ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues prospects Ian Cole, T.J. Oshie and Aaron Palushaj will represent their colleges at the 2008 NCAA Frozen Four tonight.
Cole, 19, was selected in the first round, 18th overall by the Blues in the 2007 Entry Draft and is currently a freshman at the University of Notre Dame. The Ann Arbor, Michigan native has played in 41 games this season, registering 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) and 40 penalty minutes. Cole and the Fighting Irish will play the University of Michigan tonight at 8 p.m.
Oshie, 21, a junior at the University of North Dakota, leads the Fighting Sioux this season with 45 points (18 goals, 27 assists) and is making his third consecutive Frozen Four appearance. He was named to the 2007-08 All-WCHA’s first team and is a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award which is given annually to college hockey’s most outstanding player. The Mount Vernon, Washington native was originally drafted by the Blues in the first round, 24th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. North Dakota will faceoff against Boston College tonight at 5 p.m.
Palushaj, 18, was selected in the second round, 44th overall by the Blues in the 2007 Entry Draft is currently a freshman at the University of Michigan. The Northville, Michigan native has played in 42 games this season, ranking third on the Wolverines with 41 points (10 goals, 31 assists). Palushaj’s 31 assists this season ranks him first on the team. Michigan will play the University of Notre Dame on tonight at 8 p.m.