Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by NYRangers, Aug 21, 2004.
What prospects/current NHL players have gone straight from the NCAA to the NHL? Thanks.
Krys Kolanos and Jeff Taffe for Phoenix. I believe Keith Tkachuk, as well.
Peter Sejna did it, but was sent down to the AHL later.. He should be in the bigs this season.. if there is a season
Ryan Malone played 3 games in the AHL right after his senior season, then he made the jump to the NHL.
Taffe has spent time in the minors so he doesn't really qualify. I think what the orig. poster was *probably* asking for are guys who went from college to the NHL and stayed in the NHL, not getting shuttled back and forth between the minors and the NHL. Tkachuk never spent any time in the minors, if I recall correctly. Not sure where Phil Housley came from (it may have been directly from high school, an even more amazing feet, IMO) but I believe he also never played any minor league hockey, coming straight from HS or college. I'm also to lazy to look it up but did Chris Chelios spend any time in the minors after being drafted and playing at Madison?
There are numerous players. Quickly off the top of my head I can think of a few.
Actually I think Jason played for the Solar Bears before he played in the NHL.
Also, John Leclair.
Ryan Kelser played a few games for vancouver this year after coming from Ohio State
Kesler played in 28 games for the Canucks last season, but he also played in 33 games for the Moose. So he didn't really go straight from the NCAA to the NHL.
Many. First that came to my mind were Heatley and Drury.
Boston's Hal Gill is another.
Thanks, I didnt think it was that many.
Where did Malone play college at?
And we can add Parise to that this after this year.
John Michael Liles
Junior Lessard will be the next
St. Cloud St.
Paul Martin of New Jersey as well.
And David Hale
Sharks defenseman Tom Preissing.
Martin was actually the University of Minnesota.
The guy meant Paul Martin who plays for the devils. The guy knew he played for the gophers.
Jordan Leopold. Neal and Aaron Broten. Aaron did play like 20 games in CHL.
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