Photo: University of Notre Dame forward and Washington Capitals prospect Thomas DiPauli has struggled with injuries so far in 2013-14, but still managed to make Team USA’s World Junior Championship squad (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Tommy DiPauli would call his biography “The Story of Sketchy Dips.” As a kid, his favorite television show was the “Powerpuff Girls.” His celebrity crush is Thor. Yes, DiPauli is one of a kind.
Photo: Sarnia Sting defenseman and 2014 prospect Anthony DeAngelo is currently the top offensive defenseman in the OHL, having produced 60 points in 41 games so far in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
There may be a measure of impatience in how Sarnia Sting blueliner Anthony DeAngelo approaches his hockey career, but it certainly doesn’t have him running to see where the scouts have him on their rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft.
Photo: University of Michigan forward and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Tyler Motte has been productive as a freshman, picking up nine points (5G, 4A) in 18 games for the Wolverines (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)
NCAA players Tyler Motte, Thomas Di Pauli, and Danny O’Regan all have something in common.
It’s not that they are all in the same class as Motte is a freshman, while Di Pauli and O’Regan are sophomores. Nor are they teammates, since Motte plays for the University of Michigan, Di Pauli is at Notre Dame, and O’Regan plays for Boston University.
Photo: Kitchener Rangers forward and 2014 prospect Ryan MacInnis spent time in the U.S. National Team Development Program before moving over to the OHL for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
While the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game marks the first competitive opportunity on Saddledome ice for Ryan MacInnis of the Kitchener Rangers, there is a long history of his family’s success in the building that accommodates the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League. Ryan's father, Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Al MacInnis, spent parts of 13 seasons with the Flames, including the Stanley Cup-winning campaign in 1988-89.
Photo: University of Michigan forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect JT Compher is one of a growing number of young players from Illinois to be drafted ny NHL teams (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
As long as Brady Skjei can remember, he wanted to be a Minnesota Gopher. His grandfather Stan Skjei and relative Brett Sadek both played football at the University of Minnesota and like many other players born in the self-proclaimed State of Hockey, Skjei went to many games at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis hoping to one day be on the other side of the Plexiglas representing the school as a student-athlete.