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Prospect Need to Know: A steady diet of Cale at UMass

Sophomore defenseman Cale Makar was a wonder on opening weekend. Learn more about him and other hot prospects in our weekly wrap

The NCAA season is truly on now and there were some big performances during opening weekend. We’ve also got some young guys doing damage in the AHL and that looks like a circuit that will be very fun to watch this season as the likes of Henrik Borgstrom and Filip Zadina find their way in the pro game. Let’s take a look at some of the other names who are playing hot in the prospect world right now.

Cale Makar, D, UMass Minutemen (Hockey East): I had him as one of the top NCAA players to watch this year and Makar did not disappoint in his opening weekend, posting four points in a two-game sweep of R.P.I. The puck-rushing Colorado Avalanche pick also had nine shots on the weekend. NHL arrival: 2018-19

Jack Hughes, C, U.S. NTDP (USHL): It’s about time we got Hughes on the list. The top 2019 draft prospect won the Hughes Bowl this weekend, besting brother Quinn’s University of Michigan squad 6-3. Jack, who does everything fast, had three points on the night and has 11 points through eight games overall. NHL arrival: 2018-19

Thomas Harley, D, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL): With Nic Hague gone, the Steelheads needed someone to step up on ‘D’ this year and Harley looks like the guy. The 2019 draft prospect logs big minutes, skates well and contributes on the power play. Harley also has good size and is a point-per-game player right now. NHL arrival: 2021-22

Mathias Emilio Pettersen, C, Denver Pioneers (NCHC): Pettersen has been on the radar for years, but after an OK draft year in the USHL, the Norwegian national has burst out of the gates in Denver. The NCAA freshman and Calgary Flames pick notched four points in his first two games with the Pios. NHL arrival: 2022-23

Alexis Gravel, G, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL): With his first shutout of the season and a gem against Charlottetown before that, Gravel was named QMJHL player of the week. The Chicago Blackhawks draft pick has a big frame and loads of potential in net and with his latest heroics, he’s up to a .928 save percentage on the year. NHL arrival: 2022-23

Sheldon Rempal, RW, Ontario Reign (AHL): Rempal could have returned to Clarkson University this season, but the late-blooming right winger decided to test free agency and landed on the Kings as his choice. With eight points in his first four pro games with the Reign, Rempal is proving he was right to bet on himself. NHL arrival: 2019-20

Damien Giroux, C, Saginaw Spirit (OHL): Hard-working with great hockey sense, Giroux went off this weekend, posting seven points in two games for the division-leading Spirit. The Minnesota Wild pick earned OHL player of the week honors for his efforts and he already has three game-winning goals through nine games. NHL arrival: 2021-22

Albin Grewe, LW, Djurgarden (Swe.): A nifty, quick offensive threat, Grewe has 17 points through 12 games with Djurgarden’s junior squad. The 2019 draft prospect has only been on the ice for three 5-on-5 goals-against and has a feisty side, having already dropped the gloves this season. NHL arrival: 2021-22

Josh Brook, D, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL): The Montreal Canadiens need help on defense and with Brook, they’ve got a pretty nice prospect in the pipeline. The physical, puckmoving blueliner is off to a great start in Moose Jaw with 11 points in seven games, putting him among the defensive leaders in WHL scoring. NHL arrival: 2020-21

Cole Brady, G, Janesville Jets (NAHL): At 6-foot-5, Brady checks off a major box on his goaltending resume, but the 2019 draft prospect also has some pretty quick legs. Coming off a two-win weekend that saw him stop 75 of 77 shots, the Arizona State commit was named Midwest Division star of the week. NHL arrival: 2023-24

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