Scott Reedy

Scott Reedy will return for his junior season at the University of Minnesota. The Prior Lake native had seven goals and four assists for the Gophers last winter.

Scott Reedy was part of the San Jose Sharks Prospects Development Camp, but the Prior Lake native is not ready to turn pro.

Instead, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound forward is heading back to the University of Minnesota for his junior season with the Gophers. Back in June of 2017, San Jose selected Reedy in the fourth round of the NHL draft (102nd selection overall).

These past two seasons, he played for the Gophers and recorded 14 goals and 12 assists in 69 career games. Last winter, Reedy scored seven goals and added four assists for Minnesota.

Reedy is the third Prior Lake native to ever be drafted by an NHL team. Jordan Schroeder was a first-round selection (22nd overall) in 2009, while Jay Barriball was a seventh-round pick in 2006.

Schroeder has played with three NHL teams in his career — the Vancouver Canucks, the Minnesota Wild and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Barriball played four seasons for the Gophers but never realized his NHL dream.

Reedy will get his chance in the coming years. He'll likely have a bigger role for the Gophers this fall, and perhaps he should. Last year, Minnesota was 7-0 when Reedy registered at least 1 point in a game and 5-0 when he scored.

Minnesota finished 18-16-4 overall last year (11-10-3 in the Big Ten). In Reedy's first season on the Division I ice, Minnesota had a 19-17-2 mark (10-12-2 in the Big Ten).

So Reedy will try to get the Gophers back to the Frozen Four. The last time the program got the national semifinals was 2014.

Like Schroeder and Barriball, Reedy never played for high school hockey for Prior Lake. He instead played at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault as a bantam in 2013-2014 and as a midget prep in 2014-2015, before playing for Team USA.

Reedy played 49 games for the U.S. National U17 Team in 2015-2016, scoring 19 goals and adding 33 assists. He played 60 games for the U.S. National U18 Team the next season, finishing with 22 goals and 20 assists.

Internationally, Reedy won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2017 Under-18 World Championships, finishing with a goal and an assist in seven games. He also represented the country at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, scoring six goals and adding three assists in five games played.

Many of the Sharks' top prospects participated in the development camp scrimmage June 28, including 2019 second-round picks Artemi Kniazev and Dillon Hamaliuk, 2018 first-round pick Ryan Merkley, 2017 second-round pick Mario Ferraro, WHL Player of the Year Joachim Blichfeld and 2019 World Junior Silver-medalist Sasha Chmelevski and many others.

The scouting report on Reedy by hockeycenterice.com is: "He has good size for the NHL game, plus the versatility to play both center and wing effectively. He's at his best when in control of the puck and boasts good playmaking qualities.

"He can score goals, too. He can make mistakes when he has the puck, partly because he wants the puck so much. Defensively, he is still a work in progress and he might be better suited to play a wing position at the highest level."

Tom Schardin covers sports for Savage and Prior Lake. He is dependable, sarcastic and always joking around. Tom enjoys running and swimming and is often busy coaching his two kids' sports teams.

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