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Prospect Update: Trevor Janicke
By Thomas Harrington
A fifth-round pick in 2019, Trevor Janicke completed his first NCAA season at the University of Notre Dame.
Janicke had a very successful freshman season. He finished in the top 10 in scoring at Notre Dame, finishing the season with eight goals and 13 points in 37 games. His eight goals were tied for fourth on the team, and he played in every single game for Notre Dame. He was also named to Team USA’s preliminary World Junior Championship roster. Unfortunately, he was the last player cut by Team USA from the tournament. Still, combining that with the numbers he put up shows what a great first year in the NCAA Janicke had.
This coming season, Janicke will hopefully be playing in his sophomore season at Notre Dame. Assuming that happens, I’ve got a few expectations for him. First, I want to see him once again play in every game. Second, I want to see him score a few more goals and points; I’d be quite happy to see him hit the 10 goal and 20 point marks. Finally, I’d like to see him make Team USA’s roster.
Janicke is still a number of years away from making it to the NHL. He’s never going to be an elite goal scorer, but he’s got the tools to be an effective checker at the NHL level. He does need to improve his offensive game, and if he can do that, I think he’ll sign an entry-level contract with Anaheim in a couple of years. I would then expect him to spend at least one year in the AHL if not more, adjusting to the pro game and refining his skills. So I think it’s probably four or five years before we see him in Anaheim.
Back in November, Corey Pronman of The Athletic looked at the risers from the 2019 Draft, and Janicke was one of them. While Pronman didn’t believe that Janicke deserved to be a first or second-round selection, he did believe that Janicke had done enough to certainly improve on his fifth-round selection. Based on what I’ve seen from him since then, I agree with this analysis. Janicke had a wonderful freshman season, and Anaheim can look back and be incredibly happy with the player that they took in the fifth round.
As with all NCAA prospects, Janicke is currently unsigned and will be until he turns pro. He had a very strong freshman season, and if he can be even better in his sophomore campaign, that could happen as early as next summer. But I think it’s more likely he signs his entry-level deal following the conclusion of his junior year.
The next prospect update will be on William Francis.
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November 28th, 2020