Photo: University of North Dakota forward and Florida Panthers prospect Corban Knight had the hot scoring hand in the NCAA during the month of December (courtesy of Brace Hemmelgarn/Icon SMI)
With the first half of the 2012-13 season drawing to a close and the second half getting underway, there were plenty of prospect stories making the rounds in college hockey in December. Hockey’s Future takes a look back at the final month of the 2012 calendar year. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of Dec. 31.
Photo: Kitchener Rangers forward and Edmonton Oilers prospect Tobias Rieder has represented his country of Germany very well at four U-20 WJC events(courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
With their 5-2 win over Latvia, Team Germany accomplished their main goal of avoiding relegation at the 2013 World Junior Championship. The win allows the Germans to compete in the top WJC grouping again next year when the tournament is held in Sweden.
Photo: Edmonton Oilers prospect Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has shown no fall-off this season in his offensive output, whether he is playing in the AHL or at the 2013 World Juniors (courtesy of David Maxwell/Getty Images)
In the 2011-12 season, Edmonton Oilers prospect Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was the leading candidate to win the NHL's Rookie of the Year honor until an injury limited his playing time, paving the way for the Colorado Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog to skate away with the Calder Trophy.
Photo: Drafted ninth overall in 2010, Finnish Center Mikael Granlund has made his AHL debut this season. Granlund was widely considered one of the best hockey players not playing in North America. (Juan DeLeon/Icon SMI)
Below is the top-10 section of Hockey's Future's NHL Team Rankings. The teams are ranked in terms of the quality of their overall prospect pool as voted on by the staff of Hockey's Future. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice a year.
Photo: Merrimack defenseman and Edmonton Oilers prospect Kyle Bigos has been a feared physical defender through much of his college career, but is now trying to become a more well-rounded player (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
After four seasons of playing college hockey for the Merrimack Warriors, Kyle Bigos has transformed into one of the most intimidating players in Hockey East.