2016 NCAA Tournament: Hot Northeastern faces UND, old CCHA foes renew rivalry in Midwest Regional

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Kevin Roy - Northeastern University

Photo: Northeastern University forward and Anaheim Ducks prospect Kevin Roy leads the red-hot Huskies into the Midwest Regional after that school won the 2016 Hockey East Tournament (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The 16-team field for the 2016 NCAA Tournament features 92 NHL prospects representing 29 of the 30 NHL teams. The Detroit Red Wings are the only NHL team that does not have at least one prospect playing in the tournament. Read more»

Rookie defender Russo a plus in Griffins’ climb up the AHL standings

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Robbie Russo - Grand Rapids Griffins

Photo: Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect Robbie Russo has turned in a productive AHL rookie campaign, posting five goals and 37 points in 60 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Robbie Russo doesn’t have a good explanation for his outlandish plus/minus figure.

Through 59 games, the Grand Rapids Griffins rookie defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect is a ludicrous +46. No one else in the 30-team AHL has cracked +38, while Russo is on track to become the first player to finish the season above +40 since Andrew Bodnarchuk finished +43 for the Manchester Monarchs during the 2013-14 season. Russo could track down and top Arturs Kulda’s +47 for the Chicago Wolves in 2009-10 as the top AHL plus/minus mark of the past 10 years. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Werenski shines, Mouillierat’s lacrosse goal, Amadio scores 50th shorthanded, WHL goalie scores, plus more

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Zach Werenski - University of Michigan

Photo: University of Michigan defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Zach Werenski and his Wolverines teammates will take on Notre Dame in the Midwest Regional of the 2016 NCAA Hockey Tournament (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

The Michigan Wolverines won the Big Ten championship this weekend, and Zach Werenski led the way with an unbelievable performance. Also in this weeks Prospect Impressions, an AHL veteran joins a small group of players to pull off a special goal. Thatcher Demko is in the news again thanks to his desperate save in a clutch situation, and Stuart Skinner is another goaltender in the news but for something you wouldn’t expect. Plenty more highlights are featured, including a 50-goal scorer and a great scrap from the OHL. Read more»

BC’s McCoshen tops among NHL-drafted defensemen competing in the NCAA

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Ian McCoshen - Boston College

Photo: Boston College defenseman and Florida Panthers prospect Ian McCoshen has improved his offensive production each season, with his 2015-16 output totaling 16 points in 38 games to date (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

In the 2015-16 season, there are 65 NHL-drafted defensemen playing in the NCAA. The 10 defensemen ranked here represent nine NHL teams, with the Boston Bruins having two prospects ranked, the most of any NHL team. The rankings are based on overall developmental progress, season performance, and NHL potential. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of Mar. 21st. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Erie, London renew Midwest rivalry, two NCAA tournaments roll on, more from the CHL

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Christian Dvorak - London Knights; Travis Dermott - Erie Otters - Prospect Faceoff for 3/18/16

Photo: The battle for the top spot in both the Midwest Division and Western Conference in the OHL is on the line this weekend as the London Knights’ Christian Dvorak and Erie Otters’ Travis Dermott square off in a key CHL matchup (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The postseason tournaments are underway in college hockey, while the regular seasons in the three CHL leagues wrap up this weekend. This week’s Prospect Faceoff focuses on a couple of noteworthy NCAA semi-final games in the NCHC and ECAC while also taking a look at three CHL games with implications for next week’s playoffs. Read more»

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