Video: 2012 NHL Draft – Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg Jets

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Photo: The Winnipeg Jets added some physicality to their future defensive corps with the selection of Jacob Trouba (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

The U.S. NTDP program has been prolific in recent years in terms of producing high-end NHL Draft prospects, and the 2012 NHL Draft is no exception.  Three players from this program were chosen in the draft's first round, with Winnipeg Jets selection Jacob Trouba being the highest at ninth overall.

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Video: 2012 NHL Combine – Zach Stepan, Shattuck St. Mary’s

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Photo: 2012 NHL Draft prospect Zach Stepan, cousin of the the New York Rangers Derek Stepan, will attempt to carve out his own path to the NHL (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

Being a draft prospect with some NHL bloodlines is certainly not a losing proposition, but it can sometimes be a burden that buries the prospect under the weight of inevitable comparisons.

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Video: 2012 NHL Combine – Brian Hart, Phillips Exeter Academy

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Photo: New England prep school star Brian Hart excelled at both hockey and soccer for Phillips Exeter Academy (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

Being good at one sport is difficult enough, but excelling at two sports while maintaining a solid academic record is a feat rarely achieved by younger athletes.  But that is what Phillips Exeter Academy star Brian Hart accomplished during the 2011-12 school year, which has the Cumberland, Maine native looking at a very bright future.

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Video: 2012 NHL Combine – Anthony Stolarz, Corpus Christi IceRays

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Anthony Stolarz - Corpus Christi

Photo: One of the sleepers of the 2012 NHL Draft is goaltender Anthony Stolarz, who starred in the NAHL during the 2011-12 season (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

Competing in the North American Hockey League may not necessarily be the best career move for a player with aspirations of eventually playing the pro game at the highest level.  But 2012 prospect Anthony Stolarz took that route in the 2011-12 season, and so far it is working out better than he had hoped.

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