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Defense comes first for Huskies’ Storm

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Ben Storm - St. Cloud State University

Photo: St. Clod State defenseman and Colorado Avalanche prospect Ben Storm played for the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks in 2012-13 before beginning his NCAA career with the HusKies this season (courtesy of St. Cloud State)

At 6’6” and 220 pounds, St. Cloud State University freshman defenseman Ben Storm is one of the biggest players in all of NCAA college hockey. But, in addition to providing a towering presence, Storm has also been a steady defensive defenseman on the Huskies' blueline this season. The Laurium, MI native has played in 30 games so far, posting one assist.

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Minnesota, St. Cloud State to meet in NCAA West Regional final

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Steven Summerhays - Notre Dame

Photo: St. Cloud State University forward Nic Dowd’s shot in overtime sails over the glove of Notre Dame goaltender Steven Summerhays and into the net, giving the Huskies the 4-3 OT win in a NCAA West Regional semifinal contest (courtesy of Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The University of Minnesota and St. Cloud State University will meet for the right to advance to the Frozen Four after winning their respective NCAA West Regional semi-final games.

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Buffalo Sabres have balanced group of prospects in NCAA and Europe

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Hudson Fasching - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Hulking forward Hudson Fasching (24) has been a standout in his freshman season with the University of Minnesota, managing 12 goals and 16 assists. Fasching was traded to the Buffalo Sabres on March 5th, 2014. (courtesy of Brian Ekart/Icon SMI)

There is no doubt the Buffalo Sabres have one of the deepest prospect pools in the league. Their prospect pool is extremely balanced, with players at various levels of competition from every corner of the hockey world.

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Hellebuyck backstops UMass Lowell to 2-1 win over Minnesota State

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Connor Hellebuyck - University of Massachusetts Lowell

Photo: UMass Lowell goaltender and Winnipeg Jets prospect Connor Hellebuyck makes a pad save on Minnesota State’s Chase Grant in the River Hawks 2-1 win at the NCAA Northeast Regional (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

There’s an old adage in sports that defense wins championships, and with Connor Hellebuyck in net, UMass Lowell doesn’t lose many big games.

Hellebuyck and the River Hawks shutdown the Minnesota State attack, beating the Mavericks 2-1 in the NCAA Northeast Regional semifinal.

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BC Eagles ride Gaudreau’s 6-point night to win over Denver

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Johnny Gaudreau - Boston College

Photo: Boston College forward and Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau (#13) celebrates the first of three goals and six points in the Eagles’ 6-2 win over Denver to open the NCAA Tournament (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

After having his 31-game point streak snapped two weekends ago against Notre Dame, Johnny Gaudreau ignited once again, leading Boston College past the University of Denver, 6-2, in the NCAA Northeast Regional semifinal.

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Hockey journey is all about growth for RMU’s Golightly

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Chase Golightly - Robert Morris University

Photo: Robert Morris University sophomore defenseman Chase Golightly and his Colonials’ teammates had a breakthrough season, but that school’s season has come to an end after a 7-3 loss to the University of Minnesota in the NCAA Tournament (courtesy of Robert Morris University)

Robert Morris University sophomore defenseman Chase Golightly’s hockey travels have taken him to quite a few places. But his greatest journey is on the developmental path he began traveling many years ago in Southern California.

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Montreal Canadiens have quality mix of prospects in the NCAA and Europe

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Magnus Nygren - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Though defenseman Magnus Nygren began the 2013-14 regular season in the AHL, he finished it with Farjestad of the SHL. (courtesy of Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

The Montreal Canadiens have a good mix of talent amongst their prospects playing in Europe and the NCAA. The organization has six forwards and three defensemen in this group that possesses varying degrees of speed, skill, and grit. These young prospects have shown improvement in their development this year and add good overall depth to the Canadiens' farm system.

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Detroit Red Wings have few prospects in NCAA and overseas

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Ben Marshall - Minnesota Golden Gophers

Photo: Minnesota defenseman Ben Marshall was part of a deep and talented blue line corps for the Gophers in 2013-14. Minnesota will kick off their NCAA tournament against Robert Morris on Saturday (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon SMI)

It may seem like the Detroit Red Wings have an unlimited stockpile of prospects with the way they have been calling up NHL-ready players as injury replacements, but the one area of their pool of prospects that is the thinnest is those playing in Europe or the NCAA.

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Colonials’ top sniper Wydo drawing some NHL interest

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Cody Wydo - Robert Morris University

Photo: Robert Morris University forward Cody Wydo is the leading scorer for the Colonials and is tied for fifth in the NCAA with 52 points in 41 games (courtesy of Robert Morris University)

Robert Morris University junior Cody Wydo may not be a household name yet, but he could be soon. The Southgate, MI native has been tearing things up in Moon Township, PA this season, a performance that has drawn the attention of NHL teams.

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Fasching brings power game to Minnesota lineup

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Hudson Fasching - University of Minnesota

Photo: University of Minnesota forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Hudson Fasching was named the Golden Gophers’ Rookie of the Year after a strong freshman season (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon SMI)

Freshman Hudson Fasching had had quite the season so far with the University of Minnesota. The Burnsville, MN native currently leads the Golden Gophers in frosh scoring with 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists) in 36 games. Fasching was earlier named to the Big Ten All-Rookie Team.

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