Sunday’s matchup will serve as a perfect opportunity for head coach Red Berenson to see what his freshmen bring to the table.
The Wolverines’ captain had a stellar 2015-16 campaign, tallying 16 goals and 47 assists to finish second on the team in scoring.
Michigan ended its season with a 5-2 loss to North Dakota on March 26.
After only one season with the Wolverines, Connor signed a three-year contract with the National Hockey League’s Winnipeg Jets. The Jets drafted Connor this past summer with their first round pick (17th overall).
Connor was unable to join the ranks of the Wolverines’ other two Hobey Baker winners — Brendan Morrison and Kevin Porter.
Berenson’s contract expired after this past season, and Manuel said Friday that the two sides are working to develop a new deal.
Wednesday, Michigan coach Red Berenson told the Daily the junior Tyler Motte will forgot his senior season in order to sign with the Chicago Blackhawks organization.
The Wolverines’ coach for the past 32 seasons explained that three factors ultimately influenced his decision to return to Yost Ice Arena.
Eight days after Michigan was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament, Berenson announced Sunday that he will return for his 33rd season as the team's head coach.
The focus on what lies ahead for the Wolverines made some wonder whether Berenson was leaning toward returning for another year with the program.