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Prospect Update: The NCAA Nine

Bill Meltzer checks into the Flyers pool of prospects starting their collegiate season

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

With the exception of Yale University sophomore defenseman Jack St. Ivany, the NCAA regular seasons have been underway for a couple weeks for the nine of the 10 Flyers prospects playing collegiate hockey this season. The Ivy League regular season starts in early November.

Here is a quick look at how the nine players fared this weekend, and for the season overall. (Players listed alphabetically)

Wade Allison (RW, Western Michigan, senior): This weekend was a tough one for Allison, as he had to leave the game both on Friday (high-sticked, bleeding from the forehead) and the first period on Saturday. He soon returned to the ice in Friday's 2-1 loss at Bowling Green. Saturday's stint in a 2-1 OT loss to Bowling Green was abbreviated. He has one point so far in four regular season games.

Ronnie Attard (D, Western Michigan, freshman): The physically aggressive, hard-shooting blueliner is adapting to the college game after a big offensive year in the USHL as an over-ager last season. He has one goal and 10 shots on net through the first four games.

Bobby Brink (RW, Denver, freshman): The Flyers 2019 second-round pick has, thus far, lived up to his USHL billing as an offensively gifted mighty mite with a nonstop motor and a high competitiveness level. Offensively, the puck has seemed to follow him. The 5-foot-8 winger has also shown a feisty streak. On Saturday, Brink had a goal and an assist in Denver's 6-4 win over Boston College. He has six points (3g-3a) in his first six collegiate games for his undefeated squad.Video: Learn more about Flyers' Bobby Brink in 60 seconds

Bryce Brodzinski (RW, Minnesota, freshman): There are areas of Brodzinski's game that are ongoing works in progress but his offensive awareness has stood out already in his fledgling college career. Through his first four games for the Golden Gophers, Brodzinski has 10 shots on goal (including a half dozen in a 4-2 win over Niagara on Saturday). So far, he has one point (0g-1a) to show for it. 

Noah Cates (LW, Minnesota-Duluth, sophomore): The two-time defending NCAA champion have stumbled out of the gates to 1-3-0 start to the season. Cates, however, has been a bright spot with his usual hustle and awareness. Playing on a line centered by older brother Jackson Cates (a Flyers' 2019 Development Camp attendee along with Noah), he is tied for the team scoring lead with three points (2g-1a) through the first four games. Noah's second period 5-on-5 goal on Saturday was the Bulldogs' lone goal in a 3-1 loss to Wisconsin.Video: See how well Noah and Jackson Cates know each other

Gavin Hain (LW, North Dakota, sophomore): The Fighting Hawks won their first two games before a 4-4 tie and 2-1 loss in road games at Minnesota State on Friday and Saturday. Hain, playing a middle-six left wing role, had an assist apiece in the first two games at home against Canisius. He did not figure in the scoring in either game against Michigan State.

Wyatt Kalynuk (D, Wisconsin, junior): One of better power play quarterbacks in collegiate hockey, Kalynuk has worked hard to improve his skating and off-puck play. However, his offensive ability will always be his bread-and-butter. He has five points (5a), nine shots on goal and is +5 at even strength through the first four games of the season.

Tanner Laczynski (RW, Ohio State, senior): A fixture on the Buckeyes' top line, Laczynski has four points (1g-3a) through the first four games of the season. Saturday's game, a 2-1 loss to University of Nebraska- Omaha, was a bit of a frustrating one. Laczynski racked up nine shots on goal but was unable to get on the scoresheet on this night.

Cam York (D, Michigan, freshman): The Flyers 2019 first-round pick suffered a lower-body injury in the Wolverines regular season opener on Oct. 11. He has missed the last three games, including both games this weekend. However he returned to practice during the latter part of this past week, and could return by next weekend. York scored two goals in the lone exhibition game Michigan played before the start of the regular season.

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