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Seven Florida Panthers Prospects To Play In NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament Regionals

First Round to begin Friday, March 29

Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 5:05 PM ET / News
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Seven Florida Panthers Prospects To Play In NCAA Men\u2019s Ice Hockey Tournament Regionals
University of Minnesota forward Nick Bjugstad (Photo Credit: University of Minnesota)

SUNRISE, Fla. – Sunrise Sports & Entertainment today announced that the Florida Panthers will have seven prospects in this year’s NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament Regionals. F Nick Bjugstad and F Kyle Rau (Minnesota), F Corban Knight and F Rocco Grimaldi (North Dakota), D Eddie Wittchow (Wisconsin), G Sam Brittain (Denver) and D Michael Matheson (Boston College) will all look to earn an NCAA National Championship, starting on Friday, March 29.

Bjugstad (first round, 19th overall, 2010) and Rau (third round, 91st overall, 2011) combined for 75 points in 78 games this season for the University of Minnesota, while Knight (fifth round, 135th overall, 2009) and Grimaldi (second round, 33rd overall, 2011) combined for 83 points in 77 games for the University of North Dakota. Knight was recently named one of 10 Hobey Baker Finalists as college hockey’s best player.

Matheson, (first round, 23rd overall, 2012) recorded 25 points in 35 games in his freshman season for reigning champions, Boston College. Matheson finished second among all freshman defensemen in points. Wittchow (sixth round, 154th overall, 2011) played in 28 games for his freshman season posting three points for University of Wisconsin while Brittain (fourth round, 92nd overall, 2010) played in 13 games between the pipes for Denver University finishing 5-7-0.

The first round of the tournament will take place March 29 -30. The first day of the tournament will see Minnesota vs. Yale (2:00 PM, ESPNU) in the Western Region, Wisconsin vs. Mass-Lowell (4:30 PM, ESPN3) in the Northeast, North Dakota vs. Niagara (5:30 PM, ESPNU) in the West and Denver vs. New Hampshire (8:00 PM, ESPN3) in the Northeast. The second day will see Boston College vs. Union (9:00 PM, ESPN3) in the East region and the beginning of the regional finals.

The four regional winners will skate in the 2013 Frozen Four, held at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh with the semifinals on Thursday, April 11 and the championship game on Saturday, April 13.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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