According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, Daniel Brickley—who we listed just yesterday among our top college free agent targets—will return to Minnesota State for his junior season. The Mavericks were ousted from the WCHA playoffs by Michigan Tech yesterday, meaning Brickley could have signed anywhere in the NHL.
As with many collegiate athletes, a disappointing finish to a strong season often leads to unfinished feelings at the school and the appetite to head back for one more season. Brickley likely would have had at least a dozen suitors around the league but instead will hit the market next year (or the year after). The big defenseman broke out this year with 31 points in 31 games, turning heads around the NHL.
With the size and skill to fit into an NHL defense corps one day, Brickley will likely take on an even bigger role for Minnesota State next season as they look to post a strong season again. It wouldn’t be surprising to see an “A” sewn onto his sweater, especially if current captain C.J. Franklin leaves early to sign with the Jets.