Where to Watch NY Islanders Prospects in the NCAA Tournament

Wisconsin's Quinn Finley controls the puuck as Lindenwood's Jaeden Mercier chases on Friday Jan.
Wisconsin's Quinn Finley controls the puuck as Lindenwood's Jaeden Mercier chases on Friday Jan. / Mark Stewart / Milwaukee Journal

As March Madness is sweeping across the country, the NCAA Men's Hockey tournament is scheduled to begin Thursday, March 28, with 16 teams bidding for a spot in the Frozen Four held in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Of the five NY Islanders draft picks to play college hockey this season three will be participating in this year's rendition of the NCAA tournament.

Last year's second-round pick and one of the Islanders' top prospects, Danny Nelson, saw his season end early with Notre Dame, as did recent Islanders signee, Alex Jefferies, whose collegiate career at Marrimack College ended without postseason play.

Here are the three Islanders' draft picks who'll be participating in the NCAA tournament and where/when you can catch them

Quinn Finley, University of Wisconsin

Quinn Finley has had an extremely inconsistent freshman campaign at Wisconsin, recording 15 points (9 G, 6 A) in 35 games. He missed a few weeks of action as he was part of the Gold Medal-winning Team USA at the World Junior Championship, and returned to find his name on the score sheet in only three of the final 17 games of the season. In those three games, however, he did record seven points including a four-point night against Michigan and a hat-trick against Lindenwood.

Wisconsin faces off against the defending National Champions, Quinnipiac University on Friday at 5:30 pm. The game can be found on ESPNews or ESPN+.

Zach Schulz, University of Wisconsin

The former captain of the USNTDP, Zach Schulz has been a steady defenseman for the Badgers, appearing in 33 games during his freshman season. Not known for his offensive flare, Schulz totaled six points (2 G, 4 A) this season while playing mostly third-pair minutes.

Schulz and the Badgers were eliminated in the first round of the Big 10 tournament in a three-game series against Ohio State. Wisconsin finished the season ranked ninth in the nation and could potentially see top overall seed Boston College if they get past Quinnipiac.

Cameron Berg, North Dakota University

A North Dakota transfer this season, Berg put together the best season of his career after leaving the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He finished third in scoring with 37 points (20 G, 17 A), playing alongside Carolina Hurricanes draft pick Jackson Blake - the son of former Islanders Jason Blake.

Berg was a fourth-round pick of the Islanders in 2021 and could join the Bridgeport Islanders next year if he decides to forgo his final season of college eligibility.

North Dakota takes on Michigan University on Friday at 8:30 pm. You can catch the action on ESPNU or ESPN+