wprager wrote:Johhny Hockey was a sophomore at BC in 2012-13 when he won the Hobey Baker. He ended up playing one more season in BC (got a one-game callup at the end of the season) and then was ROTY finalist last year.
I think it's fair to say that jumping into the NHL after your freshman season in the NCAA is very rare.
You're talking about a completely different type of player in Gaudreau. Colin White is very much like Lazar and will be in the NHL in two years at the most.
There are probably lots of guys who played in the NCAA the year after they were drafted then played NHL the year after, with maybe bit of AHL time in between. Chris Kreider is one, Dylan Larkin will be one (a guy extremely similar to White). Jacob Trouba is one. Noah Hanifin will play NHL this year.
Your asking to compare to other players but each player is a different case. White has the ability to play in the NHL quicker than most because of his pro-style two-way game and skating ability.
Here are similar players:
Patrice Bergeron and Ryan O'Reilly were 2nd rounders who made the NHL right after they were drafted.
Zemgus Girgensons played AHL right after being drafted then played in the NHL the year after.
Larkin played one season NCAA and will be in the NHL this year at some point at least.
Lazar played one season WHL then made the Sens.