The Journey: Prospects Turning Pro – NCAA

Dave Hall

2020-09-05

Welcome back to another fine Saturday. I recently had some viewers reach out regarding potential prospects to target in certain regions. Of course, this got my wheels turning. As we inch closer to draft season, I thought this would be a great opportunity to run a mini-series to highlight potential prospects making their way to the (North American) pro-level, both top-ranked or deep league sleepers, to assist you in final draft-day decisions. As I have already covered each of the three leagues that make up the CHL, I will be keeping them out of this series.

It has been a significant off-season in regards to NCAA signings, loaded with both high-end talent and mid-ranged boom/bust types. With that in mind, I have decided to start my series there, at the collegiate level.

Here some draft worthy prospects who recently signed, and will be turning pro next season.

Trevor Zegras, C – Anaheim Ducks

Zegras is undoubtedly the top prospect mentioned in this list, and in my opinion, one of the tops among the league. At 19 years old, Zegras posted 11 goals and 36 points in his freshman year with Boston University. While his numbers slipped outside of the top 25, they only scratched the surface of what he is truly capable of posting in the future. 

The Bedford, NY native is a dynamic offensive pivot who boasts the incredible ability to find teammates from wherever, whenever.  He also holds fluid skating abilities, allowing him to shift between opponents with ease in order to create space for himself. Oh, and he can fire the puck as well as the next guy. He may find himself in the American League at first in order to gain some short term reps. However, I wouldn't be shocked to see him up with the big club by midseason, or even earlier. He is an elite player and should be drafted early on among available prospects.

Scott Perunovich, D – St.Louis Blues

The Blues 2018 second-round pick will make his anticipated professional debut next season, after a very healthy three-year stint with Minnesota-Duluth. Perunovich comes into St. Louis as one of the most highly touted prospects out of the entire NCAA, let alone defenders. He is the 2019-20 Hobey Baker award winner, as well as the NCHC offensive defenseman of the year, not to mention an entire list of other accolades. He is an offensive dynamo and sat second in points among defenders nationwide with 40 (6G + 34A). 

He is a terrific puck mover, with a great ability to quarterback the play. At 5-9, he is not the largest of skaters but makes up