It is formally faculty free-agency season. And this 12 months’s crop of NCAA unrestricted free brokers shouldn’t be brief on intrigue.
Faculty free brokers are gamers who have been by no means drafted and are now not eligible to be drafted. Most are of their early 20s, that means they’re about as bodily developed as they are going to get, they usually have just a few further years of high-level coaching. Most will find yourself being depth additions to NHL golf equipment.
This 12 months’s high prize is massive ahead Nico Sturm, who had a breakout season at Clarkson a 12 months in the past and constructed off of it as a junior this previous season. This is a have a look at Sturm and the remainder of a bunch who will get curiosity from scouts across the NHL as faculty seasons come to an finish.
1. Nico Sturm, C, Clarkson
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Sturm should garner a lot of offers as soon as Clarkson gets bounced. There’s a lot to like about a 6-foot-3 forward who can skate. The 23-year-old junior from Germany is having his best collegiate season, with 41 points through 34 games. He also is renowned around the ECAC for his defensive play, having won the league’s best defensive forward award following the 2017-18 season.
It’s easy to see why NHL teams will want his services. Sturm is responsible, can play with some power, anticipates plays well and brings a great work ethic to the ice every shift. The size factor is obviously a big one, but the versatility he has shown the past two seasons is bigger. Sturm likely plays a depth role on whichever team signs him, but cheap depth is a hot commodity.