After the college hockey season is over, many NHL teams offer contracts to their players they have drafted. To those who are undrafted, it is first come, first serve. There were many skaters who went unnoticed when their draft year came around but now having successful college careers. NHLers like Martin St. Louis (NYR), Tyler Johnson (TBL), and Mark Giordano (CGY), all went undrafted and have found success in the NHL. Here are my thoughts on a couple college hockey seniors, who went undrafted, but could be signing NHL contracts very soon.
Daniel Ciampini, Forward, Union College
Union College put themselves on the map last year by winning the National Championship and Daniel Ciampini is making a name for himself by leading the NCAA in points this year. Ciampini has 41 points this season (22 goals 19 assists) and has a knack for scoring goals. He has 7 goals in his last 4 games for the Dutchmen. Ciampini has 109 career points and would help out any NHL teams’ offense. I think the Toronto Maples Leafs should take a chance and sign Ciampini. It’s time to rebuild Toronto, and Ciampini is from Concord, a town just north of Toronto. A hometown kid with great talent, pull the trigger Toronto he would be an affordable asset to start your rebuild.
Austin Czarnik, Forward, Miami (OH)
Austin Czarnik was under looked when it came his time to be drafted because of his size. Standing at 5’9” 160lbs, Czarnik has compiled 150 career points in his three and half years at Miami Ohio. He passed up contracts to go to the NHL after his sophomore and junior season to come back for his senior season and give his team a chance to win a National Championship. Czarnik has NHL speed and impeccable vision to always find the open man. His 24 assists this season is good for T-3rd in NCAA. With Czarnik ability to throw some serious sauce, a NHL team would love to have him. He would be a real spark plug to any team that decides to sign him later this year.
Ross Mauermann, Forward, Providence
They call him, “ROSS THE BOSS MAUERMANN,” but this senior from Janesville, Wisconsin, is only 5’9” 185lbs. Mauerman is only 2 points away from 100 career points and just 4 goals away from 50 career goals. Ross The Boss is a natural when it comes to goal scoring. He is solid two-way forward, giving his team 110% in the offensive zone as well as the defensive zone. He’s +28 in his career at Providence. He was doubt coming to out the North American Hockey League (NAHL), he was doubted when he got to Providence, and now he doubted by NHL scouts on making the transition to the big boy league. Well let me tell you this, Ross The Boss will find a way to make an impact in the NHL.
C.J. Motte, Goaltender, Ferris State
A top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker last year, C.J. Motte deserves to be signed by a NHL team after the year is over. Motte has a remarkable .926 career save percentage, 2.17 goals against average, and 59 career wins. He single-handily led Ferris State to the NCAA tournament last year. He is easily one of the best goalies in college hockey and should be a no brainer pick up for some NHL team. He is a goalie with great movement, has an unreal glove, and is solid at playing the puck. With many NHL teams having goal trouble, I don’t think Motte will be waiting by his phone for long when his season is over.
Robbie Russo, Defensemen, Notre Dame
It’s not often do you see a defensemen scoring a hat-trick but that’s just Robbie Russo did a few weeks ago against UCONN. Russo is an offensive-minded defensemen that is always looking to jump into the offensive action. Russo has 25 points (11 goals and 14 assists) this season, which is good 3rd best from a defensemen in the NCAA. His 11 goals are the best from any D-man in the NCAA. Russo is a great skater and a defensemen that really sees the ice well, allowing him to move the puck well when is comes to breaking the puck out. This 6-foot defensemen is what every NHL team wants on the top of their power play. He defensive zone needs to improve but he makes up for it in the offensive end. I think he well worth the risk for a NHL to sign him.
Who is the next undrafted hero to become great? Maybe its one of these college hockey seniors.
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