Incoming Penn State men’s hockey freshman Evan Barratt is one of 26 NCAA recruits who will participate in this week’s NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo, N.Y.
— Penn State Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) May 31, 2017
Barratt, a center from Morrisville, Pa., is ranked as the No. 65 skater in North America by the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau. Last season, Barratt tallied 56 points (18 goals) in 63 games with the U.S. National U-18 team. He also helped the United States win gold at the U-18 World Junior Championship, scoring a goal and adding five assists in seven games throughout the tournament.
Barratt and Finnish forward Aarne Talvitie, who will join Penn State in the 2018-19 season, are the only two Nittany Lion recruits to be ranked by the NHL’s official amateur scouting bureau. Talvitie is considered the No. 58 European skater by the Central Scouting Bureau. The only active Penn State roster member to be featured on either list is left winger Denis Smirnov, who is the 167th-ranked skater in North America.
NHL teams have been conducting one-on-one interviews with prospects attending the combine over the course of this week, but all fitness testing will take place this Saturday, June 3. The 2017 NHL Entry Draft will be held in Chicago on June 23-24.