Despite being included in the Central Scouting draft rankings multiple times and going undrafted, University of Massachusetts forward Mike Pereira has evolved into one of the strongest two-way players in Hockey East.

Heading into his first season with UMass he hoped to be selected at the 2010 NHL Draft as he was ranked 63rd among North American skaters in the CSS rankings.

ďPlaying college hockey was obviously a big step, so regardless of what [happened], I wanted to better myself early on as a freshman at UMass,Ē Pereria said. ďGoing to the [NHL] Combine, meeting with a few teams, and to have it not work out does motivate you in a way. It was stressful.Ē

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