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

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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

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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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Pittsburgh Penguins are well stocked with NCAA talent

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Bryan Rust - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Forward Bryan Rust is having a strong senior year with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Through 39 games, Rust has 16 goals, 15 assists, and a plus-12 rating. (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

It is not as if they try to hide it. The Pittsburgh Penguins like to select college prospects in the NHL Draft, especially in the middle and later rounds. The organization has deep ties to USA Hockey and the NCAA and believes the college hockey developmental route offers several unique advantages.

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Top 50: Bruising defenders Nurse and Reinhart lead prospects ranked 11-20

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Darnell Nurse - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defenseman Darnell Nurse, the Edmonton Oilers’ top pick at the 2013 NHL Draft, is one spot away from breaking into HF’s top 10 prospects (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Spring edition of the Hockey's Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 11-20. This particular section of the rankings features a bevy of talented defensemen, led by Darnell Nurse and Griffin Reinhart.

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2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: Midwest Regional features former WCHA rivals

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Jake McCabe - University of Wisconsin

Photo: University of Wisconsin defenseman and Buffalo Sabres prospect Jake McCabe has been the Badgers top offensive defender this season, notching 25 points in 35 games (courtesy of Dan Sanger/Icon SMI)

The Midwest Regional of the 2014 NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament takes place on March 28th and 29th at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH. Wisconsin is the top seed in this regional and is joined by Ferris State, Colgate and North Dakota. The four teams have a combined 24 NHL prospects on their rosters, although not all of them are expected to play in this tournament.

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2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: Union College top seed at East Regional

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Chris McCarthy - University of Vermont

Photo: University of Vermont forward Chris McCarthy, a top unsigned NCAA free agent, will lead the Catamounts into the NCAA East Regional in that school’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The NCAA East Regional kicks off the 2014 NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament and takes place on March 28th and 29th at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT.

Union College is the top seed in this regional and is joined by Quinnipiac, Providence College and Vermont. The four teams have a combined 13 NHL prospects on their rosters, the fewest of all the regionals.

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Skilled group of forwards leads New York Rangers spring Top 20

by Leslie Treff
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Anthony Duclair - New York Rangers

Photo: Forward Anthony Duclair had a huge 2013-14 season in the QMJHL, where he managed 50 goals and 49 assists in 59 regular season games. Duclair was selected in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers have had a big turnover in their top prospects over the last few years, as more and more young players have cracked their NHL roster. Chris Kreider, who has been a top prospect since he was drafted in 2009, has graduated after being the franchise's best prospect for the last three years.

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