Dallas prospect Ben Brinkman has decided to take advantage of the fifth year of eligibility. However, it won’t be where he spent his first four seasons. In a move first reported by Jess Myers of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead (Twitter link), the blueliner is off to the University of Notre Dame after recently entering the transfer portal.
The 21-year-old was a sixth-round pick (173rd overall) back in 2019 after his freshman year at the University of Minnesota. Brinkman had a minor role that season but the hope was that his role and ice time would increase over the years. That didn’t exactly materialize as he had just two goals over his four seasons with the Golden Gophers and while he had a career high in points this season, it was still a pretty low number at eight.
Brinkman is certainly hoping that an opportunity with a new school will give him a better chance to showcase himself to Dallas or another professional team as he will need a big year to have a shot at landing an entry-level deal.