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Frozen Four-bound Demko top NHL-drafted goaltender in NCAA in 2015-16

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Frozen Four-bound Demko top NHL-drafted goaltender in NCAA in 2015-16

Photo: Boston College goaltender and Vancouver Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko has posted 10 shutouts so far this season, leading all NCAA netminders in that category (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)

Thirteen drafted goaltenders played in the NCAA in the 2015-16 season. Hockey’s Future takes a closer look at the top five netminders with NHL ties, all of whom were among the nominees for this year’s Mike Richter Award. This ranking is based on season performance, overall developmental progress, and NHL potential. Read more »

Solid group of NCAA prospects coming through the pipeline for Pittsburgh Penguins

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Solid group of NCAA prospects coming through the pipeline for Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Jake Guentzel joined the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins immediately after his season with the University of Nebraska-Omaha ended. (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire )

The Pittsburgh Penguins have long stood by the practice of drafting NCAA-bound players in the later rounds of the NHL draft, regardless if it was under former GM Ray Shero or current GM Jim Rutherford. The rationale was simple, NHL teams own the rights to collegiate prospects for four years, while they only own the rights to major junior players for two years. This not only allows smaller or less talented players to develop at a slower pace but also gives the organization two more years to evaluate the player before making a financial commitment to them. Read more »

Minnesota Wild prospects in Europe and NCAA hockey could form the next core

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Minnesota Wild prospects in Europe and NCAA hockey could form the next core

Photo: Minnesota Wild prospect Jordan Greenway should improve on his 6.2% shooting percentage next season and take a leap forward as an offensive threat (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The Wild’s NCAA prospects form the heart of the team’s developmental system, yet perhaps the team’s best assets are playing in professional leagues in Europe this season. College players have been central to Chuck Fletcher’s developmental approach – perhaps because he himself is a college man – with half of the Spring Top 20 coming out of NCAA programs.

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Subban stepping up his game in Utica

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Subban stepping up his game in Utica

Photo: Utica Comets defenseman and Vancouver Canucks Jordan Subban is currently fifth in scoring among AHL rookie defensemen with 34 points in 58 games (courtesy of Graig Abel/Getty Images)

There is less than a month remaining in the American Hockey League’s 2015-16 regular season schedule, and as spring approaches even first-year pros have appeared in as many as 65 games. Injuries and call-ups have taken their toll across the league, but the Utica CometsAHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks – have seen several top scorers either called up or traded. Read more »

Ottawa Senators need help from top 20 prospects sooner than expected

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Ottawa Senators need help from top 20 prospects sooner than expected

Photo: Colin White had 42 points in 36 games in his freshman season with Boston College in advance of the Frozen Four Tournament. (Courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire.)

The Ottawa Senators have had a disappointing season both in the Canadian capital and in Binghamton. Although analysts and fans alike have decried the state of the system, the team has more talent in the pipeline than most probably realize. And with Owner Eugene Melnyk threatening big changes, opportunities could become available to the club’s youngsters sooner than later. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Caggiula rocked, Quinnipiac advances with highlight-reel goals, CHL playoff snipes

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Prospect Impressions: Caggiula rocked, Quinnipiac advances with highlight-reel goals, CHL playoff snipes

Photo: Red Deer Rebels forward and Boston Bruins prospect has been a point-per-game player following his trade to the Rebels, posting 12 goals and 39 points in 37 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The number of names that have taken Drake Caggiula off his feet this season is an awfully short one, and an unlikely source tagged him behind the net while North Dakota was in the midst of advancing to the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four. Quinnipiac also earned a berth with a pair of highlight-reel goals, and JT Compher’s no-look pass is a must-see. Also in this week’s Prospect Impressions, the CHL playoffs are underway, and a pair of veterans unleashed furious shots to put their teams ahead in the clutch. Read more »

‏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 »

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