Frozen Four-bound Demko top NHL-drafted goaltender in NCAA in 2015-16

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Thatcher Demko - Boston College

Photo: Boston College goaltender and Vancouver Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko has posted 10 shutouts so far this season, leading all NCAA netminders in that category (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)

Thirteen drafted goaltenders played in the NCAA in the 2015-16 season. Hockey’s Future takes a closer look at the top five netminders with NHL ties, all of whom were among the nominees for this year’s Mike Richter Award. This ranking is based on season performance, overall developmental progress, and NHL potential. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Caggiula rocked, Quinnipiac advances with highlight-reel goals, CHL playoff snipes

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Jake DeBrusk - Red Deer Rebels

Photo: Red Deer Rebels forward and Boston Bruins prospect has been a point-per-game player following his trade to the Rebels, posting 12 goals and 39 points in 37 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The number of names that have taken Drake Caggiula off his feet this season is an awfully short one, and an unlikely source tagged him behind the net while North Dakota was in the midst of advancing to the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four. Quinnipiac also earned a berth with a pair of highlight-reel goals, and JT Compher’s no-look pass is a must-see. Also in this week’s Prospect Impressions, the CHL playoffs are underway, and a pair of veterans unleashed furious shots to put their teams ahead in the clutch. Read more»

2016 NCAA Tournament: Top-ranked Quinnipiac faces RIT, defensive battle between Yale and UML in the East Regional

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Connor Clifton - Quinnipiac University

Photo: Quinnipiac University defenseman and Arizona Coyotes prospect Connor Clifton is a part of one of the stingiest defensive units in NCAA Hockey, with Clifton also having taken a leap ahead in his offensive game in 2015-16 (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)

The East Regional of the 2016 NCAA Hockey Tournament features the top-ranked team in all of NCAA Hockey, Quinnipiac University. The Bobcats have ridden a top college goaltender along with a stingy defense to the top of the college hockey ranks in 2015-16, but there is still work to do to advance to the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four. Read more»

2016 NCAA Tournament: St. Cloud State looks to avoid upset, BU looks to shutdown Denver’s top line in West Regional

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Charlie Lindgren - St. Cloud State University

Photo: St. Cloud State University goaltender Charlie Lindgren will try to lead the Huskies to their second Frozen Four appearance in the past four years as they take on Ferris State to begin the West Regional (courtesy of Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The West Regional of the 2016 NCAA Hockey Tournament features a pair of lesser-known schools in the early game, and two, more traditional college hockey powers going head-to-head in the second game on Saturday. Read more»

2016 NCAA Tournament: Providence begins title defense, BC and Harvard renew acquaintances in Northeast Regional

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Mark Jankowski - Providence College

Photo: Providence College forward and Calgary Flames prospect Mark Jankowski is one of the seniors on the Friars squad trying to guide his teammates to a second consecutive National Championship (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

Down 3-2 with less than 10 minutes to go in last year’s Frozen Four championship game, Providence College scored two third period goals to stun favored Boston University as the Friars went on to a 4-3 victory to take the National Championship. Almost a year later, the Friars embark on their quest to repeat as NCAA champions as they are one of four schools to compete in the Northeast Regional of the 2016 NCAA Hockey Tournament. Read more»

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