Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 12th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.
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UND incoming freshman forward Grant Mismash did not get selected in Friday’s first round of the NHL Draft. Most draft projections had Mismash going in the second round, which begins at 9 a.m. today (NHL Network). Next season will mark only the second since 2002-03 that UND won’t have a first-round pick on its roster.
T.J. Oshie didn’t wait until the open of the NHL’s free agency period to make a big splash. The former Warroad High and UND star forward decided he didn’t need to look around at new opportunities. Oshie signed an eight-year, $46 million deal with the Washington Capitals on Friday night before the NHL Draft to stay in a place where he flourished this season.
Grant Mismash will be in the United Center in Chicago on Friday night, waiting to see if he extends UND's run of first-round NHL draft picks to four years in a row. Some draft projections have UND's top prospect sneaking into the late first round. Most have him going in the second round. "Obviously, it's going to be an exciting time," Mismash said. "It will be a little more nerve-racking when I get all in there and seated and it starts to go, but it should be fun, though."
Each recruiting class is judged by statistics, and often by how high the incoming recruits go in the NHL Draft, which begins tonight in Chicago. But UND's incoming freshman class, which the school officially introduced Thursday morning, could be defined by much more than that.
For decades, high-end UND men's hockey players have signed NHL contracts before reaching their senior seasons. That's been especially true as of late. In the last 15 years, UND has had 30 players turn pro early, including eight in the last two summers alone. But there's a unique twist with today's times. More and more of those players are still getting their college degrees. With the rise in online classes at UND and elsewhere around the country, players are taking advantage and finishing off their undergraduate degrees while playing in the pros.
The NHL Draft begins with the first round at 6 p.m. tonight in Chicago's United Center. The second through seventh rounds will begin 9 a.m. Saturday. While the focus will be on the expected top two picks—Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier—there's plenty of topics to know for UND and college hockey fans following the draft. Here are 10 items to know: Who is eligible? Players who were born between Jan. 1, 1997 and Sept. 15, 1999 are eligible to go in this year's draft. Players born in 1996 or before are free agents.
Jay Caufield, the unlikeliest of all UND Stanley Cup champions, was in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Sunday night, watching another longshot from UND, Carter Rowney, win hockey's greatest prize for the same team. Caufield, now a Pittsburgh Penguins television analyst for Root Sports, had an up-close look at Carter Rowney's six-month rise from minor-league hockey player to NHL regular to Stanley Cup champion. Caufield wasn't shocked.
Carter Rowney was on the ice with his family after winning the Stanley Cup on Sunday night. CBC's Hockey Night in Canada asked his wife, Danielle, what this means for their family. "Well, we just became a family a month ago, we had a baby a month ago," said Danielle, a former UND volleyball player. "Now, more dad duties start." Carter responded, "I can't wait to get himside that Cup, though." And he didn't waste any time doing that Sunday night.
Two months after UND announced the elimination of the women's hockey and men's and women's swimming and diving programs to alleviate budget concerns, the athletic department made additional budget cuts this week as part of the $1.3 million it was asked to eliminate by President Mark Kennedy.
Ben Cherski, UND's all-time leading men's hockey goal-scorer, has died at the age of 87. Cherski was one of the program's best players in the early years, compiling 131 goals and 188 points between 1951-55. He was the school's first two-time All-American. He earned honors three times. Cherski remains the record-holder for career goals, hat tricks (17) and consecutive games with a goal (12). Cherski had been living in California, but frequently returned to Grand Forks for games.