Photo: Notre Dame defenseman and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Stephen Johns will cap off his college career with his most productive offensive season for the Fighting Irish (courtesy of Zumapress/Icon SMI)
This season, the NCAA features an array of outstanding NHL-drafted defensemen and many of them, particularly underclassmen, have been left off this year’s list. The ten defensemen ranked here are all having excellent seasons with their respective teams and have made tremendous strides in their development.
Photo: Selected 25th overall in the 2009 NHL Draft, forward Jordan Caron has appeared in 113 NHL games with the Boston Bruins. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
The Boston Bruins 2009 NHL Draft class has been a disappointment. Of their five picks, only two have sniffed the NHL, with only first round pick Jordan Caron looking like an NHL regular.
Photo: Guelph winger Jason Dickinson has been a standout at both ends of the ice for the Storm. The Dallas Stars draft pick registered nine assists in his last five games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
Welcome to the January 2014 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations or falling a little behind.
Photo: Forward Craig Cunningham made his NHL debut this season on December 17th, 2013. Selected in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL Draft, Cunningham is in his third season of professional hockey. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
The Boston Bruins have stockpiled prospects and the Providence Bruins are starting to see some of those players shine. Multiple prospects are starting to see time at the NHL too as the Bruins have dealt with the injury bug this season.
Photo: Frolunda Indians forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Erik Karksson has split his time this season between the Frolunda Superelit team and the SHL club (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Sweden remains perfect after five games at the 2014 World Junior Championship as the team prepares for their semi-final showdown with Russia. The Swedes are in that position by virtue of their convincing 6-0 win over Slovakia in the quarterfinals.