A Kings (and non-Kings) Prospect Miscellany

Ottawa Senators land coveted Stephane Da Costa | StarTribune.com
In the end, the Stephane Da Costa sweepstakes got cut from 20 teams to Ottawa, Minnesota and Florida. The Senators wound up getting the Merrimack leading scorer on a two-year deal, making the Wild a runner-up, or as a pal of mine likes to call runners-up, the first loser. The Wild is undoubtedly bummed right now. In an email I got from Ottawa GM Bryan Murray, Da Costa chose the Senators "because we have an obvious opening at center." The Wild though, that's subject to debate. The Wild has Mikko Koivu, Kyle Brodziak and Matt Cullen with term left on their deals, although Cullen's been playing wing in a few games lately. It also helped Ottawa's cause that Bobby Butler has succeeded in Ottawa after signing out of New Hampshire. The perception by some out there is that promises were made to Casey Wellman, yet he's sitting in Houston.

Hobey Hat Trick made up of Frattin, Miele and Atkinson | StarTribune.com
The three finalists [are] are North Dakota winger Matt Frattin, Miami of Ohio center Andy Miele and Boston College winger Cam Atkinson. [...]

Frattin, a 6-foot senior, leads the nation with 36 goals. He was the WCHA player of the year and is the only one of the three finalists who will be playing at the Frozen Four. He is from Edmonton and the Toronto Maple Leafs hold his draft rights. He was suspended for the first half of his junior season for several off-ice transgressions, but has turned heads this season. He was the WCHA player of the year. He is second in the nation in points with 60.[...]

Miele is a 5-8 senior who was the CCHA player of the year and led the nation in assists with 47 and points with 71 -- 11 more than Frattin -- in 39 games. [...] Miele is an NHL free agent. His 56 points in CCHA games was the most in 19 years. The RedHawks assistant captain is an American studies major with a coaching minor. [...]

Atkinson, a 5-8 junior, signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets this week [...]. The native of Greenwich, Conn., had 31 goals and 52 points this season and was a Hockey East first-team pick.[...] He was second in the nation in goals this season -- behind Frattin.

Jake Gardiner tops first grouping of HF's Top 50 NHL prospects - Hockey's Future