14Emilio Pettersen
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Two Flames prospects headed to NCAA Frozen Four

A pair of Calgary Flames prospects will get an opportunity to take home college hockey’s biggest prize. Freshmen Demetrios Koumontzis and Emilio Pettersen will be participating in the annual NCAA Frozen Four tournament.

Pettersen, 18, was the Flames’ sixth round selection in last June’s NHL Draft (taken 167th overall). He had a brilliant first season of college hockey with the University of Denver Pioneers, with six goals and 29 points in 38 games. He just missed being named to his conference’s all-rookie team.

The Pioneers will be playing in the West Region in Fargo, ND. They face the Ohio State University Buckeyes on Friday, March 29 (and potentially play Saturday, March 30 against the St. Cloud State/American International winner).

Koumontzis, 19, was one of the Flames’ fourth round selections in the latest NHL Draft (going 108th overall). His season wasn’t quite as impressive as Pettersen’s – with four goals and 20 points in 34 games – but he was a key cog for the very impressive Arizona State University Sun Devils.

Despite not having a home conference, and only being a full-time hockey program for three seasons, the Sun Devils turned a lot of heads and won a lot of games. They’re seeded as an independent – the first in a couple decades at the Frozen Four – and they’ll face the Quinnipiac University Bobcats in the Midwest Region in Allentown, PA on Saturday, March 30. If they advance, they’ll face the winner of the Minnesota-Duluth/Bowling Green game on Sunday, March 31.

Both players are expected to stay in school for at least another year, but it’ll be interesting to see how well they stack up against the other top teams in college hockey.

    • The Real SlimBrodie

      Bennett is a good hockey player. He hasn’t lived up to his hype but you can see parts coming together. He is a bulldog like he was advertised.

    • withachance

      I think every team would’ve picked Bennett at 4th pick that year… Not really the scouting team’s fault if the player fails to live up to the expectation of every team

    • Kzak

      I see, so when Tre stepped up and drafted Bennett and were upset that he drafted him, who did you actually want him to draft? At that moment, not in hindsight?

        • Harley Hotchkiss’s Ghost

          Sam Bennett was a consensus Top. 5 Pick at that time league wide, he just hasn’t fully developed like most hoped.

          I’m fairly certain Brian Burkes’s truculence movement was to blame for the rest of that 2014 Draft.

        • The Red Knight

          I thought One of Bennett problems was his pick management, he would try to do to much ,try dangle though everyone and lose possession,he wouldn’t ever dump it in or try to hang onto pucks but this year he is making the right plays and it will translate, he keeps getting better , that’s all you can ask for, he’s one of my favs on the team myself and noticed his absence in the Vancouver game.

  • His Dudeness

    I like Bennett. Hes plays his current role well. And from what I hear he likes to party and is a good dude to hang out with. BUT Bennett is the reason we are not Tampa Bay. He was suppose to be our Point and play 1st/2nd line center and put up close to a PPG. Imagine how good we are if Bennett is centering MT, top line stays the same, Backlund and Fro are the 3rd line. Oh and we don’t have old grenade Neal on our team because Sammy would be making his money.

  • Harley Hotchkiss’s Ghost

    These two players finished 2nd (Peterson) and T5th (Koumontzis) in NCAA True Freshman Scoring. We honestly might get 2-3+ legit NHLers out of last years draft without a pick in the Top. 104. What a good job by the scouting staff.