Toronto Maple Leafs have small group of prospects playing in college and Europe

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Teemu Hartikainen - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Forward Teemu Hartikainen was acquired by the Maple Leafs in a trade on January 31st, 2014. Hartikainen spent the 2013-14 season in the KHL with Salavat Yulaev Ufa. (courtesy of ANTTI AIMO-KOIVISTO/AFP/Getty Images)

For the greater part of the last decade, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been reluctant to draft outside of the CHL in the first round. Sure, they selected NCAA-bound Tyler Biggs in 2011, but just a season later he was playing for the Oshawa Generals of the OHL.

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Union College takes NCAA hockey crown with 7-4 win over Minnesota

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Union College - 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey National Champions

Photo: The Union College hockey team poses with the NCAA trophy after notching a 7-4 win over the University of Minnesota in the title game at the 2014 Frozen Four in Philadelphia, PA (courtesy of Elsa/Getty Images)

For the second consecutive year, an ECAC team has won the college hockey National Championship. Last year, it was Yale that took home the trophy, but this year it was the Union College Dutchmen who claimed their first-ever NCAA title on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

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Freshman Cammarata providing offense for Gophers

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Taylor Cammarata - University of Minnesota

Photo: University of Minnesota forward and New York Islanders prospect Taylor Cammarata (#13) and his Golden Gophers teammates celebrate Justin Holl’s last-second goal that sent Minnesota to the national championship game at the 2014 Frozen Four (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Forward Taylor Cammarata is part of the University of Minnesota’s excellent group of freshmen that have been significant contributors to the team’s march to the National Championship game this season. The Plymouth, MN native currently ranks third on the team in rookie scoring with 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 37 games to date.

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Gostisbehere’s balanced approach to defense paying dividends for Dutchmen

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Shayne Gostisbehere - Union College

Photo: Union Coillege junior defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Shayne Gostisbehere ranks sixth in scoring for the Dutchmen with 31 points in 41 games (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Junior defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere has been a big reason behind the recent success of Union College. The Margate, FL native currently ranks second on the Dutchmen roster in scoring by a defenseman with 31 points (eight goals, 23 assists) in 41 games to date. Gostisbehere also is tied for second on the team with a +26 rating. He logs among the most minutes of any player on Union College’s roster and plays in all situations.

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River Hawks’ Hellebuyck takes home Mike Richter Award

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Connor Hellebuyck - University of Massachusetts Lowell

Photo: Former University of Massachusetts Lowell goaltender and Winnipeg Jets prospect Connor Hellebuyck missed out on another shot at a national championship but attended the Frozen Four festivities to pick up the Mike Richter Award as college hockey’s top goaltender in 2013-14 (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

Now former University of Massachusetts Lowell sophomore standout Connor Hellebuyck (WPG) was named the winner of the inaugural Mike Richter Award as college hockey's top goaltender in a ceremony at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

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