With no Canadian Hockey League games scheduled until at least January, the NCAA is the only show in town when it comes to watching NHL prospects in North America. Friday night was a busy one in the NCAA with many of its top programs in action. Today, we will take a look at some recent top draft picks of the Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Florida Panthers.
Sanderson Shines for UND
The University of North Dakota and the University of Denver met inside the NCHC’s bubble in Omaha, NE. The Fighting Hawks scored a 4-3 overtime win over their rivals from Colorado to start this strange season at 2-0-0.
It was defenseman Jake Sanderson who was the star of the night. The fifth-overall pick of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft showed off exactly why the Senators selected him so high. With North Dakota down 1-0 in the second period, Sanderson blasted home a one-timer, while on the power play, to tie the game with his first collegiate goal.
He showed off another facet of his game to tie things up at 2-2 late in the third period. Sanderson chased down a puck in the corner, thus drawing in four Denver players. He made a nifty spin move and then found Ethan Frisch all the way at the right point, where he evened up the score with a blistering wrist shot.
This performance is an encouraging sign for both North…