2016 NCAA Frozen Four Preview: Top-ranked Quinnipiac takes on BC program that is no stranger to championships

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Alex Tuch - Boston College

Photo: Boston College forward and Minnesota Wild prospect Alex Tuch (#12) is heading into the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four with some momentum after a good showing at the Northeast Regional (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)

And then there were four.

Boston College, Denver, North Dakota and Quinnipiac comprise this year’s NCAA Frozen Four, which will be held at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. Both semi-final games on April 7th will be aired live on ESPN2, at 5:00 PM and 8:30 PM EDT respectively. The winners of each semi-final will advance to the National Championship game on April 9th, which will be aired live on ESPN at 8 PM EDT. Read more»

Frozen Four-bound Demko top NHL-drafted goaltender in NCAA in 2015-16

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Thatcher Demko - Boston College

Photo: Boston College goaltender and Vancouver Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko has posted 10 shutouts so far this season, leading all NCAA netminders in that category (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)

Thirteen drafted goaltenders played in the NCAA in the 2015-16 season. Hockey’s Future takes a closer look at the top five netminders with NHL ties, all of whom were among the nominees for this year’s Mike Richter Award. This ranking is based on season performance, overall developmental progress, and NHL potential. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Caggiula rocked, Quinnipiac advances with highlight-reel goals, CHL playoff snipes

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Jake DeBrusk - Red Deer Rebels

Photo: Red Deer Rebels forward and Boston Bruins prospect has been a point-per-game player following his trade to the Rebels, posting 12 goals and 39 points in 37 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The number of names that have taken Drake Caggiula off his feet this season is an awfully short one, and an unlikely source tagged him behind the net while North Dakota was in the midst of advancing to the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four. Quinnipiac also earned a berth with a pair of highlight-reel goals, and JT Compher’s no-look pass is a must-see. Also in this week’s Prospect Impressions, the CHL playoffs are underway, and a pair of veterans unleashed furious shots to put their teams ahead in the clutch. Read more»

Rookie defender Russo a plus in Griffins’ climb up the AHL standings

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Robbie Russo - Grand Rapids Griffins

Photo: Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect Robbie Russo has turned in a productive AHL rookie campaign, posting five goals and 37 points in 60 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Robbie Russo doesn’t have a good explanation for his outlandish plus/minus figure.

Through 59 games, the Grand Rapids Griffins rookie defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect is a ludicrous +46. No one else in the 30-team AHL has cracked +38, while Russo is on track to become the first player to finish the season above +40 since Andrew Bodnarchuk finished +43 for the Manchester Monarchs during the 2013-14 season. Russo could track down and top Arturs Kulda’s +47 for the Chicago Wolves in 2009-10 as the top AHL plus/minus mark of the past 10 years. Read more»

BC’s McCoshen tops among NHL-drafted defensemen competing in the NCAA

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Ian McCoshen - Boston College

Photo: Boston College defenseman and Florida Panthers prospect Ian McCoshen has improved his offensive production each season, with his 2015-16 output totaling 16 points in 38 games to date (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

In the 2015-16 season, there are 65 NHL-drafted defensemen playing in the NCAA. The 10 defensemen ranked here represent nine NHL teams, with the Boston Bruins having two prospects ranked, the most of any NHL team. The rankings are based on overall developmental progress, season performance, and NHL potential. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of Mar. 21st. Read more»

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