2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: Midwest Regional features former WCHA rivals

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Jake McCabe - University of Wisconsin

Photo: University of Wisconsin defenseman and Buffalo Sabres prospect Jake McCabe has been the Badgers top offensive defender this season, notching 25 points in 35 games (courtesy of Dan Sanger/Icon SMI)

The Midwest Regional of the 2014 NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament takes place on March 28th and 29th at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH. Wisconsin is the top seed in this regional and is joined by Ferris State, Colgate and North Dakota. The four teams have a combined 24 NHL prospects on their rosters, although not all of them are expected to play in this tournament.

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2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: Union College top seed at East Regional

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Chris McCarthy - University of Vermont

Photo: University of Vermont forward Chris McCarthy, a top unsigned NCAA free agent, will lead the Catamounts into the NCAA East Regional in that school’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The NCAA East Regional kicks off the 2014 NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament and takes place on March 28th and 29th at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT.

Union College is the top seed in this regional and is joined by Quinnipiac, Providence College and Vermont. The four teams have a combined 13 NHL prospects on their rosters, the fewest of all the regionals.

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Demko focused on the job at hand as BC Eagles look to bounce back in NCAA tourney

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Thatcher Demko - Boston College

Photo: Boston College goaltender and 2014 prospect Thatcher Demko and his BC teammates were upset in the Hockey East Tournament this past weekend after dropping two of three games to Notre Dame (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Thatcher Demko has already won a Beanpot Championship this season, but he is far from done. The Boston College netminder enters the playoff season as the top-ranked North American goaltender in Central Scouting's midterm rankings and is ready to impress.

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ISS Draft Rankings: Top 5 remains unchanged as Ekblad tightens grip on top ranking

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Thatcher Demko - Boston College

Photo: Boston College goaltender and 2014 prospect Thatcher Demko has turned in a stellar freshman season between the pipes for the Eagles, a season that he and his teammates hope will end with a national championship (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

As the 2013-14 season progresses, the order at the top of the ISS Hockey 2014 NHL Draft rankings seems to have further solidified. Case in point: the top five prospects in the March rankings is the same order as the top five from the February rankings.

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Gillies, Hellebuyck lead interesting group of drafted NCAA goaltenders

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Jon Gillies - Providence College

Photo: Providence College goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies has played for Team USA at the last two U20 World Junior Championships (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

This season started with 15 NHL-drafted goaltenders playing in the NCAA. Now it is down to 13. Reigning ECAC Rookie of the Year Jason Kasdorf (WPG) suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in October after playing in just two games. Sophomore Collin Olson (CAR) left Ohio State in November to play in the USHL.

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