Bevy of NCAA prospects chosen at 2012 NHL Draft

by DJ Powers
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Photo: Calgary Flames top pick Mark Jankowski is a recruit of the Providence College Friars (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

This year’s NHL Draft saw 66 current and future collegians selected. There were also two uncommitted players selected that could potentially be college-bound in the future, bringing the total to 68. That represents roughly 32 percent of all players selected.

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2012 Draft: Top 10 draft eligible prospects from the NCAA

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Photo: Winger Austin Wuthrich showed a lot of grit in his freshman year with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. (Zuma Press/Icon SMI)

 

The top 10 collegians eligible for the 2012 NHL Draft are comprised of five forwards and five defensemen who have just completed their freshman seasons. These players represent four of the five NCAA conferences. Four of this year's top 10 players are from the CCHA, followed by three from the WCHA, two from Hockey East, and one from the ECAC.

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2012 was banner year for New York Rangers prospects

by Leslie Treff
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Winger Carl Hagelin

Photo: Though he started the 2011-12 season in the AHL, two-way winger Carl Hagelin finished it in the NHL on a line with stars Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik. (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

 

The New York Rangers' prospects had an excellent season, as the fruits of the changes in drafting philosophy continue to bear fruit. The awards include three first round selections and two picks from the 2011 entry draft.

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Ottawa Senators prospects gained valuable post-season experience

by John Henkelman
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Defenseman Chris Wideman

Photo: Defenseman Chris Wideman was one of many Senators prospects to ink an entry-level deal at the conclusion of his season. Expected to start 2012-13 in the AHL, Wideman brings a two-way puck-moving presence to the Ottawa organization. (Tim G. Zechar/Icon SMI)

 

As an organization, the Ottawa Senators were able to gain invaluable experience during the recent playoff season. The NHL club exceeded most predictions and made the playoffs in what was supposed to be a rebuilding season. Many observers credited a portion of their success to a core group of young players who played a major role in the Binghamton Senators championship run in the 2010-11 AHL playoffs.

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Video: 2012 NHL Combine – Brian Hart, Phillips Exeter Academy

by Ken McKenna
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Photo: New England prep school star Brian Hart excelled at both hockey and soccer for Phillips Exeter Academy (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

Being good at one sport is difficult enough, but excelling at two sports while maintaining a solid academic record is a feat rarely achieved by younger athletes.  But that is what Phillips Exeter Academy star Brian Hart accomplished during the 2011-12 school year, which has the Cumberland, Maine native looking at a very bright future.

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