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TRL reporters' question: Which college prospect are you looking forward to watching in the state tournament?

The Rink Live beat reporters answer the question about the University of Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth, University of North Dakota, Bemidji State and St. Cloud State.


Our question this week for The Rink Live beat reporters is: Which college prospect are you most looking forward to seeing play in the state tournament this week?

Those reporters are Mick Hatten, Jess Myers, Christian Babcock, Brad Schlossman, and Matt Wellens. Hatten covers St. Cloud State, Myers covers the University of Minnesota, Babcock covers Bemidji State, Schlossman covers the University of North Dakota and Wellens covers Minnesota Duluth.

If you have a question for the group, follow us on Twitter and use #asktherinklive.

Mick Hatten (Huskies): Warroad senior forward Daimon Gardner, who is committed to Clarkson. He's listed at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds and I'm curious to see the skill set that goes along with his size that has him leading his team in goals and points.

Christian Babcock (Beavers): I'm interested in seeing Warroad's Jayson Shaugabay, who has committed to Minnesota Duluth. He had two assists on Gardner power-play goals when the Warriors played in Bemidji and looks the part of a future college hockey player.


Jess Myers (Gophers): The Minnesota Gophers roster is less Edina-dominated than it was when Bob Motzko took the head coaching job four years ago, but there is still an important pipeline that regularly brings Hornets to 3M Arena at Mariucci. Jimmy Clark, a junior forward for Edina, led the Hornets in assists with 21 this season and announced his commitment to Minnesota in September. It will be interesting to see how he performs on the big stage in St. Paul.

Matt Wellens (Bulldogs): For me it's a tie between a pair of Bulldogs recruits in Hermantown's Zam Plante (2.89 ppg) and Warroad's Jason Shaugabay (2.64 ppg). Are they the cure for the Bulldogs scoring woes, that have only exasperated this season? Too bad both forwards are only juniors.

Brad Schlossman (Fighting Hawks): Maple Grove forward Danny Nelson (16 goals, 33 points) is a sophomore who can field scholarship offers beginning Aug. 1. This is a chance for him to make a name for himself on a big stage.

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com

For more coverage of St. Cloud and the surrounding communities, check out St. Cloud Live.
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