UND announces 6 newcomers to hockey roster
Pat Sweeney | Jul 3, 2019 AT 11:16 am
Six newcomers are set to join the 2019-20 University of North Dakota hockey team. The group includes three recent NHL draft selections as well as a grad transfer from a fellow National Collegiate Hockey Conference team.
"We are proud and excited to welcome in these six young men to our North Dakota family," UND head coach Brad Berry said. "Each one of these student-athletes brings something different to our group as far as their individual high-end skill set. They all possess tremendous work ethic and compete level, team-first attitudes, humility and a strong commitment to our program. All of these qualities we value and look for in order to add to our strong culture each and every year."
North Dakota's 2019-20 newcomers in alphabetical order:
Name: Carson Albrecht
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 178
Hometown: Martensville, Sask.
Previous Team: Melfort Mustangs (SJHL)
Captained the Melfort Mustangs (Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League) in the final year of a three-year stint there ... Exploded with 89 points in 56 games in the reguar season last year, including 33 goals and 56 assists ... Added a dozen goals and eight assists in just 16 playoff games with three game-winning tallies and five multi-goal games ... More than doubled his output from a season prior, as he collected 19 goals and 17 assists in 48 regular season games in 2017-18.
Name: Harrison Blaisdell
NHL Rights: Winnipeg
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 186
Hometown: Regina, Sask.
Previous Team: Chilliwack (BCHL)
Selected in the fifth round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft (Winnipeg) ... Ranked 80th among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting's final 2019 draft rankings … Nearly tripled his point oautput last season, piling up 58 points in 51 games at Chilliwack (33-25--58) ... Scored nine goals and had a dozen assists the year prior ... Father, Mike, was an NHL player for Detroit, NY Rangers, Pitssburgh and Toronto after a collegiate career at Wisconsin.
Name: Judd Caulfield
NHL Rights: Pittsburgh
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 207
Hometown: Grand Forks, N.D. (Central HS)
Previous Team: US Under 18 Team
Selected in the fifth round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft (Pittsburgh) ... Ranked 67th among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting's final 2019 draft rankings … Becomes 13th player all-time from Grand Forks, N.D., to be selected in the NHL Draft ... One of a record 17 players from the U.S.-Under 18 National Team Development Program to be selected in this year's draft ... Put up 25 goals in 28 games with the USHL squad, while contributing 38 points in the rest of the development team schedule.
Name: Ethan Frisch
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 194
Hometown: Moorhead, Minn.
Previous Team: Fargo Force (USHL)
Played for the Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) last season before a mid-season trade to the Fargo Force ... Contributed 14 points in 41 regular season games in Green Bay and added three more points in Fargo (16 games) ... Helped lead the Moorhead Spuds to a pair of sectional championship games, including a state runner-up finish in 2017.
Name: Shane Pinto
NHL Rights: Ottawa
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 192
Hometown: Franklin Square, N.Y.
Previous Team: Tri-City (USHL)
Selected with the first pick of the second round in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft (Ottawa) ... Ranked 28th among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting's final 2019 draft rankings … Named to the USHL All-Rookie Team in 2018-19 after leading all first-year skaters with 59 points in 56 games ... Scored 17 goals and added 15 assists in 30 games with Lincoln before shipping off to Tri-City, where he potted 11 goals and added 16 assists in just 26 games ... Tallied nine points in six playoff games with four goals and five helpers ... Represented the US in its gold-medal entry at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge (1-1--2) ... Will become first-ever UND player from the state of New York.
Name: Westin Michaud
Ht: 5-9 Wt: 174
Hometown: Cloquet, Minn.
Previous Team: Colorado College (NCHC)
Collected 30 points with 13 goals and 17 assists in his final season at CC ... Led the Tigers to their first-ever NCHC Frozen Faceoff with an upset of Western Michigan in the quarterfinal round of the tournament ... Scored seven power-play tallies on the season, including three in the NCHC playoffs alone ... Those seven power-play goals tied for the most in the conference and ranked just outside the top 20 nationally ... Recorded a +13 plus/minus rating as a junior in 2018-19 ... For his career, Michaud has played in 114 games over his three seasons at CC, scoring 29 goals with 33 assists for 62 points.