Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2014 NHL Draft prospect Ryan MacInnis has made great strides in his game since the beginning of the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
The first thing that most people notice about Ryan MacInnis is his size. Even just having turned 17 years old a couple of weeks ago, MacInnis already stands 6’3” and weighs 174 pounds. His size is imposing, even on a U.S. National Team Development Program team that is peppered with big bodies.
Photo: Fargo Force forward and 2013 NHL Draft prospect Gabe Guertler will begin his NCAA career in the fall of this year at the University of Minnesota (courtesy of Mitch Highman/mJoy Photography)
Gabe Guertler is the first Floridian hockey player to commit to the University of Minnesota. Born and raised in Plantation, he grew up in South Florida near the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, home of the Florida Panthers, but says he spent most of his time underneath the sun.
Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2013 NHL Draft prospect John Hayden has caught the eye of scouts with his power forward potential (courtesy of Tom Sorensen)
The name Yale typically brings to mind students in argyle sweaters walking to class on paved walkways with a spiral notebook in hand. Alumni of the university have gone on to be U.S. Presidents, Supreme Court Justices and Academy Award winning actors. Samuel Morse and Eli Whitney call it their alma mater. Sinclair Lewis and Tom Wolfe do, as well.
Photo: Waterloo Black Hawks goaltender and 2013 NHL Draft prospect Eamon McAdam, shown here playing at the 2012 All-American Prospects Game, has recently improved his draft standing after a good performance at the USHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Waterloo Black Hawks have five of the 10 leading scorers in the USHL. They have two goaltenders that could easily be No. 1 starters on another team. They have one player that is considered the best 2013 draft-eligible player in American juniors right now.
Photo: University of North Dakota goaltender and Boston Bruins prospect Zane Gothberg has appeared in 11 games for UND in his freshman season (courtesy of Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)
On the back of University of North Dakota netminder Zane Gothberg’s helmet is a caricature of an elderly woman with long, curly hair, oversized oval-shaped earrings and large, black-rimmed glasses. She is holding a Diet Coke and has a sweater with UND ascribed across her chest. Below the picture are four words:
Love you Grandma Susie.