A disappointing season came to an early end Sunday for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and now Flyers property Jordan Schroeder has a decision to make.
Does he turn pro or return to Minnesota for a third season?
Schroeder said Monday he will make his decision by the end of this week. But in a phone interview the 19-year-old centre sounded very much like a young man who is leaning toward turning pro.
"It's every kid's dream to be a professional hockey player," Schroeder said. "I am discussing my options right now and you never know what might happen here in the next few days. I am talking to my agent [ Neil Sheehy] and my family." Schroeder acknowledged the Flyers would very much like to sign him to a pro contract. He could then conceivably join the AHL team for the remainder of their AHL season.
The Gophers were knocked out of the first round of the playoffs for only the second time in the last 33 years on Sunday when they dropped a 4-1 decision to North Dakota. It marked the end of a disappointing season for Schroeder.
Schroeder experienced what can best be described as a serious sophomore slump in his second year at Minnesota. He scored nine goals and registered 28 points in 37 games this season after potting 13 goals and 45 points in 35 games in his freshman season.
"Obviously, I was disappointed in what I did production-wise," he said. "But that's going to happen to you in your career. You are going to face adversity in your life. It's probably the first time I have faced some major adversity, not producing as much as I am used to. I think it was a learning experience that I hope will benefit me and make me want it that much more."
Sheehy said in a phone interview that he expects a decision in the "next three days."