2015 Frozen Four Preview: Experienced Providence takes on upstart Nebraska-Omaha

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Nick Saracino - Providence College; Jake Guentzel - University of Nebraska-Omaha - 2015 Frozen Four Semi-final

Photo: Providence College forward Nick Saracino (L) and University of Nebraska-Omaha forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Jake Guentzel (R) lead their respective teams in scoring in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Corey Silvia/Icon Sportswire and Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

The first semi-final matchup at the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four tournament pits two regional fourth seeds against one another, Providence College and the University of Nebraska-Omaha. While there is little history between the two teams – they haven’t met since 2005 – the winner moves on to the title game with a chance to produce an upset win. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Pair of AHL forwards debut, strange shootout save, more prospect highlights

by David Hahn
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Patrik Bartosak - Manchester Monarchs

Photo: Manchester Monarchs goaltender and Los Angeles Kings prospect Patrik Bartosak is a nephew of former NHL forward Radek Bonk (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

In this week’s Prospect Impressions, take a look as two players score their first professional goals in spectacular fashion. Meanwhile, two young AHL goaltenders produce “Save of the Year” candidates, and one of them wasn’t even paying attention during the play. Finally, all three CHL leagues are in the playoffs and highlight-reel goals abound from some of the top prospects from around the globe. Read more»

NCAA Prospects Notebook, March, 2015: Hobey Baker nominees, postseason hardware recipients, and pro signings

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Mike Reilly - University of Minnesota

Photo: University of Minnesota defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Mike Reilly was among the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Hobey Baker Award (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The final 2014-15 edition of the NCAA prospects notebook takes a look back at some excellent collegiate hockey prospect performances and other noteworthy items. Unless otherwise indicated, all stats are current as of April 1st. Read more»

NHL Prospect Signings: Islanders sign NCAA prospect, free agent from QMJHL

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Stephon Williams - Minnesota State University - 2015 WCHA Final Five - Championship

Photo: Former Minnesota State University goaltender and New York Islanders prospect Stephon Williams (#35) played a major part in the Mavericks’ ranking as the #1 seed for the NCAA Tournament (courtesy of Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders have built up a solid group of prospects in recent years, with the payoff being just their third playoff appearance in the past 10 seasons. They continued adding to their prospect depth at the pro level with the signing of two prospects, one a draftee and the other a free agent. Read more»

Beyond Tomorrow: Stampede’s Bellows taking his own route to pro career

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Kieffer Bellows - Sioux Falls Stampede

Photo: Sioux Falls Stampede forward and 2016 prospect Kieffer Bellows is tied for fourth in goals in the USHL with 30 so far this season (courtesy of mJoy Photography)

While his surname might evoke memories of North Stars and vintage jerseys, Kieffer Bellows is more than just the son of Brian, a veteran of nearly 1,200 NHL games. Carving a name for himself with the USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede, the younger Bellows has already impressed as one of the league’s leading goal scorers. Read more»

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