Photo: University of Minnesota defenseman and New York Rangers prospect Brady Skjei has been a steady defensive performer for the Golden Gophers in 2013-14, a trait that should come in handy as Minnesota moves on to the 2014 Frozen Four (courtesy of Brian Ekart/Icon SMI)
University of Minnesota sophomore defenseman Brady Skjei (NYR) has become an integral part of the Golden Gophers success this season, particularly from the defensive standpoint. But the Lakeville, MN native isn't all poke checks and shot blocks as he has also contributed on offense, posting 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 38 games to date.
Photo: University of Notre Dame forward and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Vince Hinostroza is stopped in overtime by St. Cloud State goaltender Ryan Faragher, a missed opportunity that would come back to haunt the Fighting Irish as the Huskies later scored to win the NCAA West Regional semifinal, 4-3 (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon SMI)
University of Notre Dame freshman Vince Hinostroza was one of the nation’s top NCAA rookies this season. The Bartlett, IL native led the Fighting Irish in rookie scoring with 32 points (eight goals, 24 assists) in 34 games.
Photo: University of Minnesota forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Hudson Fasching was named the Golden Gophers’ Rookie of the Year after a strong freshman season (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon SMI)
Freshman Hudson Fasching had had quite the season so far with the University of Minnesota. The Burnsville, MN native currently leads the Golden Gophers in frosh scoring with 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists) in 36 games. Fasching was earlier named to the Big Ten All-Rookie Team.
Photo: Boston College goaltender and 2014 prospect Thatcher Demko and his BC teammates were upset in the Hockey East Tournament this past weekend after dropping two of three games to Notre Dame (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
Thatcher Demko has already won a Beanpot Championship this season, but he is far from done. The Boston College netminder enters the playoff season as the top-ranked North American goaltender in Central Scouting's midterm rankings and is ready to impress.
Photo: Boston College goaltender and 2014 prospect Thatcher Demko has turned in a stellar freshman season between the pipes for the Eagles, a season that he and his teammates hope will end with a national championship (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
As the 2013-14 season progresses, the order at the top of the ISS Hockey 2014 NHL Draft rankings seems to have further solidified. Case in point: the top five prospects in the March rankings is the same order as the top five from the February rankings.