DURHAM, N.H.- Freshman defenseman Brett Pesce (Tarrytown, N.Y.) of the University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team is the top active collegiate skater on the just-released Central Scouting Rankings for the upcoming 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Pesce is ranked 40th overall out of more than 210 North American skaters.
The NHL Draft will be held June 30 in Newark, N.J., and will air live on the NHL Network. If selected, Pesce would be the third member of the Wildcats' 2012-13 squad to be taken in the draft. Previous selections include defenseman Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.), who was drafted in the fifth round (128 overall) of the 2009 draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and forward Greg Burke (Lee, N.H.), who was drafted in the sixth round (174 overall) of the 2008 draft by the Washington Capitals. UNH's highest-drafted player all time was James van Riemsdyk, who was chosen in the first round (second overall) in the 2007 draft.
Pesce skated in all but one of the Wildcats' 39 games this season and tallied six points off one goal and five assists. He also ranked sixth on the squad with a plus-minus rating of plus-6.
For more information on Pesce and the rest of the UNH men's ice hockey program visit www.UNHWildcats.com.