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BC’s Gaudreau both earns and embraces ‘Johnny Hockey’ moniker

by Richard Murray
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Johnny Gaudreau - Boston College

Photo: Boston College forward and Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau led the NCAA in scoring in 2013-14, racking up 69 points in 37 games for the Eagles (courtesy of Justin Berl/Icon SMI)

It wasn’t long ago that Johnny Gaudreau doubted if he was good enough after being cut from the 2012 Team USA World Junior Championship team. Gaudreau has been playing with a chip on his shoulder ever since and is the runaway favorite for the 2014 Hobey Baker Award.

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Graduations and trades lead to new names in St. Louis Blues Top 20

by Suraj Sukumar
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Jake Allen - St. Louis Blues

Photo: Goaltender Jake Allen moved up to the number one spot in the Blues Top 20 following the graduation of Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz (courtesy of Russell Lansford/Icon SMI)

Since the previous Top 20 rankings, the St. Louis Blues have changed dramatically in terms of prospects and those will be reflected in this edition of the Blues’ Top 20.

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Otters’ Burakovsky tops among drafted wingers playing in OHL

by Jason Menard
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Andre Burakovsky - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forward and Washington Capitals prospect Andre Burakovsky has had a smooth transition to the North American game, notching 87 points in 57 games in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The top 10 NHL-drafted wingers currently playing in the OHL aren’t overly large (a couple of notable exceptions, of course), but this year’s crop represents a collection of players who generally are solid defensively (or at least have shown that capability when they put their minds to it), and have the hands to chip in once in a while.

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Top 50: Barkov, Drouin top Spring ranking of NHL’s top prospects

by HF Staff
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Aleksander Barkov - Florida Panthers

Photo: Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov, the second overall pick at the 2013 NHL Draft, scored 24 points in 54 NHL games before suffering a knee injury during the 2014 Winter Olympics (courtesy of Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Spring edition of the Hockey's Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects concludes with the prospects ranked 1-10. The top prospect is Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov, who narrowly beat out Jonathan Drouin for top honors in the ranking.

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Philadelphia Flyers have good crop of defensive prospects in NCAA and Europe

by Jashvina Shah
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Nick Luukko - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Defenseman Nick Luukko is one of several Philadelphia Flyers prospects who will be competing for an NCAA championship this year. The Flyers selected Luukko in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Flyers have several prospects, mostly defensemen, who have turned in strong seasons in Europe and the NCAA this year.

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2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: Top-ranked Minnesota hosts West Regional

by DJ Powers
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Adam Wilcox - University of Minnesota

Photo: University of Minnesota goaltender and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Adam Wilcox has been named a finalist for both the Mike Richter Award and the Hobey Baker Award (courtesy of Brian Ekart/Icon SMI)

The West Regional of the 2014 NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament is the final regional to get underway in this year’s NCAA Tournament. This regional takes place on March 29th and 30th at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN.

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2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: Boston College, UMass Lowell bring Hockey East flavor to Northeast Regional

by DJ Powers
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Johnny Gaudreau - Boston College

Photo: Boston College forward and Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau will lead the Eagles into the NCAA Northeast Regional after that school missed out on a Hockey East Tournament title (courtesy of Justin Berl/Icon SMI)

The Northeast Regional of the 2014 NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament is the first of two regionals that takes place on March 29th and 30th. This regional takes place at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.

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Three Colorado Avalanche NCAA prospects ready to go pro following 2013-14 season

by Chau Vo
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Will Butcher - Denver Pioneers

Photo: Freshman defenseman Will Butcher (#7) made his mark with 16 points in his first year for the University of Denver. The Pioneers won the inaugural NCHC tournament with a win over Miami (courtesy of Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

In the last four drafts, the Colorado Avalanche only selected a combined six players from the USHL, a pipeline to the NCAA, and European junior leagues. To date, only four of those players still remain a part of the Avalanche organization.

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Tomas Hertl maintains first spot in San Jose Sharks Top 20

by Craig Fischer
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Tomas Hertl - San Jose Sharks

Photo: Tomas Hertl was on pace to graduate to the NHL in 2013-14 but suffered a knee injury in December (courtesy of Danny Murphy/Icon SMI)

The San Jose Sharks had ample opportunity heading into the 2014 trade deadline to acquire a piece to help them with their quest for a cup. Many speculated that the Sharks would mortgage their future to rise up next to the conference’s best.

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AHL Western Conference notebook, March, 2014

by Tony Androckitis
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Teemu Pulkkinen - Detroit Red Wings

Photo: Grand Rapids Griffins forward Teemu Pulkkinen, shown here skating for the parent Detroit Red Wings, is tied for the lead among AHL rookie goal scorers with 27 on the season (courtesy of Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The AHL regular season is about to hit its final month with April just around the corner. The stage is set for a playoff-like atmosphere, with several teams in the Western Conference trying to make a late-season push to get into the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs.

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