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HF Prospect of the Month for March, 2014

by Ian Altenbaugh
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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

by DJ Powers
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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

by DJ Powers
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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

by Peter Morrow
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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

by Josh Buckingham
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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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Top 50: Shayne Gostisbehere and Valentin Zykov among honorable mentions

by HF Staff
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Valentin Zykov - Los Angeles Kings

Photo: Selected 37th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft by the Los Angeles Kings, forward Valentin Zykov had a solid 2013-14 season in the QMJHL, posting 23 goals and 40 assists in 53 games. (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

As with every Top 50 ranking, difficult decisions had to be made towards the bottom section, and players were left out for a variety of reasons.

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Columbus Blue Jackets have skilled group of prospects in Europe and NCAA

by Richard Greco
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T.J. Tynan - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Forward T.J. Tynan had a strong senior season with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, posting eight goals and 30 assists through 40 games. Tynan recently signed an entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

The Columbus Blue Jackets had some high-end talent playing in Europe this season, with first-round picks Alexander Wennberg and Marko Dano playing in European men's leagues. The organization has also used mid and late round draft picks to select players that are developing in some of the nation's top collegiate programs.

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NCAA prospects notebook for March, 2014

by DJ Powers
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Shayne Gostisbehere - Union College

Photo: Union College defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Shayne Gostisbehere earned a pair of ECAC awards this season in addition to being named a Hobey Baker Award top 10 finalist (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

In the final 2013-14 edition of the NCAA prospect notebook, Hockey’s Future takes a look back at some fantastic finishes, memorable performances, and other items making news around college hockey. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of April 3, 2014.

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Solid coaching, talented teammates helping BC’s Fitzgerald develop his game

by Richard Murray
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Ryan Fitzgerald - Boston College

Photo: Boston College forward and Boston Bruins prospect Ryan Fitzgerald’s 28 points ranks him fifth in scoring on the Eagles roster for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

After growing up in Boston his entire life, Ryan Fitzgerald is living his childhood dream of playing hockey for the Boston College Eagles.

The BC freshman has already gotten the experience of playing at Fenway Park and in the Beanpot Tournament. He’s helped the Eagles win both.

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Florida Panthers maintain deep prospect pool despite substantial graduations

by Brian Fogarty
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Aleksander Barkov - Florida Panthers

Photo: Selected second overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, forward Aleksander Barkov made an immediate impact for the Florida Panthers. Barkov suffered a knee injury during the 2014 Olympics and has been on injured reserve ever since. (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)

There have been several notable changes since the fall when the Florida Panthers last Top 20 list was compiled. Nick Bjugstad and Drew Shore have graduated, and Florida added high-potential center prospect Brandon Pirri at the trade deadline. Several players have begun getting extended opportunities in the NHL as the regular season winds down and the Panthers playoff hopes slip quietly to the side.

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