, Erik Johnson, Phil Kessel, Nick Leddy, Kyle Okposo, Nate Schmidt, Brady Skjei, Tomas Vanek, Blake Wheeler
The State of Hockey could also be dwelling to a number of NCAA applications, however the College of Minnesota is forward of the pack in the case of NHL alumni. Amongst these to put on a Golden Gophers jersey are Erik Johnson, Phil Kessel and Blake Wheeler, all of whom had been top-five NHL draft picks between 2004 and 2006. Minnesota is constantly a aggressive workforce within the NCAA, however they haven’t been capable of take dwelling an NCAA title since their back-to-back wins in 2002 and 2003.
2. Michigan: 9,776Notable Alumni: Andrew Cogliano, J.T. Compher, Andrew Copp, Carl Hagelin, Zach Hyman, Jack Johnson, Dylan Larkin, Eric Nystrom, Max Pacioretty, Jacob Trouba, Zach Werenski
Within the final half-decade, Michigan has been one in every of prime groups when it comes to producing NHL expertise. The likes of Kyle Connor, Quinn Hughes, Dylan Larkin, Jacob Trouba and Zach Werenski all suited up for the Wolverines.
Regardless of the caliber of gamers they’ve produced, nevertheless, Michigan hasn’t been capable of seize an NCAA Championship for the reason that NHL’s lockout 12 months. They’ve appeared within the Frozen 4 3 times throughout that stretch.
1. Wisconsin: 10,372Notable Alumni: Rene Bourque, Brian Elliott, Jake Gardiner, Tom Gilbert, Ryan McDonagh, Joe Pavelski, Justin Schultz, Craig Smith, Derek Stepan, Ryan Suter, Kyle Turris
Proper across the time of the 2005 lockout, Wisconsin produced gamers which have gone on to be NHL captains, leaders and a number of the greatest expertise within the league. Former coach Mike Eaves, who spent 14 years with this system, helped to form the likes of Ryan McDonagh, Joe Pavelski, Ryan Suter earlier than they grew to become the gamers we see at the moment. Wisconsin has superior to the Frozen 4 twice for the reason that lockout, together with their NCAA Championship win in 2006. Whereas they haven’t developed many stars lately, their affect in producing gamers a decade in the past remains to be felt within the NHL at the moment.
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