Photo: Boston College forward and Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau will lead the Eagles into the NCAA Northeast Regional after that school missed out on a Hockey East Tournament title (courtesy of Justin Berl/Icon SMI)
The Northeast Regional of the 2014 NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament is the first of two regionals that takes place on March 29th and 30th. This regional takes place at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.
Photo: Freshman defenseman Will Butcher (#7) made his mark with 16 points in his first year for the University of Denver. The Pioneers won the inaugural NCHC tournament with a win over Miami (courtesy of Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
In the last four drafts, the Colorado Avalanche only selected a combined six players from the USHL, a pipeline to the NCAA, and European junior leagues. To date, only four of those players still remain a part of the Avalanche organization.
Photo: Tomas Hertl was on pace to graduate to the NHL in 2013-14 but suffered a knee injury in December (courtesy of Danny Murphy/Icon SMI)
The San Jose Sharks had ample opportunity heading into the 2014 trade deadline to acquire a piece to help them with their quest for a cup. Many speculated that the Sharks would mortgage their future to rise up next to the conference’s best.
Photo: Grand Rapids Griffins forward Teemu Pulkkinen, shown here skating for the parent Detroit Red Wings, is tied for the lead among AHL rookie goal scorers with 27 on the season (courtesy of Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
The AHL regular season is about to hit its final month with April just around the corner. The stage is set for a playoff-like atmosphere, with several teams in the Western Conference trying to make a late-season push to get into the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs.
Photo: Forward Bryan Rust is having a strong senior year with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Through 39 games, Rust has 16 goals, 15 assists, and a plus-12 rating. (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)
It is not as if they try to hide it. The Pittsburgh Penguins like to select college prospects in the NHL Draft, especially in the middle and later rounds. The organization has deep ties to USA Hockey and the NCAA and believes the college hockey developmental route offers several unique advantages.