After two years in a row of having a prospect in the Frozen Four, the St. Louis Blues will not have a player representing them in 2017. In 2015 Jake Walman and the Providence Friars won the National Title, while in 2016 Austin Poganksi and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks won a title of their own.
The fate of the remaining teams will be known April 6th before the final two play two days later, the 8th on ESPN. Those still currently in the hunt are Harvard, Minnesota Duluth, Denver, and Notre Dame. But going back to the Blues prospects, let’s see where things went wrong for them.
Starting off with Poganski and the Fighting Hawks, the defending champions played and incredible game Friday night against Boston University. Two schools who are known as hockey powerhouses played to a double OT where Boston University pulled out the win 4-3. Poganski ended the night with three shots on net and what could have been the game winner, a shot The 21 year old ends his season with 25 points in 40 games.
Walman is yet another prospect who has been in the rumor circles to be jumping to the American league this summer. Providence were blanked by Harvard 3-0 but Walman did have five shots to his name. With 25 points in 39 games, Walman could be joining an already very deep defensive core in the AHL. The defenseman looks to be more then ready for the pro game.
Tschantz is almost a “forgotten” prospect, as injuries and being a role player have kept him out of Cornell’s lineup at times. Having only played 15 games this season and six points to his name, the future for the 22 year old is unknown. The 2014 seventh round pick is a senior next season and is very likely to be joining Cornell next season yet again. Let’s hope Tschantz and the “Big Reds” have more success next season and the year doesn’t end on a sour note like this years 5-0 loss.