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: Rockford IceHogs forward and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Jeremy Morin has spent most of the season with the AHL’s IceHogs, but has appeared in 15 games for the Blackhawks in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Chris Austin/Icon SMI)
While the top nine teams in the East have separated themselves from the pack, the AHL's Western Conference is still wide open heading down the stretch.
Photo: Center Teuvo Teravainen is an offensive dynamo in Finland’s top pro circuit and captain of Finland’s gold medal team at the 2014 WJC (courtesy of Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Chicago Blackhawks Top 20 ranking update maintains much of the depth from the fall ranking despite the graduation of Brandon Saad and loss to trade/waivers of prospects like Jimmy Hayes, Dylan Olsen, Ryan Stanton, and Kyle Beach.
Photo: Ohio State Buckeyes forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Ryan Dzingel had a hot hand in January, posting 14 points in eight games during that month (courtesy of Dan Sanger/Icon SMI)
The first month of 2014 featured a little bit of everything involving prospects around NCAA hockey. Hockey’s Future looks back at the notable performances and news items during from that month. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of February 1st.
Photo: Marcus Kruger, a fifth round selection, has the most NHL games played from the Blackhawks 2009 draft class (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon SMI)
The Chicago Blackhawks made eight selections at the 2009 NHL Draft. Marcus Kruger is the only player with his name on the Stanley Cup, while several others remain promising NHL prospects.