Three prospects in NCAA Frozen Four
Stepan, McDonagh and Kreider all vying for national championship
• The McDonagh/Stepan Watch
New York Rangers prospects Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and Chris Kreider will participate in the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four beginning tomorrow, April 8, at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
He finished the regular season ranked first in the WCHA in assists and tied for fifth in points. He also led Wisconsin in assists, tied for second on the team in points and tied for seventh in goals.
The second-year player has established career-highs in goals, assists and points. Ranked 16th overall in The Hockey News 2010 Future Watch, Stepan served as Captain for the Gold Medal winning Team USA at the 2010 U-20 World Junior Championship, leading all tournament skaters with 10 assists and 14 points in seven contests. The Hastings, Minnesota native was selected by the Rangers in the second round, 51st overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
He also tied for the team lead in plus/minus rating. McDonagh has tallied one assist in two NCAA tournament contests thus far. The St. Paul, Minnesota native was originally Montreal’s first round choice, 12th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
McDonagh was acquired by the Rangers on June 30, 2009, along with forward Christopher Higgins and defenseman Pavel Valentenko, in exchange for forwards Scott Gomez and Tom Pyatt, and defenseman Mike Busto.
The first-year player was named to the 2009-10 Hockey East All-Rookie Team, after finishing second in the conference among freshmen in goals and tied for ninth in points. Kreider ranked fourth on Boston College in goals and plus/minus rating, tied for second on the team with three game-winning goals and ranked third with 101 shots on goal.
Ranked 22nd overall in The Hockey News 2010 Future Watch, Kreider captured a Gold Medal with Team USA at the 2010 U-20 World Junior Championship. He led the team in goals and tied for third among all tournament skaters with six goals in seven games, including a hat trick against Latvia on December 29. The Boxford, Massachusetts native was selected by the Rangers in the first round, 19th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.