MONTREAL — As an American-born forward from the University of Minnesota, Jordan Schroeder has a couple role models that skate for the Boston Bruins.
Ranked No. 5 among North American skaters by Central Scouting, Schroeder should be selected pretty high in tomorrow night’s first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He might even match former Gophers Blake Wheeler and Phil Kessel, who were both picked No. 5 in their respective drafts (Kessel by Boston and Wheeler by Phoenix).
Kessel left school after one year to join the Bruins, while Wheeler didn’t make the leap to the pros until he’d completed three collegiate seasons. Both obviously took the correct path because they’ve made the most of their NHL opportunities. However, Schroeder, who put up 13-27-40 totals in 32 games as a freshman this season, can’t project right now which road he’ll be travelling.
“You look at Phil Kessel, he was (at Minnesota) one year and then gone and he’s got a great future ahead of him,” said Schroeder today after the top prospects luncheon. “Wheeler stayed three years, so you never know what’s going to happen. You just have to wait and see who you’re drafted by.”