2014-15 WCHA Preview, part 2: Minnesota Mankato looks to defend WCHA Final Five title

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Zach Stepan - Minnesota State University-Mankato

Photo: Minnesota State-Mankato forward and Nashville Predators prospect Zach Stepan will be a main cog for one of the WCHA’s top offensive teams (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)

 

The 2014-15 season in the WCHA gets fully underway this weekend. Ferris State University was the 2013-14 regular season conference champion, while Minnesota State-Mankato was the winner in the WCHA Final Five tournament. The former was previewed in part one of the Hockey’s Future 2014-15 WCHA preview, while the latter is being previewed here in part two of this NCAA conference preview. Read more»

2014-15 WCHA Preview, part 1: Ferris State’s Motte likely Hobey contender

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C.J. Motte - Ferris State University

Photo: Ferris State University goaltender C.J. Motte was a workhorse for his team in the 2013-14 season, and will likely be that again as the Bulldogs seek to defend their WCHA regular season title (courtesy of Ferris State Athletic Department)

 

Five of the six NCAA conferences feature a number of NHL prospects this season. Of those five, the WCHA has the fewest with 12 representing five member teams. Minnesota State-Mankato leads all WCHA teams with five prospects followed by Michigan Tech with four. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: No surprises at the top of the ISS Hockey October rankings

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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, the top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft according to ISS Hockey, is wearing the captain’s “C” for the 2014-15 OHL season (courtesy Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

 

The race to claim the mantle of first overall selection for the 2015 NHL Draft has officially begun in earnest with the start of the 2014-15 season. The main combatants for that honor, Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University forward Jack Eichel, have both seen game action within the past week and will be closely scrutinized by NHL scouts from now through April or May. Read more»

Subban, McIntyre make strong future goaltending duo for Bruins

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Malcolm Subban - Boston Bruins

Photo: Boston Bruins goaltending prospect Malcolm Subban appeared in 33 regular season games for the Providence Bruins in 2013-14, then played in six AHL playoff games for that club (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)

 

Boston Bruins‘ goaltending prospects Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre both impressed last season, and big things could be on the horizon for the two netminders. Read more»

2014 All-American Prospects Game: Eichel, linemates star in Team Grier’s 6-3 win

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2014 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects GameJeremy Bracco - Team Grier

Photo: Team Grier forward Jeremy Bracco was all smiles after scoring two goals in his team’s 6-3 win at the 2014 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo, NY (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

A three-goal outburst over six minutes of the third period turned a closely played, 3-2 affair after two periods into a 6-3 win for Team Grier over Team Olczyk at the 2014 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game that took place at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY. Read more»

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