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NCAA and European prospects of the New York Islanders showing promise

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NCAA and European prospects of the New York Islanders showing promise

Photo: Kyle Schempp scored two assists in his first two games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers after finishing his season with Ferris State. (Courtesy of David Berding/Icon Sportswire)

With the NHL regular season coming to a close, the New York Islanders are nearing their second consecutive playoff berth. Many of the organization’s prospects have found similar success competing on teams competing for a championship in their respective leagues. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Laine vs. Puljujarvi, Frozen Four highlights, Marner makes more magic in London

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Prospect Impressions: Laine vs. Puljujarvi, Frozen Four highlights, Marner makes more magic in London

Photo: University of North Dakota senior forward Drake Caggiula was the scoring star for the Fighting Hawks at the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four, helping him earn the Most Outstanding Player award for the tournament (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

There is a battle for the ages going on in Finland’s top tier of professional hockey. The Liiga playoffs have reached a semi-final impasse, as Tappara and Karpat have played six games and still haven’t decided their best-of-seven series. Read more »

St. Louis prospect Husso the best of Finland’s NHL prospects in goal

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St. Louis prospect Husso the best of Finland’s NHL prospects in goal

Photo: IFK Helsinki goaltender and St. Louis Blues prospect Ville Husso posted 25 wins for Liiga’s top team in the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of HC Davos/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

Finland has garnered a well-deserved reputation for developing goaltenders in recent years. The top five goalies currently playing in Finland are not likely to match the career achievements of players like Pekka Rinne or Tuukka Rask but instead are long-range projects capable of one day being competent NHL starters or backups. Read more »

2016 NCAA Frozen Four: North Dakota rolls to National Championship with 5-1 win over Quinnipiac

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2016 NCAA Frozen Four: North Dakota rolls to National Championship with 5-1 win over Quinnipiac

Photo: The University of North Dakota strikes the traditional championship pose after defeating Quinnipiac University by a 5-1 score in the title game of the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)

The University of North Dakota claimed their eighth NCAA National Championship and first since 2000 with a convincing 5-1 win over Quinnipiac University on Saturday night in the title game of the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four. Read more »

2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Gersich providing added speed and depth for North Dakota

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2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Gersich providing added speed and depth for North Dakota

Photo: University of North Dakota players Shane Gersich (#19), Cam Johnson (#33), and Troy Stecher (#2) celebrate their semi-final win over the University of Denver at the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four (courtesy of Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire)

Part of any successful team is good player depth. Not everyone is the center of attention, but everyone needs to contribute in order for the team to be successful.

For the University of North Dakota, freshman Shane Gersich has been one of the players that have fit the bill perfectly this season. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Priskie thrives under the radar at Quinnipiac

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2016 NHL Draft: Priskie thrives under the radar at Quinnipiac

Photo: Quinnipiac University defenseman and 2016 prospect Chase Priskie has had a productive freshman season for the Bobcats, scoring four goals and 26 points in 42 games (courtesy of Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire)

Quinnipiac University freshman defenseman Chase Priskie might be the best draft-eligible player that you’ve never heard of. The Pembroke Pines, FL native is one of the most promising young defenders coming out of the NCAA this season. Read more »

2016 NCAA Frozen Four: North Dakota’s Wolanin blazing own path to pro game

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2016 NCAA Frozen Four: North Dakota’s Wolanin blazing own path to pro game

Photo: University of North Dakota defenseman and Ottawa Senators prospect Christian Wolanin celebrates one of the four goals he has scored in the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Sons of former NHL players are a unique breed. They are privy to what life can be like playing in the top professional league in the world. But, while most choose to follow in the footsteps of their fathers, not all follow the same path. Read more »

2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Clifton’s maturity and expanded role paying dividends for Quinnipiac

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2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Clifton’s maturity and expanded role paying dividends for Quinnipiac

Photo: Quinnipiac University defenseman and Arizona Coyotes prospect Connor Clifton (#4) posted a +1 rating in the semi-final game vs. Boston College at the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four (courtesy of Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire)

Quinnipiac University junior defenseman Connor Clifton has come a long way since arriving in Hamden, CT over three years ago. The Matawan, NJ native began his collegiate career as a menacing presence on the blueline who also racked up the penalty minutes. Read more »

2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Boeser reaping rewards of strong freshman season at North Dakota

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2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Boeser reaping rewards of strong freshman season at North Dakota

Photo: University of North Dakota forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Brock Boeser notched a pair of assists in the Fighting Hawks 4-2 win over the University of Denver in the semi-finals of the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four (courtesy of Elsa/Getty Images)

Freshman sensation Brock Boeser is a part of the University of North Dakota’s dynamic “CBS” line. He has performed as advertised and them some this season, as he is one of the nation’s most dominant freshmen. He earned the NCHC Rookie of the Year honor and was among the top candidates for the National Rookie of the Year award, an honor won Friday by Michigan’s Kyle Connor. Read more »

Harvard’s Vesey takes home Hobey, Demko, Connor honored, All-Americans named

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Harvard’s Vesey takes home Hobey, Demko, Connor honored, All-Americans named

Photo: Harvard University forward Jimmy Vesey was named the recipient of the 2016 Hobey Baker Award signifying the top player in all of U.S. college hockey, his second consecutive year as a finalist for that award (courtesy of Elsa/Getty Images)

In the calm before the NCAA championship game storm that will take place on Saturday night in Tampa, U.S. college hockey handed out their top awards for the 2015-16 season. Those awards included the Tim Taylor Award, the Mike Richter Award, and the award designating the top player in all of NCAA hockey, the Hobey Baker Award. Read more »

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