Photo: Minnesota Wild defensive prospect Mike Reilly posted six goals and 42 points in 39 games in his final season at the University of Minnesota (courtesy of Ken Andersen/NHLPA via Getty Images)
While deciding to stay close to home, Mike Reilly took a detour to the other side of the globe.
Reilly and his brothers, Connor and Ryan, traveled to China for three weeks as part of a study abroad program through the University of Minnesota. Read more»
Photo: Top Minnesota Wild prospect Alex Tuch should earn a larger role at the 2016 World Juniors for Team USA (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
July 4th, 2012 changed the Minnesota Wild’s course for the foreseeable future. Twin 13-year contracts for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter switched the Wild into win-now mode: an expensive and risky move that is easier announced than accomplished. Three seasons later, the team has qualified for the post-season in each season and won two playoff series total. Read more»
Photo: Former Minnesota State University-Mankato defenseman and Minnesota Wild prospect Zach Palmquist completed a four-year NCAA career in which he did not miss a single game (courtesy of Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)
The pace of NHL prospect signings has picked up considerably over the past week, with the Western Conference clubs being the busier group during that stretch. Read more»
Photo: Minnesota Wild first-round pick Alex Tuch led Boston College in points as a freshman. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
For any organization dedicated to the near-term goal of a Stanley Cup, having the bulk of the team’s prospects in colleges or European leagues is sound policy. The young men get their chances to grow as people, the team’s contract status is unaffected, and there is less rush to decide on a player’s future. The pressures of pro hockey in Europe are real, especially for younger players, but so is the NCAA Tournament atmosphere. Both make for excellent developmental opportunities.
Photo: Providence College forward and Calgary Flames prospect Mark Jankowski (10) will be one of the main offensive catalysts for the Friars in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
Hockey's Future has taken a look at five of the 11 teams in part one of our Hockey East season preview. In part two, we take a look at the remaining six teams that make up the Hockey East conference.