MINNEAPOLIS Nick Bjugstad is the first-round NHL draftee who has 25 goals this season. Sophomore Erik Haula's been the go-to scorer during the playoffs as part of a 20-goal season. Kyle Rau has 18 goals and 25 assists in his freshman season for the University of Minnesota hockey team.
The Gophers' top two lines can boast as much offensive potential as any team in college hockey. Zach Budish, who has added 12 goals and 23 assists, teams with Bjugstad and Rau on the first line. Haula is joined by freshman Sam Warning (six goals) and Jake Hansen (15 goals, 22 assists) on the second line.
Yet, if it weren't for names such as Jake Parenteau, Seth Helgeson, Nico Sacchetti, Ben Marshall, Taylor Matson, Travis Boyd and Nate Condon Minnesota wouldn't be traveling to Tampa, Fla., this week for the Frozen Four.
"That's been something that's been lacking the previous couple of months," coach Don Lucia said. "We were winning some low-scoring games, but we were basically relying on two lines...