Gillies, Hellebuyck lead interesting group of drafted NCAA goaltenders

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Jon Gillies - Providence College

Photo: Providence College goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies has played for Team USA at the last two U20 World Junior Championships (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

This season started with 15 NHL-drafted goaltenders playing in the NCAA. Now it is down to 13. Reigning ECAC Rookie of the Year Jason Kasdorf (WPG) suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in October after playing in just two games. Sophomore Collin Olson (CAR) left Ohio State in November to play in the USHL.

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Carey, Morrison among top available NCAA free agents

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Bryce Van Brabant - Quinnipiac University

Photo: Quinnipiac University forward Bryce Van Brabant could be an enticing free agent acquisition for an NHL club looking to add a prospect with some size and grit to their organization (courtesy of Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

As the NCAA season winds down, NHL teams begin to descend on the college hockey landscape in hopes of adding available free agents to their pipelines. Hockey Future takes a closer look at ten players (listed alphabetically by last name) who have all drawn considerable NHL interest and could soon be headed to an NHL organization near you. This year’s list features six forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of March 6th.

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NCAA prospects notebook for February, 2014

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Connor Hellebuyck - UMass Lowell - Frozen Fenway 2014

Photo: University of Massachusetts-Lowell goaltender and Winnipeg Jets prospect Connor Hellebuyck is having another fine season for the River Hawks, sporting a goals-against average under 2.00 for a second straight season while posting a .939 save percentage (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

The final full month of the 2013-14 NCAA season saw teams jostling for post-season conference positioning and some fantastic performances by NHL collegiate prospects. Hockey’s Future takes a look back at the more notable performances that took place in the month of February. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of March 3rd.

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Johns, Matheson lead good crop of drafted NCAA defensemen

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Stephen Johns - University of Notre Dame

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.

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Off the Radar: Saints’ Bayreuther using NCAA stage to improve draft ranking

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Gavin Bayreuther - St. Lawrence University

Photo: St. Lawrence University defenseman and 2014 prospect Gavin Bayreuther was passed over in the 2012 and 2013 NHL Drafts but could have his name called at this year’s draft in Philadelphia, PA (courtesy of Tara Freeman/SLU)

The NCAA narrative begins early for most players planning to play collegiate hockey. By Grade 10 the player is being actively recruited and generally takes the next year or two to choose the school they feel will be best suited to their needs. The top recruits – the ones with NHL interest – are typically selected in the NHL Draft prior to even suiting up for their school of choice.

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