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Schmaltz one of a trio of defenders providing offense for North Dakota

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Jordan Schmaltz - St. Louis Blues

Photo: University of North Dakota defenseman and St. Louis Blues prospect Jordan Schmaltz along with Edmonton prospect Dillon Simpson and Chicago prospect Nick Mattson have generated 68 points from the blueline in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

Sophomore Jordan Schmaltz (STL) is in the midst of a breakout season with the University of North Dakota and is one of college hockey’s rising young defensemen. The Verona, WI native currently co-leads the team with 23 points (six goals, 17 assists) in 40 games. He and senior defensive partner Dillon Simpson (EDM) comprised arguably the NCHC’s best defensive tandem this season.

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North Dakota’s Grimaldi part of growing Cali contingent playing NCAA hockey

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Rocco Grimaldi - University of North Dakota

Photo: University of North Dakota forward and Florida Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi was third in scoring on the ND roster in 2012-13 but is leading the offense this season with 39 points in 41 games (courtesy of Tim G. Zechar/Icon SMI)

At 5’6” and 172 pounds, Rocco Grimaldi is one of the smallest players in all of college hockey, but he is also one of the most dynamic. The Rossmoor, CA native’s developmental progress has allowed him to reach new heights and become more of a rounded player. Grimaldi currently leads the University of North Dakota with 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists) in 41 games to date.

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Offense-minded Brodzinski focusing on defense first for Gophers

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Michael Brodzinski - University of Minnesota

Photo: University of Minnesota defenseman and San Jose Sharks prospect Michael Brodzinski has posted 13 points in 24 games so far in his freshman season (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon SMI)

Michael Brodzinski (SJS) is part of a young but outstanding group of defenseman for the University of Minnesota this season. The Ham Lake, MN native is the younger brother of St Cloud State forward Jonny Brodzinski (LAK). The younger Brodzinski has played in 24 games to date for Minnesota, posting 13 points (six goals, seven assists).

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MacKinnon tops Calder Poll for March on his way to NHL hardware

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Nathan MacKinnon - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon is the top NHL rookie in most offensive categories and has totaled 62 points in 79 games (courtesy of Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)

The Calder Trophy race heads down the stretch and, while Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat led all rookie scorers in the month of March, Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon has tightened his hold on the lead in the Hockey's Future monthly poll.

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NCAA and European prospects make up large portion of Chicago Blackhawks prospect pool

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Chris Calnan - Boston College Eagles

Photo: Chris Calnan, a third round selection in 2012, capped off a strong freshman season for Boston College, which will face Union when the 2014 Men’s Frozen Four kicks off on Thursday (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

The Chicago Blackhawks system includes a deep pool of NCAA prospects as well as a few recent picks from overseas. Five of Chicago’s collegiate prospects will take part in the upcoming 2014 Men’s Frozen Four in Philadelphia.

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HF Prospect of the Month for March, 2014

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Johnny Gaudreau - Calgary Flames

Photo: Boston College forward Johnny Gaudreau is Hockey’s Future Prospect of the Month for March. Gaudreau was stellar in March, managing six goals and eight assists through six games. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

Boston College forward and Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau is the Hockey's Future Prospect of the Month for March. The player known as "Johnny Hockey" was a standout last month, managing six goals and eight assists through six games, including a six-point night against the University of Denver on March 29th.

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2014 Frozen Four Preview: Three top-ranked schools competing in NCAA semi-finals

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Daniel Carr - Union College

Photo: Union College forward Daniel Carr was the only Dutchmen player among the NCAA’s top 50 scorers, with Carr sitting eighth overall in the nation after notching 48 points in 37 games (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Boston College (Hockey East), Minnesota (Big Ten), North Dakota (NCHC) and Union College (ECAC) comprise this year’s NCAA Frozen Four field taking place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. With the exception of North Dakota, all the teams in this year’s Frozen Four also played in the 2012 Frozen Four. Interestingly, Ferris State, who lost to North Dakota in the Midwest Regional final, was the other team in 2012.

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Gaudreau, Barber lead NHL prospects playing the wing in NCAA

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Riley Barber - Miami University

Photo: Miami University forward and Washington Capitals prospect Riley Barber was among the top wingers playing in the NCAA during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

The NCAA featured a number of excellent wingers this season that were key cogs for their respective teams. Hockey’s Future takes a closer look at the top 10 NCAA wingers that are currently property of an NHL team. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of April 3rd.

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Ottawa Senators have balanced group of prospects in Sweden and NCAA

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Robbie Baillargeon - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Forward Robbie Baillargeon was extremely effective as a freshman with Boston University and led the Terriers with 27 points through 35 games. Baillargeon was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators have a variety of prospects developing in Europe and at the collegiate level. There are several skilled forwards who played the 2013-14 season in the NCAA, led by Ryan Dzingel, who recently signed an entry-level contract with the Senators.

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Two skilled forwards highlight Washington Capitals prospect pool

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Evgeny Kuznetsov - Washington Capitals

Photo: Forward Evgeny Kuznetsov made his NHL debut on March 10th following the completion of his fifth season in the KHL. Kuznetsov was selected 26th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals made several trades to bolster their lineup for a late-season playoff push, but the most exciting addition to their lineup came in the form of top prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov.

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