Michigan State hockey lands Colorado College star transfer Nicklas Andrews

Duel In The D - Michigan State v Michigan
Duel In The D - Michigan State v Michigan / Gregory Shamus/GettyImages

The Michigan State hockey season may have come to an end on Sunday, but that doesn't mean the momentum surrounding the program needs to halt. The Spartans had one of their best seasons in over a decade after winning both the Big Ten regular season and tournament championships this year. They unfortunately came up short against Michigan in the NCAA regional finals, but the Spartans have a lot to look forward to next year.

The Spartans boasted the youngest roster out of any of the 16 NCAA tournament teams this season. This means that they are already set up to have a huge season again next year. However, they do need a little help from the transfer portal this offseason, and the Spartans got that help in defenseman Nicklas Andrews.

Andrews is a defenseman from Colorado College. Originally from Canton, Mich., he will come to East Lansing as a grad transfer with one year of eligibility remaining. This is exactly the player many thought Michigan State needed to bring in this offseason, a veteran defenseman essentially on a one-year rental. It's not that MSU doesn't have solid defensemen, but the Spartans did need to bolster that position up with some experience.

Andrews isn't a player who will contribute much points-wise as he is coming off a 17-point season with three goals and 14 assists. However, he does bring a strong presence on defense and was second on his team in blocked shots this season with 45. Here's a quick highlight of Andrews scoring one of his three goals this past season from the blue line.

Head coach Adam Nightingale was clearly able to use the momentum his team had this season by getting this commitment only two days after the Spartans' season came to an end. Faith has clearly been restored in the program and East Lansing is once again a hockey town.