Three NCAA Free Agents For Montreal Canadiens To Watch At NCAA Tournament

Jul 7, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CANADA; Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes.
Jul 7, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CANADA; Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes. / Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
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Jacob Quillan

Jacob Quillan also played for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL for a season before heading to the United States to play college hockey. He had a slow start as a freshman, but is now in his third season and has been dominant for two years.

Quillan scored 19 goals and 38 points in 41 games last season and played the hero in the National final, scoring the game winning goal to crown Quinnipiac as the 2023 NCAA Champions.

The Dartmouth, Nova Scotia native is relied on to play in all situations and is the type of player that just routinely gets the job done no matter what is asked of him. He prjects as a potential third line winger at the NHL level that can play at both ends of the ice and would be a nice addition to the Canadiens prospect pool.

Collin Graf

The only player on Quinnipiac with more points than Quillan this season is Collin Graf. He is a 21 year old forward who has put up impressive numbers in all three of his NCAA seasons but especially the past two.

He was the highest scorer in the country a year ago when he piled up 21 goals and 59 points in 41 games en route to a national title. He has 22 goals and 48 points in 32 games this season and his 1.5 points per game ranks 8th in the country.

Graf is a dangerous offensive player who makes goaltenders pay when he gets a chance in the attacking zone. He is still young enough to consider him a prospect and his numbers at the college level suggest he could be a scoring winger at a higher level in the near future.

The Canadiens certainly need those and should keep a close eye on Graf, and Quillan, when Quinnipaic begins their NCAA Tournament on Friday against Wisconsin.