Photo: University of North Dakota forward and Florida Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi was third in scoring on the ND roster in 2012-13 but is leading the offense this season with 39 points in 41 games (courtesy of Tim G. Zechar/Icon SMI)
At 5’6” and 172 pounds, Rocco Grimaldi is one of the smallest players in all of college hockey, but he is also one of the most dynamic. The Rossmoor, CA native’s developmental progress has allowed him to reach new heights and become more of a rounded player. Grimaldi currently leads the University of North Dakota with 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists) in 41 games to date.
Photo: Boston College forward and Boston Bruins prospect Ryan Fitzgerald’s 28 points ranks him fifth in scoring on the Eagles roster for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
After growing up in Boston his entire life, Ryan Fitzgerald is living his childhood dream of playing hockey for the Boston College Eagles.
The BC freshman has already gotten the experience of playing at Fenway Park and in the Beanpot Tournament. He’s helped the Eagles win both.
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.