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NCAA prospects notebook for March, 2014

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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

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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

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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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Steady Skjei developing into two-way defender for Minnesota

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Brady Skjei - University of Minnesota

Photo: University of Minnesota defenseman and New York Rangers prospect Brady Skjei has been a steady defensive performer for the Golden Gophers in 2013-14, a trait that should come in handy as Minnesota moves on to the 2014 Frozen Four (courtesy of Brian Ekart/Icon SMI)

University of Minnesota sophomore defenseman Brady Skjei (NYR) has become an integral part of the Golden Gophers success this season, particularly from the defensive standpoint. But the Lakeville, MN native isn't all poke checks and shot blocks as he has also contributed on offense, posting 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 38 games to date.

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Little adjustments paying off in big way for Minnesota’s Wilcox

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Adam Wilcox - University of Minnesota

Photo: University of Minnesota goaltender and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Adam Wilcox celebrates his school’s 4-0 win over St. Cloud State University, a win that sends the Golden Gophers to the 2014 Frozen Four (courtesy of Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

It’s been a banner year so far for University of Minnesota sophomore goaltender Adam Wilcox (TBL). The South St. Paul, MN native is a finalist for the Mike Richter Award and a top 10 finalist for this year’s Hobey Baker Award.

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Thunderbirds’ Theodore taking offense, game to higher level

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Shea Theodore - Seattle Thunderbirds

Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds defenseman and Anaheim Ducks prospect Shea Theodore led both his team and WHL defensemen in scoring during the 2013-14 regular season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The Western Hockey League continues to develop high-end talent among defenseman, players that ultimately wind up patrolling the bluelines for NHL teams or as professionals around the world.

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Huskies’ sniper Brodzinski developing a more complete game

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Jonny Brodzinski - St. Cloud State University

Photo: St. Cloud State University forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Jonny Brodzinski led the Huskies in scoring for the 2013-14 season with 41 points in 38 games (courtesy of St. Cloud State)

St. Cloud State University sophomore Jonny Brodzinski may not have led his team in goals this season as he did in 2012-13 – senior and fellow Los Angeles Kings prospect Nic Dowd earned the honor this season with 22 markers. But Brodzinski traded the goal-scoring crown to instead finish as the Huskies leading scorer with 41 points (21 goals, 20 assists) in 38 games.

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Minnesota advances to Frozen Four after dominant win in West Regional final

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Justin Kloos - University of Minnesota

Photo: University of Minnesota freshman Justin Kloos earned Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA West Regional after netting two goals in Minnesota’s 4-0 win over St. Cloud State University. The win sends Minnesota to the 2014 Frozen Four (courtesy of Brian Ekart/Icon SMI)

The University of Minnesota completed the four-team field that will be headed to Philadelphia in two weeks for the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four after a dominating 4-0 performance against intra-state rival St. Cloud State University in the West Regional final on Sunday night.

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Boston College downs UMass Lowell to advance to Frozen Four

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Ian McCoshen - Boston College

Photo: Boston College defenseman and Florida Panthers prospect Ian McCoshen celebrates with teammates after scoring the eventual winning goal in the Eagles 4-3 victory over UMass Lowell, a win that sends that school to the 2014 Frozen Four (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

A day after Boston College’s top line went off for six goals, it was second-line winger Ryan Fitzgerald and bottom-pairing defenseman Ian McCoshen who were the difference makers.

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Notre Dame’s Hinostroza flexes offensive muscle in freshman campaign

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Vince Hinostroza - University of Notre Dame

Photo: University of Notre Dame forward and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Vince Hinostroza is stopped in overtime by St. Cloud State goaltender Ryan Faragher, a missed opportunity that would come back to haunt the Fighting Irish as the Huskies later scored to win the NCAA West Regional semifinal, 4-3 (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon SMI)

University of Notre Dame freshman Vince Hinostroza was one of the nation’s top NCAA rookies this season. The Bartlett, IL native led the Fighting Irish in rookie scoring with 32 points (eight goals, 24 assists) in 34 games.

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