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2015 Frozen Four Preview: Experienced Providence takes on upstart Nebraska-Omaha

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2015 Frozen Four Preview: Experienced Providence takes on upstart Nebraska-Omaha

Photo: Providence College forward Nick Saracino (L) and University of Nebraska-Omaha forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Jake Guentzel (R) lead their respective teams in scoring in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Corey Silvia/Icon Sportswire and Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

The first semi-final matchup at the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four tournament pits two regional fourth seeds against one another, Providence College and the University of Nebraska-Omaha. While there is little history between the two teams – they haven’t met since 2005 – the winner moves on to the title game with a chance to produce an upset win. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Hishon nets game-winning goal in Avalanche win

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Hishon nets game-winning goal in Avalanche win

Photo: Colorado Avalanche forward Joey Hishon celebrates his first NHL goal in the Avalanche’s 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators (courtesy of Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Five years after being chosen in the first round of the NHL Draft, and after missing an entire season and most of another from the effects of a concussion, Colorado Avalanche forward Joey Hishon finally cashed in his first NHL goal – the game-winner – in a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Pair of AHL forwards debut, strange shootout save, more prospect highlights

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Prospect Impressions: Pair of AHL forwards debut, strange shootout save, more prospect highlights

Photo: Manchester Monarchs goaltender and Los Angeles Kings prospect Patrik Bartosak is a nephew of former NHL forward Radek Bonk (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

In this week’s Prospect Impressions, take a look as two players score their first professional goals in spectacular fashion. Meanwhile, two young AHL goaltenders produce “Save of the Year” candidates, and one of them wasn’t even paying attention during the play. Finally, all three CHL leagues are in the playoffs and highlight-reel goals abound from some of the top prospects from around the globe. Read more »

Strong second half points to better days for Sagueneens’ Roy

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Strong second half points to better days for Sagueneens’ Roy

Photo: Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward and 2015 prospect Nicolas Roy logged an assist in Team Orr’s 6-0 win over Team Cherry at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The trajectory of two QMJHL franchises shifted significantly when the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles selected Nicolas Roy first overall in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft. Read more »

Plenty of NCAA and European talent for the St. Louis Blues in 2014-15

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Plenty of NCAA and European talent for the St. Louis Blues in 2014-15

Photo: St. Louis Blues third-round pick Jake Walman’s three assists against Denver helped his Providence team into the Frozen Four. (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Blues have never shied away from drafting at the NCAA and European level and continue to find success through the NHL Entry Draft. While some of their college prospects will be making their jump to the pros very soon, the Blues have found a way to replenish their pool of NCAA players for the near future.

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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 »

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