In this edition of "The '14 File," we'll take a very brief look at some players in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, players who could possibly be draft targets for the Blues in the weeks ahead as well as a handful of undrafted seniors who could be free agent targets.
A link to the tournament pairings can be found HERE. There is only one school taking part in the tournament -- North Dakota -- that currently has a drafted Blues' prospect skating for them (Jordan Schmaltz, 25th overall, 2012), but this tournament gives scouts a chance to take one last look for this season at collegians who may have slipped through the cracks in previous drafts.
One such player could be forward TREVOR MOORE of the Denver University Pioneers. The 5' 10, 175-pound native of Thousand Oaks, California was ranked 192nd in North America by Central Scouting for the 2013 Draft, but was not chosen. It's not likely he was passed over because he doesn't have the skill to compete, however; in 2012-13 Moore led the USHL's Tri-City Storm in scoring with a 20-43-63 line in 62 games, and this season leads the NCHC champion Pioneers in goals (13) and points (30). He's also a plus-16 and leads the Pioneers with five game-winning goals.
Moore's teammate DAVID MAKOWSKI is an undrafted defenseman who, as a 1989 birthdate, is ineligible for the draft, but could be a possible free agent signing. The St. Louis area product (Wildwood, MO) skated for the St. Louis Bandits in the NAHL, and played two years in the USHL for Green Bay before arriving in the Mile High City, As a Pioneer, the 6' 1, 205-pound Makowski has put up 27 goals and 93 points in 141 games (10-14-24, plus-3, 46 PM, 6 PPG this season).