The NCAA free agent market is about to open up. College teams are wrapping up their regular seasons this weekend and conference tournaments will follow soon after. For those teams facing an uphill battle to win an automatic bid and unlikely to claim an at-large bid, seasons could be over in a week or two.
One player facing down that scenario is Notre Dame forward Alex Steeves. The Fighting Irish currently sit in fourth-place in the Big Ten Conference and would have to battle through 2020-21 powerhouses Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan to win their conference tournament. They are also not a top-20 nationally ranked team and sit well outside the 13/14 spot usually awarded to the final at-large team in the NCAA Tournament. Barring a miraculous turn, Steeves and Notre Dame will likely be done for the year in short order.
Except, Steeves likely won’t be done for the year. According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Steeves is the hottest name among undrafted college free agents this year and could be scooped up quickly and signed to an NHL contract that begins this season.