Frattin Wins WCHA Player of the Year
Matt Frattin‘s 2010-2011 collegiate season has been nothing short of spectacular and the nation’s leading goal scorer was officially recognized for it with WCHA Player of the Year honours. The Fighting Sioux senior has destroyed the stat sheet to the tune of 29 goals and 49 points in 37 games played, earning him the conference’s scoring title while amassing the most points by any North Dakota forward in 10 years. That’s actually one more goal than Matt scored in his entire first 3 NCAA seasons combined. Only 19 months ago, Frattin’s hockey career appeared to be in serious jeopardy when he was arrested for the second time by North Dakota police for a DUI, resulting in his dismissal from the school’s hockey programme. After being reinstated, he rebounded impressively to finish last season with 19 points in 24 games played, prompting myself to identify Matt as a big-time breakout candidate for 2011:
“Matt is a multi-talented player who can give you goal scoring ability while chipping in some physical play as well. Heâ€™s flying way under the radar right now, but donâ€™t be surprised if heâ€™s one of the names generating a ton of prospect buzz next season.”
Frattin could find himself with even more hardware at season’s end as he is amongst the favourites to win the Hobey Baker Award for the nation’s Most Outstanding Player. But for now, he will focus his attention on leading No. 1 ranked North Dakota to an NCAA title, starting with the WCHA playoffs against No. 12 seed Michigan State.
However, things could get interesting at season’s end. As a full four year commit, Frattin will find himself in the same situation as former Chicago prospect Bill Sweatt last summer. Although Frattin is still “technically” a Maple Leaf prospect, he will hold a ton of leverage in negotiations as he can simply choose to wait past the August deadline and become an unrestricted free agent. In addition to increased financial demands, Matt could also request a guaranteed NHL roster spot in the fall and the Sweatt negotiations showed that Burke is not fond of agents or players employing hardball tactics. Whatever the end result, Frattin’s journey to the NHL promises to be an intriguing storyline to follow.
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@ Cameron Thanks for letting me know. With Burke’s need for size up front, i can see him slipping down to 3rd line
@ 2di4u: - Not true at all. Not talking to you necessarily when I say this, but most Leaf fans don’t even understand Bozak’s contract now, much less the extension he may or may not receive. Fact is, the kid likely won’t make more than 1.25 million after all his bonuses are tallied up. He has to make a 10% raise (maybe 15, can’t remember) on his base salary of 875K. If Bozak resigns, I expect it will be a 2 or 3 year deal in the 1.2-1.5 million range.
I read somewhere to qualify Bozak the Leafs have to offer 4.2 million. I know if I am wrong someone here will call me on it. By all means, if I am, please do so. But I’ve seen some highlights of this kid and I like what I see. He has a nice shot coimg off the boards on faceoffs and isn’t afraid to hit, as evidenced by this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsxyzGkmAgg&feature=related Check this video out too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OJ9H9qBFFM
@ MacInMoscow: I don’t like it either. A team should have 1 or 2 years after a player’s graduation year or leaves school, to sign him. IMO
@ Bob is your uncle: So if I understand this legalese, if Frattin sighs with the Leafs it must be for the ELC of his signing year, $850k or $875k (not sure what year he was drafted). If he signs with somebody else it is for this years minimum, $925k. If this is right, this system is fucking stupid. A kid would have to give up 50 or 75 K to sign with his drafting team. Totaly stupid system.
Does anyone else feel that the Tim Brent PP Experience needs to end? Don’t get me wrong I feel having a forward, a centre out there is a good idea but like the announcers were saying last night, I don’t think he hit one first pass all night.
The college grad FA rule is good for the stars like Frattin because it gives them alot more options. It’s not good for the drafted players who had average or sub college careers as they might not even be offered a contract. But since all 17 year olds know more then than they ever will (just ask one) and are all sure they will be stars in the NHL, this system probably encourages more kids to play college hockey than would otherwise. Good for college hockey and their best players, bad for the NHL and the Leafs this year in particular.
Thanks guys for telling me a new post..I’m sitting on the other one refreshing thinking that I was the last man on earth hahaha
jonas640 Freddie Sjostrom is out tomorrow with an upper-body injury. Could miss a week. Jay Rosehill will go in.
@ Nights: Crosby could have became a UFA by 25 (currently in his 6th season). What I’m saying is that if he wanted to optimize his value he would have opted end his contract at 25.