The NCAA is full of raw talent which just waits to be nurtured and harvested. These players have all the attributes to make it to the big time when properly cared for.The NCAA is full of raw talent which just waits to be nurtured and harvested. These players have all the attributes to make it to the big time when properly cared for.
However, when they are making the transition from the NCAA to the NFL plenty of them get lost and any talent that was there before seems to have been drained from the young lads. It is almost like when small time gamblers go to online sportsbooks for high rollers and realize that they are way out of their depth.
In this article we are going to make a list of the top three players who are likely to make it in the NFL. With the proper guidance they can turn into proper hockey players and can be expected to make an impact in the next few years.
Henrik Borgstrom, Center, Denver (signed by Florida Panthers)
Henrik Borgstrom is the type of player which makes you hold your breath when he gets the puck because he has the ability and skill that only a select few in his age group have. He has the flair and talent of a future NHL star and all he needs to do is to put in the hard work in training and he might become a household name in the years to come.
He has amazing hands, is terrible to defend against when he is one on one, has slick feet and he possesses incredible balance and control of his body. Whenever he is in the offensive zone you know that something spectacular will happen and defenders often try to body him up, but that has proven as an elusive task even for the best of them.
Colin White, Center, Boston College (signed by Ottawa Senators)
If there is one word that describes Colin White, it is versatility. Many coaches say that he is the most complete player that they have seen in college hockey and they have a point.
White may not be the dazzling offensive force that Borgstrom is, but he is a solid scorer and much more importantly he is highly effective in all the three zones of play. People who have seen him play project a bright future for him and they see him as second line or even a first line center at the NHL.
He finished his career with the Eagles with 35 goals and 41 assists in 72 games which made him third in the Eagles’ scoring chart while missing 5 games because of the World Juniors and a concussion.
Cayton Keller, Center, Boston University (signed by Arizona Coyotes)
Keller was by far the best offensive player in the NCAA this season. He was dynamic, showed immense puck handling ability, made countless scoring opportunities for his teammates and has the best hockey vision at college level.
He can be a real threat in the NHL and can be one of the best scorers of the next decade. This was recognized by the Arizona Coyotes, who in all honesty have got themselves a real gem.
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