Photo: UMass Lowell forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Scott Wilson heads into the Frozen Four on the heels of a strong performance in the NCAA regionals (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)
The four-team field is now set for the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four, which takes place at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA on Apr. 11th and 13th. None of the four teams taking part in this year's tournament have won an NCAA hockey title, so there will be a new national champion that will also win their program’s first-ever National Championship.
Photo: Defenseman Tyson Barrie, who has skated in 20 NHL games with the Avalanche in 2012-13, moved into the top spot in Colorado’s mid-season Top 20 (courtesy of Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)
The Colorado Avalanche are in a very unique position for their franchise. They have a bevy of young talent in their organization – if you look at their roster, the team does not have many players over the age of 28 playing in the NHL this season. The problem for Colorado is, the bulk of that young talent is already on their NHL roster, leaving the cupboard a bit bare behind them.
Photo: Cameron Gaunce is one of several experienced defensive prospects in the Avalanche prospect pool on the verge of making the NHL. (courtesy of Zuma Press/Icon SMI)
With players like Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene quickly ascending to the pro ranks, it is easy to see why the Colorado Avalanche’s prospect cupboards might be a bit bare. On the surface that is certainly the case, but if you dig a little deeper and poke around, you can see that there is at least a little depth to be had at every position – even the ones that do not appear to have it.