For the second season in a row Jake Walman is a Hockey East First Team All-Star. The 21 year old had his second most productive season at the college level and is a growing talking point in the rumor mill, the talk being that he may make the jump to the American league. Taken in the third round, 82nd overall of the 2014 NHL draft, Walman put up 25 points in 38 games this season. With 18 of them coming by the way of assist.
Though the regular season for the Providence Friars is over, they are still in the running to win a bid into the National Tournament. The wait is a short one as the brackets and matchups will be announced Sunday March 19th.
If this is indeed Walman’s last season for Providence the Chicago Wolves are about to have a defensive log jam. With the likes of Jordan Schmaltz, Vince Dunn, Petteri Lindbohm, and Kevin Tansey all battling for ice time things will get interesting. One can’t forget that Finnish prospect Niko Mikkola is also AHL bound next year. At just 20 Mikkola has dressed in 56 SM-Liiga games this season for KalPa. So rest your fears about how the Blues are doing defensively, the pipeline won’t be dry for a long time.