2014 Top Prospects Game Podcast: Ryan MacInnis, Kitchener Rangers

by Glen Erickson
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Ryan MacInnis - Kitchener Rangers

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.

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Illinois new breeding ground for NHL prospects

by Tom Schreier
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JT Compher - University of Michigan

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.

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NCAA prospects notebook for December, 2013

by DJ Powers
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Nic Kerdiles - University of Wisconsin

Photo: University of Wisconsin forward and Anaheim Ducks prospect Nic Kerdiles has been generating offense wherever he plays, whether it is for Wisconsin or for Team USA at the 2014 WJC (courtesy of Dan Sanger/Icon SMI)

The final month of 2013 marked the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half of the 2013-14 NCAA hockey season. Hockey’s Future takes a look back at the many notable performances by NHL prospects around college hockey during the month of December. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of January 5th, 2014.

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HF Prospect of the Month for December, 2013

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Anthony Mantha - Detroit Red Wings

Photo: QMJHL forward Anthony Mantha took his game to the international stage in December, where he managed 10 points in four preliminary round games at the 2014 World Junior Championships. Mantha was selected 20th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

Forward Anthony Mantha (DET) is the Hockey's Future Prospect of the Month for December. An offensively prolific player since the start of the 2013-14 season, Mantha took his game to another level in December, with 14 points in five QMJHL games and 10 points through the preliminary round of the 2014 World Junior Championship.

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2014 WJC Video: Steven Santini, USA

by Chapin Landvogt
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Steven Santini - Team USA

Photo: Boston College defenseman and New Jersey Devils prospect Steven Santini has registered six points (2G, 4A) and a +13 rating in his freshman season with the Eagles (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Team USA defenseman Steven Santini's last appearance at a World Junior Championship, the 2013 U18 WJC back in April of last year, was a memorable one. In addition to winning the gold medal along with his USA teammates, Santini also was named that tournament's Best Defenseman.

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