UNH, UMass and Boston University are the latest teams to lose players early to the NHL. Max Gildon (UNH), Mitchell Chaffee (UMass) and freshman Trevor Zegras (BU) all signed last week, joining Maine goalie Jeremy Swayman who inked a deal the week before.
Zegras, who had a strong performance for Team USA at the 2020 World Junior tournament, was selected ninth overall by Anaheim in last year’s NHL Draft. Hevhad 11 goals and 36 points to earn a spot on Hockey East’s All-Rookie Team. He ranked third nationally in scoring among freshmen and led all BU freshmen players. While playing with the U.S. National Team Development Program prior to BU, he posted 100 assists, fourth all-time in the program. He won a U-18 World Championship bronze medal and a U-17 World Hockey Challenge gold medal.
Zegras is just the latest example of a one-and-done at BU. Last year Joel Farabee signed with Philadelphia after leading the Terriers in scoring. The year before that, it was Brady Tkachuk. In 2016-17, it was Clayton Keller. And in 2014-15 it was, of course, Jack Eichel.
Chaffee signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild, giving up his final year of college eligibility. Chaffee was a free agent.
Chaffee, 22, had 16 goals and 29 points for the Minutemen this season in 30 games. The 6-foot, 205-pound wing was first on the team in power-play points with nine, and second in game-winning goals (3) and shots on goal (101), all behind Hobey finalist John Leonard.
Gildon signed with the Florida Panthers, the team that drafted him. This season he led the Wildcats in scoring despite being a defenseman, totaling 29 points. In his three-year career he finished with 21 goals and 52 assists in 100 games.