Demko focused on the job at hand as BC Eagles look to bounce back in NCAA tourney

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Thatcher Demko - Boston College

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.

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ISS Draft Rankings: Top 5 remains unchanged as Ekblad tightens grip on top ranking

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Thatcher Demko - Boston College

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.

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Beyond Tomorrow: Bittner’s decision to play in the WHL paying off

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Paul Bittner - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and 2015 prospect Paul Bittner ranks seventh in scoring for the Winterhawks while sporting a +24 rating (courtesy of Bryan Heim/Portland Winterhawks)

Hockey in Minnesota can be traced back to 1883 when Frank Barron introduced the game of ice polo to the town of St. Paul. 15 years later, the first hockey game in Minnesota would be played under the lights of Athletic Park in Minneapolis. The entire state quickly fell in love with the game and to help aid its growing popularity, communities all over the Gopher State began putting up their own ice rinks.

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ISS Draft Rankings: Ekblad, Reinhart still 1-2 in the 2014 draft rankings

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Aaron Ekblad - Barrie Colts

Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman and 2014 prospect Aaron Ekblad is scoring at a point-per-game pace so far in the 2013-14 season, posting 19 goals and 24 assists in 43 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

ISS Hockey has released their February rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft, with the upper portion of those rankings looking very familiar.

The top six prospects from last month's rankings are the same six players holding down those slots in this month's list. And in fact, the players are ranked exactly as they were in January, so the ISS view of the draft's top prospects seems to be more settled as the 2013-14 regular season heads towards its conclusion.

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Chatham top Whalers player from large group eligible for the 2014 draft

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Connor Chatham - Plymouth Whalers

Photo: Plymouth Whalers forward and 2014 prospect Connor Chatham changed his development path after the firing of former University of Denver head coach, George Gwodzecky (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Connor Chatham’s path to the NHL Draft was diverted thanks to a coaching change in the U.S. collegiate ranks — and an American team’s success at grooming American players has led to another top U.S. prospect passing through Plymouth en route to the 2014 NHL Draft.

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