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Prospect Report: April 2, 2021

Three Minnesota Wild prospects will be taking part in the 2021 NCAA Frozen Four this week; Boldy signs entry-level contract

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

A look at how Minnesota Wild prospects have performed up-to-date this season, from NCAA to international play.

Three Minnesota Wild prospects will be taking part in the 2021 NCAA Frozen Four this week, representing three of the four teams remaining.

Senior Nick Swaney, a 2017 draft pick, hopes to lead University of Minnesota-Duluth to its third consecutive national championship. Swaney leads the Bulldogs with 27 points this season, and is ranked second in assists, with 14.

Tweet from @Buccigross: Most Points, Frozen Four Participants31 ��� Bobby Trivigno, UMass27 ��� Julian Napravnik, Minnesota State27 ��� Nick Swaney, Minnesota Duluth27 ��� Jackson Cates, Minnesota Duluth25 ��� Oliver Chau, UMass pic.twitter.com/LiT4q6wMJ6

Minnesota-Duluth will play University of Massachusetts in the semifinal on Thursday at 8 p.m., a rematch of the 2019 championship game. Wild prospect Filip Lindberg will be in net for UMass.

Lindberg was named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week and Most Outstanding Player at the Bridgeport Regional after saving 48 shots in two wins. He recorded 18 saves in a 4-0 win against Bemidji State in the Regional Championship for his third career NCAA Tournament shutout, tying the NCAA Tournament record.

Tweet from @UMassHockey: ICYMI: Yesterday we swept the @hockey_east weekly honors for a second straight week 🙌🔗: https://t.co/5hgQ9T2foQ #NewMass | #Flagship 🚩 pic.twitter.com/vH5LwGE2NB

Lindberg is 9-0-3 with four shutouts in his last 12 games, recording a .958 save percentage and only a .976 goals-against average. He leads the NCAA in save percentage and goals-against average this season.

Sam Hentges will skate for St. Cloud State University against Minnesota State-Mankato in its Frozen Four matchup on Thursday at 4 p.m. Hentges has recorded eight goals and eight assists in 27 games this season.

In non Frozen Four news, 2019 first round pick Matt Boldy signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Wild on Tuesday. The Hobey Baker Award Top Ten Finalist will begin his professional career with the Iowa Wild.

