A couple of things Wednesday afternoon. The Division I All-American teams will be announced this week in Detroit, at the site of the Frozen Four, and it wouldn’t be surprising if Minnesota Duluth sophomore center Jack Connolly made the West second team. He led UMD’s scoring with 49 points in 40 games, to rank 11th in points in Division I and was on the all-WCHA first team.
Also it appears, for now, that UMD may lose just one player with remaining eligibility to the pros — junior free agent forward Rob Bordson, who has signed with Anaheim. NHL teams were also looking at UMD free agents Justin Fontaine, Mike Montgomery, who are juniors, and sophomore Brady Lamb. The Bulldogs are expecting No. 1 draft pick Dylan Olsen to return for his sophomore year.
Also, the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau on Wednesday released its final rankings of players eligible for the Entry Draft on June 25-26 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The complete final rankings are here.
Defenseman Derek Forbort of Duluth, the the USA Under-18 program in Ann Arbor, Mich., was No. 9 among North American skaters. Forbort (6-4 1/2 and 198 pounds) is a North Dakota recruit.
UMD recruits in the rankings are: right winger Joe Basaraba of Fort Frances, Ontario (6-2 and 190) with Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minn., at 54; defenseman Justin Faulk of South St. Paul (5-11 3/4 and 196) with the USA Under-18 program at No. 56; center Caleb Herbert of Bloomington, Minn. (5-9 1/2 and 180), a senior at Bloomington Jefferson,at No. 109; and defenseman Chris Casto of Stillwater, Minn.(6-1 and 200), a senior at Hill-Murray, at No. 182.
Also on the list is Virginia High School senior center Garrett Hendrickson (6-1 and 165 pounds), a St. Cloud State recruit, at No. 198.