Rylan Schwartz has yet to sign a professional contract, increasing the chances he’ll return to Colorado College for his senior season instead of following in his brother’s footsteps.

Some figured Schwartz would jump ship after his younger brother, Jaden, signed with the St. Louis Blues last month, especially coming off his most productive season, in which he led CC with 23 goals, including 11 on the power play. The Blues reportedly had interest in bringing Rylan Schwartz into their minor-league system, and he also was on the radar of the Calgary Flames, however, a strong enough deal is still far from materializing.

The prevailing thought was that if Rylan Schwartz hadn’t signed by the Frozen Four, he probably would remain with the Tigers – and the Frozen Four began Thursday in Tampa, Fla. Of course, anything can happen before CC opens its season in six months. Odds are Dallas Stars draft pick Scott Winkler and fast-rising free agent Mike Boivin will be back for their senior years, and Winnipeg Jets draft picks Aaron Harstad and Peter Stoykewych – both entering their sophomore years – aren’t expected to depart CC for the pro ranks.

Four players – Hunter Fejes, Matt Hansen, Jared Hanson and Michael King – should join CC in 2012-13, but the loss of Jaden Schwartz, Dakota Eveland to neck surgery that may be career-ending and six seniors to graduation require the Tigers to bring in two or three more players for their final season in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. On the recruiting trail is CC coach Scott Owens, along with assistants Joe Bonnett and Eric Rud, who is possibly a candidate to replace the fired Troy Jutting at Minnesota State-Mankato.

There’s no disputing the immediate impact of Jaden Schwartz, who has two goals and an assist in six games with the Blues. Ted Behrend is the only CC senior not to sign – Arthur Bidwill is playing for the Allen (Texas) Americans of the Central Hockey League; David Civitarese is playing for the Hershey (Pa.) Bears of the American Hockey League; Nick Dineen is playing for the Elmira (N.Y.) Jackals of the ECHL; Gabe Guentzel is with the Syracuse (N.Y.) Crunch of the AHL; and Tim Hall is with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL.

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