Several Notable Prospects Become Free Agents

Teams around the National Hockey League have a number of notable new free agents to ponder, as certain college-drafted players who have not been offered a contract hit the UFA market as of 5:00pm ET on Tuesday. 

The rule applies to those prospects who have graduated from a four-year university. 

The 9 players who fit the criteria and will officially enter free agency as of next Tuesday are as follows, ranked from highest original draft position:

  1. Jay O’Brien, Philadelphia Flyers, 1st Round, No. 19 overall, 2018
  2. Robert Mastrosimone, Detroit Red Wings, 2nd Round, No. 54 overall, 2019
  3. Jake Wise, Chicago Blackhawks, 3rd Round, No. 69 overall, 2018
  4. John Farinacci, Arizona Coyotes, 3rd Round, No. 76 overall, 2019
  5. Demetrios Koumontzis, Calgary Flames, 4th Round, No. 108 overall, 2018
  6. Kevin Wall, Carolina Hurricanes, 6th Round, No. 181 overall, 2019
  7. Jared Moe, Winnipeg Jets, 6th Round, No, 184 overall, 2018
  8. Ryan O’Connell, Toronto Maple Leafs, 7th Round, No. 203 overall, 2017
The top three names on this list are the ones to keep an eye on over the next few weeks leading up to training camps. 

O'Brien posted 70 points in his 79 games over the last three seasons with Boston University; Mastrosimone had 11 goals and 31 assists for 42 points in 38 games for the Arizona State University Sun Devils this past year; and Wise also had a big season to finish off his college career for Ohio State University, potting 12 goals and 27 assists for 39 points in 39 games. He was also selected to the All-Big 10 Second Team. 

The bidding for these players' services begins in one week's time, on Tuesday Aug. 22nd. 

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