Vancouver Canucks have future stars playing in NCAA

by Curtis Coulter
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Adam Gaudette - Vancouver Canucks

Photo: Vancouver Canucks prospect Adam Gaudette deserves credit for helping Northeastern University clinch its first Hockey East title since 1988 (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

The Vancouver Canucks have two of the best players in all of US college hockey in Thatcher Demko and Brock Boeser. Both players have Canucks fans excited about the future of the franchise. With the Canucks on pace for their worst finish since the late 90s, the timing of Boeser and Demko’s emergence is a great relief to management and the fan base. Read more»

Gostisbehere takes top spot among Philadelphia Flyers top 20 prospects

by Jashvina Shah
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Photo: Shayne Gostisbehere will receive consideration for Rookie of the Year after an unexpected season in which he set an NHL record for points in consecutive games by a rookie defenseman (15). (Photo: Courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Shayne Gostisbehere will receive consideration for Rookie of the Year after an unexpected season in which he set an NHL record for points in consecutive games by a rookie defenseman (15). (Photo: Courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

There weren’t many changes to the Philadelphia Flyers top 20 prospects. But there is a new number one, with Shayne Gostisbehere taking the lead because of his impact at the NHL level. Other prospects saw jumps, including Merrick Madsen, Cooper Marody and Travis Konecny. Read more»

Solid group of NCAA prospects coming through the pipeline for Pittsburgh Penguins

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Photo: Jake Guentzel joined the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins immediately after his season with the University of Nebraska-Omaha ended. (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire )

Photo: Jake Guentzel joined the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins immediately after his season with the University of Nebraska-Omaha ended. (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire )

 

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins have long stood by the practice of drafting NCAA-bound players in the later rounds of the NHL draft, regardless if it was under former GM Ray Shero or current GM Jim Rutherford. The rationale was simple, NHL teams own the rights to collegiate prospects for four years, while they only own the rights to major junior players for two years. This not only allows smaller or less talented players to develop at a slower pace but also gives the organization two more years to evaluate the player before making a financial commitment to them. Read more»

Minnesota Wild prospects in Europe and NCAA hockey could form the next core

by Peter Prohaska
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Jordan Greenway - Minnesota Wild

Photo: Minnesota Wild prospect Jordan Greenway should improve on his 6.2% shooting percentage next season and take a leap forward as an offensive threat (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

 

 

The Wild’s NCAA prospects form the heart of the team’s developmental system, yet perhaps the team’s best assets are playing in professional leagues in Europe this season. College players have been central to Chuck Fletcher’s developmental approach – perhaps because he himself is a college man – with half of the Spring Top 20 coming out of NCAA programs.

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Ottawa Senators need help from top 20 prospects sooner than expected

by Kristopher Bras
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Photo: Colin White had 42 points in 36 games in his freshman season with Boston College in advance of the Frozen Four Tournament. (Courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire.)

Photo: Colin White had 42 points in 36 games in his freshman season with Boston College in advance of the Frozen Four Tournament. (Courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire.)

 

 

The Ottawa Senators have had a disappointing season both in the Canadian capital and in Binghamton. Although analysts and fans alike have decried the state of the system, the team has more talent in the pipeline than most probably realize. And with Owner Eugene Melnyk threatening big changes, opportunities could become available to the club’s youngsters sooner than later. Read more»