NCAA prospects notebook for December, 2013

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Nic Kerdiles - University of Wisconsin

Photo: University of Wisconsin forward and Anaheim Ducks prospect Nic Kerdiles has been generating offense wherever he plays, whether it is for Wisconsin or for Team USA at the 2014 WJC (courtesy of Dan Sanger/Icon SMI)

The final month of 2013 marked the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half of the 2013-14 NCAA hockey season. Hockey’s Future takes a look back at the many notable performances by NHL prospects around college hockey during the month of December. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of January 5th, 2014.

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HF Prospect of the Month for December, 2013

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Anthony Mantha - Detroit Red Wings

Photo: QMJHL forward Anthony Mantha took his game to the international stage in December, where he managed 10 points in four preliminary round games at the 2014 World Junior Championships. Mantha was selected 20th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

Forward Anthony Mantha (DET) is the Hockey's Future Prospect of the Month for December. An offensively prolific player since the start of the 2013-14 season, Mantha took his game to another level in December, with 14 points in five QMJHL games and 10 points through the preliminary round of the 2014 World Junior Championship.

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Boston College’s top line delivers win at Frozen Fenway

by Richard Murray
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John Gaudreau, Kevin Hayes, and Bill Arnold - Boston College

Photo: Boston College’s top line of Johnny Gaudreau (L), Kevin Hayes (C), and Bill Arnold (R) celebrated a few goals in their team’s 4-3 win over Notre Dame at the Frozen Fenway event in Boston, MA (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Playing hockey under the lights at Fenway Park has become quite the spectacle, but for linemates Johnny Gaudreau, Kevin Hayes, and Bill Arnold, Saturday night's Frozen Fenway matchup with Notre Dame is certainly something that they will never forget.

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2014 WJC Video: Steven Santini, USA

by Chapin Landvogt
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Steven Santini - Team USA

Photo: Boston College defenseman and New Jersey Devils prospect Steven Santini has registered six points (2G, 4A) and a +13 rating in his freshman season with the Eagles (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Team USA defenseman Steven Santini's last appearance at a World Junior Championship, the 2013 U18 WJC back in April of last year, was a memorable one. In addition to winning the gold medal along with his USA teammates, Santini also was named that tournament's Best Defenseman.

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2014 WJC Podcast: USA, Russia match could be marquee quarterfinal contest

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Matt Grzelcyk - Team USA

Photo: Boston University defenseman and Boston Bruins prospect Matt Grzelcyk is tied for the scoring lead on Team USA as he has picked six points (2G, 4A) in four games at the 2014 WJC (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Both teams won their first three games at the 2014 World Junior Championship, but both Russia and the USA also lost key matchups in the final game of the preliminary round, causing those countries to miss out on a less daunting start to the playoff round.

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