NCAA college prospects notebook for November, 2012

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Eric Knodel - Univeristy of New Hampshire

Photo: University of New Hampshire defenseman and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Eric Knodel has been a contributor to the Wildcats' hot play of late (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

This edition of the Notebook takes a look some of the notable (and not so notable) prospect performances around college hockey in the month of November. Unless otherwise noted, all statsitics are current as of Nov. 30.

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Hulking Bigos becoming more than just a hitman

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Kyle Bigos - Merrimack College

Photo: Merrimack defenseman and Edmonton Oilers prospect Kyle Bigos has been a feared physical defender through much of his college career, but is now trying to become a more well-rounded player (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

After four seasons of playing college hockey for the Merrimack Warriors, Kyle Bigos has transformed into one of the most intimidating players in Hockey East.

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Healthy Winkler becoming offensive weapon for Colorado College

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Scott Winkler - Colorado College

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.

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DU’s LaLeggia succeeding despite smaller stature

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Joey LaLeggia - Denver University

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.

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Rempel honing defensive game at Harvard

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Brendan Rempel - Harvard University

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.

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