Penn State’s most highly-touted recruit has joined a select group of Nittany Lions. Incoming freshman Evan Barratt has been selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 3rd round of the NHL Entry Draft.
Barratt joins a handful of Nittany Lions who have been selected in the draft. Current Nittany Lions Brett Murray and Nikita Pavlychev were selected by the Buffalo Sabres in 2016 and Pittsburgh Penguins in 2015, respectively.
Former starting netminder Eamon McAdam was taken by the New York Islanders in 2013, as was Vancouver Canucks’ pick Mike Williamson, whose career ended prematurely due to injuries.
Former captain Patrick Koudys was selected by the Washington Capitals in 2011, while Max Gardiner was taken by the St. Louis Blues in 2010.
It’s unlikely that Barratt will join the Blackhawks right away. Instead, he’ll join the Lions next season to further develop physically while honing his talents.
Barratt may not fulfill his four years of eligibility, however. He has certainly displayed the skills required to jump to the pro game, and with a couple years of growth in the NCAA, Barratt may follow the likes of McAdam, Casey Bailey and Vince Pedrie, who forwent remaining eligibility to sign pro deals.