Photo: Colorado College forward and Dallas Stars prospect Scott Winkler's development was somewhat stunted in his first three NCAA seasons due to injuries, but he is off to a strong start in 2012-13 (courtesy of Casey B. Gibson)
Amidst a seesaw battle with Yale last weekend, Colorado College’s Scott Winkler sent Bulldog winger Anthony Day crumbling to the ice with a solid body check into the left corner boards at the World Arena. Instantaneously, Winkler set his sights on another Yale forward behind the Tigers net as he fiercely fought for possession of the puck in the defensive zone.
Photo: Denver University defenseman and Edmonton Oilers prospect Joey LaLeggia turned in a strong freshman season in 2011-12, which led to his being named the WCHA's top rookie (courtesy of Rich Clarkson)
At this point last year, Denver Pioneers' head coach George Gwozdecky and his staff were hesitant about playing defenseman Joey LaLeggia in all situations. The 5'9”, 180-pounder arrived in the Mile-High city with tremendous offensive skills, but due to his smaller frame Gwozdecky and his staff had to be careful not to put the smaller player in a vulnerable position on the ice.
Photo: Harvard defenseman Brendan Rempel is attempting to draw attention to his game after prolonged absences due to injury or illness (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)
Despite being plagued by injuries and illness early in his collegiate career, Harvard senior defenseman Brendan Rempel is looking to have a breakout season, which could make him a highly sought free-agent for NHL teams in the spring of 2013.
Photo: Harvard University defenseman and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Danny Biega appears to be developing into a solid, all-around defender (courtesy of Rich Barnes/Icon SMI)
After a slow start to his collegiate career, Harvard’s Danny Biega has emerged as one of the top power-play quarterbacks and offensive weapons on a collegiate blueline.
Photo: Bemidji State winger and Anaheim Ducks prospect Radoslav Illo, shown here playing for Slovakia, has so far experienced a lengthy adjustment period to the NCAA's brand of hockey (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
When the Anaheim Ducks drafted Radoslav Illo in the fifth round (136th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, the organization thought it would be getting a potential pure goal scorer.