Photo: Selected 37th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft by the Los Angeles Kings, forward Valentin Zykov had a solid 2013-14 season in the QMJHL, posting 23 goals and 40 assists in 53 games. (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
As with every Top 50 ranking, difficult decisions had to be made towards the bottom section, and players were left out for a variety of reasons.
Photo: Union College defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Shayne Gostisbehere earned a pair of ECAC awards this season in addition to being named a Hobey Baker Award top 10 finalist (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
In the final 2013-14 edition of the NCAA prospect notebook, Hockey’s Future takes a look back at some fantastic finishes, memorable performances, and other items making news around college hockey. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of April 3, 2014.
Photo: St. Cloud State University forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Jonny Brodzinski led the Huskies in scoring for the 2013-14 season with 41 points in 38 games (courtesy of St. Cloud State)
St. Cloud State University sophomore Jonny Brodzinski may not have led his team in goals this season as he did in 2012-13 – senior and fellow Los Angeles Kings prospect Nic Dowd earned the honor this season with 22 markers. But Brodzinski traded the goal-scoring crown to instead finish as the Huskies leading scorer with 41 points (21 goals, 20 assists) in 38 games.
Photo: St. Cloud State University forward Nic Dowd’s shot in overtime sails over the glove of Notre Dame goaltender Steven Summerhays and into the net, giving the Huskies the 4-3 OT win in a NCAA West Regional semifinal contest (courtesy of Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
The University of Minnesota and St. Cloud State University will meet for the right to advance to the Frozen Four after winning their respective NCAA West Regional semi-final games.
Photo: Senior Michael Mersch, who led Wisconsin with 22 goals during the 2013-14 regular season, scored both Badger goals in their semifinal win over Penn State in the Big Ten tournament (courtesy of Dan Sanger/Icon SMI)
In recent years, the Los Angeles Kings have grown into one of the better organizations at scouting and recruiting in the NCAA. Despite losing highly regarded forward Hudson Fasching to the Buffalo Sabres via trade, they still boast an incredibly deep and talented group of NCAA prospects.