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Introducing the SBN College Hockey Top 100 NHL Prospects

Will Jack Eichel make the cut? Maybe! (Yes, he will)
Will Jack Eichel make the cut? Maybe! (Yes, he will)
Matt Dewkett

Every year, our staff here at SBN College Hockey puts together a list of the Top 100 NHL Prospects playing NCAA hockey, ranking players from 1 to 100 based on their pro potential. After covering dozens upon dozens of live games, and some spirited debate, we've completed this year's list. We'll begin rolling it out with the first ten names tomorrow and will continue with the list through next week.

This year's list is a good one. Twenty-eight of the of the 59 teams in college hockey are represented by at least one player on the list. Boston College and North Dakota lead all schools with ten players each on the list.

Here are the schools on the list, and the number of players from each school:

Boston College 10 Minnesota Duluth 3
North Dakota 10 Minnesota State 3
Minnesota 8 Nebraska-Omaha 3
Boston University 7 Michigan Tech 2
Miami 6 Wisconsin 2
Michigan 6 Alaska-Fairbanks 1
Providence 6 Connecticut 1
Harvard 5 Northeastern 1
Notre Dame 4 Penn State 1
Western Michigan 4 Quinnipiac 1
Denver 3 St. Cloud State 1
Maine 3 Union 1
Merrimack 3 Vermont 1
Michigan State 3 Yale 1

In addition, 27 of the 30 teams in the NHL are represented on the list with at least one prospect on the list. The Chicago Blackhawks, who have made a concerted effort to draft NCAA-bound players in recent years, have an impressive nine prospects on the list, followed by the Minnesota Wild with eight prospects. The most common professional status on the list, however, were free agents, with 12 players on our list going undrafted. Another seven players are eligible for the NHL Draft this coming summer.

Here's the complete list of NHL teams on the list:

Free Agent 12 Columbus Blue Jackets 2
Chicago Blackhawks 9 Dallas Stars 2
Minnesota Wild 8 Edmonton Oilers 2
Draft Eligible 7 Los Angeles Kings 2
Florida Panthers 6 Nashville Predators 2
Buffalo Sabres 5 San Jose Sharks 2
Winnipeg Jets 5 Tampa Bay Lightning 2
New Jersey Devils 4 Washington Capitals 2
Pittsburgh Penguins 4 Arizona Coyotes 1
St. Louis Blues 4 Detroit Red Wings 1
Boston Bruins 3 Montreal Canadiens 1
Calgary Flames 3 New York Rangers 1
New York Islanders 3 Philadelphia Flyers 1
Vancouver Canucks 3 Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Anaheim Ducks 2