2 – Zach Metsa, D
When you look at Zach Metsa’s points total in the 2023 Prospects Challenge, you might scoff. But look past it, because Metsa was one of the best players on the ice and you can even argue that he was the best defenseman – though Nikita Novikov would definitely give him a run.
Metsa displayed incredible hockey instincts at the Prospects Challenge, and that carried over from his time in the Calder Cup Playoffs following his National Championship run with the Quinnipiac Bobcats. He displayed an incredible two-way style, and always seemed to find the open teammate, something that we can hope carries over into Sunday.
Despite his smaller size, Metsa also wasn’t afraid to battle for the puck and come up with the win. He was one of the most complete players at the Challenge, so let’s hope that carries over into today.