NCAA hockey signings: Leafs Nick Abruzzese, Senators Jake Sanderson sign contracts with NHL clubs

The Frozen Four is set as regionals wrapped up this weekend. Four teams ⁠— Michigan, Minnesota State, Denver and Minnesota ⁠— will fight for the NCAA hockey national title. 

With that, college hockey careers for seniors and graduate students are coming to an end and NHL teams are signing drafted players and undrafted free agents.

Since the NCAA regular season ended at the beginning of March, a number of players have inked deals with NHL clubs and as more and more teams have been eliminated from conference and NCAA tournaments, more players are taking the next step in their hockey career. 

Jake Sanderson and Nick Abruzzese, two of the biggest names in college hockey, signed their contracts with their respective NHL clubs. Sanderson inked his deal with the Senators, who drafted him No. 5 overall in 2020. Abruzzese signed with the Maple Leafs, who took him in the fourth round of the 2019 draft. 

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Here is a look at all the college players that have signed NHL entry-level contracts. 

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College hockey free agent signing tracker

A number of athletes are headed to the professional level. There have been multiple college hockey players who are signing deals with NHL, AHL, ECHL or SPHL teams. 

Most are players who finished up their last season of eligibility in the NCAA, looking to continue their hockey career elsewhere. 

However, some are top prospects who are electing to waive the rest of their NCAA eligibility and sign with the NHL club that drafted them. First and second-round draft picks that have signed an entry-level deal are Sanderson, Drew Helleson and Vladislav Firstov. 

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PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL NHL TEAM
Andre Lee Forward UMass Lowell Los Angeles Kings
David Hrenak Goalie St. Cloud State Los Angeles Kings
Ryan Fanti Goalie Minnesota Duluth Edmonton Oilers
Clay Stevenson Goalie Dartmouth Washington Capitals
Colin Swoyer Defenseman Michigan Tech Pittsburgh Penguins
Matt Kessel Defenseman UMass St. Louis Blues
Brian Halonen Forward Michigan Tech New Jersey Devils
Josh Lupina Forward UMass Anaheim Ducks
Noah Cates Forward Minnesota Duluth Philadelphia Flyers
Jake Sanderson Defenseman North Dakota Ottawa Senators
Nick Abruzzese Forward Harvard Toronto Maple Leafs
Jaxson Stauber Goalie Providence Chicago Blackhawks
Jordan Harris Defenseman Northeastern Montreal Canadiens
Jack McBain Forward Boston College Arizona Coyotes
Jachym Kondelik Forward UConn Nashville Predators
Taylor Ward Forward Omaha Los Angeles Kings
Vladislav Firstov Forward UConn Minnesota Wild
Brandon Scanlin Defenseman Omaha New York Rangers
Isaiah Saville Goalie Omaha Vegas Golden Knights
Declan Carlile Defenseman Merrimack Tampa Bay Lightning
Zach Uens Defenseman Merrimack Florida Panthers
Drew Helleson Defenseman Boston College  Anaheim Ducks
Alex Vlasic Defenseman Boston University Chicago Blackhawks
Marc McLaughlin Forward Boston College Boston Bruins
Michael Callahan Defenseman Providence Boston Bruins
Corey Andonovski Forward Princeton Pittsburgh Penguins
Dennis Cesana Defenseman Michigan State Florida Panthers
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