Five college players who'll make the biggest impact in
James vanRiemsdyk, New Hampshire freshman (Drafted No.
2 overall in 2007, by the Flyers) The 6'3" 190-pounder is a well-rounded
left wing with no clear weakness. He's expected to top out at 210 pounds and be
a nasty power forward in the NHL.
Ian Cole, Notre Dame freshman (No. 18, 2007, Blues) The
steady, physical defenseman (6'1", 215) handles the puck well in his own
zone. Cole scored eight goals in 43 games and is the first Notre Dame player to
be taken in the first round.
Kevin Porter, Michigan senior (No. 119, 2004, Coyotes)
The Hobey Baker Award winner was second in the nation with 33 goals and 63
points. This forward is strong (5'11," 195 pounds) and isn't afraid to
skate into traffic.
T.J. Oshie, North Dakota junior (No. 24, 2005, Blues)
Creative and enthusiastic in the Scott Gomez mold, he makes the players around
him better. At 6 feet and 192 pounds, he will most likely bypass the minors and
go straight to the NHL.
Max Pacioretty, Michigan freshman (No. 22, 2007,
Canadiens) This forward has size (6'2", 203), speed, great hands and a nose
for the net. Playing alongside Porter on college hockey's top line, the left
wing had 15 goals and 24 assists in 37 games.