Photo: Boston College goaltender and 2014 prospect Thatcher Demko stops a shot by Boston University forward Nick Roberto in Monday’s Beanpot Tournament semi-final game at TD Garden in Boston, MA (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
The 62nd annual Beanpot Tournament began on Monday, with four teams battling it out to see which schools would meet in next week's final. The first game featured Northeastern and Harvard, while Boston College and Boston University renewed their heated rivalry in the day's second game.
Photo: Forward Brock Nelson is one of many prospects who have played some NHL games for the Islanders this season. Nelson was selected 30th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)
The New York Islanders are starting to reap the rewards of high drafting and solid player development. After years of finishing at the bottom of the standings, the organization has developed a core of young talent who led them to the playoffs in 2013. More help is still on the way too, as the Islanders have quality prospects at every position.
Photo: UMass Lowell goaltender and Winnipeg Jets prospect Connor Hellebuyck carried his team to the 2013 Frozen Four, and he’ll likely be a major part of any success that his school experiences in 2013-14 in the tough Hockey East conference (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
The 2013-14 season is shaping up to be another exciting year in Hockey East. And, with the University of Notre Dame added to the mix, the always hotly contested conference race is sure to get even hotter.
Photo: Defenseman Brenden Kichton is having a brilliant fifth season in the WHL, posting 53 points in 43 games with the Spokane Chiefs. (Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The New York Islanders have a large group of prospects playing at the junior level, led by former first round picks Griffin Reinhart and Ryan Strome. The Islanders are particularly flush at defense, with eight defensive prospects playing in either the CHL or college prep level.
Photo: Matt Donovan is one of many talented defensive prospects the New York Islanders have in their system. (Jason Mowry/Icon SMI)
The 2012 NHL Entry Draft proved to be very defensive for the New York Islanders as they shocked the hockey world by selecting a defensemen with each of their seven picks. The move gave them great depth on the blue line, where a team can never have enough bodies. In the previous two drafts they selected two high scoring forwards.