Rau looking to build on stellar freshman season

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Photo: Though freshman Kyle Rau (FLA) came to the University of Minnesota with high expectations, his standout rookie season has surpassed even what most could have anticipated. On the season, Rau finished with 18 goals and 25 assists in 40 games. (Photo courtesy of

Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)

Hockey's Future caught up with Kyle Rau after practice last Wednesday at the Tampa Times Forum.

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Haula becoming consistent offensive force for Minnesota

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Photo: Erik Haula(MIN) enjoyed an outstanding sophomore campaign where he led the Golden Gophers with 49 points (20 goals, 29 assists) in 43 games. He was a driving force in guiding Minnesota to their first Frozen Four appearance since 2005. (Photo courtesy of Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)

Hockey's Future spoke with Erik Haula following Minnesota's 1-6 loss to Boston College in the second National Championship semi-final game on Thursday.

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Boston College wins 2012 NCAA National Championship

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Photo: Boston College won a phenomenal 19 consecutive games en route to their fifth National Championship. (Photo courtesy of Patrick Green/ Icon SMI)

The Boston College Eagles earned a hard-fought 4-1 win over Ferris State to claim their fifth National Championship title in front of a crowd of 18,818 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday night. Boston College finishes the season having won an unprecedented 19 consecutive games.

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Nick Bjugstad enjoying breakout sophomore season

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Photo: Nick Bjugstad was a key contributor to the Minnesota Gophers this season. In 40 games, Bjugstad had 25 goals and 17 assists. (Photo courtesy of

Brace Hemmelgarn/Icon SMI)

Minnesota sophomore Nick Bjugstad (FLA) has been a key cog in the success of the Minnesota Golden Gophers this season. He currently leads the team with 25 goals and ranks on the team with 42 points, centering one of the nation's most dynamic lines that includes fellow Florida Panthers prospect Kyle Rau and redshirted sophomore Zach Budish (NSH).

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Bill Arnold relishing experience at Frozen Four

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Photo: Forward Bill Arnold (left) has been an important part of Boston College's success this season. (Photo courtesy of

Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

Sophomore Bill Arnold has been a key contributor to Boston College's success not only on the offensive side, but on the defensive side as well. In February, he became the hero of the Beanpot Championship after scoring the game-winner in overtime to defeat nemesis Boston University 3-2.

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