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Incoming Penn State Hockey Freshman Evan Barratt To Participate In NHL Scouting Combine

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.

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.

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Mikey Mandarino

Mikey is a senior majoring in journalism and Onward State's Sports Editor. He grew up in Bedminster, NJ and is way too obnoxious about all the best things his home state has to offer. Mikey loves to play golf, but he sucks at it because golf is hard. If you're dying to see more hockey/golf content on your timeline, you can follow Mikey on Twitter @mikey_mandarino. Send all hate mail, death threats, and your vote for the best chicken parm in State College to [email protected]

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