Islanders: Five NCAA free agents to target in 2020
What undrafted free agents currently playing collegiate hockey should the New York Islanders target to bring into the organization?
It’s almost that time of year when teams start signing collegiate free agents following the conclusion of their season. Last year the New York Islanders signed three collegiate free agents to deals.
On March 21, 2019, they brought in defenseman Grant Hutton (Miami University (Ohio)) to a single year ELC. On March 26, they signed Robert (Bobo) Carpenter (Boston University) to a two-year ELC and then on April second they signed Mason Jobst (Ohio State University), also to a two-year ELC.
With the collegiate regular-season soon coming to an end, who should the Islanders target to bring into the system this year? Here are five undrafted players – so players whos right’s aren’t owned by other NHL teams – the Islanders could look at.
1. Marc Michaelis | Minnesota State U (Mankato)
Want a guy who just puts up points? Of course, who wouldn’t want that? Over his four-year collegiate career, Michaelis has 157 points in 146 games. That includes 39 points in 29 games played this season.
He’s been the Maverick’s team captain since the 2018-19 season, something we know Islanders management loves to bring in after last season’s crop (subscription required).
Michaelis is a bit undersized at 5’11”, but that won’t stop the Islanders who brought in Mason Jobst who’s listed as 5’8″ and Bobo Carpenter who’s listed as 5’11”.
Minnesota state will be in the playoffs so any signing will have to wait until they’ve been eliminated.
2. Alex Limoges | Penn State
Limoges is a strong center that puts up big numbers for Penn State who sits atop the Big Ten with a 12-8-4 record. Limoges is once again one of Penn State’s top scorers with 32 points in 30 games.
Limoges has good size at 6’1″ and 201lbs who has good vision and good overall hockey IQ according to The Athletics Corey Pronman (subscription required).
3. Mitchell Chaffee | UMass
How about a right-shot winger? Chaffee is a solid right shot winger that scores at a near point per game pace since the start of his collegiate career.
Chaffee is a two-way winger that does everything for the Minutemen including killing penalties. Qualities sought after by the New York Islanders management.
4. Parker Tuomie | Minnesota State (Mankato)
He’s having yet another solid year for Minnesota state with 34 points in 35 games. He put up 40 in 36 games last season. Over the past two seasons, Tuomie has scored 27 goals. Over his entire four-year collegiate career Tumoie has managed 111 points in 111 games.
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5. Jack Ahcan | St Cloud State
He’s the only defenseman on the list. Ahcan has put up good numbers for St Cloud and has played big minutes for the fifth-ranked St Cloud State in the NCHC.
He’s small, like David Quenneville small. Ahcan is listed at 5’8″. But he can play in all situations and is a great puck mover according to those that have watched him like the Athletic’s Corey Pronman.