The Prince Albert Raiders have struggled to make the playoffs for the last several years, despite the best efforts of players like current team leader and first-round NHL draft pick, Mark McNeil (CHI). Enter Leon Draisaitl, a German-born WHL rookie and 2014 draft-eligible forward who scored at nearly a point-per-game pace in his rookie season. Draisaitl and McNeil combined for 125 points and led the Raiders to their first post-season appearance in almost a decade.
The U-18 World Junior Championship is set to begin in just a few short days, an event that could bring the last major shake-up in the rankings of the 2013 NHL Draft prospects. So it is no surprise that the pre-WJC release of ISS Hockey's ranking of the top 30 NHL Draft prospects sports few surprises, and instead reflects pretty much the status quo from the March rankings.
The 2013 Frozen Four featured many spectacular individual performances, with several players achieving career milestones. Below is the Hockey’s Future All-Frozen Four Team. All six players were selected based not only on their individual play, but on how their play contributed to their team’s success.
This time three weeks ago, it might as well have been called “The Impossible Dream”.
The Yale Bulldogs, who nearly missed getting into the NCAA Tournament, completed their improbable run to become the 2013 NCAA National Champions on Saturday night after defeating their in-state rival, the Quinnipiac Bobcats, 4-0 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Yale became the first-ever 15th-seeded team entering the NCAA Tournament to win a National Championship, which was the first in the program’s long, storied history.
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