NCAA college prospects notebook for December, 2012

by DJ Powers
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Corban Knight - University of North Dakota

Photo: University of North Dakota forward and Florida Panthers prospect Corban Knight had the hot scoring hand in the NCAA during the month of December (courtesy of Brace Hemmelgarn/Icon SMI)

With the first half of the 2012-13 season drawing to a close and the second half getting underway, there were plenty of prospect stories making the rounds in college hockey in December. Hockey’s Future takes a look back at the final month of the 2012 calendar year. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of Dec. 31.

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Lodge finds home on Spirit’s top line with effort, consistency

by Jason Menard
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Jimmy Lodge - Saginaw Spirit

Photo: Saginaw Spirit forward Jimmy Lodge has stepped up his play after a slow start to his 2012-13 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Jimmy Lodge may have found himself under the microscope early in the season courtesy of the NHL’s Central Scouting preliminary rankings — but inconsistent and tentative play made it hard to see the Downington, PA native on the ice. But through effort and consistency, he’s worked his way to the top of the Saginaw Spirit’s depth chart — and he hopes to parallel that rise up the NHL Draft charts.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – J.T. Miller, USA

by Chapin Landvogt
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JT Miller - USA

Photo: Connecticut Whale forward and New York Rangers prospect JT Miller wrapped up his U-20 eligibility in style as a member of the gold medal-winning USA squad (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

While John Gibson, John Gaudreau, and the defensive unit have received a great deal of well deserved credit for Team USA's gold medal win at the 2013 World Junior Championship, forward JT Miller was somewhat of an unsung hero for that team.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Seth Jones, Jacob Trouba, and Jake McCabe, USA

by Chapin Landvogt
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Jacob Trouba - USA

Photo: USA defenseman and Winnipeg Jets prospect Jacob Trouba capped off a fine showing at the 2013 WJC with a gold medal and tournament All-Star team selection (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

The USA completed their comeback from a poor showing at last year's U-20 World Junior Championship to win the gold medal at the 2013 edition of this event.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Rocco Grimaldi, USA

by Chapin Landvogt
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Rocco Grimaldi - USA

Photo: USA forward and Florida Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi poses with his gold medal after the USA's 3-1 win over Sweden at the 2013 World Juniors, a game in which Grimaldi netted two goals (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

While he no doubt would have preferred to have contributed more offense earlier in the tournament, USA forward Rocco Grimaldi could not have picked a better game to net his first two goals of the 2013 World Junior Championship.

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