Jan. 20, 2016
By Dan Colleran
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – A combined four current and future Notre Dame hockey players were listed in the NHL Central Scouting’s 2016 midterm rankings, which were released earlier this week (Jan. 19).
The North American rankings included current freshman forward Dylan Malmquist (195), as well as national letter of intent signees Andrew Peeke (50), Cam Morrison (59) and Michael Graham (85).
Malmquist has played in 22 games this season, totaling eight goals and five assists for 13 points. His eight goals rank tied for second on the team and that total is also tied for ninth in the nation in scoring by among freshmen.
Malmquist is one of just six players to come straight from public high school to play NCAA DI hockey this season and on Oct. 17 at Penn State, he became the first member of that group to score a goal. He is one of the 10 college hockey players listed in the midterm rankings.
Peeke, Morrison and Graham each signed national letters of intent in the fall of 2015.
Peeke, a 6-3 defenseman from Parkland, Florida, is in his first season with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (USHL). In 30 games this season, he has scored three goals and added 12 assists for 15 points. He has also played for Team USA at the Hlinka Memorial Tournament (U-18) and the World Junior A Challenge (U-19).
Morrison, a 6-2 forward from East York, Ontario, is one of the top scorers in the USHL this season, his first with the Youngstown Phantoms. In 35 games, he has 20 goals and 20 assists for 40 points and also carries a +20 plus/minus rating. His 40 points are tied for the league lead, while his 20 goals rank second.
Graham, a 6-2 forward from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, opened the 2015-16 season by playing 12 games with the Fargo Force (USHL). With the Force, he scored two goals and added four assists. Graham then he returned to Eden Prairie for his senior season and in eight games so far, he has eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points.
The National Hockey League Draft will be held from June 24-25, 2016 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.
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Dan Colleran, associate athletics communications director at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and men’s golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men’s hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is graduate of Providence College (’06 & ’08).