Just moments after fellow senior Jerad Rosburg inked an amateur tryout with the Dallas Stars, Michigan State hockey’s senior forward and top scorer Patrick Khodorenko did the same with the New York Rangers. Like Rosburg, Khodorenko went undrafted in his eligible seasons and looks to break into the NHL ranks.
Also hearing #NYR are closing in on signing Patrick Khodorenko, another undrafted free agent centre, out of Michigan State.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) March 9, 2020
No shortage of interest in Khodorenko, who is 21 and scored consistently at NCAA level for Spartans.
The 21-year-old forward led the Spartans in scoring this season with 33 points in 36 games. He came in fourth in Big Ten scoring behind Penn State’s Nate Sucese, Wisconsin’s Cole Caufield, and Ohio State’s Tanner Laczynski. His 16 goals were good for third in the conference behind Caufield and Ohio State’s Carson Meyer. He will report to the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliate the Hartford Wolf Pack for an amateur tryout for the remainder of the season, per TSN’s Frank Seravalli.
Khodorenko scored 55 goals and 66 assists for 120 points in 143 career games with the Spartans. He ends his career sixth in goals, seventh in assists, and seventh in points among Michigan State players in this century, four above former teammate Taro Hirose who signed with the Detroit Red Wings as an NCAA free agent last season.
Now, with Khodorenko and Rosburg signing ATOs, goaltender John Lethemon is the standout unsigned prospect among Michigan State’s crop of seniors.