(Wisconsin State Journal) – Asked to detail the intangibles behind Frederic’s work as the Badgers’ top-line center, Granato quickly rattled off a list of a dozen items.
“For an 18-year-old kid, he’s just a remarkable hockey player,” Granato said. “He’s a competitor. He wants to get better — he’s hungry to get better. He’s a sponge for absorbing information on what he needs to do.”
This quote is coming from the current Wisconsin head coach and a man who played 773 games in the NHL, Tony Granato. Granato put up 492 points (248 goals and 249 assists) during his NHL career, so he knows a little bit about hockey. And for his recent play Granato’s own Trent Frederic is our BostonPucks.com Bruins “Prospect of the Week”.
Frederic’s Wisconsin Badgers went on the road to face Michigan State this past weekend and they earned a nice sweep against the Spartans. Frederic was a big part of the success at Michigan State. In game 1 on Friday night he collected 2 goals (the second being an empty netter) and an assist. Then he followed up the 3 point night on Friday with a goal and an assist in Saturday’s overtime win.
Frederic (6’2″ and 205 lbs) is having a fantastic freshman season after being picked by the Bruins in the 1st round of this past summer’s draft (29th overall). It has been well documented that Bruins management was ripped for taking him so high but he has silenced critics while becoming one of the biggest success stories of all the Bruins prospects. Based on Granato’s statement above Frederic might be just scratching the surface as well.
It’s safe to assume the Bruins will want him to stay at Wisconsin at least until after his sophomore season next year. That way it will allow the true freshman to develop more both on the ice and physically.
Below are links to Frederic’s three goals on the weekend. The first goal is a laser from the high slot. The second was the empty net goal, but he shows off good speed to beat all of the Michigan State players down the wing. And the third goal he puts home his own rebound.
Frederic now has 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points in 18 games played as a true freshman. He did miss some time with a broken hand earlier in the season but it has not slowed him down. Frederic is now a 2-time Bostonpucks.com Prospect of the Week.
Bruins fans should be pretty excited about Frederic. He sure seems to fit the “Bruins Type” of player mold that competes and finishes in all areas, whether its either end of the ice, on faceoffs, scoring, or killing penalties.
Other Prospect Notes:
Zach Senyshyn had gone without a goal in 5 games (1 assists), but broke through Sunday against North Bay for 2 goals. He now has 30 goals, 13 assists for 43 points in 42 games.
Jakub Zboril had 4 points (2 goals and 2 assists) on the week. The Jekyll and Hyde defenseman now has 8 goals, 20 assists for 28 points in 32 games played.
Jesse Gabrielle also scored 2 goals this weekend, one in each game against Kelowna. He now has 44 points (25 goals and 19 assists) in 44 games played, but he also has a whopping 62 penalty minutes. He is the type of player Bruins fans will fall in love with.
Jeremy Lauzon had a 3-point weekend with a goal and an assist in two games played. The do-it-all defenseman now has 4 goals and 13 assists for 17 points in 22 games played.
Cameron Hughes who is Frederic’s teammate at Wisconsin also had a nice weekend, just not as good as Frederic. Hughes has a goal and an assist in Saturday’s game and he recorded an assists in Friday’s game. Hughes now has 6 goals and 17 assists for 23 points in 24 games.
Charlie McAvoy and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and their Boston University Terriers did not have games this weekend. Instead Monday night was the first night of the Bean Pot Tournament. BU beat Boston College and will now play against fellow Bruins prospects Ryan Donato and Wiley Sherman of Harvard next Monday for the Bean Pot championship.
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