Future Minnesota Wild Statistics - April 2, 2021

COLLEGE/USHL TEAM HT. / WT. D.O.B GP G A PTS +/- PIM
C Matt Boldy Boston College (H-East) 6-2 / 195 4/5/01 22 11 20 31 15 4
Signed three-year, entry-level contract with the Wild (3/30)…Will start pro career with Iowa (AHL)...Led team in scoring, goals, assists, PPP (9) and shots (71)…Ranked T-1st in NCAA with three SHG and T-11th in scoring and assists…Hobey Baker Award Top Ten Finalist (3/17)…Tallied four assists in 6-5 OTL vs. Lowell (3/17)…Recorded five points (1-4=5) in 7-1 win vs. Lowell (2/12)…Hockey East Co-Player of Week (3/8, 2/15), Hockey East Player of Week (11/30)…Recorded eight multi-point games…Tallied seven points (5-2=7) in seven games to help United States win gold medal at 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship…Led tournament with three PPG…Ranked T-1st on team in goals, second in TOI/game (18:31) and T-4th in scoring…First-round selection in 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
LW Vladislav Firstov U. of Connecticut (H-East) 6-1 / 181 6/19/01 13 3 9 12 3 12
Ranked third on team in assists, T-5th in scoring...Recorded two multi-point games and one PPG…Tallied four points (2-2=4) in 6-5 OT win vs. New Hampshire (1/15)…Appeared in five games for Russia at 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship…Second-round selection in 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
F Sam Hentges St. Cloud State Univ. (NCHC) 6-0 / 190 7/26/99 27 8 8 16 -1 14
St. Cloud plays Minnesota State Mankato in Frozen Four Semifinal on April 8…Ranks fourth on team in shots on goal (75)…Owns three multi-point games, two PPG and one GWG…Skating in junior season…Seventh-round selection in 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
F Jack McBain Boston College (H-East) 6-4 / 215 1/6/00 24 6 13 19 14 12
The junior ranked second on team in faceoffs won (252) and faceoff percentage (54.7%), third in assists and shots on goal (60), T-3rd in scoring and T-4th in blocked shots (23)…Named alternate captain (3/2)…Recorded six-game point streak (3-7=10, 1/23-2/13)…Notched season-high three points (1-2=3) including GWG in 4-3 win at UMass Lowell (2/13)…Recorded five multi-point games…Tallied 2 goals in 4-3 win vs. UMass (11/27)…Third-round selection in 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
C Bryce Misley U. of Vermont (H-East) 6-1 / 195 9/5/99 13 1 2 3 -10 0
Signed amateur tryout contract with Iowa (3/13)…Served as alternate captain...Fourth-round selection in 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
C Nikita Nesterenko Boston College (H-East) 6-2 / 176 9/10/01 24 8 11 19 12 18
Ranked T-3rd on team in scoring and fourth in goals...Ranked T-11th in goals and T-13th in scoring among NCAA freshmen…Led Hockey East freshmen in goals, assists and points…Named to Hockey East All-Rookie Team and Hockey East Co-Rookie of Year…Recorded five multi-point games, one GWG and one SHG…Started college career with five-game point streak (3-4=7)…Tallied goal in first collegiate game, a 6-3 win at UMass (11/28)…Sixth-round selection in 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
RW Nick Swaney U. of Minn. Duluth (NCHC) 5-11 / 175 9/9/97 27 13 14 27 6 10
Duluth plays UMass in Frozen Four Semifinal on April 8…Ranks T-1st on team in scoring, second in assists, PPP (11) and shots on goal (105) and T-2nd in goals…Ranks T-5th in NCAA in shots…Owns eight multi-point games, three PPG, one GWG and one SHG…First-Team All-NCHC Forward…Ranked second in NCHC in goals and T-2nd in scoring…NCHC Forward of Week (3/2)…Tallied hat trick (GWG) vs. St. Cloud State (2/27) to become 59th player in Bulldogs history to score 100 career points…Recorded six-game point streak (4-4=8, 1/23-2/6)…Skating in senior season...Seventh-round selection in 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
D Marshall Warren Boston College (H-East) 5-11 / 175 4/20/01 23 3 8 11 13 27
Ranked second on team in PIM…The sophomore ranked second in plus/minus rating and third in scoring among team defensemen…Recorded two multi-point games…Recorded GWG in 4-3 OT win vs. UConn (12/11)…Sixth-round selection in 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
CHL TEAM HT. / WT. D.O.B GP G A PTS +/- PIM
LW Adam Beckman Spokane (WHL) 6-1 / 187 5/10/01 5 2 2 4 -6 0
Leads team in goals, scoring and shots on goal (37)…Ranks T-7th in WHL in shots…Tallied goal and 11 shots at Portland (3/21)…Recorded three points (1-2=3) in seven games with Iowa…Wild's third-round selection in 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
D Daemon Hunt Moose Jaw (WHL) 6-0 / 198 5/15/02 10 5 3 8 -10 11
Ranks second among WHL defensemen in goals and T-2nd in PPG (3)…Tallied three points (2-1=3) at Swift Current (3/20)…Named Moose Jaw captain (2/18)…Also skated in three games with Iowa and recorded five points (3-2=5) in three games with Virden (MJHL)…Third-round selection in 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
INTERNATIONAL TEAM HT. / WT. D.O.B GP G A PTS +/- PIM
C Matvey Guskov Krasnaya Armiya Moskva (MHL) 6-2 / 183 1/30/01 14 5 5 10 3 6
Ranks T-2nd on team in scoring with three assists in seven MHL playoff games…Played two games with CSKA Moscow (KHL) and one game with Zvezda Moskva (VHL)…Fifth-round selection in 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
D Filip Johansson Frolunda HC (SHL) 6-1 / 176 3/23/00 46 6 5 11 -6 12
Ranks second among team defensemen in goals and third in scoring and shots on goal (98)…First-round selection in 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
D Simon Johansson Mora IK (SWE-1) 6-2 / 185 6/14/99 14 1 11 12 4 6
Two points (1-1=2) in four qualification games for Mora IK…Four points (1-3=4) in 37 games with Djurgarden (Sweden Elite League)…2018 Fifth-round selection.
F Alexander Khovanov Bars Kazan (VHL) 5-11 / 206 4/12/00 30 8 16 24 5 50
Tallied one assist in five playoff games…Led team in GWG (3), ranked second in scoring, assists and PIM during regular season…Tallied three PPG and five multi-point games…Also skated in seven games with Ak Bars Kazan (KHL)…Third-round selection in 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
C Marat Khusnutdinov SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) 5-11 / 176 7/17/02 12 0 2 2 -1 2
Out with upper-body injury (2/11)…Recorded 14 points (3-11=14) in 10 games with St. Petersburg (MHL) and one goal in four games for SKA-Neva St. Petersburg (VHL)…Tallied five points (3-2=5) in seven games for Russia at 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship…Recorded one PPG and one GWG…Ranked T-2nd on team in scoring and second among team forwards in TOI/game (17:26)…Second-round selection in 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
C Pavel Novak Motor Ceske Budejovice (CZE) 5-9 / 170 4/16/02 15 0 1 1 -10 2
Also tallied four points (1-3=4) in nine games with HC Stadion Litomerice (Czech 2)…Recorded three points (1-2=3) in five games for Czech Republic at 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship…Ranked T-2nd on team in scoring and shots on goal (13).
GOALTENDER TEAM HT. / WT. D.O.B GP MIN GAA RECORD SO GA SV%
Filip Lindberg U. Massachusetts (H-East) 6-1 / 188 1/31/99 14 858 1.33 9-1-4 4 19 .946
UMass plays Duluth in Frozen Four Semifinal on April 8…9-0-3 with a .976 GAA, a .958 SV% and four shutouts in last 12 games…Made 18 saves in 4-0 vs. Bemidji State to help UMass advance to Frozen Four (3/27)…Leads NCAA in SV% and GAA, ranks T-4th in shutouts…Stopped all 16 shots faced in 1-0 win vs. UMass Lowell in Hockey East championship game (3/20)…Hockey East All-Tournament Team…Hockey East Goalie of the Month (January and February)…Hockey East Defensive Player of Week (3/22, 2/1)…Skating in junior season…Seventh-round selection in 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
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