Biega battles in front of the net against Minnesota (photo courtesy Jim Rosvold).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--Freshman defenseman Danny Biega of the Harvard men's hockey team is ranked 31st among North American skaters eligible for the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft in NHL Central Scouting's midterm rankings, released this week.
Biega is one of four collegiate players and one of two collegiate defensemen to make the list of the top 211 prospects. The colleges represented are Notre Dame (Riley Sheahan, center, ranked fifth), Minnesota State (Tyler Pitlick, center, 21st) and Wisconsin (John Ramage, defenseman, 187th).
Biega, who plays on the Harvard squad with older brothers Alex and Danny, has skated in all 15 of Harvard's games in 2009-10. He has recorded one assist. He and his brothers are the second set of three brothers to play for the Crimson in the same season.
Last season's final Central Scouting rankings featured several of Biega's Harvard classmates, led by Louis Leblanc, who was ranked 13th and was selected by his hometown Montreal Canadiens in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. David Valek (72nd), Brendan Rempel (98th) and Marshall Everson (181st) were also ranked. Alex Fallstrom was selected in the fourth round of the draft.
The Crimson is next in action Monday at 3 p.m. at home against Dartmouth. Harvard has won its last two home games, both against top-10 opponents. Dating back to last season, the Crimson has defeated four of the last six top-10 teams it has played.