10 NHL Prospects to Watch at the 2024 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament


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Macklin Celebrini will be the guy everyone is watching in the tournament this year. Not since Cale Makar with UMass and Jack Eichel with Boston University in the past has there been a player with this kind of attention focused on them in college hockey.
Celebrini’s accomplishments this season when it comes to scoring had him being mentioned in the same breath as Eichel, Paul Kariya and Brian Leetch for winning Hockey East’s Rookie and Player of the Year awards.
Celebrini is an electrifying player and worth all of the hype he’s getting as the potential No. 1 pick in the 2024 NHL draft in Las Vegas.
The 17-year-old is tied for second in the country in scoring with Cutter Gauthier and Jackson Blake with 59 points, and his 31 goals are second-most behind Gauthier’s 35.
His mix of creativity and brilliance with the puck allows him to create scoring chances where most players wouldn’t find any, and he opens up the ice for himself like few others in the NCAAs can.
While Celebrini’s Boston University team doesn’t have a pile of other super high-end talent (defenseman Lane Hutson, a Canadiens prospect, is a lot of fun to watch, too), the Terriers have excellent scoring depth.


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