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NCAA Prospects Notebook, March, 2015: Hobey Baker nominees, postseason hardware recipients, and pro signings

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NCAA Prospects Notebook, March, 2015: Hobey Baker nominees, postseason hardware recipients, and pro signings

Photo: University of Minnesota defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Mike Reilly was among the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Hobey Baker Award (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The final 2014-15 edition of the NCAA prospects notebook takes a look back at some excellent collegiate hockey prospect performances and other noteworthy items. Unless otherwise indicated, all stats are current as of April 1st. Read more »

Some Winnipeg Jets late-round picks thriving in NCAA and Europe

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Some Winnipeg Jets late-round picks thriving in NCAA and Europe

Photo: Minnesota State Mankato freshman C.J. Franklin helped his team to a surprising and successful 2014-15 season. (courtesy of Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

While most of their top end prospects are playing in the CHL, the Winnipeg Jets have dedicated their mid- to late round draft picks in years past to amassing a depth of players competing at the NCAA level as well as those playing overseas.

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Big decisions ahead for Carolina Hurricanes prospects in NCAA and overseas

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Big decisions ahead for Carolina Hurricanes prospects in NCAA and overseas

Photo: Brett Pesce joined the Charlotte Checkers immediately following New Hampshire’s season-ending loss to Boston University (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

Deciding when it is time to turn pro is tough on every prospect. For collegiate and European players, the choice is even harder. If a college player turns pro, they end their eligibility and leave college life. For Europeans, the stakes are often higher; leaving home to come to North America and adapt to not just a different style of hockey, but a different life altogether. Read more »

Pittsburgh Penguins remain stacked with collegiate talent

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Pittsburgh Penguins remain stacked with collegiate talent

Photo: Jake Guentzel finished with 13 goals and 25 assists in his sophomore season with Nebraska-Omaha (Courtesy of Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

Under former general manager Ray Shero, the Pittsburgh Penguins emphasized college-bound talent in the middle to later parts of the draft, and they generally avoided drafting players from overseas. The result is a system deep on college talent and short on Europeans. Read more »

Paquin-Boudreau effective playoff performer for Sagueneens despite long layoff

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Paquin-Boudreau effective playoff performer for Sagueneens despite long layoff

Photo: Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau was a second round pick for the San Jose Sharks at the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

You can forgive Moncton Wildcats fans for not recognizing the solid yet undersized and speedy winger wearing the No. 13 jersey for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens during Game 1 of the two teams’ first-round playoff series. The nameplate above the number – Boudreau – probably wasn’t much of an identifier either, particularly since the player hadn’t been seen in any of the previous meetings between the two teams this season. Read more »

NHL Prospect Signings: Islanders sign NCAA prospect, free agent from QMJHL

by Ken McKenna
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NHL Prospect Signings: Islanders sign NCAA prospect, free agent from QMJHL

Photo: Former Minnesota State University goaltender and New York Islanders prospect Stephon Williams (#35) played a major part in the Mavericks’ ranking as the #1 seed for the NCAA Tournament (courtesy of Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders have built up a solid group of prospects in recent years, with the payoff being just their third playoff appearance in the past 10 seasons. They continued adding to their prospect depth at the pro level with the signing of two prospects, one a draftee and the other a free agent. Read more »

Beyond Tomorrow: Stampede’s Bellows taking his own route to pro career

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Beyond Tomorrow: Stampede’s Bellows taking his own route to pro career

Photo: Sioux Falls Stampede forward and 2016 prospect Kieffer Bellows is tied for fourth in goals in the USHL with 30 so far this season (courtesy of mJoy Photography)

While his surname might evoke memories of North Stars and vintage jerseys, Kieffer Bellows is more than just the son of Brian, a veteran of nearly 1,200 NHL games. Carving a name for himself with the USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede, the younger Bellows has already impressed as one of the league’s leading goal scorers. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Trotman nets winner in important victory for Bruins

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Trotman nets winner in important victory for Bruins

Photo: Boston Bruins defenseman Zach Trotman celebrates after scoring his first NHL goal, the game winner in the Bruins’ 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings (courtesy of Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

With the Boston Bruins in the heat of a tight race for a wild card playoff berth, rookie defenseman Zach Trotman could not have picked a better time to score his first NHL goal. Trotman’s marker ended up being the game-winner for the Bruins in their 3-2 win over the division rival Detroit Red Wings. Read more »

Prospect Faceoff: Pivotal CHL playoff showdowns, SHL champs look to move on, and more prospect matchups

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Prospect Faceoff: Pivotal CHL playoff showdowns, SHL champs look to move on, and more prospect matchups

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward Graham Knott (L) and Ottawa 67’s forward Travis Konecny (R) faceoff in a crucial Game Five encounter this weekend in the 2015 OHL Playoffs (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

In this week’s playoff edition of Prospect Faceoff, all three CHL leagues have series that are facing pivotal fifth games. Meanwhile, with the NCAA on hiatus, there’s a strong NAHL matchup featuring two college recruits worth keeping an eye on. Also, the SHL’s juggernaut squad in Skelleftea may have an opportunity this weekend to advance to the finals with one more win, but a top prospect for a rival will have something to say about that. Read more »

NHL Prospect Signings: Minnesota Wild busiest Central Division club

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NHL Prospect Signings: Minnesota Wild busiest Central Division club

Photo: Former Minnesota State University-Mankato defenseman and Minnesota Wild prospect Zach Palmquist completed a four-year NCAA career in which he did not miss a single game (courtesy of Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

The pace of NHL prospect signings has picked up considerably over the past week, with the Western Conference clubs being the busier group during that stretch. Read more »

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