There has been plenty of movement among the St. Louis Blues top 20 this season. Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz remain the top prospects in the system but there are several new names among the organization's top 10 prospects. Even after graduating several talented defensemen in recent years, the St. Louis pipeline has a new wave of blue line prospects on the horizon. The 2011 draft class also made an impact, led by Ty Rattie's breakout WHL season as well as a pair of QMJHL prospects making their debut in the rankings.
Hockey's Future takes a look back at the final full month of the 2011-12 college hockey season. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of March 31st.
Hobey Hat Trick announced
The nation's top three point producers in recent NHL signees Spencer Abbott (TOR) and Austin Smith (DAL), and Minnesota-Duluth center Jack Connolly comprise this year's top three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player.
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The Calder Trophy winner will not come from the Central Division, nor is there a player who is even on the short list. But there are a handful of first-year players who have impacted veteran teams like the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators.
Here are the three skaters who have enjoyed the finest rookie seasons among Central Division teams.
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If the Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators thought that the race for fourth-place in the Western Conference would only be between each other then they likely haven’t been keeping a close enough eye on the rear-view mirror.
With last night’s win over Washington, the Chicago Blackhawks have now joined the battle for home-ice in the first round of the playoffs, with that team now standing just four points back of Nashville and Detroit for fourth-place in the conference and home-ice in the first round of the playoffs.