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‏Decision time looms for several key Calgary Flames NCAA prospects

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‏Decision time looms for several key Calgary Flames NCAA prospects

Photo: Calgary Flames prospect John Gilmour and the Providence Friars won’t get a chance to repeat as national champions but it was a solid development season for the two-way defenseman (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The Calgary Flames have five NCAA prospects. All five are eligible to be signed to pro contracts, but three of them have completed senior seasons that will force Brad Treliving and crew into decision-making time. While it remains to be seen what will happen with the likes of Mark Jankowski or John Gilmour, we are starting to see the blending of the old management’s building plan with the potentially new and different blueprint of the current management.

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(Podcast) 2016 NHL Draft: Pilon’s play pivotal during Blazers late-season surge

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(Podcast) 2016 NHL Draft: Pilon’s play pivotal during Blazers late-season surge

Photo: Kamloops Blazers forward and 2016 NHL Draft prospect Garrett Pilon tied for ninth in the WHL in rookie scoring with 47 points in 71 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

When the Kamloops Blazers landed forward Garrett Pilon in the seventh round at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, it might have been easy for some to have little faith in the notion that the late-round selection could become a regular in the lineup, let alone an impact player. After all, Pilon suggests he checked in at about 5’2” during his bantam draft year. Read more »

AHL Western Conference Notebook, March, 2016: Race for top Central slot still tight, potential league award winners

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AHL Western Conference Notebook, March, 2016: Race for top Central slot still tight, potential league award winners

Photo: While his team is in tough to make the AHL playoffs, San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen has been one of the top rookies in the AHL in 2015-16 (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The American Hockey League’s Western Conference playoff picture is going to solidify itself over the next couple weeks.

Teams have less than a dozen games remaining and a handful of key races have developed as the AHL turns its attention to the final four weeks. Read more »

2016 NCAA Tournament: Top-ranked Quinnipiac faces RIT, defensive battle between Yale and UML in the East Regional

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2016 NCAA Tournament: Top-ranked Quinnipiac faces RIT, defensive battle between Yale and UML in the East Regional

Photo: Quinnipiac University defenseman and Arizona Coyotes prospect Connor Clifton is a part of one of the stingiest defensive units in NCAA Hockey, with Clifton also having taken a leap ahead in his offensive game in 2015-16 (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)

The East Regional of the 2016 NCAA Hockey Tournament features the top-ranked team in all of NCAA Hockey, Quinnipiac University. The Bobcats have ridden a top college goaltender along with a stingy defense to the top of the college hockey ranks in 2015-16, but there is still work to do to advance to the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four. Read more »

2016 NCAA Tournament: St. Cloud State looks to avoid upset, BU looks to shutdown Denver’s top line in West Regional

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2016 NCAA Tournament: St. Cloud State looks to avoid upset, BU looks to shutdown Denver’s top line in West Regional

Photo: St. Cloud State University goaltender Charlie Lindgren will try to lead the Huskies to their second Frozen Four appearance in the past four years as they take on Ferris State to begin the West Regional (courtesy of Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The West Regional of the 2016 NCAA Hockey Tournament features a pair of lesser-known schools in the early game, and two, more traditional college hockey powers going head-to-head in the second game on Saturday. Read more »

Plenty of players making a jump in St. Louis Blues Top 20 rankings

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Plenty of players making a jump in St. Louis Blues Top 20 rankings

Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Ivan Barbashev had just one point in February as part of the tough apprenticeship of becoming a pro (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The St. Louis Blues prospect pool has seen some ups and downs over the past season but the positives have certainly made a difference for the NHL club. Robby Fabbri and Colton Parayko have been welcomed additions to the franchise and do not seem to be moving anytime soon. With their NHL careers taking off in style, both players have hit graduation, which has opened the door for other Blues prospects to move up the list. Read more »

2016 NCAA Tournament: Providence begins title defense, BC and Harvard renew acquaintances in Northeast Regional

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2016 NCAA Tournament: Providence begins title defense, BC and Harvard renew acquaintances in Northeast Regional

Photo: Providence College forward and Calgary Flames prospect Mark Jankowski is one of the seniors on the Friars squad trying to guide his teammates to a second consecutive National Championship (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

Down 3-2 with less than 10 minutes to go in last year’s Frozen Four championship game, Providence College scored two third period goals to stun favored Boston University as the Friars went on to a 4-3 victory to take the National Championship. Almost a year later, the Friars embark on their quest to repeat as NCAA champions as they are one of four schools to compete in the Northeast Regional of the 2016 NCAA Hockey Tournament. Read more »

2016 NCAA Tournament: Hot Northeastern faces UND, old CCHA foes renew rivalry in Midwest Regional

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2016 NCAA Tournament: Hot Northeastern faces UND, old CCHA foes renew rivalry in Midwest Regional

Photo: Northeastern University forward and Anaheim Ducks prospect Kevin Roy leads the red-hot Huskies into the Midwest Regional after that school won the 2016 Hockey East Tournament (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The 16-team field for the 2016 NCAA Tournament features 92 NHL prospects representing 29 of the 30 NHL teams. The Detroit Red Wings are the only NHL team that does not have at least one prospect playing in the tournament. Read more »

‏Anaheim Ducks rely on both Europe and US colleges to maintain the pipeline

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‏Anaheim Ducks rely on both Europe and US colleges to maintain the pipeline

Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect Grant Besse has had few celebrations in his career with the Wisconsin Badgers, but a new coach next season brings new opportunity (courtesy of David Berding/Icon Sportswire)

While the Anaheim Ducks have always had an affinity towards the European style of player, in recent years they have invested heavily in the NCAA via the USHL. No better example of that can be found than the most recent 2015 Draft where the Ducks, with their seven selections, drafted two players from Europe and four players from the USHL.

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AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, March, 2016: Playoff picture sharpens as newcomers get first pro action

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AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, March, 2016: Playoff picture sharpens as newcomers get first pro action

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Carter Rowney starred at the University of North Dakota for four seasons before turning pro in the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

With less than a month to go in the regular season, the only true rookies in the AHL’s Eastern Conference are those joining AHL teams on amateur tryout contracts from Canadian junior leagues and the NCAA ranks. Most first-year players have 50-65 games under their belt now and are either gearing up for a postseason run, or looking to leave a final impression before heading into the offseason. Read more »

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