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2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Poganski helps power North Dakota’s imposing “Heavy” line

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2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Poganski helps power North Dakota’s imposing “Heavy” line

Photo: University of North Dakota forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Austin Poganski (#14) has improved his point total from last season by 10 points, scoring nine goals and 24 points in 42 games so far in 2015-16 (courtesy of Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

At 6’2” and 204 pounds, University of North Dakota sophomore winger Austin Poganski isn’t hard to miss. But the St. Cloud, MN native is about a lot more than just his imposing build. Read more »

2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Offensive game blossoms for Pioneers’ Butcher

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2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Offensive game blossoms for Pioneers’ Butcher

Photo: University of Denver defenseman and Colorado Avalanche Will Butcher has had a productive 2015-16 campaign, scoring eight goals and 31 points in 38 games for the Pioneers (courtesy of David Berding/Icon Sportswire)

University of Denver junior defenseman Will Butcher is in the midst of his best collegiate season and is developing into one of the nation’s best all-around rearguards. Read more »

2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Surprising journey leads Jonzzon to captaincy of Quinnipiac squad

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2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Surprising journey leads Jonzzon to captaincy of Quinnipiac squad

Photo: Quinnipiac University forward and team captain Soren Jonzzon has had his most productive season, posting 10 goals and 20 points in 41 games so far in 2015-16 (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)

Quinnipiac University senior Soren Jonzzon’s rise to become the Bobcats’ captain is truly a story about perseverance. The Mountain View, CA native played in just four games during his freshman campaign three years ago. Today, he serves as Quinnipiac’s team captain, an honor that he doesn’t take lightly. Read more »

2016 NCAA Frozen Four: BC’s Santini gets offensive in junior campaign

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2016 NCAA Frozen Four: BC’s Santini gets offensive in junior campaign

Photo: Boston College junior defenseman Steve Santini was a second round selection of the New Jersey Devils at the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

Boston College junior defenseman Steve Santini is one of the leaders on the Eagles blueline who has also developed into one of the nation’s top defensemen. He is also one of three New Jersey Devils prospects on the Eagles roster. Read more »

2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Quinnipiac’s Toews on right developmental path

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2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Quinnipiac’s Toews on right developmental path

Photo: Quinnipiac University defenseman and New York Islanders prospect Devon Toews increased his point total by 10 points from the 2014-15 season, posting seven goals and 30 points in 38 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

A player’s development is often judged by statistics. But numbers don’t always tell the whole story.

Case in point is Quinnipiac University junior defenseman Devon Toews. The Abbotsford, BC native is currently amongst the top scoring defensemen in the nation with 30 points (seven goals, 23 assists). But his numbers are just one part of his tremendous developmental progress that has come from hard work in virtually all aspects of both his game and in his physical maturity. Read more »

2016 NCAA Frozen Four: BC’s White looking to cap off impressive frosh campaign with national title

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2016 NCAA Frozen Four: BC’s White looking to cap off impressive frosh campaign with national title

Photo: Boston College forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Colin White was named to both the Hockey East Second All-Star Team and All-Rookie Team for the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

Boston College freshman Colin White has been a key component to the success of the Eagles this season. He also played a significant role for Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, where the U.S. earned a bronze medal. Read more »

Several Florida Panthers prospects enjoy terrific seasons in NCAA

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Several Florida Panthers prospects enjoy terrific seasons in NCAA

Photo: Ed Wittchow has completed his senior season at the University of Wisconsin. (Courtesy of David Berding/Icon Sportswire)

The Florida Panthers have heavily utilized the NCAA as a means of slowly developing their prospects and that much was evident this season. The Panthers had eight prospects spread evenly at each position playing college hockey this season. Some, like defensemen Ian McCoshen and Michael Downing are highly-touted within the organization, while others, like young winger Miguel Fidler and goaltender Evan Cowley, fall under the “projects” category. Read more »

2016 NCAA Frozen Four: North Dakota’s Poolman takes a step forward in second season

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2016 NCAA Frozen Four: North Dakota’s Poolman takes a step forward in second season

Photo: University of North Dakota defenseman and Winnipeg Jets prospect Tucker Poolman was ranked second in scoring by a defenseman on the UND roster in 2015-16 (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Sophomore defenseman Tucker Poolman has been an integral part of the University of North Dakota’s success this season. Since the start of his sophomore campaign, Poolman has developed into one of the NCAA’s most promising defensive prospects. Read more »

Several St. Louis Blues prospects have found success in Europe and NCAA hockey

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Several St. Louis Blues prospects have found success in Europe and NCAA hockey

Photo: St. Louis prospect Mackenzie MacEachern had three tough seasons in East Lansing, but the team’s leading scorer proved his skill and character (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Blues have several European defensemen in the pipeline and a few are making a name for themselves in Europe. Finnish goaltender Ville Husso is certainly the biggest name in terms of talent in Europe but the Blues have never shied away from drafting international players. The team has had great success scouting various European leagues over its history, including 1978’s selection of Risto Siltanen, and 1995’s picks of Michal Handzus and Jochen Hecht. Not all their European picks have ended up playing for the Blues, but those that have recently (Jori Lehtera, Patrik Berglund, Dmitrij Jaskin, and Vladimir Tarasenko to name a few) are impact players in the NHL. Read more »

2016 NCAA Frozen Four Preview: Top college lines go head-to-head when Denver and North Dakota faceoff

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2016 NCAA Frozen Four Preview: Top college lines go head-to-head when Denver and North Dakota faceoff

Photo: NCHC conference rivals Drake Caggiula (L) of the University of North Dakota and Tanner Jaillet (R) of the University of Denver renew acquaintances in the semi-finals of the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four (courtesy of Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

While the early semi-final match of the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four features a pair of eastern hockey powers, the second game spotlights a pair of NCHC rivals as the University of Denver takes on the University of North Dakota. Read more »

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