May 11, 2016
By Dan Colleran
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – National Letter of Intent signees Michael Graham, Cameron Morrison and Andrew Peeke have been invited to the 2016 NHL Scouting Combine, which will take place from May 30 – June 4, at First Niagara Center and the Harbor Center in Buffalo, New York.
Graham, a forward, captained the Eden Prairie High School team (Eden Prairie, Minnesota) in 2015-16. In 25 games, he scored 14 goals and notched 29 assists for 43 points. In three section playoff games, he added two goals and four assists for six points. He then followed with three goals in three state playoff games while leading Eden Prairie to the Class AA Final.
A 6-2, 185-pound native of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Graham also spent time with the Fargo Force (USHL) this past season prior to his high school hockey season. He played in 14 games with the Force and notched six points on two goals and four assists. Graham was ranked 128th among North American skaters in the final NHL Central Scouting ratings.
Morrison, a forward, played in 60 games for the Youngstown Phantoms during the 2015-16 season. He posted 66 points on 34 goals and 32 assists to lead all USHL rookies in points and goals. His 34 goals also ranked third overall in league scoring. He earned USHL Rookie of the Week honors twice (Nov. 2 & April 11). Morrison was ranked 46th among North American skaters in the final NHL Central Scouting ratings. He was named the 2016 USHL Rookie of the Year and was selected as a USHL First Team All-Star and was also named to the USHL All-Rookie First Team.
A 6-3, 200-pound native of Aurora, Ontario, Morrison recently competed with Team Canada at the IIHF U-18 World Championship, where he scored a goal and added three assists for four points in seven games. He also took part in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (Omaha, Nebraska). Prior to joining Youngstown, Morrison skated with the Aurora Tigers of the OJHL.
Peeke, a defenseman, skated in 56 games with the Green Bay Gamblers in 2015-16. He scored four goals and added 26 assists for 30 points. His 30 points ranked second in rookie scoring among defensemen, while his 26 assists ranked fifth among all rookies. He was ranked 57th among North American skaters in the final NHL Central Scouting ratings. He was selected to the USHL All-Rookie First Team and also took part in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (Omaha, Nebraska).
A 6-3, 205-pound native of Parkland, Florida, Peeke skated in the 2015-16 World Junior A Challenge, where he notched a goal and an assist in five games for Team USA. Prior to joining the Gamblers, he skated with the Selects Academy (South Kent, Connecticut).
Graham, Morrison and Peeke signed National Letters of Intent in the fall of 2015.
All told, 114 draft eligible (2016) skaters have been invited to the combine. National Hockey League team personnel will complete medical assessments and physicals, interact with the draft hopefuls, conduct 1-on-1 interviews and remain on hand for fitness testing.
The 2016 NHL Draft will take place on June 24-25 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 a graduate of Providence College (’06 & ’08G).