Two Key Sophomores Next to Leave College
Nelson and Wagner Sign NHL Deals
CHN Staff Report
A couple of key sophomores added to the growing list of college players leaving early.
North Dakota's Brock Nelson left to sign with the New York Islanders, the team that drafted him in the first round in 2010. And Colgate lost forward Chris Wagner, who signed with Anaheim, which drafted him in the fifth round in 2010.
Nelson was named 2nd Team All-CHN for his season, when he scored 28 goals for North Dakota. The 6-foot-4 Warroad, Minn., native raised his game significantly from his freshman year, when he had eight goals. Nelson was particularly effective down the stretch, scoring eight goals in his last 10 games.
Wagner also picked up his game from his freshman year, when he had 9 goals and 19 points. This season, playing on a line with Hobey Baker Award finalist Austin Smith, Wagner had 17 goals and 51 points, among the most in the nation.