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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 »

2016 NCAA Frozen Four Preview: Top-ranked Quinnipiac takes on BC program that is no stranger to championships

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2016 NCAA Frozen Four Preview: Top-ranked Quinnipiac takes on BC program that is no stranger to championships

Photo: Boston College forward and Minnesota Wild prospect Alex Tuch (#12) is heading into the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four with some momentum after a good showing at the Northeast Regional (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)

And then there were four.

Boston College, Denver, North Dakota and Quinnipiac comprise this year’s NCAA Frozen Four, which will be held at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. Both semi-final games on April 7th will be aired live on ESPN2, at 5:00 PM and 8:30 PM EDT respectively. The winners of each semi-final will advance to the National Championship game on April 9th, which will be aired live on ESPN at 8 PM EDT. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Sundqvist’s first, plus goals scored between-the-legs and tic-tac-toe style, McCauley’s dramatic goal call

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Prospect Impressions: Sundqvist’s first, plus goals scored between-the-legs and tic-tac-toe style, McCauley’s dramatic goal call

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins rookie forward Oskar Sundqvist celebrates his first NHL goal in a win over the New York Islanders at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

He is certainly not complaining, but Oskar Sundqvist scored the first goal of his NHL career and an unlikely source assisted on it. Also featured are two goals scored tie-tac-toe style, and a pair of between-the-legs efforts that are just too good to be true. Plenty more assists, goals, and Wes McCauley’s dramatic goal decision encapsulate a fantastic edition of Prospect Impressions. Read more »

Tampa Bay Lightning has thin selection of NCAA and European prospects

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Tampa Bay Lightning has thin selection of NCAA and European prospects

Photo: Junior Johnathan MacLeod had a minus-4 rating this season, but he remains a top defensive prospect for the Lightning. (Courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have primarily gone to the CHL in making draft selections over the past two drafts. 12 of the team’s 16 picks were taken from the top junior league in Canada, two were drafted out of Europe (though one is now playing in the CHL) and while the other two players, Kris Oldham and Ryan Zuhlsdorf, had commitments to NCAA schools, so they will not join the collegiate ranks until next season.
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HF NHL Prospect of the Month, March, 2016: Meier, Huskies roll into second round of QMJHL playoffs

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HF NHL Prospect of the Month, March, 2016: Meier, Huskies roll into second round of QMJHL playoffs

Photo: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Timo Meier, shown here competing for his home country of Switzerland, has helped take the Huskies to another level since he was acquired from Halifax in January of 2016 (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

Heading into the CHL playoffs, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies locked down the number one seed in the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings, ahead of OHL powerhouses the Erie Otters and London Knights. The Huskies finished the regular season leading the QMJHL with a record of 52-9-3-2; they were a consistently strong team all season long, but bolstered their potent lineup with a few transactions prior to the league’s trade deadline. Read more »

NCAA Prospects Notebook, March, 2016: Hobey Hat Trick finalists, end of season awards, and NHL signings

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NCAA Prospects Notebook, March, 2016: Hobey Hat Trick finalists, end of season awards, and NHL signings

Photo: Harvard University forward Jimmy Vesey has completed his senior season with the Crimson, one in which he has received a second consecutive Hobey Hat Trick nomination as one of the finalists for college hockey’s top individual award (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The final full month of the 2015-16 college hockey season is in the books, with only the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four remaining on the schedule. With season’s end comes the presentation of major awards, as well as the end of college hockey careers for a number of seniors and players signing with NHL clubs. Read more »

Springtime success for Toronto Maple Leafs prospects in AHL

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Springtime success for Toronto Maple Leafs prospects in AHL

Photo: Tobias Lindberg’s six goals since joining the Marlies at the trade deadline are above his production with the Binghamton Senators through the rest of the season. Graig Abel/Getty Images)

The high-flying Marlies have a stranglehold on the league’s top spot and will get some of their best players back in time for the Calder Cup playoffs. Although many of the team’s top prospects are showcasing their talents with Mike Babcock right now, there’s still a full cupboard of talent suiting up in the minors. Read more »

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