According to College Hockey Inc., 31 percent of the hockey players in the NHL have come from NCAA Division I hockey. During the 2014 NHL trade deadline, 38 players were traded. Here’s a look at the players with college hockey experience that were traded during the 2014 NHL Trade Deadline.
Ex-college hockey players traded at 2014 NHL Trade Deadline Deals
Matt Moulson played four seasons with Cornell University (ECAC) 2002-06. The All-ECAC forward scored (71g-67a—138pts) in a 134 games with the Big Red.
Torrey Mitchell played three seasons with the University of Vermont (Hockey East) 2004-07. Mitchell scored (35g-70a—105pts) in 115 games with the Catamounts.
Thomas Vanek played two seasons with the University of Minnesota (WCHA) 2002-04. The All-American forward scored (57g-56a—113pts) in 83 games with the Golden Gophers. Vanek led the Gophers to an NCAA title in 2003.
The Calgary Flames traded RW Lee Stempniak to Pittsburgh Penguins for a third-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Lee Stempniak played four seasons with Dartmouth College (ECAC) 2001-05. The two-time All-American forward scored (63g-88a—151) in 135 games with the Big Green.
Matt Frattin played four seasons with the University of North Dakota (WCHA) 2007-11. The All-American forward scored (64g-55a—119pts) in 153 games with the Fighting Sioux. Frattin led UND to the 2011 NCAA Frozen Four, and was a Hobey Baker Memorial Award Finalist.
Matt Taormina played four seasons with Providence College (Hockey East) 2004-09. The All-Hockey East defenseman scored (20g-45a—65pts) in 144 games with the Friars.
Dan Ellis played three seasons with the University of Nebraska-Omaha (CCHA) 2000-03. The All-CCHA goalie had a (53-51-12, .910 SV%, and a 2.67 GAA) during his career with the Mavericks.
Tim Thomas played four seasons with the University of Vermont (ECAC) 1993-97. The All-American goalie was (81-43-14, .924 SV% and a 2.70GAA) during his career with the Catamounts. Thomas was the teammate of forward Martin St. Louis. Thomas went to the 1996 NCAA Frozen Four.
Patrick Eaves played three seasons with Boston College (Hockey East) 2002-05. The All-American forward scored (47g-60a—107pts) in 84 games with the Eagles.
Martin St. Louis played four seasons with the University of Vermont (Hockey East) 1993-97. The three-time All-American forward is the all-time leading scorer for Vermont scoring (91g-176a—267pts) in 140 games with the Catamounts. St. Louis was also a three-time Hobey Baker Memorial Award Finalist. St Louis led his team to the 1996 NCAA Frozen Four. St Louis was also a teammate of goalie Tim Thomas.
The Boston Bruins claimed defenseman Corey Potter off waivers from the Edmonton Oilers.
Corey Potter played four seasons with Michigan State University (CCHA) 2002-06. Potter scored (8g-36a—44pts) in 150 games with the Spartans.
The Buffalo Sabres claimed LW Cory Conacher off waivers from the Ottawa Senators.
Cory Conacher played four seasons with Canisius College (AHA) 2007-11. Conacher scored (62g-85a—147pts) in 129 games with the Griffins.
Eric is a 1996, 1999 graduate of the University of North Dakota. Eric covers the University of North Dakota Hockey and Division I college hockey. Eric is the Contributing Editor for Inside Hockey.